The walk an artist takes from the backstage trailer to the EDM festival stage can be fraught with emotion: Anxiety, elation, self-doubt, pride. For young bucks just starting to simmer, it can be a literal passage into a whole new phase of their career.
That journey is captured in evocative slow motion in the new clip from Daddy’s Groove for its soaring vocal “Surrender.” The Italian DJ/producer trio (Gianni Romano, Carlo Grieco, and Peppe Folliero, who sits out the DJ duties) is known for Main Stage-sized EDM, both lyrical and wordless (like this year’s “Vertigo” on Jack Back), and boasts a very powerful mentor: Jack Back label boss David Guetta. The video culminates with goosebump-inducing, fire-shooting footage of the boys in the Main Stage volcano at Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival, alongside Guetta himself.
“[Tomorrowland] was an unbelievable experience,” says Romano. “We had about five minutes of silence between us just [marveling] at how special the crowd was, with all the flags from different countries.”
The guys met Guetta in Ibiza about four years ago via another EDM rock star, Sebastian Ingrosso. After hearing their work, Guetta invited them to join his Jack Back label family, and has nurtured their career and work since. “He is the man,” says Rieco. “It’s really amazing to work with such a talented person. He has a very strong and genuine pleasure for his job, like us.”
Guetta even lent some direct help to “Surrender,” which is sung with great emotion and clarity by fellow Italian Angelo Iossa. “David is always our first ‘reference’ to get some feedback, and we get some suggestions by him very often,” says Romano. “He believed in [the track] from the moment he heard it and gave us some very good tips.”