When the Grammy Award winning group Dirty Vegas was founded, nearly 20 years ago, the mold of electronic fused bands was broken. Far more than just two turntables and a microphone, Dirty Vegas was made up of true musicians. Founded by Paul Harris, Steve Smith and Ben Harris the group became, and remains, one of the most recognizable names in dance music.
In 2001 the band’s debut single ‘Days Go By’ appeared in the now-iconic television commercial for Mitsubishi and became a benchmark that set a new model for marketing music in advertising. The single, with its magnetic original video, catapulted Dirty Vegas to Grammy success winning the group Best Dance Recording in 2003, the first year an award was given in that category.
In the rollercoaster two years that followed, the band released their eponymous debut album and headlined their own worldwide tour, in addition to supporting like-minded artists such as Moby, Underworld and Groove Armada. Dirty Vegas went on to sell over 1 million albums and was named No.6 in Billboard Magazine’s “Top selling Electronic artists of the 2000’s”.
Since then Dirty Vegas has gone on to release two subsequent albums with International chart success. 2004’s ‘One’ had the smash single ‘Walk into the Sun’, which hit No.1 on Billboard’s ‘Dance Club’ Single chart, and 2011’s album ‘Electric Love’ their first without original member Ben Harris, reached No.4 on USA iTunes ‘Dance Album’ chart. Dirty Vegas have also licensed music to a plethora of projects such as HBO hit series Girls, LucasFilm Star Wars Kinect and Microsoft, plus their work has been featured on soundtracks for the likes of The O.C, One Tree Hill and Goal.
When not in the studio, Dirty Vegas tours internationally, from DJing in some of the world’s most famous nightclubs, to playing live shows at prestigious festivals (including Ultra Music, Coachella , Glastonbury and SXSW) the band has fans the world-over. One such fan being HRH Prince William, who recently revealed Dirty Vegas as one of his ‘top three bands’ to listen to while feeding his son Prince George.
Though busy schedules often keep Steve and Paul apart, the duo has managed to spend the last year writing and recording material for their upcoming new album. “With us being in different countries most of the time, of our writing comes together by working remotely,” says Boston-based Steve Smith. “When we meet up for shows, we’re able to dissect what we like/don’t like and bring the best to the new recordings. Electronic music has finally arrived in modern terms and we’re excited by the scope and range of styles out there, we hear new music that inspires us and makes us want to keep pushing ourselves.”
The first of this new material came in 2014 in the shape of their eagerly anticipated EP ‘Let the Night’ (D Vision/Capitol France), their first release on an independent label. The EP reached No.3 on US iTunes ‘Dance Album’ Chart and achieved certified ‘Gold’ Status in Italy. A second single ‘Setting Sun’ followed, along with a remix for Steve Angello, live shows in Italy, France, Ibiza, China, Russia and India, plus they even had the honor of being the first electronic artists to perform at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. “It was a huge honor,” say the duo. “We were the first artists to win the Grammy for the Best Dance Recording category back in 03 so it was fitting to also be the first dance act to perform for them at their museum.”
Fast forward to 2015, and all eyes are now on their fourth album, ‘Photograph’ due out later this year, featuring the new single, ‘Do What You Feel’, and last year’s ‘Let The Night’ and ‘Setting Sun’ alongside eight other brand new tracks, including a reworking of Duran Duran’s ‘Save a Prayer.’
‘We feel like this new album is some of our best work to date,’ says Dirty Vegas. ‘We have always approached electronic music with a classic songwriting perspective, so this is a continuation of that, but this one feels like it’s a journey back to our original club roots.’