Saturday, May 25
ICARUS
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Icarus makes their Audio debut on Saturday, May 25th.

For table reservations, please call/text 415-745-6823 or e-mail reservations@audiosf.com

It’s been a long, hard-earned road to success for Icarus, the Bristol-based duo made up of brothers Tom and Ian Griffiths.

Naturally taking to instruments at a young age, much of their teenage years were spent playing in various punk, rock and funk bands, but it wasn’t long before their attentions moved towards electronic music. Dance music had in fact always been there in the background, initially in the form of trance and hard house mix CDs, but it was the discovery of Drum and Bass and Jungle in their late teens that really took hold. Eagerly awaiting new releases every Friday in record stores, their vinyl collections grew quickly, along with a new found passion for DJing. Whilst studying music at the ACM in Guildford, a course module sparked an interest in music produc- tion and after saving up enough money to buy a copy of Logic Pro, the pair began their journey of obsessively honing their production and mixing skills.

Icarus’ all-encompassing journey through the outer realms of electronic music was rewarded when they signed to Pete Tong’s iconic FFRR imprint in 2015. “Icarus started pretty quickly,” Tom recalls. “We’d been writing music together for six or seven years, but getting signed to FFRR I’d say was our first major achievement.” Under the guidance of FFRR, Icarus released a steady stream of head-turning music, constantly refining and developing their signature sound that sits at the intersection of emotionally tuned, melodic electronica and deep, infectiously danceable house music. “I think as time’s passed, our sound has got a little bit more refined but we’re still influenced by a lot of different genres, which still plays a part in our music writing process now,”

A slew of fan-favourite tracks has helped the boys embark on a sharp ascent through the ranks of UK dance music, cultivating a dedicated following in the process. With hits including ‘Octo- ber’ and ‘Sirens’, the duo have garnered over 215 million streams worldwide, whilst also enjoy- ing huge support at BBC Radio 1 including 9 ‘Hottest Records’, 2 Essential New Tunes, a Mini- Mix and an Essential Mix over the course of their career.

Moving away from single releases in 2018 with their five-track EP ‘In The Dark’, Icarus contin- ued to grow and develop their craft. Following this up, their first concept EP ‘This Must Be The Place’ received critical acclaim, lauded as one of their most accomplished bodies of work yet.

Throughout their journey, DJ performances have always been an equally intrinsic part of Icarus. From humble beginnings playing at Subsoul parties across the UK to delving into the world of headline tours, playing renowned festivals like Parklife and life-affirming shows in Ibiza, these sets have been crucial in facilitating the boys’ ascent through the ranks. “We’ve always looked at Ibiza as that holy grail and the first year we got booked there [2017] we played five shows at five different legendary clubs - a huge career highlight,” Tom enthuses. This was followed up with a mammoth tour of the US alongside Grammy-winning Australian trio Rüfüs Du Sol. “If you told the teenage me that I’d go on tour with my brother and do America for five weeks I wouldn’t have believed you,” Tom adds.

Early 2020 saw Icarus move things up a gear with an Australian Tour, as the main support act for Fatboy Slim, as well as delivering their ‘biggest and most important project to date’. Another conceptual project and the largest body of work to be created in their career thus far: ‘Un- fold’ - a nine-track release underpinned by ‘transformation and evolution of self’.

Despite the locking down of the globe, the project has seen tracks like ‘Dreams Of You’ a col- laboration with Rae Morris, ‘Fade Away’ and the emotive ‘Joy’ take on lives of their own and connect with fans globally, giving the project over 10 million streams to date.

2021 saw Icarus return with a single on the mighty Anjunadeep, teaming up with fellow West Country artist Jamie N Commons for ‘Moment In Time’, to much acclaim from the Anjuna fan community, as well as the duo finally gracing their own imprint Fly Boy Records with a long awaited release of a track they’ve been playing in their DJ sets for several years - ‘ITL’.
Last year we saw Icarus embark on their sold out, Live UK ‘Unfold’ Tour, finally happening in February 2022, playing venues ‘YES’ in Manchester, ‘The Marble Factory’ in Bristol and ‘Village Underground’ in London.

Icarus moved into last year with a fresh appetite for consistently releasing new music, and a vis- ion for a new body of work. Adding to their already extensive discography with a slew of singles such as ‘Last Night Felt Like The Future’, 'Forever', 'Catch Your Breath', 'Dominoes' and 'Draw The Line', the brothers have continued to develop and refine their signature sound, building a mass of energy into the launch of their eagerly awaited Album ‘Change’.

 

Icarus say: "When it comes to a bigger project such as an album, we've found that unearthing a theme in the early stages can really help us focus and find our path through the creative process. The theme around this Album is 'Change', and all the feelings and emotions that come along with that. The frustrations of a current situation, the anxieties of an uncertain future, all the way through to a gradual clarity that comes with taking time to reflect and becoming confident with who you are and where you are. Almost a process of ordering what was once chaos. The record represents where we've been, where we're at, and where we're going."

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