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For Sam Walker and Gavin Royce, the question is the fundamental test of theirstudio output. Simple as it may sound, for this perfectionist pair it’s anything but.Their innate dance floor intuition, combined with years of experience behind thedecks, drives them to create music that isn’t just playable—it’s irresistible.First introduced by way of New York City's early-aughts dance music scene, SamWalker and Gavin Royce first teamed up for a remix in 2011. The duo found earlysuccess on tastemaker labels like Crosstown Rebels, OFF Recordings, andModa Black, scoring an Essential New Tune nod from Pete Tong with 2014’s“Sister.”The indie dance and deep house sounds that informed Walker &Royce’s earliest work soon gave way to something different. Quirky accents andbouncy synths, previously deeper in the mix, leapt to the forefront, backed by apropulsive new energy. The success of their November 2015 “Bright Lights”remix was a clear indication that they were onto something.In October 2017, Walker & Royce released their debut albumSelf HelponDirtybird, which both showcased and expanded upon their now-signature sound.The guys enlisted numerous vocalists, including Green Velvet, Dances WithWhite Girls, and Sophiegrophy, to make Self Help feel like a packed house party–while leaving no doubt about who was hosting.Self Helpwas followed byfurther experimentation and growth. Sam and Gavin have collaborated withClaude Vonstroke,Ardalan, Chris LakeandVNSSAjust to name a fewas well asremixedChannel Tres,LP Giobbi,TheKnocks,Justin Jay,GorgonCity,Mindchatter; and put out music on Relief, Black Book, HotBOi Records andmore.TheirRave Grave EPwasthe inaugural release on Diplo’s house-focusedimprint Higher Ground.Continuing to pushboundaries, they have launched theirown label Rules Don’t Apply Records, with the ethosjust as the namestates...No Rules, just good music.Walker & Royce have spent years honing in on their one-of-a-kind style,meticulously crafting the sounds they want their fans to hear in clubs, at festivalsand in their headphones. The result is a cohesive, career-defining body of workthat firmly places the duo at the forefront of dance music's future.
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