UAE-based artist Mangal Suvarnan cements his status as one to watch for with the release of ‘Winds of Destiny’, a four-track extended play (EP) on dance music’s most sought-after label Armada Captivating (Armada).
Set for a worldwide release on September 22, 2017, Suvarnan announced an EP launch event at ON42, Media One Hotel on Friday, September 22 in partnership with DanceFM97.8 and Hustle Entertainment.
“I’m super excited to announce that I will be dropping four tracks from the EP in the midst of a power-packed set specially curated for dance music lovers here in UAE,” said the 27-year-old artist. The artist line-up for the event include DJ Danny CEE (DanceFM)and Joe Mango (DanceFM).
Co-owned by electronic dance music’s most influential record producer and DJ Armin Van Buuren, Maykel Piron, and David Lewis, Armada Music is home to some of the best-known names in EDM. The label has catapulted the careers of artists Andrew Rayel, Dash Berlin, Lost Frequencies, and Fedde Le Grand to name a few.
Touted as one of UAE’s most-promising acts, Suvarnan’s EP features four high-energy tracks, which are- ‘Winds of Destiny’ (title track), Stallion, Checkmate, and Insanity featuring scintillating vocals from the very talented Eshani S.
A long-term resident of Dubai, Suvarnan has spent over five years fine-tuning his production abilities. He is also probably one of the only artist from UAE to sign a solo EP on the label, after consistently sending the label original tracks for over three years.
An official statement from Armada Music says, “Mangal Suvarnan is all set to drive his fans wild and have them reeling for more. If you’re all about high-energy spikes, the tracks from this EP will make sure you will get what you’re after.”
“I had my first tryst with Armada music in 2013 when I went to Amsterdam for a holiday with my family. I head over to their headquarters to submit a demo and when I got there, I was told that they don’t accept demos from artists, unless it’s sent electronically,” says Suvarnan.
“When I told them I’m from Dubai, they invited me to their offices and it was then I met the then junior A&R manager at Armada Music Joël de Vriend. He accepted my demo and I left thinking I’m going to make it to Tomorrow Land the next year,” he adds.
Today Joël is the head of Armada Captivating, and it was after consistently sending him tracks for three years that he was able to lockdown ‘Winds of Destiny’ with the label. “The idea to launch an EP was also Joël’s. Since 2016, I’d sent him three more tracks that he liked. Instead of placing the tracks in a compilation like we’d earlier agreed upon, he offered to launch an EP on the label,” he adds.
Suvarnan’s manager Eric Van Der Kwast, CEO and Co-founder at TTTM, Amsterdam, Netherlands says, “The Dutch electronic music has produced some of the greatest names in the industry, including Mangal’s mentor Laidback Luke, and other artists Afrojack, Martin Garrix, and of course Armin Van Buuren.”
“However, we’re always on the lookout for fresh talent from across to world. Suvarnan’s music is melody-rich, and is a perfect combination of contemporary dance music and traditional elements, such as the use of his signature flute and guitar riffs which brings a refreshing new sound into the industry.”
Winds of Destiny EP Launch: Friday, September 22