“Welshy has a flair for combining unusual and attention-grabbing samples with infectious, thumping dance beats”
The somewhat confusingly named Irish DJ, Welshy has established his reputation as one of the country’s most exciting up and coming electronic music talents, by utilising his skills on remixes of tracks by prolific acts such as Kygo and The Chainsmokers.
Yet, 2020 breakout single ‘Haiti’ proved to be the real kickstart to his career. In one year, the track grew from a modest demo posted on YouTube, to receiving constant airplay on stations such as BBC Radio 1 and KISS FM, spots on the biggest dance music playlists on streaming services, has been remixed by Brit nominated DJ, Nathan Dawe and has earned Welshy a deal with Insanity Records. The single also recently went Gold in Welshy’s native Ireland.
Latest follow-up single ‘All for You’, continues the World Music style explored on ‘Haiti’, which included vocals by Haitian singer Coralie Hérard. ‘All For You’ incorporates a sample from Malian singer Rokia Traoré’s track ‘Ka Moun Kè’. Welshy intertwines the sample with English language vocals, supplied by sing-songwriter SHELLS, in order to bring Rokia Traoré’s story to life, creating a captivating multi-cultural ambiance.
As seen previously on ‘Haiti’, Welshy has a flair for combining unusual and attention-grabbing samples with infectious, thumping dance beats which have mainstream appeal, leading to his crossover success and his ability to stand out in a crowd of producers.
The result on ‘All For You’ is a song which even on a first listen, sounds like the soundtrack to a summer filled with holidays and festivals in the sun. Traoré’s Malian vocals give an exotic feel, whilst lyrics sung by SHELLS, such as ‘sand meets the sea, you and me birds of a feather’ only compliment the impression of beautiful foreign lands and freedom which this track conjures. It is the perfect summer dance track.
Words: Leila McGrorty