Filous © Marcella Ruiz Cruz
Filous © Marcella Ruiz Cruz


Until 2014 Mathias Oldofredi probably better known as Filous, had mostly made a name for himself with remixes of artists like José González, Kodaline, Milky Chance and Julian le Play. And then came that song. “How Hard I Try” was a major coup that opened doors into a whole new dimension. The song, which he wrote himself and recorded together with James Hersey, blew up and quickly put the young artist into the international spotlight. “How Hard I Try” didn’t take long to make it into the Austrian, German and Dutch charts. It even made it into the Belgian Ultra-tip charts. In the meantime the song has racked up over 50 million plays on Spotify. A number that says it all.

But “How Hard I Try” wasn’t just an accident. It didn’t take long for the Viennese musician to prove he wasn’t a one hit wonder with the release of his strong debut EP “Dawn”. It was well received by international critics and took his fame to the next level. Now he is being hailed as a rising EDM star in Austria, and received Amadeus Awards 2016 nominations in the “Artist of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Electronic Dance” categories.

The music this producer and multi-instrumentalist – a few of the instruments he plays inlcude guitar, mandolin, piano, accordion, bass, flute and drums – makes relveals itself as an atmospheric, sometimes dreamy, comfortably warm sound mixed with danceable pop and electronic music. Music that can be an ear-worm without being shallow. His songs have an undeniable quality. It is easy to see where his path leads.


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