January 13 – 16, 2016
Each new year starts with the first official gathering of the music industry at Eurosonic Nooderslag, Europe’s largest and most significant showcase festival. Festival organizers, music promoters and pop experts from all over Europe gather in Groningen, Netherlands, to catch up on emerging music trends and discover the most promising new acts of the continent.
With a lot of good talent to go around, it is a great honor to be chosen as the country’s musical representative and a huge opportunity to showcase in front of so many industry professionals. Selected as one of the Austrian acts performing at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016, James Hersey and Filous are ready to work their magic in Groningen and sweep the audience off their feet with a cheerful and dreamy electropop overhaul.
Performance Date: Thursday, January 14
Time: 00:30 – 01:15
Venue: Paradigm, Groningen
Unlike other electronic music artists, filous plays every instrument on his own – an unusual approach that has already earned him many admirers and an ever growing online listening community. Hailed as the breakout star of the electronic dance music scene, filous has been making a name for himself by reinterpreting and deconstructing existing tracks and adding his own spin on the music. With the release of several bootleg remixes, including RAC’s “Tear You Down”, Jose Gonzales’ “Heartbeats”, Porter Robinson’s “Divinity” and Damien Jurado’s “Ohio”, the Vienna-based producer was able to gather a huge following and millions of soundcloud plays in only a matter of months.
Beginning his music education at the age of 10, filous taught himself to play the bass, guitar and piano before moving on to the harmonica, accordion, didgeridoo and many more – learned entirely from YouTube tutorials. At age 16 he created the moniker filous, meaning “rascal” in French, to release his remixes online.
On his recently released debut EP “DAWN”, filou enlisted the help of fellow musician James Hersey for the track “How Hard I Try” – right from the bat the single debuted at #3 on the Spotify Global Chart and #7 on the U.S. Viral Chart and has been streamed more than five million times since its release.
Links: filousmusic.com | soundcloud.com/filous
Performance Date: Friday, January 15
Time: 21:30 – 22:15
Venue: Vrijdag, Groningen
James Hersey is a multi-talented singer-songwriter from Vienna, who writes his own lyrics, plays multiple instruments, produces his own albums and even directs his own videos. Already at the age of 17, he independently produced his first self-titled EP, which celebrated its first radio plays in Austria and caught the attention of various promoters and clubs. He then traveled across Europe and the U.S., writing songs and playing live to gather experience and inspiration for his sound.
When James Hersey returned to Vienna in 2012, he produced and released his mixtape “Twelve,” his first foray into electronic production with lyrical and melodic sensibility rooted in a singer-songwriter background. National radio station and early supporter FM4 picked up on the indie-release almost immediately and named James Hersey “Artist Of The Month” in January 2013, landing four tracks in the top 10 of their charts and a nomination for the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards. With a growing repertoire in tow, he hit the road again and was invited to play support for established acts such as Left Boy, Seeed, and Will.I.Am. On the way he met Milky Chance, who invited him to join their self-made label-family “Lichtdicht Records”.
Steadily gaining more and more ground, James Hersey has recently collaborated with internationally renowned artists like Kygo, Dillon Francis and Filous on tracks like “Coming Over” and “How Hard I Try,” which each have amassed millions of plays on Spotify and Soundcloud. Things are looking bright for James Hersey, who also just got signed by the Glassnote Entertainment Group and with which he will release his next studio-produced album.