For over a decade Solarstone (Richard Mowatt) has been creating gridlock on dancefloors with a convoy of revered club classics, all-out anthems & critically acclaimed long-players. As a DJ, he spins weekly at clubs around the planet and for globally recognized names like Cream, Amnesia, Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher, Full-On-Ferry, Zouk & numerous others. Releases from Solarstone’s label projects Solaris Recordings, solarSwarm, Crashing Waves & Molecule are instrumental components of his individualistic sets and are consistently supported by the trance & prog spinning elite. Solaris International - his weekly show - enjoys a dedicated fan-base and is broadcast across some 80+ FM & Internet stations.
Solarstone – The Music: Originally a 3 piece, Solarstone blazed a trail through the emergent days of trance, founding their name with the club hits like ‘Green Light’ (1995), ‘The Calling’ (1997) and ‘The Impressions EP’ (1998). As the first trance wave peaked in 1999 Solarstone left an indelible mark on the scene with the Top 40 hit ‘Seven Cities’. The track - one of, if not the first Balearic Trance anthems - has been re-released 3 times and has sold in excess of ½ million copies. Remixed in 2002 by Armin van Buuren, its instantly recognizable sunset-sound legacy can still be heard in tracks today.
Over the following 6 years Solarstone continued to feed the masses with floor-busters like ‘Solarcoaster’ (2003), ‘Speak in Sympathy’ (2004), ‘Eastern Sea’ (2005), ‘Like A Waterfall’ (2006) & ‘The Calling’ (2007). In May 2008 he released ‘RainStarsEternal’ – an album described by DJ Mag as “a consummate all-rounder”. ‘R.S.E.’ spawned six singles including ‘Spectrum’, ‘4ever’ & ‘Late Summer Fields’ - the latter of which Richard produced, sung and wrote the lyrics for. In the autumn of the following year its remix companion piece ‘RSEMIX’ was released with refashioned tracks from the likes of Ferry Corsten, Probspot, Stan Void, Jaksaw & Pedro del Mar. June 2010 brought ‘RainStarsEternal’s successor … ‘Touchstone’. The album was a concentrated effort by Richard to chart the inspirations & influences that had gone to make up his musical psyche. They ranged from some of the most famous artists of the last 50 years to some of the most niche & hidden. To date it has generated the singles ‘Slowmotion’, ‘Electric Love’ and the title track (which DJ Mag called “energy-inducing” and Mixmag branded: “the summer of ‘99 recalibrated and refined for 2010”). Press and fans embraced its concept widely, with Tilllate calling the album “fantastic”, “beautifully produced” & “littered with club hits”. As with previous projects the album came with several groundbreaking multimedia angles. These included a revolutionary viral campaign involving the dissemination of Widgets & an online globe (or ‘Mindmap’), which allowed fans to exam all the influences in detail.
On the compilation front in 2006 he released the wrap-up 99-06 compendium album ‘AnthologyOne’ and in the spring of 2009 Richard launched his next compilation series, Electronic Architecture. Born from a longstanding love of pop art, it won plaudits and acclaim for its imaginative concept. It was hailed as “a magical blend of music, art and design” by Tilllate Magazine, a “genuine gem” by DJ Mag and in March 2010 was nominated for an IDMA award in the Best Full Length Mix category. Two years later Electronic Architecture² (Or Electronic Architecture Squared) was released to similarly high praise, with MIXMAG’s giving it their Album of the Month award and saying it “captured the essence of what we all love about trance”. To celebrate its release Richard commissioned the Electronic Architect portal tool, which allowed fans to go online and design their own version of Electronic Architecture²’s cutting edge cover art.
Solarstone – The DJ: Solarstone behind a pair of CDJs is something that every electronic dance music lover, planet-wide, should witness at least once in their clubbing careers. Richard brings together a clear love of melody with an intrinsic, perceptive aptitude for floor-quaking performances. Since learning to spin in the late Nineties, he’s played some of the most renowned names (inc. Cream@Amnesia, WMC, Full On Ferry, Ministry of Sound & Gatecrasher) and spun alongside the worlds best-known DJs many times over. Unlike many other spinners he also maintains a huge home country following, playing almost as much to UK audiences as to ones abroad. Richard's worldwide travels have also taken him to some of the biggest events and festivals across the globe, and also some of the most remote. Over the years these have included islands in the Philippines, bush parties in Australia and massive festivals in the heart of Brazil.
Solaris International – The Solarstone Show: Solaris International is Richard’s long-running and widely syndicated radio show. Working on a fully fleshed-out 2-hour format of features, interviews, guest mixes and regular spots, it has developed over two years from a cult following into a weekly essential tune-in for large sections of the electronic dance community. Presented on alternate weeks with Robbie Nelson, Solaris International broadcasts across some 80+ FM & Internet stations including the Passion FM network to a listenership of over 8 million. In 2011 it celebrated its 250th show.
Solaris, Crashing Waves, Molecule & solarSwarm – The Solarstone’s Labels:
Opening for business in August 1999, Richard co-owned, A&Rd and managed the Deepblue imprint - the launch pad for a multitude of club hits (including ‘Like a Waterfall’, ‘Jump the Next Train’ & ‘Why’). He eventually parted company with the label in July of 2008. Alongside his progressive/experimental imprint Molecule and Crashing Waves, which releases more uplifting fare, he also owns and manages the Solaris Recordings, which has become the spiritual home of Solarstone’s recordings.
At the start of 2009, Richard launched solarSwarm, an online community record label for die-hard Solarstone fans. In the summer of the same year his insatiable label morphed into solarSwarm Recordings. In a groundbreaking move solarSwarm became the world’s very first social network record label. Managed and A&R’d by the Swarm, it quickly became a wildly popular endeavor and now has over 200 members regularly contributing to its output.
Solarstone – The Aliases: In order to showcase different musical perspectives & sounds, Richard has also recorded under a number of pseudonyms. In 2002 he initiated the 80’s-referencing Young Parisians outfit, scoring a big debut with lamenting ‘U Write the Rules’. The act then skyrocketed with one of the 2004’s defining trance/prog tracks ‘Jump the Next Train’. In 1999 he released the underground anthem ‘The Hymn’ by Skyscraper on 4D Recordings, latterly re-releasing it on his own Deepblue label. He also has recorded alongside Andy Bury as Liquid State for Perfecto & Space Kittens for Hooj Choons. 2008 saw him commence a new chillout-orientated pseudonym with the release of 2nD Element’s Underwaterfall’.
Solarstone – The Remixes: Over the years Solarstone has always maintained a rigid dichotomy between original production tracks and remix works. He has remixed for A-list names like Paul Oakenfold (‘Bullet in The Gun’), Ferry Corsten (on Moonman’s ‘Galaxia’ and most recently ‘Gabriella’s Sky’) & BT’s ‘Calling Your Name’. He has also stepped outside his traditional zone to refashion tracks by legendary acts like Radiohead, The Human League & Sarah McLachlan. Most recently he has worked on remixes of Tiesto’s Allure project (on ‘Show Me The Way’), Aly & Fila’s ‘Still’ and Mory Kanté’s 'Yéké Yéké'
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