Futuristic Polar Bears are one of the major UK success stories with a solid track library and plenty more to come.
A trio from the UK, the Futuristic Polar Bears have been making their mark on the dance music scene with their blend of Progressive and Electro House, but as the sound begins to die down as the boom of the ‘EDM’ scene slows, this trio are showing no signs of slowing down. They have continued their rise to success with a number of big releases on the likes of Revealed Recordings and their most recent coming on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s Smash The House, with the label bosses themselves adding an edit to the track. They are a name who look in no way slowing down, and with huge plans for the rest of the year such as new releases, an Indian tour and Tomorrowland Brasil, they are sure to continue this successful trend.
The UK scene has really turned towards the House vibe as the so-called ‘EDM’ sound begins to die off – but not for the Futuristic Polar Bears. Have you seen the change happen first hand?
Yes, very much so. It’s true that music is always moving and changing but there is now a much wider scope as to what’s being played in clubs. The House vibe has always been here and it has just become more prominent in the last two years, this means that for DJs like us who are playing a more progressive sound, we have to work twice as hard to make sure we’re in the place we need to be. The love from fans hasn’t disappeared, despite what some people might have you think!
With this change, have you ever been tempted to change your sound and do something a little bit different, or have you always wanted to stick the Electro / Progressive House sound?
We are working on some crossover tracks and a few cool projects that aren’t as hard as, for instance ‘Cafe Del Mar’, but we have always had quite a variation to our sound. We had ‘Vargo’ and ‘Romani’ with Danny Howard that were quite bouncy and also ‘Manila’ with Sultan & Ned that was a bit more groovy. That said, we’ll still be sticking to the Polar Bear sound that we’re known for, so don’t expect a Tech House track coming from us any time soon!
Across the globe though, how has the experience been bringing your sound and your tracks to a global audience? Did you ever expect to tour the likes of North America or places like that?
It’s incredible to tour the world, a dream come true. We have always visualized being successful and touring America and the world, even when we hadn’t had a record signed. We think you have to aim high and believe you can achieve it – we’re proof that it can happen if you work hard enough!
New music and you have been receiving wide-spread success with your latest collaboration with MATTN on ‘Café Del Mar’ which saw Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike work on the track with an edit. How did the collaboration come about and how big an achievement was this for you to have it released on Smash The House?
It was amazing working with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and MATTN, the guys helped to mould the track into a monster and they have been dropping it since ADE last year to massive responses from the dance floors. Watching tens of thousands of people going crazy to our records is just amazing! As with most production collaborations these days, there was a lot of back and forth over a number of months until we had a track that we were all happy with. DV & LM gave it a finishing touch, hence the edit, and the rest is history!
The track was also supported by the likes of Hardwell out in Miami as well as a number of other big names DJs. Does this just become part of the life of a DJ and production trio or do you still get a buzz off news like that?
We still get very excited, we are only at the beginning of our journey and every time we get support for the top DJs in the industry it helps us to grow, it will never get old having DJs and ravers loving our records!
With plenty of 2016 left to go, what can fans of Futuristic Polar Bears expect to hear from you in the next few months?
We have lots of exciting new records coming this year and a few surprises as well so watch this space. We’ve got at least four big releases lined up between now and November so there’s plenty to look forward to. We’re currently on a short tour of India, and then Tomorrowland Brasil later this month. Then there’s Ibiza…
As we said, dance music is always changing and there are always new artists on the way through as well as the established names. Are there any artists you recommend we keep an eye out for from the UK and as a whole, who would you most like to collaborate with next?
Axwell is somebody we’ve always looked up to! He’s never scared to push boundaries and styles and his music always has so much energy to it! It would be great to work with him one day!
Finishing off, how do you see the Progressive / Electro House genres developing over the next few years, especially with new genres and cross-genre sounds breaking through, as well as the rise of the underground genres?
All music keeps progressing, and it changes so quick that you just have to watch what everyone is doing and make sure that you’re pushing forwards with your own style; we think there will be more groove injected into the progressive sound in the coming months. We’ve got some really exciting tracks on the go in the studio which we’ll be road-testing over the next few weeks. Expect the unexpected because as they say – lead don’t follow!
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