Berlin-based artist and producer Solarrio, born David Barenboim in Paris, France, is on the brink of unleashing his musical prowess once again with his latest release, “B the 1”. This single not only marks the beginning of a new era in Solarrio’s career but also offers a glimpse into his diverse and captivating musical journey.
Solarrio’s musical roots run deep, with a family background steeped in classical music. However, he defied convention by immersing himself in the world of rock bands during his school years, setting the stage for a musical trajectory that would defy categorization. It was during these formative years that Solarrio developed a love for hip-hop, engaging in freestyle sessions with local rap crews, and eventually finding his way into music production.
What sets Solarrio apart is his ability to seamlessly fuse influences from different genres into a harmonious whole. His unique sound is a captivating blend of 80’s synthpop and R&B, a testament to his broad musical palette and his unending curiosity for exploration.
Solarrio’s journey took another significant turn when he co-founded Level Eight Entertainment with artist Megaloh in 2003. This venture allowed him to showcase his production prowess as he collaborated with rap legend Kurupt for Megaloh’s debut album. Following this, Solarrio’s talents continued to shine as he ventured into the collaborative project “Reim Geschätlich,” featuring prominent figures from the German rap scene.
His music extended far beyond Germany, with his remix finding a place on Lang Lang’s “Dreams of China” (2008 Olympic Games Edition). Never one to rest on his laurels, Solarrio embarked on a quest for growth and learning, studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2008 to 2010.
Returning to Germany, Solarrio left an indelible mark by producing Berlin rap legend Harris’s second album, “Der Mann Im Haus,” and contributing to Aggro Berlin’s “Halt die Fresse” format. His production skills resonated widely, leading to collaborations with Raf Camora on significant records, including “Raf 3.0” and “Hoch 2.”
In 2014, Solarrio underwent a transformative rebranding, emerging as Solarrio. The self-titled EP released in 2017 and “Isolate” EP in 2019 solidified his place in the music industry, resonating with audiences worldwide. His versatility shone through in numerous singles and collaborations, reaching a crescendo with the release of two breakthrough tracks in early 2020: “On My Mind” featuring Nigerian songstress Niniola, and “Started This Yet.”
Now, Solarrio stands at the threshold of a new chapter, as he prepares to release his debut album. “B the 1”, the album’s first snippet, showcases Solarrio’s international appeal and his ability to connect with audiences across borders. The song’s production journey traversed continents, involving collaboration with artists from Zurich to Los Angeles, resulting in a captivating sonic landscape.
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