GRAMMY®-NOMINATED DANCE DUO ‘SIDEPIECE’ KICK OFF THE SUMMER WITH “I NEED U (FEAT ZOI)”
Sidepiece, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated dance duo comprised of multimillion streaming DJ/producers NITTI (Ricky Mears) and Party Favor (Dylan Ragland) – return with their feel-good new single, “I NEED U (Feat. ZOI),” available now!
“I NEED U (Feat. ZOI)” kicks off a spectacular summer for SIDEPIECE, including a wide array of international live dates and more new music to come. The track follows SIDEPIECE’s 2022 label debut single, “Reborn,” joined by an Extended Mix and exclusive Kyle Walker Remix.
SIDEPIECE also recently joined forces with hip-hop legend Lil Wayne for the first-ever official remix of his chart-topping, GRAMMY® Award-winning 6x RIAA Platinum-certified 2008 smash, “A Milli,” available now HERE. Now boasting over 10.5M worldwide streams, “A Milli (Remix)” made a top 20 debut on Billboard’s “Hot Dance/Electronic Songs” chart upon its release earlier this year – SIDEPIECE’s third and highest-ranking appearance on the chart thus far.
The duo is currently traveling North America with headline performances and festival appearances scheduled through October. Highlights include top-billed performances at Chicago, IL’s Heatwave 2023 (June 10-11), Salt Lake City, UT’s Get Funky (June 24), Long Beach, CA’s Day Trip Festival (June 25), Baltimore, MD’s Moonrise Festival (August 12), and Austin, TX’s Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 8 and 15).
While Dylan Ragland and Ricky Mears meant to start a side project, they weren’t expecting to create SIDEPIECE – a GRAMMY® Award-nominated house duo that’s clocked more than 362M global streams since its inception. The two creatives – Ragland makes music as fan favorite Party Favor while Mears produces as dancefloor igniter NITTI – first linked via DM in 2019 to share track ideas. Sensing their musical chemistry, they jumped on Facetime. By the end of the call, they’d registered the @youasidepiece social handles and their own figurative sidepiece had been born.
“It started out as a fun passion project because we both love and care about house music,” says Dylan Ragland, “but it’s grown so much bigger than we originally planned.”
Indeed, success came fast for the pair. SIDEPIECE’s second single, the 2020 Diplo collaboration “On My Mind,” proved a global smash, earning more than 225M global streams, Gold and Platinum certifications in a dozen countries around the world, and a prestigious 2021 GRAMMY® Award nomination for “Best Dance Recording.”
A flurry of additional hit singles followed, with SIDEPIECE carving out a signature sound rooted in catchy vocals (“The most important element,” says Ragland) and an ever-intoxicating bump-and-grind house groove. Spanning tech house, bass house, and beyond, tracks including “Acrobatic,” “Temptation,” “Sextacy” and “Reborn” are all quintessentially SIDEPIECE – party-starting club records with a pop-lean and serious sex appeal.
“Huge streaming numbers are cool,” says Ricky Mears, “but seeing people in the crowd singing along to the song, makes it all feel real.”
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