Sydney dance trio join global ministry
Potbelleez are preparing to go international after signing a record deal with dance music stable Ministry of Sound. The Sydney electro/house/dance trio (pictured) launch their year with an Australian tour next month before building on overseas fan bases in Asia and Europe. Known for the Top 5 single Don’t Hold Back, The Potbelleez have explored different sounds on their new EP, Saved in a Bottle. The EP’s titular first single is a typical club banger but also features delicate guitar work, which vocalist Ilan Kidron intends to replicate live. ‘‘I play a bit of guitar and I can sing at the same time so that’s what we’ll be doing at the shows,’’ he says. ‘‘After signing a new deal it was important to do something different so we’ve looked at a range of formulas. We’re putting out the melodic anthems that everyone knows us for but there are also a few twists in the new material.’’ Kidron describes the partnership with Ministry of Sound as ‘‘working with family’’ but says it was hard to leave former label Vicious. Having just returned from playing the biggest club shows of their career in Seoul and Tokyo, signing to a label with global reach is a logical step for the group. ‘‘On an international level this is really good for us,’’ Kidron says. ‘‘We’ve been building a base in Asia and we also hope to make inroads in Europe, having played a couple of festivals over there.’’
is released tomorrow. Potbelleez play Hard Rock Rocks the Beach, in Surfers Paradise, on April 5 for the Surfers Paradise Festival. Entry is free.