Wolfgang Gartner Celebrates New “Illmerica” Video with Set at Pacha New York
Grammy-nominated, electronic dance music artist, Wolfgang Gartner, first glided on the scene as Joey Youngman (real name). But it wasn’t until he reinvented himself under the radar, in 2007, as Wolfgang Gartner that he saw success befitting of his talents.
Now, with prime billings at festivals Coachella and Electric Zoo, and eight number 1’s on the Beatport Top 10—he’s making his mark. Gartner has recently been nominated for two International Dance Music Awards for “Best Breakthrough DJ” and “Best Electro/Tech House track” for his hit “Animal Rights,” alongside Deadmau5. The IDMA ceremonies will take place March 8-11, 2011 at WMC 2011 in Miami. Fans can vote for winners up until Friday, February 18th, 2011 at: http://www.wintermusicconference.com/idmaballot/finalballot/.
For the release of his debut studio album (coming out spring 2011 under Ultra Music), Gartner has made available his music video for “Illmerica,” the first track from the record. The new video which can be viewed on YouTube:
For the video, Gartner turned to Ryan McNamara from the Mackingwell production house to handle direction. McNamara past credits include videos for Converse and Gentle Man. “Illmerica,” however, is somewhat of a departure from McNamara’s previous projects and takes inspiration from a wide variety of American historic themes including: the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Hiroshima, and the Gulf War.”
It serves as a powerful testimonial to the often turbulent past of the country; as well as its achievements, setbacks and evolution.
Gartner has also announced a lead-track, titled from the forthcoming album, “Forever,” a collaboration with will.i.am that is sure to be a triumph. (A video is reportedly on the way as well.)
On Saturday, January 29, Gartner tore up super club Pacha in NYC, with a blazing set featuring some of his innovative beats. Sample some of it here:
This weekend the artist sets off to destroy Florida with gigs at Orlando’s House of Blues and Tampa’s The Ritz.
Keep your eye on this guy.