The Spotlight | WRLD & smle at U Street Music Hall (March 15, 7pm)
Don’t let electronic music artist WRLD‘s youthful demeanor fool you for one second. Also known as David Lawson, WRLD produces with the musical versatility of a seasoned veteran, skillfully merging electronic with dance and pop. He kicked off a fruitful partnership with label Monstercat with successful singles “Triumph,” “You & Me” with Laszlo and then “Orbit (feat. Richard Caddock)” in 2014, both featuring on Monstercat’s 018 – Frontier compilation. He also cemented himself as a part of the SoundCloud collective Moving Castle with an appearance on their third compilation.
WRLD spent 2015 developing that momentum and expanding on his signature bright and progressive sound. He continued his string of hits on Monstercat while exploring his own unique sound through the Chase It EP. Chase It saw WRLD navigate between future bass, indie dance, and nu-disco with ease, crossing a million plays on SoundCloud and securing a #24 iTunes chart position. WRLD has since released “Fighter,” a powerful vocoder driven single which demonstrated his ever growing grasp of inspirations and techniques from across the electronic music spectrum, and the Awake EP, establishing a mature sound.
smle is a live electronic production duo composed of childhood friends who were fortunate enough to have studied and grown up around music their entire lives. A project 6 years in the making, smle entered the music industry with a singular initiative: putting a genuine look of happiness on your face. Whether its their nostalgia-inducing remixes or the fresh innovative sounds of their original tunes, smle music can only justifiably be defined by its ethereal splendor and its ability to resonate with the auras of the human body. So sit back, press play, and do not forget to smle.