Few have blazed the trail of Russian dance music quite as comfortably as Hard Rock Sofa. From Smolensk to the high end of global club land, their eight-years on the beat have not only made for some serious musical landmarks, but a 360-degree success story in making it within the modern industry. Alexander Shapovalov and Denis Chepikov now represent a peak in European dance talent – and they are only growing stronger with age.
Between BBC Radio One, Sirius XM and a consistent run on the global club and festival circuit, their sound has challenged national peers and global contenders alike to up-the-ante. Case in hand, when “Blow Up” achieved anthem status, the floodgates formally opened for their industrious leaps and bounds. Catering to the likes of Spinnin, Warner Music, Axtone and Size Records alike, a who’s who discography of hard-hitting yet melodic anthems has made such career landmarks as “Here We Go”, “Quasar” and “Rasputin” essential not only to their own careers, but the global dance community and its modern heyday.