A Leicester musician is part of a group whose single has shot straight to the top of an American DJ chart.
Bhavik Solanki is a member of The Windmills Project, whose dance track Give me the Night has got temperatures rising across the pond.
The 20-year-old, of Beaumont Leys, was invited to join the ‘kollektiv’ after his musical talent was spotted by Robin Junga, Bhavik’s tutor at the British Centre for Music & Enterprise (BCME) in Halford Street, Leicester, and his fellow Windmills Project member.
Bhavik was involved in Give me the Night’s post-production, which is the part of the process in which the best version of all of a track’s takes is put together.
On American DJ chart Kings of Spins, the track peaked at number one, even before it had received any radio play.
Bhavik said it was a great feeling to hear that something he was part of had done so well.
“It got a really good reception, which gave us a really good buzz,” he said.
“All the American DJs have been saying it is tearing up the airwaves.”
Bhavik described the track as having an eerie vibe.
“It is a bit house and techo,” he added. “It’s a really hard hitting house track.”
He said The Windmill Project was about the music itself, and not about a ‘face’.
“It is one entity coming together to produce the music. It is one big group effort,” he said.
Bhavik’s musical skills will come more directly into play on the next track, when he will be playing some percussion and drums.
Robin said it was Bhavik’s general attitude and talent, and the style of his music, which made the tutor ask him to get involved.
“He has lots of talent and willingness,” added Robin.
He said he was very pleased and slightly surprised with how well the single had done.
“It seems to be really hitting something over there,” he said. “It is doing well here too.”
Robin said the track had been played on BBC Introducing and a lot of community radio stations in the UK.
“It seems to be finding pockets of real support,” said Robin, who lives in Nottingham. “There seem to be a few community stations who are really playing it and really loving it.”