zHe's the talk of the town. Michael Calfan quickly evolved from rising star in the global dance scene to protagonist of a fresh new sound. Talk about 'soul house', dance music with a sensitive quality, not only made to get bodies moving but also touch the audience's hearts. It's all there in his distinctive, international hit 'Treasured Soul', as well as other productions the French DJ has delivered. Perhaps even dance music's conscience in a time the music gets louder, by all means Michael Calfan arrived at exactly the right moment.
Bringing a French touch to nowadays house music, Michael Calfan has created something of a specialty for dance floors out there. It's the result of the producer's love for various genres, absorbing these sounds for years while also producing music in several styles. "It's like therapy for me", he explains. "I find a lot of inspiration in pop, folk or soul, as long as it's emotionally charged. So it made sense to me bringing these sentiments into dance music."
As a result, Calfan's career is a remarkable excursion from straight dance floor material to deep, compelling house tunes. Making music since he was 15 years old, by now he's a versatile producer who knows exactly what he wants. Of course there's some highlights; his single 'Resurrection' released through the Axtone label, working with key artist of the scene, remixing for artists like Duke Dumont, Major Lazer, David Guetta
But his true claim to fame comes in 2014. First there's 'Prelude' (Spinnin' Records), a vivacious house track full of warm, open chords. Critically received as a fresh new sound, the single happens to be the precursor of something even bigger. By the end of the year, world renowned imprint Spinnin' Records in collaboration with Warner releases 'Treasured Soul', a folk tinged groove that's considered an instant classic even before it comes out.
Supported by a wide range of DJs the track remains in the Top 10 of Beatport's Main Chart for a month, turning into one of the biggest dance anthems of early 2015, the video by now scoring over 6 million YouTube views.
The rest of they year, Michael Calfan is considered the next best thing in current deep house, a fact he underlines with a popular remix of Oliver Heldens' 'Koala' and the release of 'Mercy', another folky track including infectious harmonica chorus, again supported by all the house tastemakers. What follows is a worldwide tour, taking him to loads of festivals and an extensive US summer tour.
Michael Calfan's style seems to live a life of its own, critically received as 'soul house', and the Frenchman himself is more than happy about that. "I don't know what the future will bring, but I do know I will always want to make music with a heart and soul. It's important people get touched when they listen to my songs."
And there's a lot more to expect from the 'soul house' protagonist, precisely the impassioned sentiment Calfan wants to radiate. "It's what I love, adding a deeper, soulful side to music. I want to deliver a message, that's also the ultimate goal of music, right? Perhaps it's what these times need, for me it's simply second nature."