Published on October 21, 2022 |
by Darren Paltrowitz
Channeling the strength of their creative union, Banx & Ranx have risen to the forefront of popular music both behind the scenes as producers and in the spotlight as entertainers. With over 2 billion streams worldwide and over 1 billion views on YouTube, the Latin GRAMMY Award-nominated duo from Montreal—composed of Zacharie “Soké” Raymond and Yannick “KNY Factory” Rastogi—attribute their success to their collaborative style in the studio and his talent. for infusing their signature ECM (Electronic Caribbean Music) sound. Since becoming an artistic duo in 2014, their chemistry has sparked groundbreaking experiences producing, co-writing and collaborating with numerous international megastars, including Dua Lipa, BLACKPINK, J Balvin, Ty Dolla $ign, Sia , David Guetta, Shenseea, Ellie Goulding, Sean Paul, Diplo, Major Lazer and Gorillaz. Writing and production accolades aside, Banx and Ranx recently announced that they have partnered with Universal Music Canada for the next chapter of their career with the common goal of signing and nurturing the next generation of Canadian artists destined for international fame; their Montreal label under UMG Canada is 31 East.
Today, Banx and Ranx released a brand new single “Balenciaga” via Universal Music Canada and Polydor France. Co-produced by Banx & Ranx and Dominican-Canadian producer Real Mind, the dancehall and reggaeton track marks a return to what Banx & Ranx’s signature ECM sound is rooted in. should be the next “anthem bashment”. To name a few key recent achievements, 2022 also saw Banx & Ranx score 3 consecutive Top 10 singles (“CTRL+ALT+DEL” and “Headphones” featuring Rêve and “Flowers Need Rain” featuring Preston Pablo), collaborate with Cirque de Soleil as musical directors on MUV and host dozens of songwriting camps with artists from everywhere.
On October 19, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Banx & Ranx via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond “Balenciaga,” we talked about career goals, musical influences, touring plans, and life outside of music. More information about Banx & Ranx can be found online by clicking here, here, here and here.