Danish artists HEDEGAARD, Matt Hawk, and Bronx-raised CANCUN? (but also based out of Denmark) team up for their new track “OneHundred,” a perfect representation of their signature genre – “car music,” out now on HEDEGAARD‘s label of the same name – OneHundred, operating under mighty Spinnin’ Records. As the forerunners of the “car music” movement, the three artists expertly blend electronic and rap/hip hop at around 100 BPM (lending both the track and its corresponding label their names) to make for the perfectly suitable music to – you guessed it – being played at max volume on your car stereo, getting you pumped up for your workout, as well as setting the mood perfectly in your favorite nightclub during the weekend. “OneHundred” packs a multifaceted punch with its ominous background chorals, rap vocals, and a deep bassline. The new single is accompanied by the label’s “Car Music Vol. 1” compilation, which features some of earlier “car music” bangers such as HEDEGAARD‘s previous “INFERNO” and “Ratchets,” Matt Hawk‘s “GANG GANG” and CANCUN? ‘s “Jiggy,” to name a few, showcasing what “car music” is about.
“For me, the perfect cocktail is when friendship and music meet in a song. Our styles as individual artists are very close, so it was a smooth ride working together on ‘OneHundred.’” – HEDEGAARD
“Making ‘OneHundred‘ made me feel charged in every cell. That beat moves forward like hell on wheels, and the sound captures the very essence and enormous power of this unique group of people. OneHundred is a lot more than just a title or a label’s name; It has become an unstoppable movement that I am incredibly proud to be part of. Creating the song with HEDEGAARD and Matt Hawk in the studio felt like we were making a movie. The energy jumping from their fingers on a piano, creating the haunting chords and choir chops blasting out of the speakers, made my job easy, doing the topline. In every aspect of the song, it felt like we were elevating each other through sonic power.” – CANCUN?
“It is a huge privilege to create music with such amazing artists — and great friends at the same time. Our minds are so aligned in our style of music, and we complement each other so well that everything comes together very easily.” – Matt Hawk
Since the release of an unofficial remix of Dr. Dre‘s “The Next Episode” in 2011, introducing the audience to HEDEGAARD‘s unique sound, he has produced several of the biggest Nordic hits in the last decade, generating more than – mind blowing – 1,4B streams across streaming platforms. “Happy Home” with Lukas Graham and “Twerk It Like Miley” with Brandon Beal and Christopher are just a couple of the major hits HEDEGAARD has released and produced over the past years, resulting in several #1 all over the World. With the release of the single “NYC BABY” and the localized version “BEIJING BABY” – released exclusively in China – he took the top spot once again on the weekly QQ Music EDM Chart. Later on, the single took 2nd place on the quarterly version of the same chart for the entire Q2. The follow-up singles “BORED” and “The Ones We Lost” entered the Top 20 and became HEDEGAARD‘s 4th and 5th Top 20 entry in a row, underlining his status as the hottest EDM artist in China. That status was recently further substantiated by enormous viral attention on the Chinese social media Douyin, where HEDEGAARD accepted a remix challenge from the influencer Sander Kole, resulting in an 8-minute video that has generated more than 71M views and 2M+ likes. The reward for his work does not only come in the form of impressive streaming numbers but has also resulted in nominations at award shows. HEDEGAARD has previously won several DMA awards, DJ and Club Awards, and as the top nominee at the Club Awards 2024 in five categories, and with a big share in a nomination in a sixth category, the feat is second to none in Denmark.
CANCUN? had his musical upbringing in the Bronx, where soul, hip-hop, poetry, and his Afro-Caribbean roots all left a significant impact on his interest in and perspective on music. Today, he lives in Denmark and is known as “The Concept Guy” – the man who freestyles and blends lyrics, genres, and melodies, turning them into hits. With his deep vocals, creative style, and unique ability to fuse genres together, CANCUN? has established a strong presence on the electronic music scene in record time, both in Denmark and internationally. He has conquered the top of the Chinese EDM chart. In November 2022, he entered the weekly chart of China‘s largest music platform – QQ Music, with the mega-hit “All Designer” with HEDEGAARD, after which the single went straight to the top spot on the platform’s EDM chart. The single “NYC BABY” with HEDEGAARD, was released in China in a localized version under the title “BEIJING BABY“, where it was out into A-rotation on the biggest radio stations in the country. The song also hit the top spot as no. 1 on the weekly QQ Music‘s EDM chart and went on to reach the spot as no. 2 on the overall EDM Chart on QQ Music for the entire second quarter of 2023. For many years, CANCUN? has written songs for and with the biggest Danish stars. His raw, hard-hitting vocals and unorthodox song lyrics can be found on albums by Lukas Graham, Christopher, HEDEGAARD, and Brandon Beal.
Matt Hawk, the next big star in “car music,” is all about minimalism and genre clashes – two things that make him stand out from other DJs. The 33-year-old art director from Aalborg started dreaming of a music career in his teens when he began mixing styles and genres in his creation of new and unique productions. Today, his dream has come true, and he is producing hits with Denmark‘s biggest DJs. In collaboration with HEDEGAARD, Matt Hawk has produced and released the single “SA-MY-D” and their joint remix of the rap classic “Ni**as in Paris.” Among friends, Matt Hawk is known as the geek and a master of coherence. He tears songs to pieces, only to put them back together in all kinds of creative ways – which has given him a special weapon as a DJ: The ability to mix club vocals with hip-hop beats – an original approach, which ensures his audience a big party. Matt Hawk is energized by the unknown. A constant curiosity and the untamable urge to create means that he is, again and again, combining that which has never been combined before. Matt Hawk brings genre clashes to the stage and loves to create contrasts and new, never-before-heard combinations. He lives for experiences and for creating them for his audience through music.