In November 2005, Flash Republic released their debut album, “Time Is Now”, which featured a mix of booming house, soulful vocals and electro riffs. It produced two Top 10 airplay hits on South African National radio in ‘Robot’ and ‘Emergency’, the group’s remake of an old Roachford tune.
Third single ‘Gave It Up for Music’ also went Top 10 on national radio in early 2007.
A second album ‘Danger’ followed in 2008. ‘Danger’ featured the number 1 airplay hit “Twister”, Top 15 UK and DMC Club Hit ‘Star’, as well as collaborations and remixes with some of the world’s leading dance music producers and remixers including: Seamus Haji, StoneBridge, Thomas Gold, Prok & Fitch, Fonzerelli, Bellatrax and Henry John Morgan. Another notable track off ‘Danger’ was ‘Outta My Head’, an instrumental track written and produced by the Seamus Haji, owner of the Big Love Music label, and the man behind remixing some of the world’s biggest artists – Mariah Carey, Rihanna, The Ting Tings, Moby & Roisin Murphy.
The Flash Republic crew added an infectious top line to Seamus’ original instrumental and the result is one of the album’s finest moments. Swedish superstar, StoneBridge, best known for his remix work with Ne-Yo, Usher, Sugababes, Britney Spears and Missy Elliott, delivered a remix of ‘Twister’ which has also been remixed by Bellatrax who had a Billboard 1 Dance Single in 2008 with ‘I Can’t Help Myself’. Two of the world’s hottest remixers in 2008, Fonzerelli (Tiesto, Booty Luv, Sunfreakz & J Majik) and Henry John Morgan (responsible for the 2008 1 Billboard dance hit from Bellatrax) also added their touches to the single ‘Shut It’. The Flash Republic sound has also spread around the globe over recent years: The mighty Roger Sanchez selected the Prok & Fitch remix of ‘Star’ for his upcoming Renaissance compilation album. French DJ Arno Cost featured the single on his compilation album via EMI France as did Dutch superstar Deejay, Chuckie.
Flash Republic’s frontwoman, Tamara Dey, is one of South Africa’s most successful female artists, providing the vocals on massive hits like “Thathi Mphalakho” (with BOP), ‘The First Lady’ EP (nominated for a trio of SA Music Awards) and SA chart-toppers “It’s Disco”, “So Sweet (Uyazi Mos)” and “S’Groovy Baby” (off her lauded album ‘The First Lady and the Boys’).
Ryan Dent has numerous awards and accolades behind him. “The Dentist” (as he’s fondly known) delivers dance floor dynamite and crazy cross fade antics each time he steps into the booth. Ryan has DJ’ed in the UK, Holland, Germany and France over the past few years. Now applying his superior house knowledge to original productions, Ryan has produced tracks like “Haya” (a Top 10 hit on national radio), “Funkdust” and “Need It” (both released on Belgian label StartStop).
Craig Massiv is also no stranger to the scene, having served up super-deep sets at legendary spots like Foundation, Bar Rhumba (London) and The Kitchen (Dublin). As a member of the Jazzworx collective, Massic has contributed his deeply deft touch to many projects, including international remixes for Les Nubians and Beverley Knight. He has earned three South African Music Awards (South African Grammys) nominations for his efforts. His expertise has also been acknowledged by London label, Inspirit and Gossip records (NYC), with releases under his Soul Khula alias with Troye Lilley (with remixes from Andy Caldwell, Native New Yorkers and Hot22).
Flash Republic’s live show has seen them support Kelis, Fatboy Slim, Audio Bullies, and Stereo MCs and performances at high-profile events like the Robbie Williams SA tour after party have earned them the respect of their peers.
Most recently, Flash Republic teamed up with Foto Na Dans to create side project, Dans Republic.
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