House-music producing partners Max Vangeli and AN21 ascended the ranks in the dance music world through notable remixes and a knack for the blockbuster DJ swagger required to captivate thousands of people with a pair of decks at any given time. And while renditions of Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed" and Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" remain in their arsenal, the duo are on the precipice of new material, set to be unleashed by a mammoth single bearing co-production by a titanic name.
"People of the Night," which the BBC's Pete Tong debuted about a month ago, is anthemic and features a soothing vocal by Eleanor Bodenham from the band Lover Lover, a blessing delivered by the track's production partner, dance music legend Tiësto.
"We met Tijs [Verwest, a.k.a. Tiësto] in Stockholm, and we talked about doing some kind of work together," San Francisco-based Vangeli shared with MTV News recently. "And when we were in L.A. with AN21 at Steve [Angello]'s studio, we came up with this initial idea, and we just sent it over to Tijs, and he loved it right away.
"He brought the vocals. It was a track that didn't have to be forced, to be honest with you," Vangeli continued. "The vocals, we did one take, literally. We didn't re-record or anything. And here we are with a track with Tiësto. It turned out phat!"
AN21 said, "The response we got from 'People of the Night' is 100 percent. I've never seen this much response every day on the Internet. It's like, '100 new mentions; 100 new mentions.' And that's an amazing feeling."
To get a sense of just how big Max and AN21 have become, one need only note that earlier this month, they subbed in for Eric Prydz at Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain, only to have Tiësto and Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso join in — four superstar DJs going track for track over the course of their whole set.
And now it would seem the top echelon of stardom is in sight. Together with blockbuster house music producer and SHM member Steve Angello, who is overseeing their project, Max and AN21 will be releasing their first album through Interscope and Angello's Size Records.
"We have a concept — a very cool concept," Max said. "We are waiting for a few more vocals to be complete. We have like 20 songs, but we are going to cut it down."
AN21 revealed: "It's pretty much done, to be honest with you: 85 percent."
Max added, "We are still finalizing things, but we've done work with [British singer] Example (a song titled "Whisper"). We're doing one song with Steve [Angello], obviously, on the album. And I can pretty much say that we are working on one with Dirty South and Kim Fai. Did one with Moguai, as well."
"People of the Night" will be dropping soon, and AN21 and Max Vangeli said they hope to put out their album by the end of the year and definitely before Winter Music Conference 2012. Until then, fans can get a healthy dose of what's to come starting Tuesday: Max will be putting out the next edition in his podcast series, which has already featured the likes of Kaskade and Roger Sanchez.
Of course, it's only fitting given their latest single that Max will be featuring a special guest: Tiësto. Just what will go down when Tijs "The Tank" comes through? You'll have to check out the podcast Tuesday to find out.