Zhu And Wax Motif Unleash New Single: Better Recognize
GRAMMY-nominated artist ZHU and acclaimed Australian-born, Los Angeles-based producer Wax Motif unveiled their first-ever collaboration, “Better Recognize.”
Released via Astralwerks, the incendiary single is a bold statement of intent from two influential artists at the top of their game.
ZHU and Wax co-wrote the track and produced it together, recording at San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral and at Zhudio, ZHU’s Los Angeles studio.
When discussing the collaboration, ZHU says, “In the midst of experimenting with new sounds and direction for a new project, I wanted to keep something consistent. Wax and I made a banger for the clubs.“
Additionally, Wax states, “It’s been a long time coming that ZHU and I were able to finally catch up in the studio and work together on music. After years of friendship, it was bound to happen but never forced. Better Recognize is the product of two friends coming together and actually making a product we are proud of and something not forced. I hope that everyone enjoys it.”
Wax Motif is regarded as a central orchestrator in developing the house sound across the U.S. Incorporating hip-hop, electronic, disco, and R&B elements across his discography, Wax has landed collaborations and releases with artists such as Euro Trash, Diddy, 220Kid, AC Slater, Diplo, and more. The talented producer is coming off the release of his debut album, House Of Wax which has accumulated over 33 million combined global streams. His North American tour of the same name included a record-high number of sold-out shows including the established Hollywood Palladium, The Shrine in Los Angeles, and a Las Vegas Mainstage B2B with Malaa and special guest and past collaborator, Ty Dolla $.
ZHU’s 2023 GRACE Tour – his first headline run in five years – included three sold-out shows on each cost – the Hollywood Palladium in Southern California and Brooklyn Mirage in New York – as well as a sold-out show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in his hometown of San Francisco. He teamed up with deadmau5 for three Bay Area shows.
GRACE – the follow-up to ZHU’s critically acclaimed Dreamland 2021 – will be released in early 2024, via Astralwerks.
ZHU – TOUR DATES
11.17 El Paso, TX
11.17-19 Mexico City, Mexico
12.30 San Diego, CA
12.31-01.01 San Diego, CA
3.15-17 Buenos Aires, Argentina
3.22-24 São Paulo, Brasil
WAX MOTIF – TOUR DATES
12.12 – 12.16 Tulum, MX Holy Ship Wrecked
12.31 San Diego, CA Proper NYE Festival
Over the years, ZHU has earned acclaim for his forward-looking vision, beginning with his debut EP, THE NIGHTDAY, which included the GRAMMY-nominated hit “Faded.” His full-length debut, GENERATIONWHY, topped Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart and landed on the Billboard 200, and he’s had dozens of tracks hit the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Musical Chairs Mixtape (Vol. 1) followed in 2022, dropping just before ZHU’s headlining set at Lollapalooza.
In the lead-up to the January 2024 release of GRACE, his fourth studio album, ZHU has dropped numerous singles, including “Revelations,” a collaboration with Devault and BabyJake, “Changes” and “Take My Soul” with Devault. He previewed his NIGHTDAY fashion line and designed in collaboration with Emmy Slattery. He’s earned partnerships with like-minded brands including Luminosity and Leica. But all of this success has never been the point – ZHU just wants to head to the dancefloor and dream up better worlds.
About Wax Motif
Daniel Chien, better known as Wax Motif, is regarded as a central orchestrator in developing the house sound across the U.S. With musical influences like R&B, disco, and U.K. bass, the Australian-born, L.A.-based artist brings a unique style to the studio, making him a highly sought-after producer.
In late 2019, Wax founded his very own imprint, Divided Souls Records, with the lead single for the imprint of the same name, “Divided Souls Ft. Diddy.” The imprint has first and foremost served as a home for the Wax’s hot streak of solo originals, as well as a collection of collabs, including Diplo, AC Slater, Matroda, 220Kid, Euro Trash and many more. His 2022 debut album, House Of Wax, which has accumulated over 33 million streams, showcases his command of all house genres, incorporating electronic music euphoria as easily as it does hip-hop swagger, journeying through meditative, chilled-out vibes, summery, highway-cruising bops and dance floor bangers. The album name also doubles as the DJ’s radio show and touring brand.
Now celebrating its 30 anniversary, Astralwerks is America’s preeminent home for groundbreaking artists. Founded in New York City in 1993 by Caroline Records staffers who recognized the promise of the nascent electronic/ambient scene, the label has also launched the careers of indie, alternative and experimental artists. The first studio albums from The Chemical Brothers, Halsey, Swedish House Mafia, Empire of the Sun, Alison Wonderland, Phoenix, and Porter Robinson, among many others, were all released by Astralwerks in the U.S., fueling a sense of shared discovery with fans.
As a testament to this visionary approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY® nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, The Avalanches, ILLENIUM and many more. Now based at the iconic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA, the label is driven by a scalable, independent, and global-thinking ethos that has recently drawn such artists as Alesso, Bob Moses, Chris Lake, SG Lewis, Surf Mesa, and ZHU to its roster, and led to the launch of Astralwerks Asia. The label has also released such massive singles as the RIAA-certified 6x Platinum “Happier” by Marshmello + Bastille, “Piece Of Your Heart” by MEDUZA & Goodboys, which is certified Platinum and received a GRAMMY nomination, and the Gold-certified “Losing It” by FISHER.