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    Uniting Nations

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    biography for uniting nations originally from unitingnations.co.uk

    June 2005: Daz had a string of hits, straddling the worlds of pop and dance music. He was the frontman and writer in the group Bus Stop, whose single Kung Fu Fighting featuring Carl Douglas sold 250,000 copies in the UK and was a major international hit. Her was half of the duo Rikki & Daz whose debut single Rhinestone Cowboy (Giddy Up Giddy Up), featuring a new vocal from country music legend Glen Campbell, reached #12 in the UK. He also had a top 40 UK hit with The Barndance Boys, and became a regular on Chris Moyles' Radio 1 show as a member of Blown Out. He had remixed the likes of Love Inc and DJ Bobo, and as a member of Fraud Squad, he had a no. 1 club hit in the UK and France with Together We Can Make It.

    Paul was newer to the music industry, but had remixed the likes of BCD, and collaborated with Pianoman on several tunes, including a version of Hungry Eyes which was not only a Northern club hit but inspired Flip & Fill's cover of the same song.

    Collaborating hasn't always been straightforward as Daz is based in North West England (Stockport and St Helen's), where he can tap into the vibrant Liverpool dance scene, while Paul's studio is in Dumbarton, on the outskirts of Glasgow. Crucial tools of their work include MSN Messenger (to send mp3s back and forth), Paul's answerphone (so Daz can submit song ideas by phone), and Daz's contact at BMI (for cheap flights from Manchester to Glasgow).

    The first fruits of their labour were released as Project Four (Direction/Sony), whose track Special Lady became something of an anthem in Liverpool, and introduced Daz and Paul to the crucial network of radio and club DJs who have supported them ever since.

    Then, in early 2004, came their cover of Out Of Touch, inspired by Daz hearing the Hall & Oates original on the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto III: Vice City. Days later, Daz and Paul's version was being played on dance shows nationwide, then worldwide, sparking a bidding war that was won by Gusto Records. Uniting Nations was born a name chosen partly because of the frequent journies from England to Scotland, and partly because it became clear that DJs everywhere would be united in their support for Out Of Touch.

    The single spent an unprecedented 13 weeks bobbing up and down in the UK top 20, selling over 100,000 copies and receiving over 20,000 plays on UK radio. It was also a hit in Ireland (top 5), Norway, Holland (top 10), Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland (top 30), and enjoyed airplay and compilations success in Eastern Europe, Russia, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and beyond.

    The resulting flurry of activity involved DJ sets and PA dates (Uniting Nations can be seen performing most weekends at clubs across the UK and Europe), and working with other artists (Daz's song Flying High has been recorded by Dana Rayne as the follow-up to her UK top ten single Object Of My Desire). Uniting Nations have a remarkable record as remixers - every UK single they've produced or remixed to date has gone top 15 or higher, including Pump It Up by Danzel, Object Of My Desire by Dana Rayne, Star 2 Fall by Cabin Crew, and of course Out Of Touch.

    But first and foremost, Daz and Paul are songwriters. Having launched with a cover, they bucked the trend and insisted their second single would be an original song. The song was You And Me and the decision paid off with initial reactions overshadowing Out Of Touch. Popjustice wrote "So brilliant that it will make your head explode."

    Next comes the Uniting Nations debut album, which will also consist almost entirely of original material and will cement Daz and Paul's reputation as two of the foremost hit songwriters working in dance music today.

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