How does it feel to be one of the bigger buzz acts in the country?
Well you'd have to ask The Only and something tells us they'd say “it feels pretty fcking good, thanks". The Only's debut single The Only Fcking Rave Party landed in the ARIA Singles Chart Top 50, ahead of its official release and without any radio play. This atomic tune went on to hit #1 on the Australian Independent Music Chart and become the #1 Australian Artist Dance Single in the country. Coupled with their live show favourite 'Dancin' as the B-side, the single set up residence in the iTunes dance chart where it spent more than 6 months and established The Only as amongst the hottest new young electronic acts. With a grand entry such as that, it wasn't long before ears began pricking up all over the globe, with artists including The Bloody Beetroots, Chuckie, Tocadisco & Tiesto all reverently pushing The Only's sound. Steve Aoki has taken notice, including The Only Fcking Rave Party on his Sessions mix compilation. Steve Aoki has not only championed The Only worldwide, supporting their tracks in his DJ sets but quickly got them on board to remix for his Dim Mak record label. The Only quickly caught the attention of Ministry of Sound Australia who enlisted them to mix their Electro House Sessions 3 compilation. For their mix CD, The Only weaved together a daring blend of music from their favourite artists such as Fake Blood, Sub Focus & Vitalic alongside their own productions into an edgy & intense mix that saw the release hit #1 on the iTunes Albums Chart & #3 on the ARIA Compilations Chart. With such a reception to their debut mix compilation, Ministry of Sound didn't hesitate to invite The Only to mix Electro House Sessions 5.
Taking this release in a more club focused direction, The Only showcased the sounds of Bassjackers, Zedd & Knife Party alongside the likes of M83 & Eric Prydz to deliver another chart success. When taking on a follow up single, rather than being intimidated by the thought of needing to back up the success of 'The Only F*cking Rave Party', The Only used the success to coerce their childhood heros and one of history's most infamous band's T.I.S.M back into the public to collaborated on (River Phoenix) The Hollywood Anthem. The result was a club smash that spent 6 weeks in the ARIA Club Chart Top 10 and was included on Ministry of Sound's 'In The Club Vol 3' compilation. In the studio The Only have lent their trademark sound to official remixes for artists including Dizzee Rascal, Armand Van Helden, The Subs, Lazerkraft 3D, Drop The Lime, Gtronic, Mighty Fools, Bombs Away & more. The Only's remix of GTronic for Dim Mak was featured on music bible RCRDLBL.com and found its way into the RCDLBL Top 10 for February 2011. Their Lazerkraft remix peaked at #1 on the Official German Dance Club Chart. Their remix of Bombs Away – Swagger has been included on 3 compilation CDs already in Australia and counting, including now being licensed across Europe & the UK.
The Only's release Drag Me Down was their most mature song to date. A deeply personal song, Drag Me Down saw The Only transition from club starters to radio stars. Added to high rotation on Triple J, Nova nationally & video shows MTV, Channel V, Rage and Club V, 'Drag Me Down' was the highest selling single off of the Ministry of Sound Sessions 9 compilation. Drag Me Down's release also saw The Only embark on a 18 date national tour, their most successful to date. When it comes to touring, like everything else The Only, they have not taken the traditional approach. The Only are performers rather than just DJs and they are certainly not content to be like every other dance music act. As a result, The Only have established themselves as one of the most exciting new live electronic acts to emerge in Australia, earning places on leading festivals such as Big Day Out, Splendour In The Grass, Field Day, Groovin The Moo & Foreshore Festival and playing sold out club shows across the Australia. All this is from a band that has existed for less than 3 years.
The future shows no signs of slowing down.