Rising New Zealand producer and artist Race Banyon (aka Eddie Johnston and alter-ego Lontalius) has premiered his latest track “What Are We Doing” featuring California based R&B force Ty Dolla $ign, with co-production by hip hop heavyweight DJ Dahi. The song is the first of two from Race Banyon’s upcoming digital single out February 26th on Red Bull Sound Select, with the second, yet to be released track featuring Kenzie May.
In 2015, Race Banyon performed alongside Sylvan Esso during 30 Days in LA, and connected with Ty Dolla $ign and acclaimed producer DJ Dahi (Drake, Dr. Dre’s Compton, Big Sean) at the Los Angeles Red Bull Studios, where “What Are We Doing” was recorded. Following this he performed in a January showcase curated by Madcap, supporting Australian talent Basenji.
Since announcing his arrival with the release of his Whatever Dreams Are Made O EP in 2013, Race Banyon has been one of the most in-demand remixers for prominent bands in New Zealand. His work has evolved from club-tempo top 40 remixes into sleek original songs, mixing the pulse and musicality of house, techno, juke and footwork with the raw emotional heft of R&B and vocal acrobatics of rap. Over the last three years, he's headlined sold-out shows across New Zealand and shared stages with Jamie xx, Rustie, Ryan Hemsworth, oOoOO, BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada. In addition to his two-track digital single due out Feb. 26th, Eddie Johnston’s other incarnation, Lontalius, is set to release a debut full-length I'll Forget 17 in March 2016.
Learn more about Race Banyon through this short film recently released.