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Shelco Garcia & Teenwolf, fast-rising dance duo

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Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf
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Remember that recent Facebook video of the kid flipping out in the seats of a baseball game? Or the one with the old man dancing zealously at a party? Chances are they were both scored by Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf’s “That’s My Jam,” one of a handful of tracks the Las Vegas duo has released in a short but rapidly progressing four-year career crafting multi-genre dance music and reigning over DJ booths at Downtown hangs and Strip nightclubs.

The pair’s first release, “Fatman Bass,” was played by Laidback Luke after Garcia slipped the star DJ a thumb drive with the track at former nightclub Haze. “At first, that was my mission—go to clubs every night just so I could talk to DJs,” Garcia says. That chance meeting eventually landed him and Teenwolf (real name: Bryan Orellana) an invite to record for Luke’s label, Mixmash, which has released nine of their tracks.

The duo also connected with producers online, including Wynn nightlife staple Diplo, and soon after collaborated on his Major Lazer project—and, most recently, a Madonna song called “Unapologetic Bitch.” On December 20, the Garcia/Teenwolf/Diplo-produced song was digitally pre-released and immediately rose to No. 9 on the iTunes best-selling songs chart.

Garcia and Teenwolf hope “Unapologetic” is their big break into the pop world. “We want to establish ourselves as producers—not just dance-music producers,” Teenwolf says. “Now we’re gonna be able to say we produced for Madonna. We want to produce for Rihanna, Katy Perry—even Bieber if we have to!”

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