Places Feat. Raquel Castro
Greek EDM Phenom Xenia Ghali Secures Second Consecutive Billboard Dance Club Songs #1 with “Places”
DJ, producer, singer/songwriter and classically trained instrumentalist Xenia Ghali has proven to be a tried-and-true hitmaker with her latest release, “Places.”
Her March, 2016 single, “Under These Lights” reached #1 on Billboard ’s Dance Club Songs chart only three months after hitting the airwaves . Now, “Places” – which came out on her own artist label, Funky Sheep Recordings , last December – has achieved the same standing in the chart positions corresponding to the week of May 6th .
Curiously enough, the evolution of Xenia Ghali’s own style as an EDM producer can still be heard from one release to the next. The thunderous, main stage-friendly synth lead at the drop of “Under These Lights” seems to have given way to the deep, gravelly bass line of “Places” at just the perfect time; the promising talent came to favor softer sounds around the same time the average EDM fan came to do the same.
Xenia Ghali herself attributes the sound of “Places” to musical influences during her time studying music composition, film scoring and production at the University of Surrey (before relocating to NYC to pursue a master’s in the same at New York University ). For the vocal, she tapped vocalist and actress Raquel Castro , who herself appeared on such television programs as Empire and Jersey Girls . Both Ghali and Castro made cameos opposite actor Ryan Kelley in the official music video for “Places,” which was directed by Shal Ngo of Acres New York .