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Worldwide Groove Corporation

Worldwide Groove Corporation, Nashville's electronic music power duo, recently made a very bold move.  Declaring it "The Year of the Groove", Kurt Goebel and Ellen Tift committed to putting out one new music release a month for at least a year.  Starting the clock in July 2014, WGC began the festivities by releasing two singles at once.  While their downtempo chillout remake of "Summertime" by Gershwin sets an elegant and vibey tone with it's hypnotic groove and smooth ambiance, their original "Come to Me" explores more complex territory with its emotional strings and brooding lyrics. 

In September, WGC's dystopian dubstep track "The Legend of the Fall" caught the attention of food activists, which led to a cooperative effort between WGC and the Right to Know organizations for increasing public awareness about genetically modified foods. Their quirky electropop release "Supermodel Astronaut" sparked the Supermodel Astronaut Challenge in October, beginning a social media movement reaching as far as Europe, and landing them coverage on Huffington Post. From there, WGC continued to release music every month for not only 12, but 14 consecutive months.

Ellen and Kurt first became acquainted when they were each getting their Master of Music degree in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.  After both graduating, they eventually began collaborating on various composing and music production jobs for clients. Between the work of Kurt and Ellen, their music has been used in independent feature films, on national TV ad campaigns for brands and TV shows such as Samsung and Grey's Anatomy, in TV shows such as One Tree Hill and Inside Fame, and discussed at international arts festivals in Europe.

Worldwide Groove Corporation's string arrangements have been featured on records for artists such as Third Day and Plumb, and they are known for their talent of reinvention which is evident in their classic country remixes and their treatment of old jazz standards on their 2007 record "Fever: Chillodesiac Lounge, vol. 1".

From this record, their instrumental track "Smoke & Mirrors" went to #1 on the Sirius XM chill station for two months, and several tracks have appeared on compilations around the world. Fifteen DJs in 10 different countries contributed their amazing talents to the WGC remix releases in 2009, giving them a tremendous global connection.

With their "Year of the Groove" series of releases, Worldwide Groove Corporation expanded their musical umbrella, ranging from purely fun electro pop to deeper more emotionally complex cinematic chillout. Although the emotional range is broad, the core of their tracks, the rich textures, sultry grooves and catchy beats remain the staple of their sound.

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Ellen Tift

Ellen Tift

Ellen Tift is a complex multi-faceted woman who defies stereotypes, and this comes through quite clearly in her music.  Her quirky humor is the driving force behind WGC's releases like "Fever [More Cowbell Mix]" and "Supermodel Astronaut", and yet she is also responsible for WGC's darker lyrical moments in songs like "Come to Me" and "The Legend of the Fall"  Ever the emotional chameleon, Ellen is expanding the envelope of what constitutes a WGC release, and sincerely hopes their audience will come along for the ride.  "Life is complex, and we need music that goes along with all of it, from mindless silliness to epic devastation. As an artist and songwriter, I incorporate emotions from all across the spectrum into my music.  I find it not only therapeutic, but necessary."

Ellen has a Bachelor of Music degree in commercial music with an emphasis in composition and arranging from Belmont University, and a Master of Music degree from the exclusive Media Writing and Production program at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL where she focused on the craft of composing, music programming and advanced orchestration and arranging techniques.  Since graduating, she has put down roots in Nashville and kept herself busy in the music industry as a songwriter, string arranger, producer and singer,  as well as teaching for Belmont University School of music, where she is a member of the commercial composition adjunct faculty.  Some might say that when on campus, Ellen is the "Tim Gunn of songwriting", listening to songs by students, offering suggestions, and telling them to "edit" and "make it work."

Ellen was nationally recognized for her talents in the 8th Billboard Song contest jazz category, where her original big band song "Anyway" captured 3rd place. She is equally polished at composing string arrangements, as is evident on Third Day's "Christmas Offerings" album [Essential Records]. And Ellen's unique production and arranging approach caught the attention of the organizers of the Belluard Bollwerk International festival in Switzerland where they presented and discussed 3 of her works with festival attendees. Additionally, Ellen made her TV debut in February of 2004 as a professional songwriter for the pilot of CMT’s show “Score”. 

 In 2010 Ellen served as the executive producer for the "For Nashville: For Haiti" benefit compilation CD to raise funds for earthquake and flood relief which featured tracks by artists like Dave Barnes, Kevin Max [DC Talk], and Hot Chelle Rae.

In 2016, Ellen founded the music group "Legendary Zeroes" and began producing hip hop/rap tracks with tongue in cheek lyrics and big personalities. When Ellen is not immersed in her work and writing her blog, she can often be found doing improv comedy shows, acting in indie films, writing sketch comedy, gardening, home schooling her child, and educating others about the dangers of eating genetically modified foods.

Ellen's Acting Links:

Interesting facts: 

  • Ellen was born with a cleft palate which got repaired when she was 3. 
  • Ellen lived in Nagasaki, Japan for one year when she was in the 1st grade and went to an all Japanese school.
  • Ellen once accidentally stepped on Michael Jackson's foot and her school newspaper wrote an article about it.

Ellen's musical influences include [but don't end with]: 

  • Sia
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Imogen Heap
  • Sade
  • Kimbra
  • Sting
  • Seal
  • Kirsty Hawkshaw
  • Emilîana Torrini
  • Nichole Nordeman
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Beck
  • Coldplay
  • Garbage
  • Glenn Miller
  • Nat King Cole
  • Michael Jackson
  • Fiona Apple
  • Far East Movement
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Gotan Project
  • Katy Perry
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Abba
  • Esquivel
  • Henry Mancini
  • Janet Jackson
  • Sweetback
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Trifonic
  • Eurythmics
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Morcheeba
  • Bombay Dub Orchestra
  • Paul Schwartz
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Deeelite
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • George Gershwin
  • Adele
  • John Williams
  • James Newton Howard
  • Rachmaninov
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Joni Mitchell
  • U2
  • Duran Duran
  • Bitter:Sweet


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Kurt Goebel

Kurt Goebel

Kurt Goebel may seem laid back  to the casual observer, but truth be told, his quiet intensity could fuel a small nation.  In fact, he was dubbed "The Regulator" by his band mates in his days playing keys on the road.  And "regulate", he does. Where Ellen pushes the lyrical and emotional boundaries of WGC releases, Kurt reels it all in with the electronic pallet of sounds he dials up at his finger tips.  "Regardless of the lyric or emotion of a song, our musical aesthetic is still founded in groove based tracks, heavy on synths, and often featuring elements from around the world.  We will always gravitate toward electronic sounds because that is what we both love."  

Studying piano since he was 6, Kurt started professionally gigging at the age of 14 with a local band in Joliet, IL.  He chose to major in piano pedagogy at the University of Illinois, but never planned to teach.  His aspiration?  "To be a success!"  After graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree, he went on to get his Master of Music degree in the prestigious Media Writing and Production program at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Kurt became a full time composer for a gaming company in Chicago, IL, but eventually relocated to Nashville where he has established himself as a full time composer and programmer/producer. 

Since 2008, Kurt has been the creative director for iv Audio Branding where he oversees and composes music for many international clients. Between iv and his other connections, his music has been used in ad campaigns for well known brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Samsung, Toyota, Ford, Nestea, Opel, Ehrmann, and Olay.  But Kurt's not all about ad music.  He also serves as the "track guy" for many pop songwriters and artists with song placements on major network shows and ad campaigns.

 

When Kurt is not slaving away over his hot gear, he likes working on his fitness, relaxing in vibey food establishments, and spending time with his family.

 

Interesting facts: 

  • Kurt spent his childhood Saturdays on a dirt track as a champion BMX rider, winning a room full of trophies. 
  • The only thing in Kurt's childhood bedroom that outnumbered his BMX trophies was his 300+ beer can collection. 
  • One time in the 90's Kurt flew out to audition for Hanson, their dad picked him up and dropped him off at the airport.  He's still waiting for the call about if he got the gig.

Kurt's musical influences include [but don't end with]: 

  • BT
  • Kascade
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Miguel Migs
  • Bruce Hornsby
  • Kruder & Dorfmeister
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • David Foster
  • Dave Weckl
  • Bryan Adams
  • Journey
  • Seal
  • Sting
  • Thompson Twins
  • Sweetback
  • Morcheeba
  • Supreme Beings of Leisure
  • Mark Farina
  • Beyoncé
  • Passion Pit
  • Icona Pop
  • Morgan Page
  • Pat Metheny.

 

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ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT

ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT FOR WORLDWIDE GROOVE CORPORATION

Relentless grooves, sultry beats, and smooth vocals set the perfect vibe for socializing or romance.

DESCRIPTION OF WGC: Worldwide Groove Corporation are Kurt Goebel and Ellen Tift, Nashville's electronic music power duo. July 2014-June 2015 was their "Year of the Groove", where they put out one new music release a month for a year.  Ranging from brooding epic chillout songs like "Human" and "The Legend of the Fall" to fun and quirky electropop like "Supermodel Astronaut" to laid back chill like the "Flow" EP, these monthly releases showed WGC's range as composers and producers. This is particularly evident in their "Make Me Free" MaxiSingle with 5 diverse versions of one song.

They are best known for their original instrumental "Smoke & Mirrors," which ranked #1 on the XM Chill station for two months, and also for their downtempo electronic remakes of classic jazz standards on their "Chillodesiac Lounge vol. 1: FEVER" album. Because of this debut record, WGC received FM radio airplay in various major markets including heavy rotation on the syndicated "Chillin' with Chris Botti" show based out of New York City, and dozens of other FM, XM, and internet radio stations.  They also were broadcast on the playlists in major retail chains such as Banana Republic.  Their songs and remixes have been used on national TV promos for shows like Scandal and Grey's Anatomy on NBC and Forever on ABC . Additionally, they've placed their songs in various independent feature films.  Read more about WGC on their BIO page.

GENRE: EDM, electronica, chillout

SIMILAR BANDS/ARTISTS: Flume, Royksopp, Telepopmusik, Gotan Project, Imogen Heap, Kimbra, Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation
Kurt Goebel - production, composing, keys, guitar, bass, mixing
Ellen Tift - production, arranging, songwriting, vocals, lyrics
HOME TOWN: Nashville, TN
ESTABLISHED: 2001 as a corporation, 2005 as independent artists

PRESS RELEASES:
July 2014 - WGC Announce the "Year of the Groove"

August 2014 - WGC Commence "Year of the Groove"

September 2014 - Worldwide Groove Corporation Get Political About GMOs With Newest Dubstep Release

OCTOBER 2014 - Worldwide Groove Corporation Issue "Supermodel Astronaut Challenge" With Newest Music Release

NOVEMBER 2014 - Worldwide Groove Corporation "Yes!" on GMO Labeling

NOVEMBER 2014 - "Supermodel Astronaut Challenge" Gaining Momentum in Wake of Other Feminist Trends

DECEMBER 2014 - Worldwide Groove Corporation Do The Unexpected for "Year of the Groove"

JANUARY 2015 - Worldwide Groove Corporation Mix Dark Spiritual Lyrics with Sultry Beats in "Glitter & Bliss"

FEBRUARY 2015 - Worldwide Groove Corporation Do Distinctive Electronic Reconstructions of Famous Songs in New Album

MARCH 2015 - Paranormal Love Pervades Worldwide Groove Corporation's Newest Release

APRIL 2015 - 10 Months, 10 Electronic Music Releases for Worldwide Groove Corporation

MAY 2015 - 11 Months, 11 Electronic Music Releases by Worldwide Groove Corporation

JUNE 2015 - Worldwide Groove Corporation Collaborate With EDM Producer Portarius For Upcoming Release

JUNE 2015 - Worldwide Groove Corporation's New EDM Release Is Innovative And Diverse

JULY 2015 - Worldwide Groove Corporation Complete Impressive "Year of the Groove"

RELEASES:
Chillodesiac Lounge, vol. 1: FEVER
Besame Mucho Remixed
Butterflies Remixed
The Midnight Sessions [licensed repackage of Chillodesiac Lounge vol. 1 plus When I Fall in Love]
Love Is The New Rich - SINGLE
When I Fall In Love - SINGLE
Freak the Beat - SINGLE
Summertime - SINGLE
Come to Me - SINGLE
Kiss Me Slow - SINGLE
The Legend of the Fall - SINGLE
Supermodel Astronaut - EP
Flow - EP
When the Holiday Brings You Home - SINGLE
Glitter & Bliss - SINGLE
Standard Chill
It's You I Love - SINGLE
Until I Have You - SINGLE
Human - SINGLE
Make Me Free - MaxiSingle
Let's Go - SINGLE
Instrumental Chill - DOUBLE ALBUM
Daydream - Album
Legend - Album
Love Is Here - EP [licensed by Sofa Sessions label]
 

COMPILATIONS:

WGC ARE ON THE FOLLOWING COMPILATIONS:
"MUSIC FOR COCKTAILS Vol. 6" [United Recordings, Netherlands]
"CHILLIN’ IN MYKONOS" [Planetworks, Greece/Cyprus]
“BOX OF LOVE”  [Rounder Records, USA]
“NEW SOUND THEORY, VOL. 4” [BasicLuxe Records, USA]
“MORE pLUSH” [Kriztal Entertainment, USA]
“BISTROLOUNGE VOL. 1” [Jazziz Digital, USA]
“BISTROLOUNGE VOL. 2” [Jazziz Digital, USA]
“FASHION TRENDS AND MUSIC” [High Note, China & Taiwan]
"FOR NASHVILLE: FOR HAITI" [Fabulation Records, USA]
"MAR SOL CIELO" [Ritz Carlton, USA]
"A VERY BERGDORF CHRISTMAS" [Sonadae, USA]
"DEEP SPACE NIGHT VOL. 3" [Lucidflow Records, Berlin Germany]
"Underground Mystery Land" [Lucidflow Records, Berlin Germany]
"LUCID MOMENTS, VOL. 5" [Lucid Compilations]
"SUNSET CAFE LOUNGE" [Lucidflow Records, Berlin Germany]
"NEXT MODEL COCKTAIL" [Lucidflow Records, Berlin Germany]
"SENSUAL LOVING TOUCH" [Lucidflow Records, Berlin Germany]
"LUCID SOFA SESSIONS, VOL. 2" [Lucidflow Records, Berlin Germany]
"ENDLESS ELECTRONIC CHILL-OUT BLISS" [Lucidflow Records]
"LAS DICH SCHWEBEN" [Lucidflow Records]
"HUMAN POTENTIAL FLOW MEDITATION" [Lucidflow Records]
"CHILL YOUR BRAIN" [Supergroove Records]
"GROOVE EDUCATION, VOL. 6" [Supergroove Records]
"ELECTRONIC MEDICINE" [Supergroove Records]
"SOLID BERLIN CHILL-OUT" [Sofa Sessions Records]
"ETERNAL POTENTIAL MEDITATION FLOW" [Sofa Sessions Records]
"LUCID MOMENTS, VOL. 6" [Sofa Sessions Records]
"LUCID SOUNDS, VOL. 19" [Lucidflow Records]
"DEEP SPACE NIGHT, VOL. 4" [Sofa Sessions Records]
"LUCID SOFA SESSIONS, VOL. 3" [Sofa Sessions Records]
"FUTURE RETRO TECH SCIENCE FICTION" [Sofa Sessions Records]
"DARK HORSE" [Supergroove Records]
"LUCID MOMENTS, VOL. 7" [Sofa Sessions Records]

REVIEWS AND UNSOLICITED FEEDBACK:

"You wouldn’t typically think of Nashville as a hotbed for electronic and dubstep, right? Duo Worldwide Groove Corporation—comprising Kurt Goebel and Ellen Tift—are here to change your tidy impressions of Music City as nothing but steel guitar and Wranglers. Their crafty chill release “The Legend of the Fall” is one wondrous anthemic tour de force. Composed by Tift, the song offers a tale of how corporate greed is the antithesis of goodness in our world. But relax, people. As a slow groove, “Legend” gently cascades like a gently trickling stream, with appealing blips, percolating percussion and a tempo that is just right for Sunday brunch mimosas. All the same, the message is robust here, as Tift sings: “Something’s going under on the inside, Lies and secrets thrive behind the wall/Silver tongues will carve their words to justify, The legend of the fall… God save us now.” In all, however you want to absorb “The Legend of the Fall,” Worldwide Groove Corporation has been kind enough to leave us options: Take the message and hold the torch, or simply enjoy a cocktail amid this cool, breezy sonic concoction." [Chuck Taylor has been an Arts & Entertainment journalist for 25 years, including nearly 15 years at Billboard magazine as a Senior Writer & Editor.]

"When I first started listening to it, all I wanted to do was immerse myself in the intoxicating sounds, the lush, shimmering production: The sweeping, orchestral touches, the more subdued moments, and the occasionally experimental electronica that comes and goes throughout the songs. Not to mention Ellen Tift’s mesmerizing crystalline voice, where every word rings clear in your ear." JamSphere Music Magazine

”...lush, psychedelic, and stereo-active soundscapes and rhythms that have been the lifeblood of down-tempo music from early Massive Attack to the latest Thievery Corporation.”  Electronic Musician Magazine

“...tracks that manage to defy gravity in their disorienting, smoky-voiced output.”  ProperlyChilled.com

“...infectious with deep sensual downtempo vibes that may cause you to lose your sense of time and place.” Subsonic Temple Radio

"...they are the king and queen of chill music."  Hypesense Music Blog

“...as good as it gets in our world of music - I do not say this lightly.” Groovera Radio

“A true benchmark for the genre!”  GXR Music

“The production is smart, sophisticated and subtle. Every time I listen, I hear something new.”  Soundradius Radio

"The only music I want on my 'Abolish Slavery' playlist is the sweet hot beats of Worldwide Groove Corporation!" Abraham Lincoln [unverified]

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