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.