Sophia Elias
September 09, 2015 5:45 am

He charmed our socks off in The Fault in Our Stars. Now, Ansel Elgort will be snatching our hearts behind the turntables.

The actor slash music producer announced that he’ll be joining Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Avicii at his new label, Island Records.

“I went to a few different labels and was playing everyone my music, and Island was really interested in stuff I didn’t think labels would be interested in,” Ansel told Rolling Stone. “I played them some tracks and said, ‘These are more poppy. These are more clubby. These are more radio-friendly.’ The ones that were more radio-friendly, they were like, ‘No, we’ve heard this before. We want the different ones. We want the special records.’ I was like, ‘Major labels aren’t supposed to like these records!’ I thought the point of a major label was to just release crap! But Island totally proved that wrong and was like, ‘We want the best record that all the kids at the dance-music festivals are going to love.'”

Since seriously pursuing his EDM career about two years ago, Ansel has decided to make his music under a rather interesting (and Star Wars-y) moniker: Ansolo. Think Han Solo…but Ansel-ified. Already, our dear Ansolo has big plans to drop a four-track EP. “With this EP, it’s going to be something fresh and different,” Ansel told Rolling Stone. “It’s not just going to be radio pop. It’s going to be real dance music that will hopefully work in any setting, from a festival to a radio.” So far, it seems Ansel is keeping his promise. On Instagram, he posted a snippet of  his debut single, “To Life,” and it’s dizzying dance beat.

“There are a lot of real instruments in [‘To Life,’] which is a great way to mix nostalgia and this new thing” Ansel told Rolling Stone. “I’m going to try to get disco-inspired musicians and people playing great bass lines.” For the record, we fully support any and all creative endeavors that are disco-inspired.

Ansolo plans on dropping his debut single, “To Life” on September 18. Until then, you can keep up with him and his growing catalog of work on SoundCloud and Instagram.

(Image via Instagram)

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