New Artist Spotlight: Joel Phil Highlights LGBTQ Culture in Latin House-Inspired ‘Raise Up’ [Video]

Joel Phil is a singer and songwriter from Brooklyn who says he has identified with both music and the LGBTQ community since he was young. A Spanish immigrant who began writing songs at 12 years old, Phil recently teamed up with Latin Grammy-nominated producer Jorge A. Holguin and Sebastian Rivera to produce his first dance track called “Raise Up,” and it’s a fiery and fun tribute not just to the LGBTQ community but to anyone who’s struggled for art and expression.


“Raise Up” released in late fall with four different versions on an EP, including two remixes by Ali Stone and MARC. The original is a reggaeton-inspired pop house track which is constructed like a pop song in the sense that the beat and music follow Phil’s vocals rather than the vocals being cut up to fit into a dance format. Said lyrics are simple but powerful, and the video drives home the message of the song in vibrant color. Half the video is a fun dance number with Phil singing in the center but it also cuts to shots of a trans woman or drag queen removing a costume in stark contrast to the party scene she’s just left. The video seems like a fun way to hammer home the all-inclusiveness in music Phil himself has no doubt found, as well as supporting the political cause for the LGBTQ community.

The Ali Stone and MARC remixes of “Raise Up” are, predictably, more house-infused than the original. Ali Stone’s version is constructed like a dance tune but still quite radio-friendly, while MARC’s is big room banger laced with trance. There’s also a fun, punchy “Spanglish” version of the original track, where Phil pays homage to his Spanish roots, Brooklyn where he grew up and Columbia where he recorded the track. No matter which version strikes the listener’s fancy, “Raise Up” is a party track with a great message.

“Raise Up” by Joel Phil is out now and all versions are available on Soundcloud or Spotify streaming playlist.

Layla Marino

Layla Marino is an independent drum & bass and bass music freelance writer for UKF.com, DJ Mag North America, Bassrush.com, Insomniac.com and Bandcamp.com.

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

Excision Mourns Death Of His Dog, Reveals Reason He Took His Artist Name

Excision has revealed that his dog, Rex, passed away at 15 years old at the…

15 hours ago

REPORT: Tron 3 In Development With Jared Leto, & Daft Punk To Score

It's been 10 years since Tron: Legacy, seven years since we last heard new music…

17 hours ago

Illegal Desert Rave Thrown Outside Las Vegas Amid Pandemic

Illegal raves have popped up amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine -- and one was…

18 hours ago

Timmy Trumpet & Legendary Vitas Finally Release Stunning Tomorrowland ID

Last year at Tomorrowland, Timmy Trumpet invited a wildly unexpected guest to his set --…

18 hours ago

Dalai Lama Celebrates 85th Birthday With Debut Album, “Inner World”

Yesterday, The Dalai Lama released a unique album of mantras and teachings set to music,…

21 hours ago

UK Government Announces $2 Billion Rescue Package for the Arts

The UK government is saving the arts with a £1.57 billion ($1.96 billion) rescue package.…

21 hours ago