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The Kosovo-born Regard (Dardan Aliu) originally became known in the Balkans as a DJ and producer within the electronic dance scene before moving into vocal deep house around 2016. Regard quickly made a name for himself with his online mixes, DJ appearances, and the release of his own tracks, including the singles "Dream," "Sun Goes Down," and "You're Mine." Although his reworking of Jay Sean's "Ride It" had been floating around since 2017, the track suddenly blew up after gaining exposure online, eventually going viral. The track was snapped up by Ministry of Sound, and the label officially released it in July 2019. It topped the charts in Mexico, the U.K., and Europe, and remixes followed by the likes of Jonas Blue and Franky Wah. Regard rounded out 2019 performing the track live with Jay Sean at London's O2. The song "Secrets" with RAYE arrived in April 2020 and cracked the Top Ten of the U.K. singles chart. Regard then teamed up with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for a cover of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name." In 2021, Regard collaborated with Troye Sivan and Tate McRae, producing the song "You." ~ Rich Wilson
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