Two classmates at the Dutch music school “Herman Brood Academie”, who came together through their matching passion & vision of modern dance music. Bauke Top and Youp van der Steeg are pursuing a progressive pop sound that touches both the heart and the body itself, by means of melody and groove.
While Navarra hasn’t been around for a very long time, both Youp and Bauke have separately been making moves in the dance scene for over 5 years. Youp, also known as Frenky Toros, started out as a disc jockey, entertaining people in the region of Amsterdam and later throughout the Netherlands. Shortly after starting as a DJ, he found out that making his own music could lift his sets to a next level. The experience Youp gained as a DJ gave him a strong feeling for what works in a club and what doesn’t. This lead to Youp developing a club-focussed progressive house sound, designed to get people moving on the dance floor.
Bauke, on the other hand, started out as a musician rather than as a DJ. Playing piano and guitar in several bands during his high school carreer, he learned to write, arrange and perform music before he took on electronic dance music. When he did start producing dance music, his sound became very much driven by melody and atmosphere.
It wasn’t until Bauke and Youp sat down in the studio for the first time, that they realised just how much there visions on music matched. As they started producing, it was as if the puzzle came together; whatever the one lacked, the other complemented. The following months Navarra was born.
Their debut single “Crossroads” was a collaboration with no other than the DJ star Nicky Romero, which garnered them worldwide exposure and millions of streams. With their second single having been released on Hardwells “Revealed Recordings” and more music to be released down the road, the future of Navarra seems to be a bright one.