Tunisian-born, Italian-raised Ben DJ is probably best known for the massive “Me and Myself,” which topped DJ playlists a few years. Teaming with singer/songwriter Chris Willis, the two have attained the rare achievement of constructing an empowerment anthem from a male perspective. To call it a gender-flipped version of “I Will Survive” might seem a bit hasty, but that same emotionally inspirational message is captured by both Willis’ powerful, yet controlled, vocal performance and Ben DJ’s gorgeous, emotional production. Cristian Marchi’s mix is a bit more big room-oriented with the nearly obligatory banging electro sections, yet keeps the uplifting vibe perfectly in place. “Survivor” is one of those songs that might not grab you on first listen, yet once you hear it a few times it will definitely stay in your mind.
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Ben DJ Vs Chris Williis – “Survivor”
DJ Zinc – Show Me
Ray Roc & Gabriela J – Disco Life
Disclosure ft Sasha Keable – Voices (Wookie)
Just Ivy ft Akon – Paradise (Starkillers)
Syn Cole ft Madame Buttons – Miami 82 (Cole Vocal)
The Freestylers ft Laura Steel – Falling (Stanton Warriors)
Laidback Luke & Peking Duk – Mufasa
Steve Aoki & Coone – Cant Stop the Swag
Tiesto – Redlights (Afrojack)
Deniz Koyu – Ruby
R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan – Revolution (Vocal)
Ben DJ vs Chris Willis – Survivor (Cristian Marchi)
Emotek & DJ Leo D ft Toby Penner – Orange Sky
Notable Dance Podcast #044
When you talk to an Italian DJ/producer, you can feel their passion and love for the music. Italian duo Antonio Romeo and Maurizio Zoffoli started working together in 1996 under different pseudonyms. Back in 2003, they launched the Nari and Milani name and have achieved success with hit singles (“Let it Rain” and “I Got You”), remixes, and a solid DJ touring schedule. Their weekly radio program “I’ll House You” is available on their Soundcloud page and is definitely worth subscribing to.
RS: How did the two of you meet up?
Nari: We met at a radio show, Ronni was a host and so was I. We both lived in the same city and had the same passion for music. Years later we found that we worked well together and decided to create and produce music.
RS: You worked with R3hab and MYNC on the new “Miami” track, how did that come about?
Nari: At the time that we decided to make the track we were in Europe, R3hab was on tour in Australia, and MYNC was on tour in America so we connected on Skype. We made the track, MYNC made the melody, and R3hab rebuilt the track and it was finished in 21 days.
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