Nearly 15 years since the release of his first single, the classic “U Don’t Know Me” with Armand Van Helden, Duane Harden finally releases his debut solo album #NB4U (Naked Before You). In the time elapsed, he has grown into many roles – singer, songwriter, producer, label mogul, author – all of which has contributed to his current release. The album features collaborations with everyone from Ferry Corsten, Sidney Samson, and Louie Vega to Bimbo Jones, Jessica Sutta, and Chris Willis. There is truly something for everyone on the album. This kind of diversity of talent is not a surprise, if you take a moment and search for Duane on discogs.com, it might blow you away to see how many incredible records he has been involved with over the years.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: Let’s start with something I’ve been wondering about. How did the Chicane “One More Time” collaboration come about? Duane Harden: Chicane sent me a message and it was the usual process from there. I think he may have gotten the idea from Ferry Corsten because they work together a lot and I did the Ferry Corsten track “Love Will.” It was my first dive into that genre of music, so maybe he thought it would be a cool idea to do a track with an underground, soulful dance artist. Continue reading INTERVIEW: Duane Harden Interview 2014 #NB4U
When singers work with dance producers, there is often a conflict regarding the amount of lyrics in a song. The singer wants to be the one telling the story, whereas the producer wants the beats and tracks to be the focus. “Lights Out” stands out as a club track with pop lyrics where the shared focus elevates both elements. As a member of the Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Sutta is no stranger to the pop world and her forays into clubland with Paul van Dyk, Dave Aude and as a solo artist (“Show Me” / “Again”) have been quite well-received. The track, by Waste Management, varies in styles seemingly inspired by Bingo Players, Zedd, and deadmau5, with enough rhythmic and mood changes to satisfy anyone afflicted with ADD (and yes, that’s a compliment). What others would consider a chorus is simply a bridge for Jessica as she goes for the money shot with the hands-in-the-air chorus. Whether the song is written to a lover, to a DJ, or simply to a party is unknown but the plethora of hooks (‘oh oh oh’ chants, ‘put my hands higher and higher’ refrain) make it one of the stronger vocal dance records out right now.