INTERVIEW: Duane Harden Interview 2014 #NB4U

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.
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SONG OF THE DAY: Steve Forest & Nicola Fasano – “Apocalypse”

DJ/Producers often get boxed into one sound.  Italian producers/Jolly Rogers label heads Steve Forest and Nicola Fasano have become known for their festive sound of modern tribal beats and energetic electro fused into club-rocking party anthems. Collaborations with Pitbull (their track “75 Brasil Street” became the infamous “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”) and Kat Deluna launched them onto international dance floors.  A recent track with Crystal Waters, “Love I Call My Own,” signaled a transition to a darker, more progressive vibe.  As a full-on dark electro progressive stomper, their new track “Apocalypse” continues this direction.  Starting off with an eerily dark keyboard, it sounds more like a deadmau5 composition than something you would expect from the Italian party boys. The crescendo heading into intense rave-like electro is unexpected and introduces the effected-robot voice which seems to be repeating “Wait.” The track has a cold feeling, like really dark techno, yet is energetic enough that when programmed in the right set would be deeply effective on a big room floor. It’s always great to see musicians explore new directions so it will be interesting to what this new darker vibe of Forest and Fasano develops into.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Kat Deluna – “Wanna See U Dance (La La La)”

Following the Pitbull playbook, Dominican dance-pop princess Kat Deluna has found herself a semi-classic dance record and added a topline. In this case, the track is the 1997 European stadium anthem “Samba De Janeiro” by Bellini. The explosive record topped charts around Europe and is still played at major sporting events. “Wanna See U Dance” is one of those rare times when the vocal ADDS to the energy of a classic record, elevating it to a new level. You will have to resist singing along to the incredibly infectious chorus after it kicks in. Undoubtedly, this will be a massive smash overseas and here’s hoping that Kat will receive some love here in the states as well. The sexy Adam and Eve-themed video will no doubt help. I’m just wondering if J-Lo intends to steal this idea as well…
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