INTERVIEW: Christian Burns (ADE 2013)

With the release of? Simple Modern Answers, Christian Burns has collaborated with many of EDM?s top producers ? Armin van Buuren, Jean Claude Ades, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, and Ferry Corsten ? just to name a few.?It feels like a natural progression for the singer of the band BBMak who went on to be in a rock band before Tiesto discovered him on Myspace and asked him to collaborate on some tracks.??The resulting ?In the Dark? set him on this new path, and he has since worked with the likes of Benny Benassi, Richard Durand and BT.??With this album, he has created a cohesive musical statement showcasing his vocal and songwriting skills while bringing his powerful spirit to brilliant EDM tracks.

RS: So I listened to your album today and the first thing that struck me, aside from how great you are vocally, is that you have so many amazing producers on it. A lot of times producers will want you to sing on their track but they won?t give vocalists a track to work with. How did you swing getting so much top flight talent?
Christian Burns: I think it?s just the British charm. It?s great to work with so many great producers, and I do understand what you are saying. I think they just like to work with me and it was really flattering and amazing that I got so many great producers and DJs on the album.
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SONG OF THE DAY: Walden – “First Day”

Aussie youngster Walden has been building a name for himself with strong original productions (“Intropial,” “Machine Gun”) and remixes (“In My Mind” by Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl, “We Are Tonight” by Paul van Dyk and Christan Burns). With the apt title “First Day,” Walden releases his first vocal track, building on his progressive stadium sound by adding a topline that comes close to pop but keeps the big room feel. The lyrics (sung by Danish co-writer Grace Tither, who has also worked with Michael Zilk and Christian Amby) contrast the changes of the first day and last day of a relationship and what comes after. While the vocals all appear over a beatless dropout, they feel strong enough to keep the energy- or at least something to singalong and emote to. Fellow Aussies Ivan Gough (of TV Rock) and Jebu bang out a harder, more electro mix, dubbing the vocals down to just say “first day, all changed” and keeping a beat going the whole time. While the remix is strong and more dancefloor-friendly, including the full vocals would have really bean a nice touch. The two different versions give the track a strong appeal to different club audiences. As Walden’s production skills develop, it will be interesting to see if he moves towards more traditional pop songwriting while keeping his club vibe going.

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Notable Dance Podcast #023

Avicii – You Make Me (Radio)
Crazibiza & Dave Aude ft Vassy – Hustlin
Christian Burns & Paul van Dyk – We Are Tonight (Walden)
Jack Beats – Careless (AC Slater)
2 Live – Funky This Party
John Dahlback – Jackal Mackson
Popeska – Diamonds (Original)
Gregori Klosman & Bassjackers – Flag
Antoine Clamaran & Michael Calfan – It’s My Beat
Tritonal & 7 Skies – Reset (Mixshow Edit)
Savoy ft Heather Bright – We Are the Sun (Sick Individuals)
Example – All the Wrong Places (Starkillers)
Jessica Sutta – Lights Out (Extended)
Freemasons vs Rubylux – The World Goes Quiet (Club Vocal)
Dash Berlin ft Christina Novelli – Jar Of Hearts (Club)