Discovered by American Idol Judge Randy Jackson, Grace Valerie launched onto the scene with her electro confection “When the Lights Go Down” which found success in the clubs and youtube. For “Not for Love,” she worked with producer busbee (Alexandra Burke, Pink, Kelly Clarkson) to create a story song in the tradition of a Meatloaf epic. The soft piano intro highlights the vulnerable emotions of the chorus while every time she repeats it, the intensity and power increases. Though completely pop in the production, remixes would be powerful on the dance floor – even if they are based on just the memorable chorus over stomping electro beats (though including the verse would be nice also.) The video shows the power of love through sports and determination, and while I don’t want to give away the story line – it could easily be embraced by a large population as a protest theme to the host country of the Winter Olympics.
Bimbo Jones, the team of Lee Dagger and Marc JB, are probably best known for their consistent output of top flight vocal remixes for artists like Lady Gaga, Pink, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and Kylie Minogue. What you might not know is that the two started as songwriters and producers signed to 19 Management. In addition to their remixes, they are launching three record labels with a new artist album set for release. I caught up with them during Amsterdam Dance Event to catch up with them about all they have going on.
RS: Congratulations on the Kristine W record, how did that come about? Lee Dagger: It came about last year when we finally got to meet Kristine in Miami. Marc and I had wanted to meet her for years. We have always been a big fan of “Feel What You Want” from back in the day, which is an amazing house record. When we met her, she invited us to go stay at her ranch any time. I was shocked and when we took a trip to the states, we went and stayed on the ranch. Marc and I took one of our tracks that we were really passionate about that had a real strong backing track and sat down and wrote it with her. It was an amazing experience and we gelled really well together. She is a great girl. Marc JB: She is very talented; she is not just the dance artist that you see in all the PR. She is an accomplished jazz vocalist and saxophonist, a very technical, clever and creative girl. Lee Dagger: Yeah, she is great on the sax. Continue reading INTERVIEW: Bimbo Jones (2013)
2012 was a massive year for the Dutch duo Firebeatz, Jurgio Ratello and Tim Benjamin. Their track with Chocolate Puma, “Just One More Time,” was a big Beatport hit and gained massive support from Pete Tong. A slew of solid remixes, including Pink’s “Blow Me,” has expanded their reach from the underground to the mainstream. With so much going, they were quite in demand during the Amsterdam Dance Event, and I caught up with them for a quick chat.
RS: How did the two of you meet up? Jurgio Ratello: We met at School of Rock in Tilburg.
RS: Were you DJs first or producers? Tim Benjamin: I was a DJ first and played music, and then I started to create the sounds that I played. In the beginning, it was mostly drum and bass/hip-hop stuff. Later on when we met at school, it was more house music and that genre. Jurgio: I started DJing first and was more into the original house sound. That is where we get this unique combination of all different influences.