Sep 16, 2020
1001Tracklists Spotlight: ESH
Over the past year ESH has burst onto our radar. Following Tiësto’s support of his original “2U” on the Tomorrowland Mainstage and subsequent release on Musical Freedom, he’s continued to up his production level. Impressing with “Ride Or Die” on Confession, as well as his official remix of R3HAB’s “Good Example,” his latest release took things to a new level. To celebrate his landmark collaborative remix with Alesso of “Midnight,” we sat down for a long chat with ESH and he delivered a Spotlight Mix loaded with bass house energy!
ESH, thanks for joining us today! You’ve been on a roll on the production front and this summer your remixes have really shone through! Let’s jump right into your collaborative remix for Alesso. How did that opportunity come about?
First of all its a pleasure! Been a fan and user of your site for a long time!
The “Midnight” Remix with and for Alesso was a crazy thing! I remember my manager Kevin getting the stems and calling me at 4:30am to tell me that we got stems to Alesso’s recent single. At first I thought he was playing so I didn’t pick up but after his fifth call and some angry texts I realized that was no joke!
What was the process like working together? What was one of your biggest takeaways from the process?
I started working on the remix as soon as I received the stems. At first it was pretty tough for me working with them because of my admiration for Alesso and his music. I couldn’t believe what was going on and didn’t really have a workflow, but as time went on I got in my groove and had an idea ready to send off. That took about a week or so. The night before we sent the idea I didn’t really feel as confident about it as I did in the beginning so I scrapped it and finished a completely new draft of the remix in two hours. That draft became the basis of the released version.
After a couple of weeks we got a response back from Alesso that he liked the idea and would love to work on it together. So I sent him my remix stems and the rest is history!
My biggest takeaway from this process was how approachable he was towards the idea and towards us working together on it!
You mentioned on social media that Alesso was one of your biggest inspirations getting into dance music. Tell us some more about what it means to have your name next to his on a track!
It’s insane! Just to have the opportunity to remix one of his singles but then to collaborate on it with him is bonkers to me! I recently opened the Logic file of a remake I did of one of his Tomorrowland IDs, well now it’s called “Under Control,” but back then it was just called ID! I learned so much from just “imitating” his style in the studio. I was so impressed with the energy and the emotions in his tracks and how clean the sounds were processed. And now to have my name next to his on an official release is just a statement that hard work and dedication to your craft pays off!
Also this summer you delivered a standout remix for R3HAB! Can you tell us some about what you like in the original version of “Good Example” and wanted to preserve as well as how you feel that you made the track your own?
I just loved the feeling of the whole song – it made me happy everytime I listened to it! That panned acoustic guitar and those incredible vocals by Andy Grammer... I wanted to give it a darker vibe and use those vocal chops but make them “mean.” I’m really happy with how the remix turned out!
Do you think the sounds you stand for as a producer also translate into your sound as a DJ?
Definitely! When I’m in the studio working on new stuff I always imagine how it would sound on the dance floor.
Tell us some more about how you approached crafting your Spotlight Mix.
The Spotlight Mix consists of IDs by some of my friends, my current favourite tracks and some of my stuff!
Can you highlight three artists included in your mix and why they stand out to you?
#1 My boys ZOOTAH! I got an ID pack of some of their current tracks and it's absolutely insane! I love their energy and unique sound, it just motivates me to get back to work!
#2 Noizu – he’s a game changer! Those basslines and that groove, impeccable producer!
#3 Chris Lake – the boss, enough said!
2020 has been a trying year for all. Outside of the massive productions that we’ve been discussing, what have been some of your other highlights you’ve enjoyed this year?
I would have loved to start touring this year but unfortunately that was out of the question. As far as accomplishments go 2020 was definitely my most successful year. I spent a lot of time in the studio and working on new material, but that feeling of playing in front of a crowd is dearly missed. I really hope things can get back to normal as soon as possible.
With your name beside two of the industry heavyweights this summer, we’re curious who would be two other artists you would like to work with in the future, and why?
Tchami – He’s one of the biggest inspirations to me and my sound, and I would love to someday work with him.
DJ Snake – I love his versatility as a producer. You just never know what's gonna happen next and that's something really exciting!
And as we wrap up, what is one goal that you’re hoping to achieve by the end of 2020, and one by the end of next year?
Hopefully to stay healthy during these strange times and be able to continue making the music that I love. I really hope that we’re all gonna be back touring by the end of next year and that I'll finally be able to show all of my music to my fans and the people who might not know my sound yet so we can celebrate music and life together again!
You can download/stream ESH & Alesso's collaborative remix of "Midnight" on your platform of choice today! https://alesso.lnk.to/MidnightRemixes
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