May 15, 2017
Throttle's Exclusive Mix
We are thrilled to present an Exclusive Mix & Story featuring the Dirty Disco sounds of Throttle. Robbie’s just released another Motown inspired gem, “Found You,” while at the same time Cazztek’s remix of his track “Hit The Road Jack” has been making waves! We took a deeper look at both tracks, Throttle’s remix of Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” and his growing profile in his interview.
How did you go about making your Exclusive Mix and how does this mix compare to a DJ set for you?
It's a similar process for both honestly. I'm constantly looking through my promos as well as 1001Tracklists, Beatport & Spotify for new and exciting tracks. For mixes I'll often leave out some of the harder tunes which I save for my DJ sets. At my own shows I'll play more exclusive content too, lots of unreleased tunes and mashups I've made.
Can you highlight three tracks or artists you included in your mix and why they stand out to you?
1. Tchami – “Adieu”: This track has been out for a while now but I just fucking love it. Everything about it is so crisp and perfectly produced.
2. Cazztek: Cazztek is such a badass! I opened my guest mix with his remix of my track “Hit The Road Jack,” but his previous single “Came To Get Funky” is an absolute weapon that I've been playing in all of my sets recently.
3. Snakehips & MØ – “Don't Leave” (Throttle Remix): A huge thank you to these legends for letting me put my spin on “Don't Leave.” It's an amazing song, and MØ has one of those voices that just lights up the room. I actually started working on the remix in my hotel room on tour in the U.K.; you can certainly hear the U.K house influence shine through. That's what I love about touring, I get to bounce between so many different cultures and am exposed to so much new and exciting music which means my sound is constantly evolving and maturing along the way.
Can you take us through the production process of “Found You” going from initial inspiration to final production?
It started with the vocal, which is based around an old Motown song by Bettye Swan. I sung in the demo myself and pitched up my voice, with the idea of getting someone else to re-sing it later. The main idea came together in less than a day – the best ones always do! Once I'd produced out the whole the track, everyone convinced me to just leave my voice on there.
How has the track gone down on the dancefloor?
Great! It’s been a real highlight in all of my sets for the last few months. It's a little weird hearing my voice belting out over a nightclub soundsystem, but I'm getting used to it.
With your Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” remix, you took things in a different direction. Can you talk about what elements of the original track you wanted to preserve and how you felt you’ve made the track your own?
Why yes I can. I fell in love with the original the first time I heard it. I loved how anthemic yet raw it was. It didn't need a big production to create energy, it was all in Ed's voice. Because of that I wanted to keep the breaks really dialed back and let Ed's vocal do the talking, then bring in something more 'EDM' if you will, in the drops. I didn't want to force “Castle On The Hill” into something it wasn't, so I tried something totally new for me, while keeping in some of the disco horn licks and vocal chops and that are standard in a lot of my songs.
"Hit The Road Jack” has been such a success – what do you like about the Cazztek remix that has been making waves recently? [Check out the support]
Thank you! I'm a big fan of Cazztek and knew he'd kill it. I love how he's balanced the jazzyness of the original, but gone really really dirty in the drop sections.
What has it felt like becoming a headliner in major North American cities? Take for instance NYC where you’ve played before as part of EDCNY, but never had your own headlining club show until recently.
It's crazy, really. America can be such a tough market, and it's getting even tougher, so to headline major markets like New York is amazing for me.
What has you excited for the (European) summer months ahead?
Everything! I'm going to be over for three months playing a ton of shows all summer. It's my longest run of tour dates so far, and I'll be bouncing around everywhere. We just announced Tomorrowland which is an absolute dream to play for the second year in a row.
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