Dec 19, 2016
Jack Is Back: Jack Wins Exclusive Mix
2016 has been a breakthrough year for Jack Wins. The hype around him began to grow after Laidback Luke debuted his hit track “Give It Up” at Ultra Music Festival in March. From there, the momentum continued as he churned out quality production after quality production. His music has been played by all of the big name DJs, and his music frequents major radio stations like BBC Radio 1. He had the distinct honor of officially remixing Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye,” a track that hit #1 in the UK, and his latest release, “I Used To Love You” ft. Francci Richard, has seen huge support from artists and fans alike. He shows no signs of slowing down and celebrates the year in a big way with his Exclusive Mix and story.
How did you approach your Exclusive Mix? Were you looking to create a particular flow?
I’m all about Feel Good House Music, so I tried to select a range of tracks that represent that. I always try to create a steady flow where the energy slowly increases, whilst styles slightly change along the away.
Can you highlight three artists or tracks in your Exclusive Mix and why you chose to include them?
CID – one of my favourite producers: He always delivers high quality productions that always work on the dance floor. “Together” is still my personal favourite of the year.
Klelight – “Memories”: such a funky track and clever use of the ‘loveshack’ sample – a track I don’t actually like much, but I think it works like a treat here! An indication that funky basslines are coming back again!
John Gibbons – “Would I Lie” (John Ross & LPR Remix) – again, a pretty cheesy sample of a 90s pop tune, yet John & LPR have been the only ones to turn it into a dancefloor destroyer, in my humble opinion. Also works like a treat with “I Used To Love You” because of that similar vibe.
2016 has really been your year with the Jack Wins project. Can you reflect a little bit on what we are sure has been a whirlwind year for you?
Thank you very much! Yeah it’s been an amazing year. It all started with “Give It Up,” which really got people’s attention as it was played by so many tastemaker DJs and on radio. Not long after, I had the opportunity to remix Dua Lipa – “Hotter Than Hell,” which I loved from the first time I heard it. This remix has been doing so well for me: over 50 plays on BBC Radio 1 and it keeps popping up again and again in different places! Even Dua Lipa asked for the stems, so she could use it for her live show! DJ Mag UK featured me as one of their ‘Ones to Watch’ as well, which was a great honour! There have been another couple of releases on Mixmash Deep & Armada Deep and remixes for Blossoms, Nathan Sykes, Izzy Bizu to name a few.
My debut gig was at Ministry of Sound earlier this year after Laidback Luke invited me to warm up for him and then invited me again to play at his 40th birthday bash at ADE! I obviously never expected 10 months ago for this all to happen and it’s a great encouragement to make 2017 even bigger!
Let’s talk about your most recent Mixmash release, “I Used To Love You” ft. Francci Richard. Can you guide us through the inspiration and production process for that one?
I’ve been in contact with Francci for some time and earlier this year she sent me this little acappella hook. Originally I struggled to come up with a production that would do the hook justice. I felt it needed to have a bit of a dark edge to reflect the lyrics. I remember hearing the Ten Walls – “Pink Elephant” track on the radio and thought that that kind of vibe could work really well with the vocal and gave it my own twist. It’s always a balancing act of coming up with something that suits the vocal/song and fits in your own style.
What made you want to remix Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” [free download]? What elements of the original did you want to preserve and how do you think you made the track your own?
I was approached by the label a couple of weeks ago and was told I had two days to do the remix as the original was already blowing up and they needed something quickly! Obviously that is not much time at all, but I thought it would be a fun challenge and a great opportunity to do something for Clean Bandit! They asked me to do a mix that would still be close to the original, but would be more club friendly as well, so that both radio and club DJs could play it.
When I do a remix, I generally only use the acapella and prefer to not even to hear the original if I can, so that I can just focus on giving it my own sound and not get distracted. As I had to stay close to the original, I kept the majority of the vocals, except Sean Paul’s as I didn’t think that it suited my mix. The only other thing I used was a little bit of the strings in the first and second verse.
How does it feel remixing a track that as an an original reached #1 in the UK? And how does it feel having that remix officially cleared and approved?
It’s great to be linked to a #1 record and the recognition your own mix gets on the back of it. But I think people will also be more critical of your mix, because the original is so well-known. The majority of people also assume that it’s not official as so many DJs do bootlegs now of popular records. For me it’s very important that the original artist and label are happy with what I deliver as they came to me with something specific in mind. To then see major DJs playing it out like Oliver Heldens, Tiësto and Lucas & Steve – that is the ultimate ‘stamp of approval’ to me.
Currently your “Not Missing U” remix is starting to pick up some steam. What was the creative process like producing that remix?
Yeah, I did this remix several months ago and was waiting to hear when it would come out and then last weekend I noticed Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike played it in their show, lol.
Again, I just took the vocal and tried to come up with something that would both be radio and DJ friendly, which is always quite a tricky balance. As I mentioned earlier, I’m really enjoying hearing more warm, groovy type of house tracks again and thought that vibe could translate really well with the vocal. The first step is always the chords for me and then build everything else around it.
We hear you are quite a big user and fan of 1001tracklists. Can you talk about how you discovered the site and what you like about it?
Yeah I love your site – I’ve been a fan for quite a few years now. It’s a great way to get an idea of what DJs are playing both in their show and in their live sets, which helps as a producer/DJ. But I also like to just randomly listen to completely different styles to get a feel for what people are into across the spectrum. I’m always amazed how quickly people discover the ‘IDs’ of tracks and how dedicated the super users are! Lastly, it’s obviously great to see who is playing your music.
As you look to carry your momentum forward from this year, how is 2017 looking? Any new music we should be on the lookout for?
2017 is shaping up well! Currently planning releases for the first three months and working on finishing a lot of new tracks. My Izzi Bizu remix should be released at the end of January. Just watch this space….. :P
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