Apr 18, 2017
Steve Z Remodes Supermode
Steve Z’s remode of Supermode’s “Tell Me Why” has been racking up top tier DJ support. The original track from Supermode (Axwell and Steve Angello) is an all-time classic, and thus presented a unique challenge for Steve Z – how to modernize the track while preserving what made the original so special. Based on the DJs supporting his rework, we’d say he's succeeded. Enjoy learning about Steve Z’s approach to the track and what else he has in store this year.
How did the opportunity come about to remix Supermode’s “Tell Me Why”?
One day I was driving when I heard this track on the radio and I suddenly realized it would be a good idea to make my own version. I think it’s very important for young producers such as myself to try their hand at bootlegs, remakes and remixes of former hit tracks. It’s been a long time since someone remixed "Tell Me Why" so I felt the time was right.
Do you remember first hearing the original version of this track and what about it that stood out to you?
The first time I heard the track I was in a club and instantly realized that it was so popular. Everyone was singing along, especially the top line melody of the pluck, it's really, really catchy. I clearly remember it stuck in my head.
In my version I've tried to stick to the original as close as possible, while trying to drag into a groovy/electro direction. I’ve tried to create a very energetic drop and give the break a magic atmosphere. I hope to have succeeded.
What was the production process like for this track? What inspired your approach to the remix, and how did you take it from the initial version to final remix?
I started from the drop, especially from the groove of the stabs, which are the main protagonists. Once I was happy with the layering of them, I worked really hard on the delay, which is essential to make the drop more interesting and lively. I’ve then replayed the breakdown, keeping it as true to the original as possible, which I felt was only right since the original is already so perfect and untouchable.
The remix has already been supported by the likes of W&W, Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix and many other big DJs. How does it feel to see so many artists supporting your remix?
It's a big honour for me to be supported by DJs who I’ve been following since the beginning of my career. Such results motivate you to do better and to improve yourself on a daily basis. I had two goals for this release, first, create a modern version for all of the original track lovers and two, create a version suitable for all of the DJs worldwide. So far this remix has also been supported by the likes of Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand, Ummet Ozcan, Promise Land, Thomas Gold, Morgan Page, DJs from Mars, Moguai, Quintino, Albert Neve & Abel Ramos… It’s simply amazing and for this I’m very thankful to Art&Music Recording, who have given this release incredibly sick promotion and who for five years, have given me the chance to use their studios. It's an honour to work with such a professional team that is helping to make my skills and my tracks better and better.
Are there any other upcoming productions that you can tell us about?
I'm working on a variety of stuff at the moment. First of all I’m planning to release a couple of “big room” tracks made purposefully for big festivals, and after that I’d like to concentrate on the release of more commercial tracks. Soon I will also have a track released on Freeway Recording, John Christian’s record label. Stay tuned for more updates!
What are you most looking forward to in the summer months ahead?
I’m planning to work on the release of an original with the signature sound of the “Tell Me Why” Remode and I’m hoping it will be as successful.
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