Apr 10, 2017
Teamworx Exclusive Mix
We are delighted to present an Exclusive Mix and Story from rising Israeli dance music duo Teamworx. The pair has been on an absolute tear since the release of their massive Corey James collab “Make The Crowd Go,” one of the most artist supported tracks of 2016. Since then, the guys have released the standout “Whisper” with Thomas Feelman, and two huge Protocol releases “Bring Back The Funk” and “Around The World.” With two potential Size Records tracks to their name and the reveal that they along with Tom Swoon are the producers behind the updated version of “Atom” that has been making waves at the moment highlighted by multiple plays in Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s live sets, there couldn’t be a better time to host the duo!
How did you approach your Exclusive Mix? How does it compare to your live sets?
In the Exclusive Mix we've tried to put some of the music that corresponds with the direction we're taking our productions to. For us it's all about bass and groove, and we're always trying to bring something fresh to the table, so we've curated the guestmix to have the same flavor of what we currently represent.
In terms of live sets, it certainly has similarities in some moments. The intense vibe and the mashups between the tracks are certainly there, but since it's a mix we felt like it's cool to put music that we might not play live, for the sake of quality music. There's another element we're always taking into consideration during our live sets, usually in clubs, which is the dynamic of the crowd. You never know how you're going to get the crowd. We've had different experiences in some of our gigs where we had to make some changes in order to get the crowd pumping and we went a bit higher or a bit lower from our usual style to make sure the night will go smoothly. Reading the crowd is very important.
Everybody’s dying to know so we have to ask first – how’d the rework of “Atom” with Tom Swoon come around?
The story starts somewhere in November of last year when Tom sent us a message with “I have a cool idea” and the rest is history. We've been going back and forth, changing, revamping and fixing until we finally managed to get the final version which was just before Miami. It was very important for us to hype the track ahead of the release date! Tom is a great producer and we really enjoyed making this with him.
Can you talk a little about your vision for “Atom” and the direction you wanted to take that track?
When we sat with our manager, he told us the following – “You're in the finals of Master Chef, and you need to bring the winning meal for this one and you need to satisfy all of the judges in order to do that.” What he basically meant is that with the huge opportunity for remaking the iconic “Atom” came a huge responsibility of doing it properly. This track was a game changer and marked an era in dance music. We wanted to retain the magic of the original version, but on the other hand we wanted to bring our own flavor and also something modern and fresh. We also feared disappointing the fans; it was certainly the biggest challenge we had so far and we hope we nailed it.
“Around The World” – what a huge track! A dancefloor destroyer! Can you talk about the inspiration and production process behind it?
The idea came during ADE when we wanted to make something in the flavor of our upcoming track “Never Stop.” We've played with some vocal chops and brought our friend to record the brass instrument live. The idea was to make something a bit more energetic to fit our sets – it wasn't a simple mission, but we've managed to overcome it and it certainly fits our sets! We couldn't be happier to hear the final results on the dancefloor.
What is it like having the support of Nicky Romero and how did it feel seeing him drop the track during his Ultra set this year?
We couldn't be more grateful for having Nicky playing the track on Ultra, we saw the reaction of the crowd and it was absolutely insane. We're privileged to have Nicky's support since our first track we signed there “Make The Crowd Go” in Miami last year, which was the #34 most supported track of 2016! The thing is with the track, and every track in general, we're making lots of changes from the version we export from the studio to the final version we're sending out to the labels/DJs. We were testing the track in our live sets and with every single track in general we hear adjustments that need to be made, so we go back to the studio the day after our show and finalize everything. Plus on different speakers you hear different things. We were confident it'd be big live as we saw the crowd's reaction ourselves during our own performances – and we are really happy Nicky picked it up and played it, it's definitely another milestone for us!
What can you tell us about working with Corey James on “Funky Music”? Is that track meant to be a proper follow up to “Make The Crowd Go”? Can you tell us anything about a potential release?
Yes it is! It was actually meant to be a follow-up for “Make The Crowd Go,” but after the track blew up both of us were swamped with other work and materials so we didn't get the chance to really finish it properly. It definitely went straight to the top of our priority list and we're currently speaking with Corey about how to make this one a 'standout' track that still maintains the previous collaboration's flavor. It's a challenge, but so many people were asking about the status, urging us to release it already that we had to jump on it again. We're going to make a slightly different version of it, as we feel the older one is a bit outdated. We'll finish and definitely see how it goes afterwards!
Is there any other new music of yours that you’d like to mention?
We're actually working on a tribal track with our fellow guys Karmatek. It was played as an ID in one of Kryder's radio shows. It's kind of different from what we usually produce, but still has this Teamworx groove vibe in it. Since most of our tracks are signed, we've got some time to actually sit and try to create something we've never done before. We're sitting 12 hours in the studio almost every single day, but we want to bring something different, so we're working to get the right idea at the moment. With every day comes a new challenge and we've managed to overcome many, so we're confident you'll hear something soon!
Can you highlight two other tracks in your mix and what makes them stand out to you?
The first one is certainly Tchami – “Adieu.” Tchami has been killing it lately with the future house movement. He's such a brilliant producer and it's interesting to see how his materials are like cross-over and getting supported by both the mainstage acts and more underground/house DJs alike. “Adieu” is certainly one of his best works to date.
The second track is Diplo & Autoerotique – “Waist Time.” We've been influenced by the bass house movement coming from the U.S. for the past year or so, and we try to fuse it with our own signature sound. It's great to see how a scene that was purely influenced by the the European market has now set their own trend and is making big waves overseas with future bass and bass house.
What has you excited for the coming months and this summer?
We've got some pretty big performances lined up this summer across Europe and we're excited to test some of our new material there! Hopefully we'll work on more ideas as we're coming to a place where most of the set is pure Teamworx material and this was one of our own goals when we started, so it's been an exciting journey so far!
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