May 28, 2018
The Him's Exclusive Mix
The Him are on a roll in 2018! Fresh off their massive Jay Hardway collab “Jigsaw,” the duo have come back with incredible vocal track “Broken Love.” Out last Friday on Spinnin’ Records, “Broken Love” features an incredible vocal from Parson James and quite the back story. We caught up with the duo to spotlight both productions, and the guys gave us a look at all of the excitement their sets this summer will contain with their Exclusive Mix!
How did you approach your Exclusive Mix and how does the track selection compare to your live sets at the moment?
It is close to what we play live. We play much harder than a year ago, but we always keep the melodic stuff live and in our mixes!
Can you highlight three tracks or artists included in the mix and why they stand out to you?
Jordan Jay and Sagan are really talented producers and we play songs from them in almost every set. They are really energetic and bring a different vibe to our set.
We love “Chicken Soup.” No, not talking about actual soup ;) But this banger always drops hard on a festival or in a club!
Let’s take a closer look at “Broken Love.” Can you take us through the production process including the initial inspiration/sketch and how the vocal factored into your workflow?
“Broken Love” started with a writing session in our studio in Amsterdam about two years ago. We had a simple production around it at that time, but didn't really finish it till somewhere in 2017. Then we let it rest for a while and it kind of fell off the radar for a bit. When we reopened the project later in the year, we redid the whole drop and everything started making sense. We got in touch with Parson (whose voice we love!) and ended up recutting the vocal in the States while on tour. We're super excited about the end result. It's not really usual for us for a track to take this long, but we wanted to make it perfect and feel it was worth it!
What makes Parson James’s voice unique to you?
Parson has an amazing depth and warmth to his voice. It just fits with the whole production and vibe we're looking for!
Is “Broken Love” a track that you could see fitting into your DJ sets at the moment? If so, how/where?
Absolutely! We play a high energy set with lots of different styles. We enjoy blending it all together. “Broken Love” will probably land somewhere after a good couple of jumping-with-your-hands-in-the-air tracks where its time to catch your breath and feel amazingly euphoric!
You also recently released the massive Jay Hardway collaboration “Jigsaw.” What was it like working with Jay and what made that collaboration special to you guys?
Jay is an absolute pain in the ass. He only wants to work in studios with a special kind of red salt lamp. Only after we convinced him that we had a really cool retro green lava lamp he finally came. Haha no just kidding ;). Jay is our homie, we love him. He's an incredibly talented guy. Our styles are really different, but whenever we're listening to new releases his always stand out because they sound so unique. We initially were just hanging out in the studio and the track came together in like a day! It’s really a combination of both of our sounds.
Prior to Avicii’s passing, you guys also dropped your “Without You” remix as a surprise free download. How’d you approach that remix? What elements of the original did you want to preserve with your take? Does that remix hold any more significance to you guys after his tragic death?
To be honest we usually only use the vocal and try to reinterpret the song. It's such an emotional vocal and we love that kind of vibe. We don't really think in terms of what we want to keep and change. For our remixes the song usually stays intact, but we want to bring it to a different place with the drop. Make it something you feel down to your spine.
It's so sad. We'd been playing the remix for a while already, but every time we drop it now and we listen to the lyrics it really makes you think. And we see it in the audience too. He'll be missed.
What has you excited for the summer season?! Any shows you are particularly excited for?
Well, bring on the sunshine! We're from Amsterdam. A beautiful place, but it rains way too much ;). It’s going to be epic, the calendar is full and we're ready! We can't wait to party with all of YOU! Two special mentions would be Lollapalooza in Chicago and Sziget, but it’s all going to be wild!
You can buy or stream your copy of "Broken Love" on the platform of your choice today!!
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