Apr 13, 2017
Olly James Exclusive Mix
Olly James is one of the most respected producers in the world of big room, electro, and progressive house, constantly churning out top quality productions played on the biggest stages across the world. With recent monster tracks on Maxximize Records and Revealed Recordings in addition to a plethora of hot IDs to his name, we couldn’t be happier to present an Exclusive Mix and Story from Olly James showcasing a fresh selection of his tracks, bootlegs, and IDs.
How did you approach your Exclusive Mix and how does your mix compare to your live sets?
This mix was a great opportunity for me to showcase some of the music I am enjoying, not just playing. And a good chance to highlight some of the bootlegs I’ve been making specifically for my live sets, as unless you have been at my shows recently you would not have heard them!
Can you spotlight three tracks or artists within your mix and why they stand out to you?
“ID 2.” This is a track which I have been receiving messages about for months, and I’m happy to announce it is coming very soon!
BROHUG – “Papparazi.” This track is so fresh and powerful, and it will be in my sets for a very long time!
Stardust – “Music Sounds Better With You” (Maurice West Bootleg). Maurice's productions are always next level, and he’s given this classic a super fresh makeover.
What made you want to remix DJ Jean’s “The Launch”? What elements did you know you wanted to preserve in your remix and how do you feel you’ve made it your own?
I've always loved those old school tracks as they were what I would listen to well before I even got into producing music! Similar to my “Ecuador” remix, I wanted to keep the original feel throughout, but give it a 2017 makeover combining the original melody with my own synths and basslines, as that makes it familiar to the listener!
Can you take us through the production process of “Aruna” from the initial sketch to the track we hear today?
With “Aruna” I wanted to create a festival track in my style, but take it to the next level with a unique twist, so I opted for the bass house style bassline combined with my electro leads, as opposed to the subkick. The shifting bassline really adds that extra energy when you’re playing it live! I actually did a project walk through on my Facebook page where I explain in more detail!
What was the inspiration for “Code” and how has that track been working in your sets?
“Code” was kind of unexpected, I started an idea at 11am and the whole track was finished by 7pm. I went into the studio with no real ideas and “Code” just came out of nowhere. It works really well live as the bouncy rhythm allows you to dance to it, so it’s a nice track to switch up the vibe after dropping some harder tracks.
How did the collab between you, MOTi, and Kenneth G come about? What was it like working together on “Omen”?
“Omen” actually started out as me and Kenneth G, but we were really struggling with the breakdown, and that’s when MOTi joined and took the collab to the next level. Working with MOTi and Kenneth was great, I have a lot of respect for them both and it was a lot of fun to produce the track as each one of us was able to add our own signature sound into it.
What can you tell us about some of your ID tracks out there at the moment? We’ve seen a lot ID tracks suggested as yours by our users!
Unfortunately I can’t talk too much about my ID tracks right now, as they will be announced soon, but it is really cool to see so many being played and people trying to guess the titles!
What has you excited for the months ahead?
I have a lot of new music coming in the coming months and some really cool shows, so I’m super excited!
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