Sep 26, 2016
HIIO Deliver Groovy & Uplifting Exclusive Mix
Riding the success of their massive collab “La Luna” with Kryder, a song that for four weeks has stayed at the top of our Overall EDM tracks chart, HIIO deliver an uplifiting and groovy Exclusive Mix. In their story, the guys dive into “La Luna” and their recent tracks “Survivor” and “Anzulu.” Get your day going with their energetic mix while you learn the stories behind their productions.
How does the mix represent where you guys are right now in your career? How does it compare to your live sets?
Now we are on a house, tribal and groovy journey, so you will hear more soon from us in this direction. In our live sets we play a lot of these sounds with a lot of mashups and edits with commercial acapellas to get the crowd involved.
Can you highlight some of the artists in your Exclusive Mix and what makes them stand out to you?
Tom Swoon, Alex Guesta, Eddie Thoneick, Nari & Milani, Will K & Corey James, O.B, Dario Nunez, and many others.
And all these names you will hear in this mix is the music we are playing every weekend at the moment. And some others like Kryder, Tom Staar, Dannic, and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.
Can you talk some about your recently released original “Survivor”? What do the vocals mean to you in that track and where did you find them?
This track is special for us. We has the instrumental for a couple of months. We tried like five or six different vocals and none of them worked well, until we had a chat with Niclas Lundin and he wrote the topline and helped us to find the singer.
“Survivor” perfectly captures the uplifting, euphoric feeling in a progressive track, was that what you were going for with you production?What’s the reaction been like when you play this song in your sets?
We are very happy with the structure of “Survivor” and it transmits a special feeling. Our productions now are heading into different directions, more housey and big room house like we did with “La Luna” and “Funky Time.”
“La Luna” is one of the biggest tracks of 2016, huge congrats on that! What was it like working with Kryder?
Well Kriss is a very laidback guy and great to work with. He is a perfectionist, he wants everything to sound perfect, every single detail. For example, the beginning of the break was totally different at first, way more underground. And he wanted to make something for ‘that special moment,’ so he came up with these awesome guitars and violins to produce the new break. We worked back and forth for like a month and boom!!!…”La Luna” was born!
When you were producing “La Luna,” did you guys think you were really on to something that would get this big?
We never create any expectations, we always prefer the surprise. But we knew that those vocals and that groove was going to cause something out there!
Your collaboration with Sevag - “Anzulu” is another great track with lots of artist support. Can you talk a little about the inspiration and production process for this collab?
With Sevag we wanted to create a groovy track that every DJ could play in his sets at clubs or festivals, we decided to use a different type of vocals for the break combined with a beautiful melody.
Is there any artist supporting your music that is especially meaningful or surprising to you guys?
Definitely yes! Seeing Armin van Buuren playing “La Luna” in his sets was quite surprising. But also Steve Angello and some big names like Dash Berlin, Avicii, Hardwell, Guetta, W&W.
You’ll be playing at the Fonk Recordings night at ADE, what has you excited about that event? Will you be playing any other shows during ADE?
Of course we are excited!! Playing with Dannic and his Fonk artists will be a very fun night. Yes we’ll be playing at some others parties, but to be honest we did not take a look at the schedule yet, lol.
What else does the fall have in store for you guys?
At the moment we are working on a collab with Yves V, and on some other original projects with a vocalist we very much admire (can’t say the name yet though, haha).
Thanks for having us!
If you want to hear more HIIO, be sure to check out their recent guest mix for Spinnin' Sessions below [tracklist].
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