Dec 22, 2016
Shane 54's Exclusive Mix (Live From Exchange LA)
December 9th, 2016 was a landmark day for Shane 54. His first solo single “Paradise” was released alongside four standout remixes and he made his solo DJ debut at Exchange in Los Angeles. His Exclusive Mix is a reflection of his set that night and his story reflects on the milestone day.
What was your experience like playing your debut solo show at Exchange LA? How did you balance the excitement, nerves, and other emotions you were feeling?
Exchange is a special place for me. We have a long history together, and having my solo debut in that DJ booth meant a lot to me. As soon as I heard people screaming after “Hello LA,” it was pretty much peak time all the way through. A top night.
You’ve previously mentioned how connecting with individuals during your set is very important to you. Can you highlight a few of those moments from this set?
When I saw people singing my new single, “Paradise,” at the top of their lungs, it was a great feeling. The song was released on the same day and somehow they already knew the words. Unbelievable. I just love making people go crazy in a club, and until I was back on stage I hadn’t realized how much I had missed it. I was born to do this. Being onstage is my element.
You’re a master of mashups – were there any special ones you played in this set?
My friend showed me a bunch of mashups he made, and one clicked really well. It became the 'Track Of The Moment' on International Departures a few days later, and honestly, it was one of the highlights of that night.
Any other tracks that you played that you’d like to highlight?
I also played an as of yet untitled new song, and people went crazy for it – even though nobody had any idea what it was.
How does it feel to have now released your first Shane 54 track – “Paradise”?
Simply put, amazing. The song was a long time in the making, but I knew it was special. Once the direction was set, it really came together.
What was it like co-writing the track with Kyler England, who also worked with you on “Summer of Love”?
Kyler is the most amazing writer. Music just flows out of her in an instant, and she's comes up with catchy hooks and lyrics as if it was the most natural thing in the world.
How did you come to team up with Jenny Jordan and what do you think she was able to bring into this track with her vocal?
Jenny is a good friends with John Hancock from Late Night Alumni. When I was scouting for a singer, he said that the track might fit her voice. When I had a show in Salt Lake City (where they both live) I flew in early, and we recorded it in John's very cozy studio. Jenny delivered like a champ.
This track has a massive and a diverse remix package [full EP package]. What do you think the different artists were able to do with the track?
Getting an array of remixes was never a question, and everyone did such an incredible job. Maddix delivered quickly and effortlessly. Gai Barone's remix was unconventional and dark yet still melodic. I also knew that I wanted something uplifting for the die-hards, and M.I.K.E. Push was the obvious target to deliver that. As for Rafael Frost, what can I say? He was the latest addition to the package, but boy... talk about fat and juicy. Rafael's sharply engineered production style fits perfectly for my song. All of the mixes do a great job in taking the original to different places. Big time.
How is 2017 shaping up for you? Any upcoming music that you can tell readers about?
I'm in the comfortable position of having my next two singles already completed, while also having another batch of songs that are written and just need production. I would say that I have more than an album's worth of material, so it's great to have choices. I plan on having a very busy 2017 with lots of new music and lots of touring.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out Shane 54's 186 (!!!) track packed Year Mix [full tracklist + mix].
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