Aug 03, 2017
Pink Panda: New Music, New Radio Show
2017 has seen Pink Panda expand their musical direction with more tropically tinged and vocal driven tracks. We caught up with the guys to discuss the influencing factors behind their new music, including their star Armada release “Follow Me.” The trio have also started a new radio show, Filthy Animals, and we took a deeper look into that as well.
Can you talk about some artists, music, and journeys inspiring the creation and direction of your new radio show?
Towards the end of 2016 we were playing around with grooves and rhythms at lower tempos and also got the opportunity to work with some great vocal artists from the Caribbean and the U.S. This inspired us to see what other people were doing in those genres and opened up a new world of music we'd really not been aware of. The radio show is a culmination of everything that's exciting us right now music wise, and we want to showcase our favourite producers and labels to a wider audience.
Logistically what can listeners expect going forward from the Filthy Animals show?
We're aiming to run the show monthly. The basic format will be an hour mix of our favourite tracks, emerging artists and labels with the odd featured guestmix and spotlight session when it seems appropriate.
Can you pick three tracks included in the second episode and what makes them stand out to you?
1. Terror Squad – “Lean Back” (NGHTMRE Remix). Great edit of a classic! Kills it every time in our sets!
2. Sak Noel – “OMG.” Been a staple track for us for the last few months. Sak Noel is making some serious fire this year.
3. Camila Cabello – “Crying In The Club” (Pink Panda Remix). We’ve got some original music coming soon featuring these amazing vocalists too! We hooked up with Nyanda through our new relationship with the label Tropic Electric, really great guys.
Your latest single “Follow Me” keeps with the tropical theme as well. What was the initial inspiration and vision for that track?
We were working on some tracks with a great vocalist from Italy called Zy, taking classic hooks and choruses and rewriting new verses and parts around them so they'd stand up in our live sets. “Follow Me” just seemed to really work so we finished the track and sent it out to a few people. Armada really loved it and snapped it up. Diana King, the original writer and vocalist, really loved it too and so the sample was cleared and it got a full release which we're over the moon about!
Looking at your new remix, what elements of the original “Spun” did you want to preserve in your take and how do you feel that you’ve made the track your own?
We really liked the original version so we wanted to keep the whole vocal on the mix, but see how it would work with a more musical vibe with electric chords and bright synths. Pretty happy with how it came out and the remix is part of a progression for us. We were trying a lot of new production techniques at this time.
How has your continued residency at Ministry of Sound been? What’s been a favorite show of recent memory?
Ministry continues to delight and is such a pleasure to play. The vibe is amazing every single time and it's lovely when we get positive feedback from clubbers after a show! We were offered the headline set a couple of weeks back after Showtek had to cancel last minute and it went soo well! Was awesome to have that slot and all of the extra sound and visual production that comes with it.
What are you guys looking forward to most for the remainder of the summer?
We're really excited for some upcoming gigs in Malta, Ibiza and the Middle East in August and September. We're also putting the finishing touches on some new music and talking to some exciting labels about releasing them later this year. Watch this space!!
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