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DJ Bios Miami Music Week 2017 Interview

DJ Bios Miami Music Week 2017 Interview

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May 13th, 2017

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An excerpt from the Full article at djbios.com:

In 2017 there isn’t a whole lot of ground left for EDM artists to cover, but X-Change managed to find a patch of uncharted territory. The Los Angeles DJ and producer’s friendship with Trinidad group Ultimate Rejects has yielded a unique fusion between big room house and Caribbean dance music.

X-Change met members of the four-piece group during the 2016 edition of Miami Music Week, and in the year since they worked on a multitude of different music together. This year, for instance, they kicked off their visit to Miami with a brand new collaboration titled “Kings In Town.”

Shortly afterwards, X-Change spoke with djbios about how the track came together. In addition, he talked about his rise to fame, and even teased details about upcoming releases.

Welcome to Miami! How’s your stay been so far?

X-Change: It’s been great so far. We’ve been over at the Sirius XM Lounge catching up with people. I ran into my buddies DubVision and Jay Hardway; we saw Axwell /\ Ingrosso there; Deorro was there; last night we were at Steve Aoki’s party. It’s been a busy couple of days.

Well you started MMW off with a bang releasing “Kings In Town.” How has the response been so far?

X-Change: It’s been great, and “Kings In Town” has been doing really well. We tried to push the envelope and do something really different with the track. We were trying to make a new festival-type sound, with the drop having that big room feel, but still having the different drum pattern in the second part and then the moombahton break part.

That’s the fun part for me when I play the song for people because they don’t expect it. When it goes into the breakdown and then MX [Prime from Ultimate Rejects] starts doing the vocals on it with the chant, it just flips people. They’re probably not used to that vocal style in a big room song.

How did you come into contact with the Ultimate Rejects in the first place?

X-Change: We actually met last year here at Miami Music Week, and I was on my way to Trinidad for a friend’s wedding. It just seemed like fate, so we decided that we needed to hop in the studio. Last year while I was in Trinidad we recorded a song called “Thunderstorm” in the two days that I was there.

We sat down, we had a vibe, and we made the whole track. Then we became friends over the year, and I spent the last five weeks with them at Carnival and chilled with them down there.

When it comes to Caribbean/EDM crossovers Major Lazer comes to mind, and while they started out as traditional dancehall they’ve gotten a lot more mainstream. Would you say that you’re moving in the opposite of that?

X-Change: Well, yeah, I didn’t realize how much I loved the Caribbean-type stuff until I was in Trinidad. I sat in the studio with Johann [Seaton], who is also part of the Ultimate Rejects, and I was programming some of the kick patterns and snare patterns. He told me, “You have the Caribbean bounce already.” They called me “the Trinidad brother” (Laughs). I didn’t even realize it, I was just making the patterns.

We keep trying to push the boundaries to yield something different, and we’ve got a bunch of new collaborations coming up, too. We are pushing the envelope by infusing more of the Carribean stuff; for example, we just worked on a remix of John Legend’s “Love Me Now” together. That just came out this week as well, and in the drop part of it you’ll hear that there’s more movement. It’s not just a straight four-four kick. We added a bounce to it.

I love it – we work really well together and we have a great time. “Excess” came out during the Carnival season, and we actually recorded that and made that while I was in Trinidad as well. Even during all the shows, we still found time to make it in the studio and finish a track. We’re always working, always making new music, coming up with tons of new concepts, and if we don’t think it’s good enough to release then it doesn’t come out. We make a lot of tracks, but obviously we don’t release everything.

 

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