Their relationship is truly like a day in a parent’s life. Unpredictable, but it gets better and improves with age.
Guetta and Afrojack have been linked more times in the last decade than breakup and ice cream. And each time to give a different sound, motivated by an innate tendency to take risks. They are now once again joining forces to test the waters in a dangerous sonic direction – even if it’s familiar.
Afrojack and Guetta have now released “Hero,” a thriving progressive house track that goes back in time in early 2010, where the genre dominated the festival circuit à la Alesso, Third Party, and DubVision. The new single part of the Brooklyn songstress Luxtides and features a heavyweight group of songwriters and record makers: Ellie Goulding, Stargate, Ryan Tedder, ug Jamie Scott, who – along with Afrojack and Guetta – have a combined 28 Grammy nominations.
“What we did, it didn’t make sense,” Afrojack explains EDM.com by Zoom. “But we love this sound. We’ve been promoting and offering this sound for a long time. We both love the underground but we also love festival music, and that’s our passion. If anything. someone will do it now and try to change the small scene, we see it. But I don’t know if it will work. “
It used to work. Happy, inspired voice bangers like “Ten Feet Tall” bring legions of ravers to music festivals, promising an empyrean serotonin rush unmoved by other genres. However, that euphoric sound deteriorated as the streaming industry flourished, its sandcastles being trampled by algorithmic playlists that favored pop-centric dance music.
But after a brutal year without live music thanks to the rage of COVID-19, many ravers have found themselves nostalgic, desperately clinging to memories of those more simple times of solitude. . Afrojack asks that “Hero” be able to serve as a time machine.
“This kind of music is on Spotify, but it’s not on the playlist schedules. It’s not on the radio,” lamented Afrojack. “Before, so we tried it – and we hoped they would play it and we hoped people would like it, but – this song was a hit or miss. For me, it’s still a beautiful, beautiful song.”
She remembers “Another Life,” a collaborative track with Guetta and Grammy nominee Ester Dean. Released in 2017, the song represents a breakthrough for the electro house titan.
Afrojack fans thanked him for his distinctive “Dirty Dutch” style, a bizarre, electrifying house music brand that took the U.S. club by storm as the Dutch countrymen symbolized them. Sidney Samson and Chuckie help blow the sound through their own state tours. So when he and Guetta dropped a melancholic upcoming bass track, fans from Miami to Amsterdam dug their heads out.
“If we had done that [“Another Life”] we have no idea what to expect, “Afrojack admits.” And the thing is, even if we both love each other [“Hero”] and we think it’s big, it’s not today’s industry. Today’s toy is not what we do. But that kind of makes it interesting, you know? “
“It used to work perfectly,” he continued, saying with a grin as he saw his penchant for the “element of surprise.” “If it continues to work perfectly … we’ll know.”
Considering the horsepower behind “Hero,” it’s no surprise that lightning comes twice following Guetta and Afrojack’s Hail Mary. The contribution from Goulding, an electropop superstar and contemporary musical lynchpin responsible for many generations of dance music, is an early sign of a hit.
The beloved artist – celebrated for his timeless playing of electronic corner sounds such as “Don’t Leave” by Seven Lions and “Outside” by Calvin Harris – sang the original demo vocal of “ Hero. ” But a stacked release schedule has thwarted any intention to release it. “We’re not excited about his release schedule,” Afrojack explained.
“That’s why we ended up being with Luxtides, who has an amazing voice and has an amazing performance on this record,” he continues. “Of course I thought I wouldn’t be if Ellie sang it, but I just wanted to make sure the record came out and everyone was behind it and everyone had time to promote it and offer it. New artist. I think it’s also a big podium for him to sing this song, and hopefully we can do a lot more in the future. “
The team of Afrojack, Guetta, Stargate, Tedder, Scott, and Goulding many women topped the topic of “Hero.” And after much trial and error, Luxtides was dazzled. “It’s a hard song to sing right. There are hard melodies to sing, especially the hook on the drop,” Afrojack said. “And Luxtides just killed it.”
After Afrojack started working on the track, he sent it to Guetta, who had the same reaction. “Oh my god, this is a very great,” he said to a chaotic impression of his longtime friend and fellow Grammy -winning dance music.
As one of their first collaborations, “Lunar,” approaches its 10-year anniversary, Afrojack said his chemistry with Guetta was as strong as it was in 2011.
“It’s all the same. Nothing has changed,” he said. “I’m slowing down … David is still David, he hasn’t changed. He’s just started looking at the kid the last 10 years.”
“The music industry is two things,” Afrojack points out. “We really know what you’re doing, and nobody really knows what you’re doing. And that’s the song. We know exactly what we’re doing, but we have no idea what we’re doing. pushed This song doesn’t. So we hope it works. “