If you haven't heard the soothing tones of "Heaven Is A Place On Earth," the stunning 2017 remake of the 80s classic by British producer THE WILD - you need to get to know it. We chatted with the maker to find out more about his background and what inspired the track.
Let’s kick things off, can you tell us a little about who you are? Where in the world are you right now?
Right now I’m at the studio in Guildford, UK doing back to back writing sessions. I’m a classically trained composer, producer & DJ making music in pop, dance, electronic and neo-classical.
How long have you all been making music? What made you first want to write it?
Since the age of 13 I’ve been making electronic music. Producers such as Groove Armada, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers and Pendulum were huge influences that got me into making music and producing.
What styles of music inspire you the most?
Bizarrely, a lot of classical as I love the use of clever melodies and progression you tend to find in this genre. Also alternative electronica.
How would you describe your trademark sound in three words to those who haven’t heard it yet?
Bouncy, melodic and impactful (I hope!)
Your new cover track of “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” is seriously good. How long did you work on it for? What made you choose to work on such an iconic track?
Thank you! I’ve always loved "Heaven is a Place on Earth" as it’s a real nostalgic classic that captured a great sound at the time. I wanted to reinvent the track to work in today’s music world. My first take on the track was very different and I then decided to take it into a more dance-heavy territory. It took a week to make.
Where did Norma Jean Martine fit in to the track as you were making it? Did you know you wanted to use her vocals from the start?
Norma and I had been working on some music together and when the thought came to rework "Heaven", I instantly thought of her voice and she was excited to sing it!
Where do you see your sound progressing over the coming months/years?
I don’t want to pigeon-hole into solely dance music. Many of the tracks I’m working on now are more downtempo, so as The Wild evolves I want to keep the sound interesting and refreshing.
If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?
Chris Martin, as he is such a great songwriter. I’ve always been a big fan of Coldplay and had official remixes for their tracks in the past.
What do you have coming up next in 2017? Are there any more releases in the pipeline you can share with us yet?
Lots of music to come but I will remain secretive on the next release just now...