MadonnaTribe meets Rebirth
Alone, together or as one of their multiple incarnations, Demo Castellon, Vincent DiPasquale and Larry Granite have been providing dancefloor anthems and remix treatments to world class artists such as Donna Summer, Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Planet Funk, Basement Jaxx and the Destiny’s Child, just to name a few.
But it was in the form of their Rebirth collaboration that they ended up giving their very own touch to the sound of the Queen of Pop. Larry and Vincent stopped by at MadonnaTribe and talked about their Madonna remixes, from “4 Minutes” to the brand new “Miles Away“, and much more…
MadonnaTribe: 4 Minutes wss the first commissioned Rebirth Madonna remix.
Do you remember how you were approached to give the leading single off Hard Candy your own treatment and what was the first thing that came to mind when you were asked to remix it?
Vincent DiPasquale: Demacio “Demo” Castellon and I had been working together for several years at the Hit Factory/Criteria in Miami and always shared a love for electronic music. Since those early days, he went on to become Timbaland’s main engineer and I was focusing more on the remix side of things. We were involved in a few remix projects together and always discussed forming a new remix team. Larry and I have worked on several studio projects together and when the 4mins remix was given to us, we immediately started putting together some ideas. ReBirth is the final result of all our efforts and starting it all of with the first single of Hard Candy was amazing!
Larry Granite: Working on a track for a major artist has been a dream of mine since day one. When I found out it was for 2 major artists I was ecstatic!
MadonnaTribe: How would you describe your approach to the song? Did you like the original, to begin with, and where did you want 4 Minutes to move towards with your Rebirth version?
Larry Granite: The original was great to start so that always helps the creative process. We wanted to make a big room club track that picked up where Stuart Price left off.
Vincent DiPasquale: I love the original and Tim’s drums were what I hooked on to first. He is doing so much in faster tempos and the track just has a certain bounce that only Tim can create. With our mix, we spent a lot of time early on with the vocals and really experimenting with creating new hooks and patterns.
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