Audiowhores - Inside The Track 'I Need Somebody Tonight'
An enduring but somewhat overlooked, Joey Negro’s classic gets a stonking new mix from the Audiowhores. It’s deep, it’s techy, it’s soulful and it will send the kids on the dance floor into spasms of craziness previously unseen!!
And with their ‘I Need Somebody Tonight’ remix via Z Records currently at the top spot in the Traxsource Soulful House downloads chart & currently #1 in the overall Traxsource 100 downloads chart. We sat down with the Audiowhores to get an indepth look ‘Inside The Track’ and more with this Exclusive interview.
1) Your remix of Joey Negro’s 1995 classic “I Need Somebody Tonight” is really pulling in support from the likes of Shur-i-kan, Tony Humphries, Miguel Migs, DJ Chus and is currently top of Traxsource charts. How happy are you with its success so far and how is it being received in your sets this summer?
We’re really pleased with the way the mix turned out; sometimes classic songs are best left untouched, so we were very conscious that we needed to do this one justice. Early feedback has been amazing and it’s flying up the charts, which we’re really happy about – it appeals to both the ‘old school’ house heads who remember the original as well as the younger generation who might be hearing the vocal fresh for the first time. Obviously, we’ve been road testing it on all our recent gigs and the response has been great – we played it first at Warehouse, London, which is probably the best system we’ve played on this year – it blew us away!
2) Tell us more about the “I Need Somebody Tonight” remix. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction you both took on this?
Well the remix came about after Dave Lee (Joey Negro) heard our track “Sanctuary” which we put out on Noir Music earlier this year – he really liked the vibe and asked us if we’d be interested in remixing something from the Z Records back catalogue in a similar style. The Thelma track is an all time favorite of ours and brings back a lot of good memories, so we really wanted to give it a go – we were well chuffed when Dave said yes! Initially, we set out trying to make another “Sanctuary” but ironically, we delivered the first demo and Dave didn’t like it! We started again from scratch and there was a moment when it felt like it wasn’t going to happen, but luckily we hit on a nice vibe using the Native Instruments Massive and we knew we were on to a winner!
3) Production wise, what is it about “I Need Somebody Tonight” that makes it work?
It’s the Rob Papen Sub Boom Bass and the Native Instruments Massive that combine to make up the bass line and this, along with the chords (again using the NI Massive), form the main groove. We used the Spectraonics Stylus and the NI Maschine for the drums – for us it’s really important to get a solid kick that sits well with the bass, and the drums alone should sound big when you strip away the music so we tend to spend a long time programming drums at the beginning of every production. Later on after sending a few demo’s to Dave Lee we added some side chain compression to the chords and the bass, which pumped it up for the dance floors a little more. Oh, and the vocal is huge which always helps!
4) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes the signature the Audiowhores sound?
Hmmm quite a hard one that, it’s probably a combination of our sample library (13 years worth now with Audiowhores) and a few tried and tested formulas and tricks which we tend to rely on. A plugin we use on every track on the master bus & channels is the Waves API 2500 along with the SSL Channel Strip. A recent discovery was the NI Guitar Rig 5 – don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just for guitars, it has some amazing compressors but most of all for us we use it the Traktor reverb and delay, which sound amazing!
5) What is the one piece of kit that Audiowhores simply cannot do without?
It would have to be the Spectrasonics Stylus RMX – it’s quite an old plugin but we’ve acquired a vast amount of Stylus loops and samples over the years and we’d be lost without it. Also, we love our trusty Triton LE workstation, the B-2 key was broken for years after we lent it to Ce Ce Rogers to play on stage at Angel Deelite in Manchester, UK, but we finally got it fixed last month, so good to have it back in full working order again!
6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Wow, there’s no magic formula but the best advice we could give is to get out there and listen to as many DJs and producers as possible – hearing music in clubs is a great source of inspiration and an obvious place to network with industry heads. But there’s little point in becoming a carbon copy of your favourite producer – the trick is to channel that inspiration and develop it into your own sound, something that sets you apart from the crowd. We’ve been around a long time and have also learnt that it is important to stay true to our own tastes rather than trying to conform to a particular label or fashion – it’s so much easier when you genuinely like what you’re producing and the results will be far better. Above all, work hard and stick at it – there’s a simple phrase, which we live by – “the more you put in, the more you get out!”