WEISS is a House and Techno DJ and Producer based in the United Kingdom. From small to big stages, WEISS knows how to “construct a beat that taps into the primal” and brings every crowed to dance. After his 2013 hit single My Sister and his 2016 song You’re Sunshine he now released his very own remix of Lady Gaga’s iconic 911 from her 6th studio album Chromatica. Exclusively for Lady Gaga Today, WEISS agreed for an interview giving you an insight of the work behind the 911 remix and working with Lady Gaga.
LGT: You are a British House and Techno DJ and Producer. For the people who just discovered you, can you tell us something about yourself and your career?
I’m guy who likes simple things really. Music is my life and loved it from a very young age. It all started when I had a go on some belt driven turntables which were left at my parents house from a house party my older brother put together while I was away with my parents. As soon as I tried to mix my first two records I was addicted. From then I collected vinyl for years practicing the art of mixing records. Around the age of 16 I moved down to Brighton to learn how to become a producer with the help from a guy called James Day who engineered for Massive Attack. Came back home after two years and purchased my own studio equipment and to this day I’m still producing and doing what I love.
LGT: 911 is one of the big fan favorites of Lady Gagas album Chromatica. The remixes came as a big surprise when announced. When did you start working on it and how did the collaboration come to life?
My team passed this song over to me around the end of September and I got to work on it straight away. From the get go I knew exactly what I was going to do with the remix and it came out exactly how I wanted it. It reminds me of the 90’s of when you’d have someone like Frankie Knuckles remix Madonna or someone like that. I didn’t want to use any of the sounds from the original apart from the vocal and replaying one of the strings as I think a remix should be totally different from the original. Plus I wanted to bring a 90’s house vibe to it.
LGT: Producing a remix for one of the biggest artists in the music indistury. What went through your mind?
Not a lot to be honest. Super excited and very honoured to be doing it but I feel if you over-think it you’ll end up doing something you weren’t meant to do.
LGT: Gaga is known for being extremely involved in every step of her projects but also for letting people a lot of creative space. How was it for you to work with her/her team?
I guess they’ve come to you for a reason and that’s to do your job so from the start. I think I did just that. There were a few back and forth with changing things ever so slightly but nothing major. It was an absolute pleasure working with them.
LGT: As mentioned before, your main productions reach from House to Techno. How exactly do you transform a pop song like 911 and give it your own touch? What was the process of remixing 911?
When it comes to producing a record or remix I don’t like to pigeonhole my style so I feel now in my career I can experiment to a certain extent. It’s all about trying to make a great sounding House record and feel I’ve done that with this remix. It has all the elements of an old school sounding club record but with a few cool touches/sounds.
LGT: The 911 remix is officialy out now. Do you have anything related to Gaga in store for us? If yes, can you tell us about it?
I got told they might be using my version for some of her live performances so that’s pretty exciting!
LGT: You already played on the biggest stages of this world (Ushuaïa, Amnesia or the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, just to name a few) and now collaborated with one of the biggest pop stars right now. What does the future hold for you? Any personal projects we will hear about soon?
The journey continues! I’ve got quite a few releases lined up with Island and a couple of exciting projects I’m looking forward to announcing as well. Can’t wait until we can all go back to events as well!
The 911 remix by WEISS is out on all music platforms! Make sure to listen to more of his productions and to check out his website and his social media accounts down below for more amazing content by him!
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