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What happens when Bigroom House find its way through the rhythmic sounds of Africa?Producers and djs Joe Dabbler and Marlin Gusset have the answer for it with their track “Takamba”. Released on NOXU Recordings, the two Dutch music artists share with Viralbpm the story of the track’s creative process.
It all started the week before Dancefair 2017, when Joe Dabbler, opened a project from 1,5 years earlier. It was a simple remix idea for ‘Trouble’ by Wiwek & Gregor Salto. That’s also where the tribal style came from.
“Then I had the idea to speed up the rhythm and add a big room kick. Moments later I had a quick idea arranged on my program Ableton. Personally, I thought it was a great idea to start with. In my mind I could already imagine a crowd going crazy on the track. Because I was so enthusiastic about this idea, I immediately sent a small voice recording to my good friends Marlin Gusset and I AM NEON. They were also interested to see where this idea would lead us” says Joe Dabbler to Viralbpm, who has having a few successes like co-signing on a track on Revealed Recordings.
There were only 4 days left before Dancefair event would begin and they wanted and needed to get this track finished before then. So they locked themselves up in Joe’s studio and kept producing till they thought it was right. Those were 3 days of sweat and a lot of frustration. All 3 of them were busy working on the track for hours and hours.
“After the first day the drop was finished for the biggest part. So the second day we started on the break. This was a real hustle. We got so frustrated because we made like 3 different breaks but none of them worked with the track or the sound of the break was just not good enough. Eventually we settled for a break with a Middle Eastern kind of vocal. After 3 days of being locked up in a studio we got out of there full of joy and proud feelings. We had done it, we created a track in 4 days which in our ears sounded like a great track. So the next day we went to dancefair (the biggest dutch dance fair) and decided that checking out the demo drop areas first would be a good idea. So there we were in a big hall with not a lot of people in it yet” Joe mentions.
At one of the stands they saw a Record label that they hadn’t heard of before. So they decided to check it out and maybe get some feedback on their track so that they could improve it. After awhile, one guy from ‘Get Airplay’ listened to their demo. He reacted very positively and showed the track to some other guys. Eventually, the track got in the hands of the Head A&R at NOXU Recordings, who had an booth next to other major labels. The first thing he asked them was “Where can you sign?” and Joe and Marlin laughed because they thought it was a joke.
“But he was dead serious. Flabbergasted we reacted that we needed some time to think. So we went on with our round of feedbacks and attended some masterclasses. Later that day when we got back to my studio we decided to change the break to a more accepted and commercial break. So Marlin Gusset started doing his magic and made a chord progression that fitted well with the drop. So having thought it through we decided to go back to NOXU Recordings the next day and show them our renewed demo and to sign with them”.
NOXU representatives listened to it again and gave them some pointers and told them to e-mail it as soon as they interpreted the pointers in their track. So the following week they started fixing the things that did not sound right and implement the feedback in the track. After a week or so it was done.
“I couldn’t be prouder at that moment. So I e-mailed NOXU Recordings the new demo and told them that me and Marlin Gusset would be on the cover, since I AM NEON helped but didn’t put in as much as Marlin and I did. So then a whole process started of mailing back and forth with the label. Stuff like getting the master right, signing the contract and of course the stuff for marketing. It was a great experience for MarlinGusset and I, we definitely learned a lot. Our experience with NOXU Recordings was also very positive and made sure that both parties got everything as they desired for this release. I am very excited for the release coming Monday and we hope that the audience will love the track just as much as we do!“, says Joe.