In a roundabout way, I’ve got Deadmau5 to blame for all this. Earlier this year I chanced upon a live stream of him djing. He wasn’t doing one of his huge spectacular live shows, but just playing tracks in a club and he seemed to be having fun. The crowd certainly were. Much less glamorously than them, I was listening while doing stuff around the house when he played something that stopped me in my tracks. A bit of digging later I worked out it was his at-the-time-unreleased Raise Your Weapon. For the first time in a long while a dance track had really got to me (to be honest, it’s the vocal that did it) and suddenly, out of the blue, I wanted to make dance music again. I’m not saying there haven’t been any other good dance records in the last few years, or that Raise Your Weapon is the pinnacle of dance music (the dubstep section isn’t great), but I had sort of zoned out of it all. Now, all of a sudden, I found myself stumbling across loads of dance tracks that I really liked, and it was exciting in a way it hadn’t been for years.
I started going through all the ideas and half ideas I had lazing around on my computer (and there are plenty), filtering out the ones that I couldn’t imagine fitting in my new dance vision, and getting together a plan of how I might make it all sound like a cohesive whole. Some tracks have been easier than others, some have obstinately refused to sit with the rest despite my best efforts and have had to be cruelly pushed into the corner. None sound like Deadmau5. One that I’m feeling good about is called Buzz. Here’s a picture of it.
As you can see it’s amazing. Anyway, I have 7 tracks pretty much done, and a bunch of half-tracks requiring my immediate attention to finish the album. I promised someone about three weeks ago I would send them some music and that promise is exciting as it is forcing me to let someone else hear the new stuff. I am nervous.
As to whether the world really needs another Mint Royale album, we’ll have to wait and see but I’d like to think Henry Ford’s quote might apply – “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have asked for a better horse”.