The new offering is a follow-up to the Armada signed DJ’s ‘Where You Wanna Go,’ that received several plaudits and hits on worldwide charts. The electro-house Mischa Daniels no doubt has a lot to live up to.
Do you feel you have to outdo yourself with your new artist album ‘Let’s Connect Tonight’?
MISCHA DANIELS: Oh yes, I always have the feeling to outdo myself. Since my debut album ‘Where You Wanna Go’ and the debut single of that album became Gold certified instantly, there is an extra pressure.
Your new 15 tracker sees you taking a diversity of influences and styles residing under the house sound. Why the change of direction?
MISCHA DANIELS: I always want to push myself and try new things musically. I get easily bored when I have to produce the same stuff over and over again. This new album ‘Lets Connect Tonight’ is a more developed album vocally. It has more pop angles in there and better structures.
It covers ‘listening needs’ and ‘dancefloors needs.’ I definitely think this album is a big improvement of my previous one!
The title ‘Let’s Connect Tonight’ suggests social networking angle, but it might be a bit more voyeuristic than that… is there more to it than what meets the eye?
MISCHA DANIELS: Actually there is not really a deeper meaning other than being connected to people. This album is there to get you in the perfect mood when you go out at night. It has some ‘warm up’ songs that get you in the right dance mood, as well as some huge bangers that make you jump. This album needs to be played out loud before you hit the venues; that’s why I called it ‘Lets Connect Tonight.’
Sharon Doorson is the featured songstress in your ‘Can’t Live Without You’ single. In the video she’s quite the star minx. How has it being working with her?
MISCHA DANIELS: Sharon is fantastic. She’s one of the finest singers we have in Holland at the moment. Sharon has a huge vocal range and working with her was easy – and she’s the first Dutch female vocalist I’ve ever worked with! Since she looks so amazing, we decided to give her a leading role in the video. It fits really well with the emotions of the song.
The Netherlands has seen a lot of success in the last few years. Armada is a good example; they recently clocked in 3 million subscribers. As a Holland native, do you feel that the Netherlands has or can become the EDM capital of the world?
MISCHA DANIELS: We surely do. House music or EDM was already there in the early 80’s. Dutch Radio was adapting it and never stopped promoting it. Anno 2013 EDM has taken itself to another level. The USA is screaming for EDM music and Holland is on top of things. With all the big DJ’s and producers, surely we are #1 capital of EDM? [Smiles].
It’s been a busy year for EDM – the annual Amsterdam Dance Event has a lot to discuss. Have you got anything say?
MISCHA DANIELS: ADE started as a small convention, but the in last 5 years ADE has become the Mecca for EDM and music business. Literary all the big stars, label bosses and publishers are there – and have actually time to talk to you. On another note, Amsterdam may be the capital city, but it still feels small and cosy. You can easily walk to almost every venue, hotel or convention – which makes it even better for visitors!
According to marketing analysts the entirety of tracks released in 2005 were 40 000. The 2013 run-rate of EDM-specific tracks in 2013 is thus far at 371, 470. Do you think being acknowledged has become a complicated game?
MISCHA DANIELS: You got a point. Because of the development of software, almost every kid has the tools to create a basic dance track easily. Back in the day, you had to buy expensive equipment and there was not really a lot on the internet to learn from. I never worked on analogue stuff, I started right at the beginning of software. The problem nowadays is that everything sounds the same – from the sounds to the drops.
Not too long ago, someone did a mix of the Top 16 from Beatport and the tracks were all sounding the same. It’s hard to get some recognition out of that so yes, it’s complicated.
You’ve often expressed a deep belief in happiness. But being happy 24/7 is a hard job. What grinds your gears the most?
MISCHA DANIELS: Well, I’m not that kind of wacko that smokes weed and sings a long like Bob Marley, but I think it’s essential to be happy in life. I wish I could be happy 24/7. I try to listen carefully to myself and my heart. Because you should always try and point out what makes you happy and what doesn’t. If you can cut out the parts you like the least, it will change your life for the better. I find that I get hyped when I challenge myself, like changing musical styles from simple to complex. I believe that change is a good thing.
Last but not least: I’ve put some wheels in motion to finally see the beautiful country of South Africa.
I never played in SA before so I’m getting excited!
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