With “Push,” his thumping new single featuring Andrew Wyatt, A-Trak has given us synthpop at its most addictive. Wyatt, of Swedish indie pop outfit Miike Snow, slides a catchy, electro-house vocal over A-trak’s anthemic, piano-heavy beat and the result ensures thousands of happy club-goers.
EW caught up with the DJ/producer and Fool’s Gold label exec to talk about how his latest collaboration came about, and what’s next.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Between your work at Fool’s Gold and projects with Armand Van Helden and Lex Luger, as well as just a very long solo career, your work has spanned an impressive range of genres — do you have a favorite or one you consider your musical homebase?
A-TRAK: I definitely don’t have a favorite project. I think what works for me, even just in terms of inspiration and motivation, is keeping this constant juggling act. It’s how I like to work. But I feel like I neglected doing A-Trak records a bit. So this new “Push” record has me particularly excited. Duck Sauce is house music and sample-based, Low Pros is trap and southern rap: a lot of my projects are defined, in a way. For my A-Trak records I’m taking a much more genre-less approach. It’s pretty simple: music that I like. It’s rooted in house, I think it has a bit of an indie sensibility especially in the vocals that I choose, and the production isn’t too hard. I have a lot more music that will be coming out in the coming months and “Push” really feels like the first of a series.
EW: How did the collaboration come about with Wyatt?
A: I started by making the track, the instrumental. Then I was thinking of singers that could sound good on it. I love the idea of working with vocalists that made records that I’m already a fan of, rather than cookie-cutter songwriters that write generic vocals every day for artists that they’re not even familiar with. I’m taking the spirit of collaboration into my solo project. I like working with people that I click with. I’ve known Andrew for a few years already, since the first Miike Snow album. The New York music scene is actually pretty small. So we went to the studio and he wrote his lyrics on the spot and we recorded together.