Strictly Rhythm announces Avicii mixing and selecting the adjoining compilation of “Strictly Miami”, due on April 5th, 2011. The collection features both classic and new tracks from the catalog, including a bit of Avicii’s own tracks and remixes which have led him up to where he stands in the EDM industry. The option of choosing Avicii to mix this album in particular emphasizes “Strictly’s” progressive thinking and advancing function to move forward and extending heavily in every way. Tune in to the preview below, and tune back in for more news on Strictly Miami, as Avicii presents it officially on April 5th. Track listing and Q&A follows after the break.
1) Dennis Ferrer “Sinfonia Della Notte” (John Dahlback Remix)
2) John Dahlbäck featuring Andy P “Love Inside” (Extended Mix)
3) Kohlbecker & Eilmes “Tabasco” (Moguai Remix)
4) Barbara Tucker “I Get Lifted” (David Tort Vocal Mix)
5) Leventina “Nightshift” (Prok & Fitch Endless Summer Remix)
6) Yasmeen “Gone” (Alias Rhythm Vocal Mix)
7) Armand Van Helden “Witch Doktor” (Eddie Thoneick Remix)
8) Richard Grey vs Erick Morillo & Jose Nunez featuring Shawnee Taylor “Life Goes On” (Life Goes On 2009)
9) Live Element “Be Free” (Original Vocal)
10) Quentin Harris & Inaya Day “Do The Right Thing” (Extended Mix)
11) Bob Sinclar & Dirty South “The Russian March” (Original Mix)
1) Thomas Gold “Agora” (Original Mix)
2) Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat Shawnee Taylor “Live Your Life” (Eddie Thoneick Dub)
3) Jose Nunez feat Shawnee Taylor “Yesterday” (Original Mix)
4) Chris Lake & Lys “Cross The Line” (Main Club Mix)
5) Dennis Ferrer “Hey Hey” (DF’s Attention Vocal Mix)
6) Avicii “Sweet Dreams” (Avicii Swede Dreams Mix)
7) Moguai “Oyster” (Michael Woods Remix)
8) Prok & Fitch “Naga” (Original Mix)
9) Bad Boy Bill “Got That Feeling” (Laidback Luke Remix)
10) Tim Berg “Bromance” (Avicii’s Arena Remix)
11) Bob Sinclar featuring Vybrate & Queen Ifrica & Makedah “New New New” (Avicii Meets Yellow Remix)
1. You’re still young and relatively new to the scene as a DJ / producer. What surprised you most about how your music was received by record labels and the general public?
Well I think the idea that so many people have listened in on my tracks in general is the most surprising part to me still. I mean the only reason I started in the first place was to make music that myself and my friends liked!
2. Who has inspired your music the most and why?
That has to be the Swedish producers, all of the Swedish house mafia guys and Eric Prydz. It was thanks to their music I got into house in the first place! Also Laidback Luke who helped me out a tremendous deal through his forum with feedback and support! My manager has also been a big part of developing my sound from the beginning. I still collect feedback from a selected few who I trust and respect.
3. You are the latest in a long line of high profile dance music producers from Sweden. What makes the Swedish dance music scene so special?
It’s been said over and over again by everyone and I have to agree, I think it’s because it’s so cold here and there’s not much else to do for 8 months out of the year so people have an easier time spending countless hours in the studio – which is definitely a necessity.
4. Are the established Swedish DJs and producers supportive, or does their ongoing success make you feel extra pressure to compete?
I think everyone is very supportive here, at least that’s what I have felt since the start. I’ve gotten a lot of help from all of the Swedish producers and I think it’s a national pride thing!
5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career so far?
Laidback Luke when he advised me to sign with Ash, my manager.
6. Do you always follow the same process in the studio when making a track?
Depends on what I’m doing! If I’m doing a remix I usually start working around a certain element, a vocal for example, and if it’s a solo production I usually start looking for a main hook, whether it be a melody or a beat and then work from that.
7. Your DJ career has taken off in spectacular fashion. What has been your favourite DJ destination so far and where are you hoping to visit this year?
Hmm such a hard question but I would have to say out of everywhere I’ve been this year I’ve got the most love for Canada. Amazing crowds and people in general and I love playing there.
8. You work under different pseudonyms i.e. Avicii and Tim Berg. How do they differ musically?
Well Avicii is my main alias and has been from the start, and Tim Berg is an outlet for me to experiment and release stuff I normally wouldn’t under Avicii. Tim Berg is usually a bit darker!
9. Strictly Rhythm is one of the most influential names in house music. How did it feel to be asked to mix their new Strictly Miami 2011 compilation?
I got excited when I heard about it and I thought it was really fun to go through the whole Strictly catalogue for tracks!
10. Alongside your own tracks and remixes, you had access to the legendary Strictly music catalogue. Was it difficult to combine the Strictly sound with your own for the album?
Not really! I got reminded by a lot of tracks why I got into house music and was fun to play around with it!
11. You’re nominated for an incredible, 5 x IDMA awards in Miami this year. How will you celebrate if you win?
I’ll probably get drunk and streak naked in the streets of wherever I’ll be.