Adellic talks about influences, new releases, and what the future holds
Taking on chart toppers and electronic music classics and adding your own spin to create a remix takes a vast amount of skill, patience, and creativity. Having the ability to do exactly that with the particular skill set required is a specialism of rising Swedish DJ/producer Adellic. If creating remixes of huge tracks by the likes of Galantis, Major Lazer, and The Weeknd wasn’t enough, his recent work takes on an Adele classic and takes things to the next level. Bringing an array of genres to the table through his intelligent remixes, the Swede has captured the attention of numerous DJs, and has led to international bookings from an early age.
His continuous rise is taking him higher through the levels of electronic music, but Adellic knows that there is much more to come in the future. With upcoming productions – including one with Isaac Elton – and a strong back catalogue, the future is bright for the Swede. Inspired by the likes of Avicii, Alesso, and Swedish House Mafia, he continues on his journey to hit the top. Having radio plays and international experience, the multi-genre producer has so much more to offer in the future.
We Rave You recently sat down with Adellic to get the lowdown on all things past, present, and future.
How long have you been a producer/DJ for? Tell us about the origin of your music. What inspired you to pursue your career as an artist?
The origin of my music actually starts with me playing the recorder which is a type of flute, and piano from a very young age. However, I got more into the piano and today I would definitely say that piano is my primary instrument.
When I was about 15-16 years old, I downloaded Logic Pro and got hooked right away. Actually, my first bootleg on NONONO’s song Hungry Eyes got so much attention that I got to play as a warmup at Loft Club in Luzern, Switzerland for the Swedish DJ Allertz. I remember that the promoters didn’t really know that I was 16 years old until I was picked up at the airport and looked a bit nervous when they found out I wasn’t even 18, haha. It was my first time ever DJing and I was super nervous but in the end it all went well and will forever be a very special memory for me.
Who do you consider to have been your biggest influences throughout your career that have made an impact on your productions?
Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, Avicii and Eric Prydz are for sure the ones that got me in to producing in the first place and will always be huge inspirations for me. I also always try to find new inspiration from all kinds of music and some up and coming producers that I really get inspired by are SG Lewis and Klahr.
Tell us a bit on your latest remix of Adele’s classic hit ‘Set Fire To The Rain’. What was the decision behind remixing it? Could you describe us the process of making it? What were the inspirations and main ideas behind it?
At first, the project was actually meant to be released as an original. I worked on the project day in and day out for a really long time and got so tired of it that I felt I had to give it a break by setting the project aside for some time. When I opened it up about a month later and started playing around with Adele’s vocals, they did great with some parts of the track but I wasn’t really satisfied. This led to me basically remaking most parts of the project from scratch to build the track around her vocals as a bootleg. A true example of how a project could do great by being given a break!
You certainly caught our ears back then when you’ve released your remix to Adrian Lux’s iconic ‘Teenage Crime’; take us back to the moment creating it. Could you tell us the story behind this track? Describe the process and decision in treating the sample.
Teenage Crime is as you say, iconic and will forever be a soundtrack of my youth. Taking on this classic, I felt that I wanted to give it new life by making a version of it completely different to all the others. This resulted in a more chill, downtempo track in comparison to what I usually produce and I got very happy when hearing that my version got played on the Swedish radio.
As a music producer hailing Sweden, what are your views on the impact of the loss of Avicii? Give us your your point of view as a Swedish producer yourself.
With Avicii being one of my biggest inspirations from day one, the loss of him truly made me very, very sad. He brought out so many emotions in everything he did and all that he has given us will forever live through his music. The impact of his death made us all realise the true importance of always looking out for each other, and was also a proof that money and fame really can’t buy happiness.
What does the rest of 2018 hold in store? Any hints or clues that we could get about future productions? Any upcoming collaborations in the pipeline?
Lots of new music and hopefully some originals! You can expect a collaboration to come out with me and my very talented friend Isaac Elton, who you should check out on Spotify! Regarding my solo productions, I have a bunch of tracks in the works that has a quite different sound to what you’re used to hearing from me, so stay tuned!
Check out Adellic’s new remix of Adele’s ‘Set Fire To The Rain‘ below!