When Don Diablo and Matt Nash came together to create “Starlight“, it exploded as one of the most anthemic songs of the summer and quickly rose to become one of Axtone Records finest. It landed on the Axtone Ten compilation and is still one of the most recognizable acapella tracks heard on main stages today. Noonie Bao has worked with a-list producers to curate high profile dance tracks and her work on “Starlight” is a true testament to her vocal power. The nifty processing and editing courtesy of Diablo and Nash took the vocal to the next level and with the many harmonies and rich structure, made it into one tasteful vocal. When Otto Knows was commissioned to remix the record, he built off the electro house foundations and turned the track into a progressive beauty.
The Otto Knows remix has made its rounds around the dance music scene and landed in the sets of dance music stars such as Tiësto, Kryder, Sebastian Ingrosso, and most specially Avicii. The lush chords, strong rhythm, and euphoric ecstasy conjured up by Otto Knows crafty take on the record, make it an exemplar of true progressive house. From Tomorrowland to Ultra, Ibiza to Stockholm, and ADE to WMC, this track (and vocal sample) is firmly embedded in the dance music culture. Axtone Records released the acapella in 2016 when the label released “Axtone Acapella’s Vol.3“.
Speaking to the creation of the remix, Otto Knows stated in an interview in 2015 that he truly gave this remix everything he had. Stating, ” I think that making my own music is something I do with my whole heart, like my remix for “Starlight (Could You Be Mine)” with Matt Nash and Don Diablo. I really put my energy into that song” . We can truly feel the expressiveness placed in the song. The “call” and “response” theme present in the melody really pulls on our heartstrings and DJ’s frequently use the breakdown for mashups, bootlegs, and reworks.
Fall in love with this amazing tune all over again!