EDX, a name synonymous amongst the industry’s elite, has been dazzling crowds and pleasing adoring fans for more than 2 decades. One of the most dedicated, hard-working characters in the industry, the Swiss-Italian DJ’s signature Summer-soaked House vibes and successful label; Sirup Music, have helped him build one of the most impressive résumés in the world. Entering his 25th year of Djing, the ‘Sillage’ producer is showing no signs of slowing down.
Having only just dropped his sublime remix of Bazzi & Camila Cabello’s summer hit ‘Beautiful’ on Atlantic Records, EDX continues to go full throttle with another huge edit — this time reworking David Guetta’s recent Anne-Marie collab ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’. Adding his inimitable flair and vitality to one of the most popular pop records of 2018, EDX once again brings a hefty bout of dancefloor energy and his characteristic groove to proceedings, with this Indian Summer themed remix.
On the eve of the release of his latest remix, EDX sat down with We Rave You at ADE to discuss the track, his keys to longevity and the importance of maintaining integrity.
You’ve got a full ade schedule, with the Spinnin’ Deep party on your schedule. How much fun is it to play here every year?
“It’s actually really cool! It’s the 3rd year in a row, it’s like a small family. I’ve been releasing so many records that have done really well on Spinnin’ Deep, so it just feels good to be back. It’s also great to meet all these people and Amsterdam in general during the conference, it’s a great place to meet your friend and spend some time talking to your fans.”
Some DJ’s neglect the importance of the artist-to-fan relationship. How important do you think it is?
“Everything needs to be balanced. For an artist it’s essential to meet the people that make a lot of things happen. I make the music I love because I want to share it with someone and I feel like as long as your time balance and fan interaction is on a very healthy basis, it’s a very good thing to do. I’m always excited to meet people!
While it’s important to have your sound, is it easy to become typecasted?
“Finding your sound is one of the most important pieces of advice I give to producers all over the world. It’s important that every artist tries to be unique. Be yourself, but most importantly, be patient. I say this because maybe the sound you’re doing now isn’t big or doesn’t have a lot of momentum, but it just doesn’t make sense to want to copy someone else. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that you’re true to yourself. Find a way to be recognised.”
Having been in the industry for more than 15 years, you’ve seen first-hand that change is inevitable. Do you believe there’s a difference between changing your sound and adapting to what’s popular?
“It’s all about the strategy. For some artists, it makes sense to ride a wave, for others, it doesn’t. It’s all about how you approach your whole journey. You should just want to make music to express yourself in your own way, not because there’s a market for it or because there’s a trend. The people that are here for the long run, are here for the music. I was lucky that I was here from day 1 when electronic music had just started and I was able to see everything come around in cycles again and again. I’m very calm when it comes to change because most of the time, I know what’s coming next. I still think you just need to know where you want to go and what you want to be.”
You’re set to turn 42 and you’re showing no signs of slowing down. What’s your key to longevity? How important is it to pace yourself in such a hectic industry?
“I think it’s very important to be happy and be satisfied with what you do. For me, when it comes to music, I want to share my music and as long as I can keep doing this, I’ll be happy and satisfied. I’ve heard people talking about mental health issues in the industry, but this isn’t just something exclusive to the nightlife, this applies to bankers, pilots, flight attendants and other jobs if you’re not balanced. In my case, I really love what I do and I have a huge variety because I also work on the label side of things and all the other things I do in the music world keep me balanced and not too pressured.”
You’ve got a remix for David Guetta’s single ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’ coming out soon. Tell us a bit about that!
“I get a lot of remix requests from a lot of different artists, but I didn’t want to do any other remixes this year so when David Guetta contacted me, I said ‘okay, let’s hear the track!’, because most of the time, David Guetta’s sound doesn’t really work with mine. However, when I got the vocal from Anne-Marie and I went to the studio and started to work on it, everything panned out really quickly, it was like magic. It was really easy to make it sound like an EDX record. The feedback I’ve received so far has been huge! People are loving it!”
Take a listen to the stunning ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’ hereremix from EDX below and grab a copy .