“The Night Out” with Martin Solveig
Elektro got a taste of the DJ jet setter lifestyle Saturday, March 31 with French producer/DJ Martin Solveig.
After flying in from Las Vegas spinning the night before at Tao, Solveig touched down in New York at about 9:00pm for a busy evening. At 10:50pm he arrived at Terminal 5 and took the stage at 11:15pm, opening for Laidback Luke. At 12:30am, the superstar DJ poured a Guinness backstage in his dressing room and greeted his entourage and chatted with ElektroDaily.com.
Solveig had just come offstage after playing his worldwide smash “Hello,” featuring Dragonette, as well as Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso’s “Calling.” He also played what we recently learned was his upcoming single “The Night Out,” just released last week. The most astonishing confirmation from our chat was that Martin himself sings on the track, a rarity in electronic dance music, though a few DJs/producers manage to create and sing, like Calvin Harris.
“I’m not a good singer,” said Solveig. “I’m not worried about that because I don’t think that’s really the point, I think the point is really – I don’t know how to say it – it’s not to be technically a good singer, it’s to give the good impression, the one you want to have on the song. This song is really a tribute to the French house movement from the mid-90s to now and so I have this sort of very white, rockish voice that works. So I have a little bit of that type of voice. Most of the demos I sing on before submitting to the featuring artist or singer. On this one, I liked this demo so I more of less kept the sound of the demo.”
After Part I of the interview Solveig ran out of the backstage area at 12:45am to join Laidback Luke for a vocal feature on Laidback Luke’s track “1, 2, 3, 4,” filling in for Chuckie’s part on the combined track.
Then he came back to continue at 12:50am, to wrap up our chat. We were curious how he could go from stage to interview back to the stage for one song and then wrap up the interview so quickly before being whisked off to his next show.
“Well normally I’m not supposed to do interviews in the middle of the night, I just do it because you’re friends,” said Solveig. “Even if I’m talking to you in the middle of my set, I’m still going to be playing one more show tonight. This track is a very basic and fun, dub track initially made by Laidback Luke; he invited Chuckie and myself to finish the track and to do those stupid “1,2,3,4” lines. Now we are doing it like we are the band, which is quite funny.”
1:00am we conclude the interview and Solveig brings the party to 500 fans at New York hot spot Lavo NY, with go-go girls perched up dancing along the perimeter of the venue, and others lofted up by security (4 at a time) on a couch, delivering premium bottles of champagne along with sparklers. Solveig hits his DJ booth around 1:45am with revelers grooving along while sitting atop banquettes in the posh 6,000-sq-foot club while others filled the packed dance floor and beams of light filled in every nook with glow sticks.
Martin kept his set fresh and current, mixing top EDM smashes with a few of his own tunes from yet-to-be-released album Smash, including career best “Hello,” though U.S. audiences can now purchase his new The Night Out EP, featuring 10 electro remixes of his most recent hits. He sprinkled in Swedish House Mafia’s “Greyhound,” Kanye West/Jay-Z’s “Paris,” Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” Adele’s Rolling In The Deep,” Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” and M.I.A.’s “XXXO,” and brought it back to the early 2000s with Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “By The Way” and recent collaborator Madonna’s “Hollywood.” Hyped up party people kept going until Martin Solveig’s set ended at 4:00am.
Martin Solveig will appear both weekends of Coachella on Saturday, April 14 and 21.
Photo by Enes Kolenovic