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Interview with StoneBridge

Written by on July 3, 2018

Interview with StoneBridge

The Swedish DJ Superstar StoneBridge has been shaping electronic dance music for more of a quarter of a century. StoneBridge is a DJ legend in his own right and one of the most revered producers, and remixers. He defined funky house and has worked with everyone from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ayumi Hamasaki, Ne-Yo to Madonna and many others. StoneBridge garnered a Grammy Award nomination for his remix of “Closer”, and received a BMI Songwriter of the year award for his contribution to Jason DeruloDon’t Wanna Go Home.” StoneBridge is also a resident at Sirius XM/BPM with his show StoneBridge #bpmMix every Saturday 10pm (PST) over North America. He also mixes his weekly The StoneBridge Show podcast. Besides running his two record labels Stoney Boy Music and Dirty Harry Records, StoneBridge tours worldwide as a DJ with recent shows in Las Vegas, Detroit, New York, Sydney, Jakarta, Chicago, Stockholm and Dubai.

Update July 2018: A little over thirteen years after hitting #9 in the UK Singles Chart, StoneBridge’s ‘Take Me Away’ is back to wow the world with its infectious vibes once more. Coming with a StoneBridge & Damien Hall 2018 Mix as well as in the form of an Original Mix 2018 Remaster, ‘Take Me Away’ will do to you what its title implies.

How did you start DJing and producing?

StoneBridge: It’s a good story! I was a club kid hanging with a former DJ that I was very impressed with. I bought a lot of vinyl and persuaded him to give me his collection of 12 inch singles. My sister was graduating spring 1983 and our dad felt a DJ for the party was too expensive so he told me: you DJ, you have the records. Never played a set in my life, but asked old DJ friend to come in and help out and it was a huge success. I then got every graduation party that season and persuaded some friends to open a club in central Stockholm called Fellini. Hanging in the record stores I met other Stockholm DJs and we set up SweMix to remix big tunes and release on vinyl. The early mixes were re-edits with sound FX on, but couple of years later the studio was full on and we started to produce our own tracks. My first release was StoneBridge – X-10-Ded Cuts.

What was the first record you bought?

StoneBridge: Hard to remember, but think it was Beatles – Hello Goodbye

And the last?

StoneBridge: Maxdal, Roy Picone, B.Grace – Change Your Life (Club Mix)[Purple Music]

Where do you buy your tracks?

StoneBridge: Beatport most often.

Where do you go clubbing when you´re not behind the decks?

StoneBridge: I rarely go out as I work in that environment on weekends, but it happens that I go to some cool Miami or Ibiza parties when I’m there and have time off.

Describe your mixing style?

StoneBridge: I mix in key and that is the single most important change in my style over the years. I suppose I did have a feeling for what mixed well together, but to be able to sort of remix live is so cool. I can let two tracks ride together or loop sections from other tracks on top of the one I’m playing. I do like long mixes and I hate short intros that lead to a break down. Always re-edit those to keep the groove going.

Favourite labels?

StoneBridge: I don’t have one at the moment, but repsect many like Defected for consistency and quality. I also like Kryder’s Sosumi label – always fun playable stuff.

Favourite clubs to play?

StoneBridge: Love Eden Ibiza, played there this summer. Also Sanekys in Manchester, classic sweatbox.

What would be your dream line-up?

StoneBridge: Very hard question. Some of my heroes are not DJs that would work well with my vision of sound, but I did have a blast playing with Joachim Garraud in Ibiza this summer – he was super fun.

What´s the funniest thing that´s happened to you in a club?

StoneBridge: Oh man, there are countless stories from the rock n roll days, but I’d say when a promoter in Detroit arranged for the crowd to surprise me on my birhtday with a chant on the floor – that was awesome.

What would you be doing if you weren´t a DJ and successful remixer/producer?

StoneBridge: I would probably have continued my marketing studies and done something creative in PR. Just hard to imagine though, my passion and hobby is music and also my profession.

As a DJ and producer your witness changing in music and technology, so whats the future for electronic music and clubs?

StoneBridge: I see the biggest change is that people now go to clubs to be seen whereas before it was to enjoy music and get lost in the groove. It’s not totally bad though as more people get involved and there are many cool technologies th at will keep developing I’m sure. Probably hologram and extra dimensions added.

Your own tracks like “Turn It Down For What”  feat Seri,  and “Meet In The Middle” featuring new talent Haley Joelle were huge in 2017 – what can we expect from StoneBridge in 2018 ?

StoneBridge: Oh there are many cool things coming. First the Meet In The Middle remixes, then in 2018 I will drop new versions of one of my classic singles in collaboration with Armada – keep looking 🙂

We thank you for the interview.

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