By John Hood
HHe’s put his deep progressive spin on everyone from Armin van Buuren (“The Sound of Goodbye”) and Deadmau5 (“Arguru”), to Calvin Harris (“Thinking About You”) and Avicii (“Wake Me Up,” “Silhouettes”), as well as Beyoncé (“Why You Do Not Love Me”) and Mary J. (“Stronger”). He’s floored everywhere there’s dancin’ to be done, in all four corners of the driven world. He’s EDX, the Swiss-born, Italian-blooded master of a very sexy mix, and this Saturday he’s bringin’ it to South Beach’s Adore.
ADANAI got Zurich’s hotshot spinner to tell us what’s what.
ADANAI: If you had to sum up your sound in a sentence, what would it be?
EDX: It’s simple: Sexy house that makes people smile.
Would you say your house is getting more and more progressive or deeper and deeper?
I’m trying out different angles of my own vibe and sound, and it’s great to see that if I go deeper there is still such great feedback out there from all these music lovers. Absolutely a blessing to be able to do this.
Tell us about your forthcoming releases, “Air For Life” and “Breathin’.” What excites you most about these two tracks?
They are both tracks that sound exactly like what I want my music to sound like. “Air For Life” has this euphoric progressive, feel-good vibe for the bigger crowds, and “Breathin’” is a deeper record with that really nice vocal and laid-back summer feeling. Really looking forward to these two releases this summer.
How does your Miami Sunset remix of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” fit into the equation?
Haha, I produced that mix like a year ago; it did really well. To be sincere, that [Aloe Blacc] vocal just matched very well with that day’s mood in the studio. Still playing it out and the drop is sort of “EDM” and still on the edge for today’s crowd.
Do you see yourself making more of where that came from (either Miami inspired and/or Avicii)?
When I re-invented my sound back in ’06-‘07 I was in a transitionary period and used to spend a lot of time in Miami. For a moment I became a South Beach resident. This is when I had a lot of time to develop this new fresh sound…
What inspires you about Miami anyway?
As I said, Miami became my second home for a while and it’s always great to be back there. I will be there next week for a few days. Lots of friends live there and it’s a relaxing place for myself. I know being a tourist there could be “rampa-zampa” but for me it has something tranquil.
Do you have any inspiring surprises planned for the fans at Adore this weekend?
I’m happy to play that place. My very good friend Cy Waits was talking about his new club that he has been planning for 3 years and he really put a lot of love in Adore. After such a long time, it’s good to see that the place ready to rage. I was there for the soft opening and the sound system is really on point. Quality is great. Can’t wait to play out some new fresh releases. By the way, did you hear my remix for Cash Cash’s “Lightning”? If not, this will be something I will play that night, and a lot of newer fresh tunes…
What other cities and clubs inspire you?
I like a lot of cities, everywhere you see people in the streets with a unique lifestyle going on. I like the vibe of the Gold Coast in Australia a lot, same for London. There are too many cities to just name a few.
Will you be hitting said hot spots this summer?
Trying to find the right balance between Europe, Asia, North America and South America. There will also be an Australian tour at the end of June. Really looking forward to this summer. I have a really great team that is helping a lot with all this DJ/Producer madness in my life right now. Make sure you check in at dj.edx.ch or Facebook.com/edxmusic for the latest shows added to the calendar.
Speaking of which, what’s EDX’s motto for making the most of the summer?
Live Your Life Be Free and don’t forget to Smile!! #NoXcuses