For our final release of the year, we revisit one of Unlearn's biggest anthems of 2021, One Day, with two huge new remixes.
The original collaboration of Lizzie Curious and Doc Brown won over DJs and music fans alike, with its classic piano riff and powerful Lizzie voice giving it a classic house feel combined with a club feel. inherent in all Unlearn releases. Now, just in time for the holiday season, we're releasing two new mixes of Freshcobar & Lavelle Dupree and Lizzie Curious herself.
Freshcobar & Lavelle Dupree have published on some of the best labels in the world, including UNDR THE RADR and Farris Wheel. They've transformed the tune into a late-night groover packed with hard drums and synth grunts, as Lizzie reworked her own track, creating a fast-paced, moody performance that is the very definition of feel-good house music in a proper way. to finish. It was an incredible year for Unlearn.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing Lizzie and this has been the result.
Can you tell us a little about your early musical experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
I have always loved music, ever since I was really little - in fact I started playing the recorder well before I even started school! I was really fortunate to have a lot of encouragement at home, and I grew up immersed in music, playing the flute, piano, cello and also singing. At university, back in the early 00's, I discovered this amazing world of electronic music, dancing the night away at Bagleys in Kings Cross or one of the all-night raves under the railway arches in South London. I used my student loan to buy my first pair of vinyl decks, taught myself how to mix (there were no courses/youtube videos back then), started sending out demo tapes of my mixes (and yes tapes were still a thing!) and started booking my first shows. From that point I was truly hooked, and so began also learning to produce, alongside singing and songwriting for electronic music as well.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?
I really hope that whatever house genre a track of mine falls into, it will always have an energy that resonates with people. I do really love mixing across the spectrum of house music, whether it's disco & funky house, classics or right through to some banging tech house! Toolroom is hands-down my favourite label and so it's been great to have some releases with them over the past year. There are many talented producers out there, in particular I really love include Fatboy Slim, Mark Knight, James Hurr, Kokiri and David Penn.
How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
The one thing I really hope to achieve with my music is to bring people happiness and joy - that could be from dancing to one of my DJ sets, listening on Twitch or through the tracks that I produce. So I do really hope that is a positive impact that my music brings to my listeners! I do think there is a lot of negativity out there in the world (and especially over the last two years), so if my music can give people a break from that, and maybe even take them to a happy place just for a while, that, in turn, makes me really happy :)
Tell us about the new Unlearn release... why did you feel that One Day was a record you wanted to revisit?
So One Day was released in June, and here in the UK in late July we were first coming out of lockdowns, so a lot of DJ sets for me were afternoon affairs where a banging, underground tech-house tune wouldn't have been the right vibe to play! So, I began working on an edit that added in a bouncy, carnival style bassline and honed in on that big piano riff and powerful vocal. After I had played it out a few times, I really felt it was actually becoming a remix with it's own character and so messaged Doc Brown to see if he would be interested in releasing it as an official remix on Unlearn. DB really loved the remix, and brought in Freschobar & Lavelle Dupree to also remix the track: their chunky, tech-house remix is the perfect addition to the remix package.
Has your sound changed a lot over the years?
I have always loved to play quite a few classic house tracks and re-edits in my sets, and have always loved to pour a lot of energy into what I do. I think that's the same for my productions too: energy, groove and a fun vibe I think will always be present in my tracks.
What is your musical criteria when choosing what to play out as a DJ?
I love playing across the whole spectrum of house music, from disco and super funky tracks to banging tech house, but every track I play has to have a good energy to it. That really is the main criteria for me, if it makes me dance then I figure the crowd will love it too!
What does 2022 have in store for you?
Well just before the year is up I have a show that I am incredibly excited about - I am opening for Fatboy Slim in Brighton on 27th Dec! And then in January, after two very long years, the Groove Cruise family will be reunited in Orlando on 20th January. Our sailing will bring together about 4000 like-minded souls on the biggest ship we have ever sailed on and I'm thrilled to be on the line-up alongside amazing artists including David Penn, Gorgon City, Ferry Corsten, Claud Von Stroke and so many more!
I have been busy in the studio and alongside having more tracks coming out on my favourite labels, I also plan to launch my own label in 2022 as well. Alongside this, I will be continuing to stream every TUNESday and FriYAY on Twitch, as I am really blessed to have an amazing, supportive community (The Curious Crew).
Finally. what record would you most like to play/hear at midnight this new year's eve??
Wow, that is a good question! I am playing for NYE at an amazing beach-side club in Worthing (South Coast of the UK) and I think I will have the honour of playing the first track of 2022. I'm not sure exactly which track I will choose yet, but I know it will be a classic, uplifting house track with powerful, inspiring vocals, to start 2022 filled with positivity and good vibes :)
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