Rene LaVice has had some year…
The Canadian landed massive success with The Calling, a tune that was ubiquitous on both daytime radio and dance floors across the world. Aside from chart domination, he picked up the People’s Choice Award at the Bass Music Awards and penned a handful of other stonking releases.
This week provides the delectable cherry on top of what is a very successful cake, as he releases his huge sophomore album, Play With Fire.
As a producer who isn’t afraid to take risks and do things his own way, it’s an album bursting at the seams with creativity and an album featuring an array of different styles and flavours.
“For me, music’s about interacting with people,” he explains. “I like making people dance and making people feel something, because that’s what music does for me. Hopefully this album can achieve that.”
You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to hear if he does achieve it. Here it is, exclusively on UKF for the next 24 hours! Check it and read our interview with him below…
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Rene LaVice – Play With Fire
Hi Rene, let’s kick off with an overview of 2015… how’s it been for you?
It’s been very exciting, I feel like I’m on a mountain range at the moment jumping from highpoint to highpoint. I can’t really put my finger on it, it’s just been amazing! Finishing this album was a huge accomplishment for me and it’s a really exciting time. I’m super excited to get it out there.
What’s been the absolute summit of the mountain range?
Probably winning the People’s Choice Award at the Bass Music Awards. I almost felt like crying because it really hit me so hard; it’s an award all about the people, not the “illuminati” or industry professionals. Sometimes I find it hard to be confident in myself, so to know that there are people who believe in what I’m doing is huge.
Play With Fire looks set to top that. Is it a strange experience releasing a new album?
Yeah, the build-up to releasing an album is pretty weird; I’ve experienced a whole range of feelings and emotions that I can’t really pinpoint. Just before it was announced a few months back I was on the verge of having a stress attack because I’ve put so much into it.
What’s the main aim of it?
Getting my personal stories out there is a big one. It’s a bit like therapy, helping me come to terms with certain events in my life. Each song is a different chapter of my life and it’s almost like watching polaroids developing right in front of me. Wave, for example, is about me leaving Toronto and moving to the UK. People will relate differently to different songs and have their own interpretations which I think is great; everybody deserves to have their own special relationship with art.
Every mountain range has its troughs – you must have experienced at least one on your journey?
Yup, I hit a pretty big one in fact. I actually finished producing it after about eight months but it just wasn’t good enough. It was a weird feeling; I’d made a full album but kept thinking to myself there wasn’t something quite right about it. I remember going through all of the tracks with everyone in the RAM office as we were about to pull the trigger and that’s when I had to come to terms with the fact I couldn’t release it. Looking back, I’m so glad I made the decision to redo a lot of it, because after that disappointment a lot of things happened in my life that gave me inspiration and my productivity in the studio increased massively.
Do you think you’ve developed as an artist since the release of Insidious?
Yeah, especially in a technical sense. Whilst producing this album I was trying to write melodies that just weren’t working, so I used a quiet gigging period to crack open textbooks and thesis papers about frequencies and studied like a scientist, learning and relearning about lots of really technical stuff. After this I reached a new level and found that I could make mix-downs sound much better. I was so excited, I stayed up for like two days solid trying loads of new shit and it suddenly worked. It’s always about progressing and developing and this album is no different; there are things on this album I just wouldn’t have had the capacity to produce before.
What happened during your collab with David Boomah? We’ve heard there was an incident…
Oh boy… I really wanted to work with David because he’s got such an amazing voice. I didn’t think he’d be keen to work with me but he was, so I sent him a little thing I’d written and he came back with a sample over the beat and it was incredible; I was thinking to myself it was going to be the best song I’d ever written. But a few days later, I looked for the project file and couldn’t find it anywhere… I went through all twelve of my hard drives and then realised it was on a computer that had crashed a few weeks back – I was mortified. I had to go back to David and ask him to redo the vocal. Luckily he agreed and it was a bit of a blessing in disguise because it was better than the first effort. It could’ve been far more awkward!
Would you say The Calling was the catalyst to your success this year?
Myself and Ram had a gut feeling about the track, the reactions which where building from both live shows and cellphone videos posted online was positive and we knew something was connecting so we set a release date for March this year. Zane Lowe made it his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ in January and the rest is history as they say! It’s inspiring to see how something which was considered to be one of the more left-field records ended up as one of the most successful records for me in the mainstream.
What’s the story behind the #WorkingOnMaNuAlbum hashtag?
Ha! Every time I told people that I was working on my second album nobody believed me, they always thought I was bullshitting because I was touring all the time, so I kind of mocked that by creating the #WorkingOnMaNuAlbum hashtag! It really took off and some pretty absurd pictures emerged from it… The truth is I’ve been working on this album relentlessly; even when I was touring I was writing tracks on planes – that’s the beauty these days, you can make music literally anywhere.
You seem like quite an impulsive person… are you an impulsive producer too?
Yup! Sometimes I’ll just start banging my drum kit or thrashing on my guitar because I’m bored, and a few of the tunes on the album are kind of a result of that, for example I Know Not. If I had a piano I’m sure there’d be a lot of that in my music too, it’s all about doing what you can with what you’ve got. My own voice is on the album too, sometimes as an actual vocalist like on Faith and Air Force One and other times it’s just me going “yeah!” or “woo!”. People don’t really have an imagination anymore, I want to try and unlock it again, a bit like Kanye West…
Which tune from the album will get the best response, in your opinion?
It’s gonna be confusing seeing people’s reactions to lots of the tracks. Quite a few of the tunes on there have already been getting good reactions but I think one that’s definitely going to stand out is Lights Out because nobody knew it was coming and it has so much energy.