RS: How is this project different than the Ultimate Dance CDs?
Hosh Gureli: The Ultimate Dance CDs were all of the songs that were out in the past year or two. They all did well and dance was actually much bigger back then. The difference here is every one of these artists are platinum stars. You've never seen a tracklisting like this before ever on a dance compilation. Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Maroon Five, Duran Duran, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Kelis, Britney, Monica, Pink, Beyonce, Mariah who has a current record out, Whitney, Fantasia, Jennifer Lopez who has a current record out, Christina, Deborah, Angie and Toni. Does it get bigger than that?
RS: No it doesn't, it really doesn't.
Hosh Gureli: Peter Rauhoffer's mix of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" was nominated for the Grammy but never released. How many of these have never been available commercially let alone just limitedly on a promo record? The majority.
RS: Exactly. You've worked with several of the American Idols, Kelly, Fantasia, Tamyra, do you think remixing their songs is helping
introduce a new generation of fans to club music?
Hosh Gureli: Club music is changing and people have got to recognize it, it's not just the four on the floor. The Jason Nevins mix of the Kelly Clarkson record, Since You've Been Gone is a perfect example of that. Now that might not be played in the coolest clubs that has two thousand people where you hear only one vocal all night, but I hear it from DJs all over the country that when they drop the record, all hell breaks loose. That's because the original version's a hit and the remix has guitars in it and not just the regular synth-trance popstab. This happens to be a tempo record but dance music is no longer just a 130 BPM. Dance music is a 108 bpm with "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani or 113 bpm with "1,2 Step" by Ciara.. The original versions, they don't need to be remixed, they are dance and you are going to see a lot more of them coming down the pike.
There are a lot of records that are coming out that are danceable - anything over a hundred beats per minute you can dance to. We're back to the early 80s when disco crashed and all of this funky really cool danceable stuff started coming out. I love it and think people need to start recognizing it. There is definitely a new generation under thirty, maybe even under twenty-five that doesn't want to hear circuit music all night long.
RS: When you sent out the Monica record, you had a comment in there how the Dio remix is not over 120 bpm but still a dance record. Do you think the bpm of dance music changing will affect more people getting involved with dance music and more people loving it?
Hosh Gureli: Yes, absolutely, but to the dance music purists who have entered the scene in the past 10 years ago they see these records as hip-hop. But if you have been into dance music for more than 10 years, you know this is dance music and not hip hop. I would say ninety-nine percent of the people that are making what's currently considered dance music make the four on the floor remixes - always the same kind of remixes, don't recognize that hip-hop is making dance music and that's where the big money is. I would love to find a new Thunderpuss, like Shep Pettibone was back in the day who did remixes on "Vogue" or did the production on Janet Jackson's "Alright." They were a 112 bpm and Shep was the godfather of dance radio remixes, and they weren't even remixes, they were productions. Vogue is a 116 bpm and that's what real music is, not categorized. Look at the Black Eyed Peas record "Don't Phunk With My Heart," it's incredible. It's 130 some-odd beats per minute and it's got the hook from Lisa Lisa. It's an amazing record and NOT a remix.