Scissors. (Source: Scissors)
The latest from Swiss DJ/production duo Scissors is a high-energy take on Madonna‘s “4 Minutes” featuring Justin Timberlake. Upon its release in 2008, the superstar collaboration became a number one hit worldwide.
“We wanted to do a follow-up remix on “Candy Shop,” which we did a couple of months earlier,” Scissors says. “We were searching for a melody/sound with a hard punch, which also would fit into house music. Going back and forth on what was good from the late 90s and early 2000s, one of us remembered having made a mashup of ‘4 Minutes’ back in the day when it was just released. We searched for the old mashup and instantly knew – this one’s going to be it. A huge lead sound, and the brass, paired with a strong four-to-the-floor drumkit. From talking about it until finishing, not even two whole days passed. ”
Preview Scissors’ “4 Minutes” remix below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
The Grammy award-winner has worked with superstars like Beyonce, Jay Z, and Justin Timberlake, among others. During the interview, Timbaland talked about getting his start as a DJ, the collaborations that defined his career, and more.
On how he got his start in music:
“I was beatboxing… [but] my main passion back then was DJing. And how I got into making beats is… let me try to make a beat so I can blend my records too… so I just took what I had, and I was passionate about sounds. I love noises.”
On first finding success in the industry:
“We weren’t thinking like, you know, ‘this is a hit,’ we’re thinking ‘we’re getting recognized… our passion is getting looked at, it’s not taken for granted…’ because we put in a lot of work, and our work was accepted.”
On working with Dr. Dre, and his influence on hip-hop’s sound:
“Dr. Dre. was the God of rap… he made rap sound clean, he made it sound so clean… I wanted to know like ‘yo how do you mix that drum, how do you get them drums to sound like [that]?’”
Watch the interview above.
After teasing it earlier this week, Justin Timberlake has dropped the first single off his upcoming album, Man of the Woods. The aptly-titled “Filthy,” which was produced by long-time collaborators Timbaland and Danja, features funky and futuristic production.
Download “Filthy” on DJcity and watch the visual for it above.
Complex has featured Timbaland on the latest episode of their Blueprint series. The Grammy-winning icon recounted how he went from making his first beat on a Casio keyboard to producing groundbreaking tracks for the likes of Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Missy Elliot, JAY-Z, and Justin Timberlake. The 26-minute convo includes inspirational insights on how he overcame drug addiction and fell back in love with music.
Watch the full interview above.
Fox has a new show called Empire, which centers around a fictional music and entertainment company and the drama among the members of the founders’ family.
Now after only two months on-air, the show has brought on Timbaland to executive produce the music. The multi-Grammy winner recently spoke with entertainment magazine Vanity Fair about his new gig and upcoming album, Opera Noir. Here’s what we learned from the brief, yet insightful conversation.
He believes the best music producers don’t stay stagnant.
“I don’t look at what I’ve done in the past, I look at what I’m setting up for the future. I feel like every six years the greats kind of revamp themselves—and for me, Empire is like a first step of my re-invention.”
His creative process is flexible.
“Sometimes things are written to beats, or we go over the script. I’ve got a great relationship with (Empire producer) Brian Grazer, and Lee is letting me be free—letting me interpret the words into music and emotion. Also, I have a team of great people, like Jim Beanz—he writes most of the work, and I tell him the concept of what I want; I oversee it, I listen to it, I change a word here, or add something to a beat, switch that over there … like that.”
He wants to bring back “quality music.”
“I’ve got a label partnership now with [Epic Records chairman and CEO] L.A. Reid. I’m producing a 19-year-old girl named Tink, who’s going to change things back to the days of Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott—girls who gave you substance the way Biggie Smalls and Tupac did. And a singer named V. Bozeman—and while I don’t like comparing people to other people, she’s going to give you that feeling that Whitney Houston gave you. They’re also on my [forthcoming] album, Opera Noir, which is like nothing you’ve heard before. What I’m trying to find are these young people who have the same hunger and passion I once had and still have, and pass it on to the future. I feel I can be a mentor and help make new music that will break through some of the garbage. When music starts to fall off the path, with dumbness and flashiness, well, it’s my job to set a tone, a foundation. If you want quality music, come up on the Timbaland side of the street.”
Timbaland is working with a new artist and he can’t say enough good things about her.
During an interview with “The Breakfast Club” on Wednesday morning, the Grammy-winning producer praised Tink — a 19-year-old female rapper/singer who he recently signed.
“The only artist you can compare her to is Lauryn Hill,” Timbaland said. “Her album is probably one of the best albums I’ve done since [Aaliyah’s] ‘One in a Million.'”
Timbo did more than just talk, though, and played an unreleased version of Rick Ross’ new single “Movin’ Bass,” which features the Chicago native. He also shared an original of hers.
The discussion about Tink begins at the 12:10 mark. Skip to 18:40 to hear her on “Movin’ Bass” and 27:50 for an original track.
Related: Timbaland Talks Falling out with Jay Z & Working on ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’
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