Parisian producer Photo Romance has a beautiful moombahsoul remix that I couldn’t be happier to share with everyone here. I reached out to him for a little background on why he made this track and how he got involved with moombahton and you can read his response just below.
“I re-discovered moombahton in July last year just a little bit before I had to open for Lil B at Paris Social Club. Instead of playing ghettotech, booty house, juke, or techish stuff I needed to play something more “caliente.” More akin to hip hop and much slower in term of bpm. I decided to dive into moombahton as a musical genre again to give it a fresh ear and see a lil bit who was behind this scene , who started it , who was pushing the genre. I quickly discovered a huge very energetic scene composed of remix producers on one side and hard boiled producers on the other side who were really trying to exploit this musical genre and bend it as much as possible to create some new banging flavors.
While I was discovering moombahton my need to produce it too was growing quickly. I started right away few experiences and really liked these new musical perspective in term of music production (new type of sound , new rhythmic patterns , new type of melodies , new kind of sound texture, etc). In August 2011after few solid moombahton remix I did I decided to launch this new project called Photo Romance alongside my girlfriend (and love of my life) Vikki who really helped me building all the graphic identity of it and managing all the social network and communication related to it.
I was looking for something to remix , something smooth which would let me trip on the music when I decided to do a remix for The Weeknd/What you need. I really love this track and I remember being really overwhelmed when listening to it. The melody is great , the singing too and it wasn’t busy in term of sound/number of instrument which would allow me to happily cut/paste/edit as much as id like.
I started to work on this remix at home on logic and did pretty much quickly the biggest part of it right away in term of drum programmation , voice/samples editing and sequencing.
Nevertheless I had to put this remix aside to go back for the second time in Malmo/Sweden to work as a audio engineer on Spoek Mathambo new album Father Creeper. Life at Studio Gula was really great , it was like to give a kid a whole toy factory. It was definitely an amazing experience.
When I came back to Paris after this very exhausting and exciting studio week I was definitely depressed : no more great speakers , no more great acoustic , no more music toys by thousand but a Yamaha DX 7 ! I decided to plug my good old dusty DX7 to record some melodies on my almost already finished remix.
I had to go back to Malmo a third time to work with Spoek but this time I definitely re-open the remix during my breaks and took the time to record few synthesizer , some Korg MS 10 , some crazy Yamaha , some Juno 60 , a real wooden marimba and a real beautiful cymbal crash. Ahh…. <3
When I came back to Paris I had all these new melodic elements recorded in the logic session. I started to clean the new takes , edit what i recorded and mix the whole thing.
For some reasons I let this remix sleep in my computer without releasing it for some month until I bought an Alesis HR-16 drum machine in Chicago 3 month ago. I decided to have fun with it and to record some on my old dusty Weeknd remix. I reworked the whole mix when I came back to Paris, then did the mastering on it and today its a great pleasure to be able to share my experience with you and the fruit of my labor too. Enjoy!”