A huge, huge thanks to all the talented acts that performed: The Mowgli's, Kate Boy, Melanie Martinez, Ivy Levan, Elle King, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, The Ting Tings and Tove Lo! Plus, shout out to our DJs Karl Kling, BRENMAR and ASTR for keeping the beats going throughout night!
Did you know much about Duran Duran before you met Andy? I knew some of their hit songs, but I was born in ’83, so I kind of missed them, really. When I saw him walk in, I thought, “Who the hell is this guy? But he’s a really interesting guy, especially when it comes to his music.
Ibiza is famous for its clubs, EDM, and techno scenes. Anytime I’d go out, I’d come back to the studio, flop down on the sofa, and go, “Awww, you can’t even dance to it!
I mean, it’s good, but you’ve got to take, like a ton of drugs! This record wouldn’t fit in with the BPMs being played. It’s been flying high for a few years, and it’s great, and there is a place for it.
” The song is exactly that — being in that club at 4 in the morning and re-evaluating your life, and why you’ve ended up there. A big, conscious decision that we made on this album was to slow down the BPM. But we thought, “ has kind of a Nile Rodgers/Chic/Duran/Power Station thing going on. But I don’t think every dance-oriented record that comes out has to be like that.
It sounds really pathetic, and I feel like a teenager for saying this, but we smoked a lot of weed (both laugh), and then we ditched it. Before we got to Ibiza, we never would have written lyrics with the word “baby” in them. Before, we had just made the records ourselves, in a little room.
We thought working with someone else — anyone, I mean, not just Andy — would make us, I don’t know, quite in the studio.
It was always like, we put so much in and they were so worthy, and in a way that gave them their style as well.
But for this album to have a little bit of air is , and I was really studying her writing and especially her words, because it has all those elements — it’s all about wind and fire and rain and the moon.
Katie White of The Tings Tings is lamenting the fact that she’s reached her BPM limit when it comes to modern EDM.