Originally, no. We had the idea for the track with more basic and tone down melody. We wrapped it up and published it as free download. Then Steve Aoki came along, and he had great idea that will amplify the song. Adds more energy to it. It was Steve that came up with suggestion to collaboration. It was completely sporadically, we didn’t plan it all. Steve added upbeat energy, additional synth that support the original idea. I know a lot of people still the fan of the original one, hope they will like this one too. I think Steve did a good job for making the track cross over from sound like underground house song towards more club proper track.
You constantly touring. How you maintain your stamina, your energy, your mood?
I eat a lot Echinacea pills (supplement for immune system). I try to drink a lot of vegetable juice. Most of the part I try to get some rest, not drink as much as I normally drink. Also stay contact with people who keep you engaged critically in your mind, so you don’t lose yourself. Since I stay in hotel room alone during tour, it’s easy to lose focus. As long as you stay connected, you will stay creative.
You really engage your fans in social media. What is the meaning of your fans for you?
Fans are like kind of people who were there for you. Sometimes you see fans as people who aren’t necessarily yours. It’s like key people that you reach out and stay connected with. They keep you grounded but at the same time they push you forward. People that reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram, I’ve talked to them. I probably had a couple hundred name to reply right away. It’s important to have a relationship with your fans. It allows you to exfoliate your persona.
I’m curious, what are the music inside your music player?
A lot of hip hop. I listen to a lot of Drake, Rihanna. Also listen to Pusha T and Schoolboy Q. A lot of rap.
Wow! I didn’t expect you will listen to Hip Hop and Rap!
I feel like a lot of rappers is kinda like getting to bass track. Burns, which is one of Calvin Harris’ friend, he just made a music with Elvis Brown (for the track “Wave”). They killed it! It sounds like perfect bass house rap song. So maybe we’ll try to experiment more with that. We made a Schoolboy Q remix, which is like bass house sound. I feel the ground is there for bass house and hip hop to cross path. It’s just a matter of not forcing it.
That night, AUTOEROTIQUE crashed the dance floor. Keith dropped their hits and everybody danced until the end. Grab their collaboration track with Steve Aoki, "ILYSM" below!