Only two years ago Ryan and Thomas started this venture, Project 46, working together day in and day out, even though separated by a great span of the frozen North American country. After much hard work and dedication, 2013 has proven to be a hallmark year for the Canadian electronic duo. Their releases dropped on esteemed labels, Monstercat, Spinnin', and Ultra to name a few, and included everything from pop remixes to heart-felt collaborations. Most notably, the two lent their talents to Kaskade's 8th studio album, Atmosphere, and the breathtakingly beautiful opening track, "Last Chance".
Today they return with a much different monster, a remix of Headhunterz's hard dance track "United Kids Of The World", featuring Krewella. Taking the song back a few notches, Project 46 makes a true progressive tune, emphasizing the featured vocals and brightening the track with uplifting synths. Read on for a mini interview we got with the guys (spoiler: there's a Kaskade remix coming up and an LP in the works) and head on over to Beatport for the download.
EARMILK: It's been a huge year for you guys. What do you think your biggest accomplishment was?
Project 46: 'Last Chance' has to be the biggest. I mean we collaborated with Kaskade. We still can't believe that actually happened!
EM: How did "Last Chance" come to be? The vocals, the piano... Everything is just stellar!
P46: I mean the melody and sound design were a result of back and forth efforts from us and Ryan (Kaskade) The vocal was written with Andrew Allen (who also wrote and performed on 'Reasons') and performed by a talented Canadian artist Steph Lang.
EM: Not many DJs continually give out free music like you guys. How did Pancake Fridays start and why is it important to you?
P46: The name Pancake Friday was kind of a joke to begin with. I wanted to do a weekly giveaway and call it something like freebie Friday, Thomas took over and posted the giveaway calling it Pancake Fridays and said if we were going to call it something stupid, we should call it something really stupid. People thought it was funny and liked it, and all of a sudden it out of nowhere it became our thing.
EM: This track was originally hard dance. How do you two feel about the genre? Do you actively listen to it?
P46: Hardstyle is cool. We don't actively listen to it but it is hard to ignore with so many of its elements crossing over into the current big room progressive house sound.