Will Clarke is a name that we’re always excited to see pop up, and today he’s released an official remix that he had the pleasure of doing for RÜFÜS DU SOL’s album single ‘No Place’. We got a chance to catch up with Will and chat about the remix, synths, Bristol, Detroit and more. Will’s remix is paired with another stellar rework from UK house duo Icarus, who just supported RÜFÜS on their SOLACE album tour. Stream/purchase the remixes HERE and check out our chat with Will below.
Congrats on the remix! Tells us how it feels to be an official remixer on one of the year’s best Electronic records?
Ahh it’s an honor to be apart of this, I’ve loved to see the lads grow in to what they have over the past few years. I love what they are about and its nice to be part of the package.
How did this opportunity come to be? Have you been friends with the RDS guys for a while?
I’ve known of them for about 5 years i think but met them a couple of years back on a mini bus heading to the hotel from Electric Forest. The opportunity came about by me asking if i could remix no place, i wanted a version that i could play in my sets.
Safe to say ‘No Place’ is your favorite single on the record?
Yeah for sure its a great record, great hook. Also it is very true to how i feel when I’m in a club.
Can you tell us about your process in making this remix, and general aspects of it that struck a chord to inspire you?
For me the main melody horns were what really got me going on this record. Hans Zimmer has always been a huge inspiration of me and he uses these types of horns in a lot of his music. So when the boys used a similar vibe it had me hooked straight away. When i started the remix i wanted more horns/brass and turn it into more of a melody as i knew i wouldn’t be using all of the vocals. So i took their original melody and added more around it.
Tell us about moving from Bristol to Detroit, and how that’s had an effect on your sound and career?
I don’t know everyone keeps saying I’ve gone more ‘techno’ personally i just feel it was the journey i was going anyway. Realistically i actually write loads of music and since having a studio in Detroit I’ve been writing more than ever. Ive written probably two albums worth of music that people would expect from me and thats what i want as of 2019 i want to be able to release music that I’m 100% proud of and love the record not just writing a record that people want from me.
What’s your go-to synth as of late? That chorus bassline is beautiful – I have a DSI Mopho and this reminds me a lot of it?
The Mopho is a beautiful bit of kit not used one of those for a while actually might have to get one. So the chorus bassline is actually two soft synths I’m using Native Instruments Monark on both but with different settings one for the subs/bass and the other for the mid/top frequencies. With regards to go to synths i don’t really have one that i will always go to however on my drums my MFB Tansbar Lite is my go to drum, machine. Its just so german and i love it, the hats and cymbals on it are unreal.
What was your favorite show you played this year?
CRSSD Festival & Dirtybird Campout 100%
Producer to watch for 2019 ?
Super tough question to answer if I’m truly honest but one of my homies Rebuke is going to be doing some amazing work for next year.
Describe SOLACE in three words?
Great Dance Music