Ahead of the release of his upcoming album Juno, Parra for Cuva has been busy connecting to some of his favourite producers for new collaborations. Just a few weeks back, he invited the German producer Innellea to rework his latest single, ‘Her Entrance’. The result of their musical partnership yielded a thumping new tune. While the original track is a folky and upbeat trance-inspired groove, this rework dims the warmth with hardcore techno and accelerated beats. We caught up with Parra for Cuva and Innellea to find out more about ‘Her Entrance’ remix.
WWD: Hey Parra for Cuva & Innellea, Welcome to When We Dip! Can you tell us a little bit more about how you have met?
Innellea: Actually we played once at a festival in Switzerland together without really knowing each other. Basically, the connection between us comes from Nico’s manager who shot my latest press pictures.
WWD: Why have you chosen to collaborate on ‘Her Entrance’?
Innellea: I received the whole album and it was really hard for me to decide which track I wanted to remix. In the end, ‘Her Entrance’ inspired me the most, probably because of its catchy “flute” hook and dynamic drums.
WWD: Parra for Cuva, can you tell us more about the original track? What is the story of ‘Her Entrance’? I have heard it’s from your upcoming album.
Parra for Cuva: The song ‘Her Entrance‘ is taken from my upcoming album ‘Juno‘ which will drop July 16th. It was one of the songs I worked on for the longest. I had the draft on my workstation for ages, and it took several arrangement attempts till I thought it was good enough. So, all in all, I worked on the idea for ‘Her Entrance’ for more than six months. The flute sample comes from Latif Kahn, a musician based in Rajasthan who plays a traditional flute. After recording several live drums and percussions on the song back in my studio in Berlin it really got its house groove, while also allowing for this world music touch which has always been a big part of my music.
WWD: Innellea, please share more details about your rework. Can you perhaps describe the production process more?
Innellea: I looped some of Nico’s melodies and used it as a mood for the remix. Then I added my own drums, which I’d describe as dancefloor functional. I also decided to add a lead that supports the harmonies of the original. In the break I used the flute and all his atmospheres as they are in the original.
WWD: What was important for you both about this track – concept and production-wise?
Innellea: It was important for me to add my personal touch without losing the dynamic and worldly touch of the original.
Parra for Cuva: I always find it hard to give away a track to remix. It’s strange to hear your song be taken apart, so it’s important for me that some of the main features stayed in the mix. The way Michi worked the song is one of the best remixes somebody has ever delivered to me.
WWD: Any plans for more tracks together soon?
Innellea: I am a big fan of Nico’s music so hopefully soon!
Parra for Cuva: Likewise, so let’s see what the future brings.
WWD: And what about your individual plans for the second half of the year?
Innellea: I got a lot of new originals and other special remixes coming this year and I really can’t wait to spread the word.
Parra for Cuva: After Juno’s release I hope to be able to play some shows again which are already planned. Fingers crossed!