DJ Copycat Mashes Up Duran Duran and Little Boots
Here's some eighties-inspired electro goodness for ya. Mash up meister DJ Copycut cut and pasted the Fred Falke remix of Little Boot's "New In Town" and the ever so brilliant "Girls On Film" by Duran Duran. Have a listen and download it right here.
The Killers Duet with Duran Duran
This is fantastic! Last week, The Killers' Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning joined Duran Duran on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas for a little "Planet Earth" action. It's synth pop magic in real-time. Watch the entire scene go down here in all of its glory. I kick myself for not finding this sooner, but better late than never.
Notice how Brandon has stepped into a time machine and morped back into the foppish, fey and dandylicious performer he was at the time of "Hot Fuss." Gone are the days of the scruffy face, cowboy boots and moustache. It seems that the collaboration with Stuart Price is heading somewhere glam.
Remix Contest Duran Duran "Nite-Runner"
Duran Duran has launched a remix contest in which people are challenged to submit their own version of their forthcoming new single "Nite-Runner." It is the first track that Duran Duran, Timabland and Justin Timberlake wrote and produced together in a New York City studio earlier this year.
The song presents a hip new sound for Duran Duran after Timbaland shook things up for these '80s pop icons. It was like "Tom Ford coming into Gucci," bassist John Taylor recently told it to me.
"This was the first collaboration we did with Justin and Tim," Nick Rhodes comments in a press release. "It felt like we were in a nightclub. When we finished it we knew we were on the verge of something new." Simon Le Bon adds, "This reminded me of 'Notorious" when the band first split and we worked with Nile Rodgers."
Duran Duran now gives fans, DJs, mash up artists and remixers the opportunity to create their own version "Nite-Runner" and submit it into a remix contest. The winning track will be featured on the
official Duran Duran website and the winner plus a guest will win
tickets to see Duran Duran live on their upcoming U.S. tour.
Duran Duran has posted the multi-track audio file of the song that you can download guilt-free as a zipped Garageband project file. (Garageband is Apple Mac software application that enables people to easily create and edit sound files. Garageband was bundled with the purchase of my MacBook, so if you're working on a Mac you probably have it too.)
Podcast: Arjan Interviews John Taylor of Duran Duran
Listen to an exclusive phone interview I conducted with Duran Duran bassist John Taylor a few weeks ago. For those of you that need a little refresher, John is pictured on the far right in the photo above.
John and I talked at length about the group's new line up, their fantastic new album "Red Carpet Massacre," the collaboration with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, the importance of fashion and visual presentation, gay fans, Britney Spears and much more.
In more than thirty minutes, we covered quite a lot of ground. Animated and candid, John shared a lot of information about the process behind "Red Carpet Massacre." Noteworthy are his comments about the learning curve working with Timbaland to make it a true Duran Duran effort and not a Simon Le Bon show. He also spoke openly about his ongoing drive to be commercially successful and how he deals with getting older in an intensely competitive music market in which celebrities are constantly under scrutiny.
If you have not heard "Red Carpet Massacre" yet, you can stream the entire album on AOL. It serves up a truly fresh and contemporary sound that they put together with the help of Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Nate "Danja" Hills who helped them tool a new sonic architecture. Click here to download "Red Carpet Massacre" on iTunes.
It was pretty amazing to talk to John who is a childhood idol of mine. Duran Duran really started my passion for music. "The Reflex" was the first single I bought and their concert at Rotterdam Ahoy in 1987 was the first pop concert I ever went to. A very special thanks to Abe and Sharon for arranging the call with John.
(Download the MP3 of the interview here. If you share the MP3, please credit ArjanWrites.com and do not alter the recording in any way. Brief illustrative bits of "Nite-Runner," "Falling Down" and "Skin Divers" are courtesy of SonyBMG/Epic Records.)
Audio: Arjan Talks With Duran Duran's John Taylor
Last week, I had a lengthy conversation with Duran Duran's bassist John Taylor. We talked about Duran Duran's upcoming new album "Red Carpet Massacre," the group's collaboration with Timbaland, the evolving relationship between him and Simon LeBon, growing older and much more.
I will be featuring more audio clips of the interview with John next week.
As a preview, listen to what John Taylor had to say about Duran Duran's new video "Falling Down" that premieres today: