Here's something special for your Disco Friday.
Robbie Russell is an emerging Atlanta-based singer, DJ and producer who is creating a stir in dance clubs with his new single "Here With You." The track was produced by none other than Josh Harris who is mostly known for his remixes of The Killers, Kelly Clarkson, Brandy and Britney Spears. That's not a bad guy to have on your side if you're looking to impact the dance floor.
"Here With You" is not just any savvy slice of kicky dance pop. It is a song that is intensely personal for Robbie and was inspired by his battle with cancer. In April 2005 he noticed a lump on his neck and was subsequently diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare and highly aggressive cancer. Ironically, the very same day of his diagnosis, Harris sent Robbie an instrumental track for what would become his first single.
know if I was going to live or die or what was going to happen to me. So I used
music as my outlet and wrote 'Here With You' within an hour," he tells Arjan. "It's a song about
dealing with the uncertainties of life and knowing that everything will be
OK--that problems in life will work out in the end."
For the next few months, Robbie went in and out of the hospital and was treated with high doses of chemotherapy. Fortunately, his body responded well and four months later the cancer was in remission. He is currently is cancer-free with zero side effects.
Robbie is a survivor, ready to take on any challenge. The self-proclaimed "Lance Armstrong of dance music" decided to independently release his music to make sure his personal story of "Here With You" would get out there under his full artistic control. He asked several other producers to revamp the track and put together a digital EP with remixes by Josh Harris, Retrobyte, Scott K and Dave Hansen. He was glad to share his own Digi-Tech Remix with readers of Arjanwrites.com, Thanks, Robbie! (Click HERE to purchase the "Here With You" EP on iTunes. An EP disc is available on Perfectbeat.com.)