Rae has been a burgeoning force within the house music scene for a little while now, and her CV seems to be an ever-growing list of incredible accomplishments. Among some of her incredible achievements include being the first female artist to compile and mix the famous Defected In The House compilation in 2011 and releasing tracks through Spinnin Records, so when it comes to house, she knows how to conquer the dancefloor.
When the opportunity to sit down with her came along, we just knew we had so many things to ask. From navigating music politics and landing on the Beatport charts, she's got everything you need on surviving music and the industry.
Hey Rae, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. You’ve recently released the VIP mix of ‘That Feeling,' for those that haven't checked out the track yet, what can they expect?
I’ve taken it to the darker side. I wanted to bring moodiness to the vocal and flip it from the original, working the vocal chops, deep growling bass line and dark twisted synths. It’s got an old skool underground feel to it - definitely a peak timer.
That Feeling' saw you collaborating with Mandal & Forbes. What are the biggest challenges going into collaborating with people? And on the flip side, what are the biggest upsides?
Sometimes finding out how people feel comfortable working and different personalities. It can make things difficult if egos take over, but with this collaboration, there was nothing but good vibes and it comes across in the music. It’s fun when everyone brings something to the mix. That’s how I like to work.
There's a lot of crazy things happening politically, where do you think dance music's place in all of this should, or will, be?
You can’t avoid the politics. For me, dance music has always been a way of free expression. The house music I’ve grown up with has always promoted a place of unity, no matter what you believe, or what you are. That message should transcend.
Your track went into the Top 20 in the Beatport House charts. What advice would you have for people aspiring to get to the level you are at?
Be passionate and persistent. Keep good people close, believe in doing what YOU do and be open to critique. Build a thick skin and don’t get lost in the hype.
Finally, what can we expect from you for the rest of 2017?
There will be a lot of cool stuff happening across the board. I’ve got solo productions, remixes and fresh collaborations set to drop, crazy DJ dates, some exciting live stuff and some alternative projects I’ve been working on all coming up. I’m looking forward to a good year!