Riding high on top of the Beatport chart and getting hammered in Ibiza at all the closing parties right now is a reboot of the 2003 dance hit, "Pump It Up" by Danzel. The track was quite massive back in the day and London producer, Endor did his part by giving the tune a fresh new spin with Defected serving as the primary vehicle. It's been getting rinsed all over the place since mid-Summer and we're not expecting it to go away anytime soon. Thankfully, Endor has been kind enough to answer some questions about the tune and provide a Magnetic mix inspired by it.
1. Thanks for speaking with us. At this very moment, your track, "Pump It Up" on Defected is sitting very high up at #2 on the Beatport chart. I'm sure you're very happy with this so besides that, what does that really mean to you in the big scheme of things?
Yes! The track seems to have had a great reaction, I couldn’t be happier with how it’s been received both online and on the dance floors. I guess now that I’ve managed to elbow my way into the public consciousness, the pressure is on me to make some more tunes that bang harder and to show that I’ve got more in the locker.
2. ...and speaking of "Pump It Up," what prompted you to do a modern update on Danzel's 2003 original?
Well, I’ve always loved the original. It’s pretty cheesy but I had it on my Now 59 CD when I was 12. That CD took a rinsing! I found myself humming the tune one day and I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I decided to look for an acapella to mess about with. It was on the first page of Google. An hour later and the track was pretty much done. Proof that the best ideas are the ones that come easily.
3. Do you have any more tunes lined up for release on Defected?
Not for now, but Lord knows they’ll be getting sent a new demo once "Pump It Up" has done its thing.
4. Having a huge hit is obviously a big accomplishment so besides racking up another chart-topper, what do you have your mind set on next?
I wanna keep it groovy with the next few releases... something a little less hype and a little more stripped back. I want to cement my direction as an artist rather than aim for any lofty chart positions. The next few tunes should be a good marker for that.
5. Tell us about your musical background. When did you discover house music and when did you decided it was time to start producing the genre?
I started producing when I was doing my GCSE’s at school, we had to make a three minute song of whatever genre we liked. I did a terrible D&B track that was a rip off of several Andy C tunes. I carried on producing after that and really fell in love with the process. I spent the next few years making tearout dubstep, but after I’d got that out my system I started experimenting with deep house and I was hooked. It was just so much more groovy and refined. And from there it was house all the way.
6. I have to ask. How did your production name come about? Is it a reference to Star Wars?
Yeah! I’m a bit of a geek.
7. Lastly, tell us about the 60 minute mix you've put together for us.
The mix is a concoction of all of my favorite dance floor weapons, a few unreleased bits from me that you won’t have heard yet, a bunch of exclusives I got off my mates, and a couple of older Defected classics.