Exclusive Interview: Mike Danavan



Hi friends, here the interview!
First of all!Thanks so much for this exclusive interview, it´s amazing to know a little bit more about you and your work.

Where do you live? How
old are you? What do you do for life?
FOR THE MOMENT I LIVE IN PARIS FRANCE. I'M ALWAYS 18 (WHAT A RUDE QUESTION --- LOL) , I DO MANY THINGS: MIXING, REMIXING, RADIO SHOW, PHOTOGRAPHY, COMPOSING, PRODUCING, ... AND ALSO MARKETING & SALES MANAGER

Who is your
“lucky star”?
STILL LOOKING FOR HIM ...

Describe yourself.
THOUGH QUESTION, HARD TO DESCRIBE MYSELF, GUESS YOU SHOULD ASK PEOPLE WHO KNOW ME LOL. I GUESS I AM VERY EASY GOING, SOCIABLE, KIND, SENSETIVE, SOMETIMES STUPID WHEN I FOLLOW MY HEART...AND TONS OF BAD HABITS LOL

When did you start listening to Madonna? What is Madonna´s influence in your life?
WELL I STARTED AFTER "VOGUE", NEVER LIKED HER BEFORE, SHE TOTALLY CHANGED SINCE THAT SONG. I LOVED SHEP PETTIBONE AND WHEN HE WROTE VOGUE FOR HER, IT WAS A MAJOR STEP IN HER CARE
ER. I GUESS ALL THOS WHO NEVER LIKED HER BEFORE
STARTED GETTIN INTERESTED IN HER.
SORRY TO TELL YOU THIS BUT SHE HAD NO INFLUENCE OF ANY KIND IN MY LIFE... MET HER AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND LOL

What Madonna era do you prefer?
DEFINITIVELY EROTICA. IT WAS SO PERFECT. MAYBE I WAS TOO INFLUENCED BY THE PETTIBONE THING AGAIN, BUT GOD, I LOVE THAT GUY SO MUCH! HE CREATE REMIXING AND HE WAS SUCH A GENIOUS, KIND AND CREATIVE.
REALLLLLY MISS HIM ... :o(
BUT I MUST SAY I LIKED HER DISCO ERA TOO. CONFESSIONS WAS SOOOOOO GOOD !

Tell us what´s the best Madonna:
album, EROTICA
video, HARD TO SAY ... LET'S SAY VOGUE (ALSO LOVE NOTHING REALLY MATTERS, BEDTIME STORIES, JUSTIFY MY LOVE)
movie, EVITA
tour CONFESSIONS
official remix. THERE ARE SO MANY : "VOGUE" BY PETTIBONE, "IMPRESSIVE INSTANT" BY RAUHOFER, "N.R.MATTERS" BY RAUHOFER, "B. STRANGER" BY CALDERONE, ... AND LATELY "GIVE IT TO ME" BY THE GREAT EDDIE AMADOR

What Madonna song you can say “it´s me”? Explain please.
VERY INTERESTING QUESTION. I CAN'T FIND ONE SONG, I WOULD DEFINITIVELY SAY "I WANT YOU " BUT IT'S NOT HER SONG ... SO I'D SAY "EROTICA
AND JUSTIFY MY LOVE" LOL
"I WANT YOU " BECAUSE ALL MY LIFE I HAD ONE WAY LOVES ...
"EROTICA/JUSTIFY MY LOVE" BECAUSE (AS EVERYONE KNOWS IT BY NOW AFTER 15 YEARS AND MY WEIRD REMIX TITLES) I'M VERRRRRY NAUGHTY -- LOL

What do you expect of the next Madonna album?
WELL IF SHE IS WORKING WITH GUETTA, IT WILL B
E A DANCE ALBUM (WHICH IS GOOD COZ THAT'S WHAT SHE DOES BEST) AND IF SHE WANNA COMPETE WITH GAGA, SHE HAS TO GET BACK TO HER ROOTS.

Besides Madonna, what singers/groups do you listen to?
GOSH, SO MANY... I LISTEN TO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC.
FROM JAZZ AND OPERA TO POP OR SALSA...
I ALWAYS LOVED MICHAEL JACKSON, GEORGE MICHAEL, PET SHOP BOYS, DEPECHE MODE, SHIRLEY BASSEY, ANNIE LENNOX, KYLIE MINOGUE, ... AND MANY MANY MORE.

Madonna in one word.
BITCH :O)

When did you start remixing?
WHEN I WAS 12 (AMATEUR OF COURSE) THEN AROUND 15 AS A DJ (STILL AMATEUR) AND MIXING IN RADIOS AND CLUBS AROUND 17/18.

Do you remix other singers?
OF COURSE, LOOK AT MY REMIXOGRAPHY LOL I MAINLY REMIX MADONNA FOR MY FANS, SOMETIMES IT'S JUST TO PLEASE THEM, NOT PLEASE MYSELF.

What was your first remix? How did you feel when you released it?
YOU MEAN PROFESSIONALLY? IT WAS IN 1989 AND A FRENCH SONG BY A FRENCH ARTIST "SERGE GAINSBOURGH", A SONG CALLED "REQUIEM POUR UN CON" (REQUIEM FOR A DUMB) THAT I MADE FOR A FRENCH RADIO STATION. I WAS SO PROUD EACH TIME I HEARD IT ON THE RADIO :O)

What Madonna song you wouldn´t want to remix (in other words, what song you hate?)
THERE ARE MANY LOL ONE THAT COMES TO MY MIND NOW IS "REVOLVER" OR "I'M GOING BANANAS" OR "HEARTBEAT" OR "SPANISH LESSONS" ... B O R I N G !

What was the most hard remix to produce?
IF U MEAN MADONNA ONES, I GUESS THOSE THAT MISTER IDAHO WANTED ME TO MIX ... HAHAHA, (THAT I ACTUALLY DIDN'T, TOO HARD !) , BESIDE "GAMBLER"

You produced an album with Idaho, how was this experience?
FUNNY I JUST MENTIONED HIM BEFORE...
I ACTUALLY PRODUCED SEVERAL ALBUMS WITH HIM, NOT JUST ONE.
HE'S MY OLD PAL, GREAT GUY, VERY TALENTED,
A SWEETHEART... VERY SENSITIVE PERSON, SO HANDLE WITH CARE :o) HE LOVES MADONNA SO MUCH THAT HE MADE ME LIKE SOME SONGS THAT I HATED AND MADE ME WANNA REMIX THEM WITH HIM. IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM, I WOULDN'T HAVE REMIXED SO MANY MADONNA SONGS ! WHO KNOWS MAYBE
ONE DAY WE'LL MAKE SOMETHING NEW AGAIN ...
LET'S WAIT FOR HER NEXT ALBUM AND SEE.

What pattern do you use to remix a song? What do you have in mind when you
choose a song to remix?
WELL BASICALLY THERE IS TWO OPTIONS: EITHER I LOVED A SONG AND WANNA REMIX IT, OR SOMEONE PUSHES ME SAYING "PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE". IN CASE ONE, I AM INSPIRED COZ I LIKE THE SONG.
SO I'D MAKE SEVERAL VERSIONS, THEN CHOOSE ONE OR TWO TO RELEASE.
IN CASE TWO, I NEED TO FIND A WAY TO GET INSPIRED, SO I MUST TRY SOUNDS AND RYTHEMS, HOPING TO FIND THE ONE THAT SUI
TS MY VERY PICKY EARS. THEN EITHER I AM
SATISFIED AT THE END, OR THE MIX STAYS IN A CLOSET FOREVER.

Who and what are your influences?
SHEP PETTIBONE (YES AGAIN HIM) IS "T H E" PERSON WHO MADE ME WANNA MIX. ALL HIS MADONNA, PET SHOP BOYS, DEPECHE MODE REMIXES ARE ALL MASTERPIECES... THE WAY HE CHANGED THE BEATS AND GIVE IT THAT MISSING THING TO MAKE IT A HIT! I HAVE FOUR OTHER INFLUENCES : PETER RAUHOFER, RALPHI ROSARIO, DAVE AUDE AND RECENTLY THE FREEMASONS.THESE FOUR HAVE VERY DIFFERENT STYLES, BUT "
GOD, THEY ARE GOOOOOOOOOOOOD" !


What do you think is the best thing in Madonna´s fans? And what´s the worst thing?
FUNNY QUESTION: BEST THING IS FOR MADONNA, THEY MAKE HER SELL MORE AND GET MORE MONEY. TEH WORST THING IS THAT THEY SPEND ALL THEIR SAVING FOR HER MADJESTY (WHICH IS TOTALLY RIDICULOUS)

Tell us about your upcoming projects.
WELL I'M WORKING WITH SOME ARTISTS, ESPECIALLY ONE IN
WHOM I TRUST. WILL MAKE
HIM A STAR... YOU'LL SEE :O)
REGARDING REMIXES,
I AM FINALIZING A MASH UP FOR "BIG FAT BASS" BY BRITNEY.


What do you do when you´re not making music?
EUH, HAVING SEX ? -- LOL -- HEHEHEHE JUST KIDDIN ... LOL
WELL I GO OUT A LOT, MEETING PEOPLE, TRAVELLING, WATCHING MOVIES... BEING DEPRESSED, THINKING.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with young remixers like me (lol)?
CONFIDENCE, IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU DO, NO ONE ELSE WILL ! SO TRY TRY TRY AND YOU'LL GET THERE SOMEDAY.

Have you ever been in Brazil?
NO, BUT I HAD MANY BRAZILIAN LOVERS LOL -- SOON I HOPE

Do you have a message to your fans?
THANKS FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT ALL THESE YEARS, I HOPE I WON'T DISAPPOINT YOU IN THE FUTURE. I SOME
TIMES TRY NEW STYLES AND DIFFERENT SOUNDS TO NOT BE REPETETIVE, SO IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY CHANGE OF STYLE, PLEASE FORGIVE ME. I AM MIKE DANAVAN AND I'LL ALWAYS MAKE M.D. STYLE REMIXES AGAIN, SO DON'T PANIC. FEEDBACKS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME, SO DO NOT HESITATE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS. BE SAFE, TAKE CARE, AND LOVE YOU ALL.

FINALLY, THANX INCO FOR YOUR INTESREST IN ME, HOPE MY ANSWERS SUITS YOUR CURIOSITY :o) xxx

Thank you Mike!


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