Australian producer Torren Foot is one of the world's most in-demand house musicians, and for good reason. His live show gets crowds all around the globe moving, and when you chuck on a Torren Foot track, the world turns into a dancefloor. Every time we hear a new drop from Torren Foot, our minds are blown. He's one of the producers making house music more exciting than ever.
He's just released a new version of his track More Life, which features British pop artist L Devine and British rapper Tinie. It's an Australian-UK collaboration, and both artists add a new flavour to the track. L Devine's vocals are silky smooth, while Tinie's bars prove he's in red-hot form. The track has some serious spice.
We spoke to Torren Foot about how the collaboration came about and how his 2020 has been. He's been enjoying spending more time creating remixes for other artists, and he's been inspired by how the music industry has adapted to the pandemic. It's been a strange time for everyone, but artists like Torren Foot have made the most of being off the tour circuit.
Firstly, tell us a bit about how you’ve felt in 2020 so far?
It’s been a bit of a ride! I was in LA when coronavirus first started shutting the world down, and it was a bit of a mad rush to get home before the borders shut. From that point to now, I’ve really gone through a full spectrum of emotions, as I’m sure most people have.
You feel flat, lethargic, then hopeful, optimistic, then back to being flat. At the moment I’m feeling good. I’ve got a lot of exciting projects I’m working on that are keeping me busy!
How are you channelling your creative energy now that touring is off the table for the time being?
I’ve just been trying to spend as much time in the studio as I can. I took on a heap of remix work to stay busy, and I’ve watched a stack of livestreams! It’s been great to see the industry adapt on the fly, and witness artists see the opportunity in playing livestreams.
There’s a lot of acts that I love that I’ve never seen play. Watching them from my couch has been a silver lining of being locked down.
Having been part of the Australian dance scene for the better part of a decade, how has it evolved and what’s surprised you about how audiences listen to music now as opposed to when you started?
There’s so much more exposure now. The real only way to get music when I first started going out as a punter was to buy the Onelove or Ministry compilations. Now you can have a 15-year-old kid who knows every unreleased record Michael Bibi played in Italy last night, so you’ve really got to dig deep to present something unique to dance floors.
The rise of Spotify and editorial playlists has had a massive influence on people’s tastes too. Quite often I’ll get sent house records from friends who don’t really listen to dance music because it came up on their Spotify.
You’re someone that collaborates with other artists a lot, is being able to collaborate with other artists something you’ve always enjoyed, or did you have to teach yourself how to work well with others?
I love collaborating with people! You can learn so much from creating with someone else. I think I’ve always worked well with others, but you definitely learn how to manage sessions to get the best outcome. The trick is to work with people who inspire you. Always go into the collaboration with an open mind.
You’re gearing up to release a track with UK musicians Tinie and L Devine, can you tell me how that collab came about?
It’s all a bit surreal how it came about, Tinie and L Devine are actually collaborating with me on a new vocal version of my single More Life! I had absolutely no expectation that More Life would have been received as well as it has, let alone grab the attention of the likes of Tinie and L Devine. It’s a spin out!
Do you enjoy being able to bring people from different genres together on the same track, and how do you decide what artists will suit what track?
I think it’s great for so many reasons. You’re bringing two fan bases together, and two different perspectives on music. The record usually tells you who will sound good on it.
More Life features a classic hip-hop sample, and so putting a rapper on it felt like the natural progression for the project. Adding L Devine was just the icing on the cake.
You’ve definitely got an ear for being able to transform a track when remixing it, and putting your stamp on it – what do you look for when you’re writing a remix, and how do you know when you hear a track that’s perfect for you to remix?
I can almost hear the remix when I listen to the original. I like to have a strong direction for where I want to take it before I commit to doing it.
My manager has a very good filter for remixes, and sends me stuff through he thinks I will be good on, but ultimately I’ve got to be feeling the vibe to go in on it.
Finally, your bio on social media is “I PRAY THE øNLY PAIN YOU FEEL IS CHAMPAGNE". Can you tell me a bit about what that means and why it resonates so strongly with you?
I think it’s wishing someone the best in life. It's a little bit of a riddle. It’s ignorant to think you can live a life without pain, but the pain makes the champagne taste sweeter... also it’s a Kanye lyric, and he’s a genius haha.