Exclusive Interview: Mike Candys


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All things considered, it’s been a hugely productive year in the studio for Mike Candys. Following the internationally celebrated release of his three huge original singles already this year (All My Friends, Darkness and Wellerman) the enigmatic platinum-selling Swiss artist now continues his hugely prolific run of 2021 form, as he announces the release of his latest juggernaut cut, and one of the undisputed records of the summer – Vibe.

Out now via the inimitable S2 Records, Vibe sees the masked producer on the form of his decade-long career, as he delivers a peak-time main stage anthem brimming with pumping, hi-octane energy across its duration. Having topped the Beatport Main Stage Hype Charts within days of its release, the record has since been featured in some of the biggest Spotify editorial playlists including Mint, Main Stage, Beast Mode Dance, Dance Party, Hot New Dance and Bangers, to name a few. We caught up with Mike for an exclusive interview to find out more.

Hi Mike, and a very warm welcome to We Own The Nite. Great to have you with us!
Hi, thanks for having me.

Please can you introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m a Swiss music producer and DJ since 15 years, I got multiple Gold and Platinum sales awards in Europe and was touring around the world, played more than 1000 shows so far. Most well known for my yellow signture Smile-mask.

How would you best describe your sound?

My sound is a mix of electro house and commercial dance

Who or what were your biggest musical influences growing up?
My first passions and influences when it comes to electronic dance music were definitely Acid House and Italo Disco.

Massive congratulations on the recent release of your latest single ‘Vibe’. Can you talk to us about the record and the creative process behind it?
The track “Vibe” was kind of an experiment. My label told me, that they have a slot for a new Mike Candys release but I didn’t have my planned track ready at the moment. So I sat down an tried my best to create a pure energetic club track in a matter of few days. Suddenly everything felt right and I sent the track to the label. There was no reaction but “Ok, we’re gonna release it.” Few weeks later all of us knew that it’s probably gonna be my most successful track of 2021.
The single has been hugely successful, gaining placement in a number of huge Spotify playlists and topping the Beatport Main Stage Hype chart! What do you think it is about this particular record that has resonated with people so much?

If only I knew haha.

You may remember we premiered your amazing single ‘All My Friends’ back in March. What was the difference in approach between that single and ‘Vibe’?Altough the tracks are somehow similar, I tried to go a little bit more into the future rave sound with “All My Friends”. Now I came back to my signature Electro House style

Let’s talk about your relationship with Sirup Music. How long have you been releasing on Sirup and how did you first connect with Maurizio?I think my first release on sirup was around 2006. Maurizio once came to my studio and asked me, if I could produce a track for one of his projects. That was pretty much the start of our collaboration. Funfact: we live in the same street in the same Swiss town, only few meters apart, but never knew about it.

In terms of production, what are your favourite pieces of studio equipment right now? And what DAW do you use?
I work with Logic since 25 years. I hardly use any Hardware anymore, which makes me sad, cause I love knobs and gear.

Outside of electronic music, what are your top 5 favourite records you love to listen to at home right now?

Star Wars Soundtrack
Jurassic Park Soundtrack
Mozart Piano Concerto 23
The Beatles (The white album)
Zucchero Fornaciari

What do you have coming up over the rest of the year? Any new music we can get excited about?Since there’s no live events for me at the moment, I focus on producing a lot of new music.Also some very cool collaborations are coming up.

Any final words for our WOTN readers?I hope you still enjoy EDM during this crazy time and hopefully we will all be back live at parties again soon.

Mike Candys – Vibe is out now via S2 Records