With the growing influence of classic dance music of yore (particularly vintage house music from the ’90s) making a pronounced impact on the world of EDM thanks to such artists as Disclosure, Duke Dumont and Hot Since ’82, German producer Tensnake has reached back even further into the dance music archives for his music.
“I basically grew up on the record collection of my older brother which was a lot of disco and funk, the sound of the ’80s,” said the producer born Marco Niemerski in a Radio.com interview about the roots of retro-leaning sound. “Stuff like Chic, and Earth, Wind & Fire. I guess that influenced me quite a lot. I’m not necessarily trying to recreate it, but I’m still attached to that sound.”
His love for “that sound” inspired Tensnake to reach out to legendary guitarist/producer Nile Rodgers on Facebook in hopes of working with him on some music.
“I was surprised myself. I wasn’t expecting any reply,” he recalled. “I’d heard before that he was trying to get in touch with young producers. I sent him a message on Facebook and didn’t expect anything. Literally after like 10 minutes I got a reply. He was like, ‘I know your stuff, I just played a Chic show, and when I come back to New York and to my studio I’ll give (your music) a listen.’ I just asked him if he could imagine working with me. I sent him some stuff I produced back then.”
Among that first batch of tracks he sent to Rodgers included the song “Love Sublime,” which Rodgers would eventually play on, adding his signature guitar strums to the tune. The song would eventually be the third single from Glow, Tensnake’s debut album.