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Robert LaFrance Remixes INXS

<a href=”http://www.robertlafrance.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/inxs_lafrance1.jpg”>INXS was one of my earliest musical influences. So, it was a pleasure to remix this track from their Original Sin collection with guest vocalists.

I took the remix in a more edgy/techy house direction. So if any of you play that format, I encourage you to take a listen. It was a real honor to work such a classic!

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Mediate featuring Tricky (Robert LaFrance Remix) – INXS by Robert LaFrance

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Avicii at Shrine, Foxwoods Resort & Casino

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Avicii show at Shrine in Foxwoods. My review of the night is posted on the DJ Times blog at (and reposted below).  Thanks to Avicii’s management, Jim Tremayne from DJ Times, and Dave from AfterDark Promotions!

Mashantucket, Conn.Picture this: You’re dancing in a decidedly upscale room among a group of beautiful people dressed in tighter, more expensive clothes than you thought possible, roped off from the rest of the cattle and sipping expensive bottles of champagne delivered with sparks flying from the affixed firework.

Booming four-on-the-floor house music is emanating from a custom Funktion-One sound system. A toothy smile graces the face of a world-renowned DJ. Moving lights and strobes overwhelm your vision. Flecks of light glitter from particles of “snow” released from overhead. Full-colored laser beams bounce vigorously around the club and terminate in said DJs name etched out on the rear wall.

Is this Miami? Las Vegas? Ibiza? Nope – it’s Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Never heard of it? Apparently, neither had the 21-year-old, Swedish-born DJ, Avicii (aka Tim Bergling), as he pushed aside his headphones and jokingly commented to me, “I never even heard of Connecticut.”

Mashantucket’s only claim to fame is the Foxwoods Resort & Casino. Its Asian-themed restaurant and nightclub, Shrine, is where we found ourselves on a recent Tuesday night for this evening of global house music.

Avicii wowed the packed crowd with a full-on assault of festival-like familiar vocals, uplifting melodic breaks, and trancey house music. He fostered a sing-a-long, hands-in-air lovefest via his original hits “Bromance,” “My Feelings For You,” and his remixes, “Rapture” and “Sweet Dreams.” It wasn’t too far removed from the parties thrown by fellow countrymen Swedish House Mafia—euphoric, epic, fun.

Tech Talk: Avicii uses a minimal setup by housing all his music on three USB sticks and playing on three Pioneer CDJ-2000s and a Pioneer DJM-800 mixer. His mixing style is flawless, if straightforward – one song into another with not much in the way of loops or a cappellas. Interestingly, this new-school DJ actually lowers the volume of the booth monitors as he begins to mix with split cue in his headphones.

The venue staff and the promoters, AfterDark and Volume Promotions, were over-the-top accommodating (unlike many of those major city clubs). The sound system may be Funktion-One, but it was a little underwhelming in that room. The bass was sufficient, but the high end disappeared in the mass of bodies – over 600 presales tickets sold and about 700 in attendance.

Quibbles aside, this was a coming-out event for New England nightlife, which saw Connecticut and Rhode Island folk partying like they’d just discovered the joys of house music (which some may well have). Either way, it was a great night for those in attendance and for Sweden’s next top DJ—Avicii.

– Robert LaFrance


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Robert Miles “Children” 2011 Remix by Robert LaFrance and Nate Sherwood

I know you remember Robert Miles’ melodic masterpiece “Children.”  My partner, Mr. Nate Sherwood, and I just finished a 2011 remix which updates it for modern dance floors with a housey, main room style and a well-needed energy boost.  We feel like we’ve stayed true to the original but made it feel more in line with today’s styles.

You can listen on Soundcloud at the link below. Release information TBA.

Children (2011 Remix by Robert LaFrance and Nate Sherwood) by Robert Miles by Robert LaFrance

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