When someone asked me this week to rank my top five producers at the moment, I could not find a reason to leave Cedric Gervais off the list. Coming off a Grammy win in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category for his mash-up of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness,” Gervais is back with another pop-progressive remix sure to flood the airwaves. This time he was tapped by the “Queen of Twerk”, Miley Cyrus, to put his own spin on her Bangerz single “Adore You.”
Hailing from France but now a Miami resident, Cedric Gervais definitely converts the original into a song fit for a radio or dance floor near you. The remix is sure to help Miley Cyrus continue her foray into the EDM world. But how did the two connect for this massive remix project?
Apparently, Cyrus liked the French DJ’s remix for Lana Del Rey so much, she phoned him directly to propose a project. This was revealed during an interview with Gervais backstage at the pre-Grammy Awards telecast. Interestingly enough, Gervais explained his collaboration with Del Rey was carried out with no direct contact.
When asked if he preferred one method of collaboration to another, Gervais divulged, “It doesn’t matter to me to meet them or not. What matters to me is the song, at the end of the day. If I like the song, I do it.”
Gervais was catapulted into the limelight after his 2012 release “Molly” was the source of some controversy. This was brought on by Madonna making an appearance with Avicii on the Main Stage at Ultra Music Festival 2012 and asking the crowd, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” (See video below)
Deadmau5 even took the opportunity to gain some free press and made his opinions on the topic known on social media. He would have some harsh words for Madonna, but the two would eventually reconcile their “differences” over Twitter. (See article)
Cedric Gervais certainly has a sense for music that is commercially viable and I’ll never forget the first time his production hit my ears at UMF 2009. We were enjoying Tiesto’s main stage set when a familiar song was played.
My friends and I had heard the song in other DJ’s sets online and since track-listing was not as prominent as it is today, we had no idea who the original artist was, or the song title for that matter. Through many internet searches my friends and I discovered it was none other than Cedric Gervais and his progressive-house classic “Mauri’s Dream.”
It amazes me how an artist’s sound can evolve so drastically like Cedric Gervais’ has over the years. The difference between “Mauri’s Dream”, his most current remixes for Lana Del Ray and Borgore, and his original productions “Things Can Only Get Better” and “The Look” truly prove Gervais can adapt to stay at the top of all of our playlists.