Aloe Blacc recorded the acoustic version of “Wake Me Up!” inside Mike Einziger’s home studio with Avicii. The Incubus guitarist and superstar DJ, nee Tim Bergling, mixed it in to one of 2013’s biggest hits.
“I think Avicii is an incredible producer, and he knew at least a little bit of what he wanted to do,” Blacc told “The Ralphie Show” recently. “I went in to record a song written by Mac Davis for Avicii, and that’s when we first met. Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park suggested to Avicii, ‘You should get Aloe to sing this song.’”
Blacc admitted that he and Shinoda were far from great friends; the two know each other through a mutual friend.
The “I Need A Dollar” singer characterized the song he recorded as country-esque. Given the context that Davis was involved, it makes even more sense. But Avicii is mixing both genres and beats with his releases. The second single from the DJ’s album True could be considered even more country: “Hey Brother.”
“To see what Avicii is doing makes perfect sense to me,” Blacc, who cited his indie, multi-genre days as the reason why he understands the producer’s approach. “He’s melding worlds of really good songwriting, and really popular production. He’s going to hit a home run every time.”
Blacc released a Wake Me Up EP this past year. He is preparing his full-length album, Lift Your Spirit. The LP will include production contributions from Pharrell Williams and Rock Mafia.