Duke Dumont Kept Original Whitney Sample 'Out Of Respect'
‘I Got U’ hitmaker discusses the ‘nice touch’ of getting Wyclef Jean’s approval on the track…
Spring has barely sprung but Duke Dumont has already given us the song of the summer with his sun-tinged single I Got U.
On track to score his second No.1 single with the tune, MTV News UK had an exclusive chat with the DJ/producer to talk about the infectious anthem and his plans for the rest of the year.
Duke Dumont - I Got U (Ft. Jax Jones)
“I tend to make summery songs in the winter and winter songs in the summer,” Duke - real name Adam Dyment – told us about the inspiration for the song.
“I’m like that typical British person that in the winter that moans that it’s too cold and in the summer I moan that it’s too hot, so the studio is my escapism.
“There was no master plan like ‘hey I’m a gonna make a summer song and then build a buzz around it in January’ - there wasn’t much thought process to it!”
The song samples the Whitney Houston classic My Love Is Your Love, so why pick that track from the late diva?
“Personally, I’d say it’s one of my favourite Whitney songs, especially the later Whitney period.
“It got to a point (during the recording process) where I thought maybe it might be worth bringing a singer in and changing it but I thought you know what, out of respect as (the track) started off working the song around My Love Is Your Love I kept it in.”
Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love
He continued: “What’s quite nice is Wyclef Jean was one of the writer’s of the song and obviously with things like that you need to seek permission to use the vocal and Wyclef is kind of quite tough with his music.
“He doesn’t let people use his music for a lot of things but he was willing for us to use the Whitney recording. That was quite nice getting a little bit of respect from his side. So that was a nice touch to it.”
With an album is on the way “this year” he also told us what it would mean to have another No.1 with I Got U:
“It’d be great. For me personally I like to think it demonstrates that I’m capable of writing music to a certain quality.
“Also what it does is I hope it instills into people that there’s more music to come and hopefully it has the same reaction…and just to demonstrate to people that I’m busy working on more music, you know ‘keep an eye out for the rest of the year’, that’s what I hope to get from the next single.”