Spotlight: “Gone” (The Remixes) by Michael Mott

We started our Spotlight series with a post about Meghan Trainor last summer. It looks like our spotlight was well-deserved, as Miss Trainor has gone on to become a major force in pop music. Our next spotlight artist is a fan of the site, Michael Mott. He is a theater composer based in New York City, and released his debut album last year, titled Where the Sky Ends. Today, he releases a collection of awesome remixes for his latest single, “Gone,” and I had the chance to chat with him about it. Check out our interview below, and be sure to follow Michael on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The single is available on iTunes now!

WTSE Gone Single Cover

Download “Gone” on iTunes

So your new single, “Gone,” is a track from your 2014 album, Where the Sky Ends. What made you decide to release this particular song now, almost a year later?

“Gone” is one of the best selling tracks on my album, and people continuously tell me it’s their favorite song of mine. And to be honest, it is the most personal song I’ve ever written, so when this opportunity to came to me. I jumped on it. I was approached by Julian Marsh, who did the “Gone (Ethereal Mix)” on my Where The Sky Ends: The Dance Remix EP, last fall. He told me we should send the song to a handful of remixers and then release it as a single. Always up for an adventure, I had to say yes! I’m really excited that I can finally share it with everyone!!

You have chosen to do a number of remixes in conjunction with its release. What inspired you to remix the track?

I love pop just as much as I love musical theatre. Where The Sky Ends was released on Broadway Records and features all Broadway stars singing my songs, backed by a full orchestra. I couldn’t be happier with how that album turned out and I’m beyond proud of it, but I can also hear some of those songs arranged in completely different ways. If you take away the orchestra and re-imagine the songs as pop or dance songs, they take on a completely different life and feel, and that is thrilling to me. Why say a song has to be done only one way? Why not give some variety to the listeners and expose the same song to a different genre? I’m fortunate enough to have the sensational Ben Fankhauser singing vocals on “Gone” and I was able to get him back into the studio to re-record vocals for the remix. I always appreciate artists who re-sing their vocals on remixes because it makes the new mixes that much better. Plus, it’s exciting for the fans.

Can you elaborate on what makes each mix unique?

I’m in love with all of these mixes and what’s so fun is that they’re all so different from each other. Each mixer put their own personality and signature sound into their track, so each mix feels like a completely different experience than the last. It’s quite fascinating to hear the song done in so many different ways and I spent a long time sequencing this single. As I was figuring out the final order I listened non-stop at the gym and I think I’ve sequenced this to be the perfect 35 minute work out mix.

As you know, here at EST. 1997 we love the nostalgia and we especially do love Mariah Carey. Since you’re a fan, and you’ve just done a few remixes of your own… can you share what your favorite Mariah dance mix is and why?

For the nostalgia, dahhhling! My favorite Mariah remix? Wow, there are just so many to mention!! I love the “My All (Classic Club Mix)” and the “Anytime You Need A Friend (C&C Club Mix)” but my absolute favorite, hands down is “Heartbreaker/ If You Should Ever Be Lonely.” SO GOOD!!!!!

What promotion do you have planned for the single? What is your goal for the song?

I’m hoping to reach beyond the Broadway and theatre community with this release. I would love for the pop and dance world to hear this music and be interested in learning more about me.

Will you release more singles from Where the Sky Ends?

Maybe. Julian Marsh is already asking me for the next one. 🙂

What are your future plans for your career? Is there a new album or musical on the horizon? Share with us what other exciting projects you are working on!

On Tuesday, April 7 at 9:30 pm, I’ll be doing a live show at 54 Below in New York City. Titled, That Was Then, This Is How, people can expect to hear a set of my original pop and theatre music. I’ll be backed by a five piece band and a handful of guest singers. I just finished recording a slew of brand new pop songs, but currently, I’m in the studio finishing up a demo recording of my original musical, Mob Wife. We’re trying to shop that show around to investors to bring it to Broadway. Additionally, my other musical Faustus looks as if it’s going to have a very nice life. We have several events currently in the works both in New York City and Internationally. I’m very excited about the possibilities for that piece.

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For more on Michael Mott, or to purchase tickets for his upcoming show, visit his official website, MichaelMott.net or follow him on Social Media: FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTubeTo download his new single, “Gone,” click here.

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