- Words Notion Staff
DJ/producer, Topic, is back with another hit - this time featuring Bebe Rexha. We had a chat with Topic while he created an exclusive mix for Notion.
Multi-platinum selling German/Croatian DJ and producer Topic knows how to make a dance hit. Adding another “melancholic dance music” gem to his roster, “Chain My Heart” is just crying out to be played in the clubs – as soon as they re-open their doors (not long now!).
Speaking on why he selected Notion 89 cover star, Bebe Rexha, to feature on the track, Topic said: “When creating ‘Chain My Heart’, we noticed relatively early on that the song needed a strong woman, who could convey a certain edginess with her voice. With some melodies, you directly imagine the person you want on the track in the process. Bebe Rexha was the one who struck our minds instantly. Vocally, she has exactly the attitude that the song needs. You can hear that especially in the pre-chorus.
Bebe explained the track’s meaning: “’Chain My Heart’ is about finding somebody that truly captivates your heart, and not wanting to let them go”.
Topic first saw success in 2014 with his track “Light It Up”, but became a global sensation last year with his track “Breaking Me”, which has been streamed hundreds of millions of times since.
Notion caught up with Topic to learn more about his musical practices, journey, and plans for the future. Plus, hear his exclusive, hour-long mix for Notion.
Yes, she is the perfect match for this track! A7S, who has been my writing partner for a couple of years now, Petter Tarland, and I started making the track last summer in Stockholm. We then sent it over to her via contacts through the label and we instantly started working on it remotely. She was super involved and even brought up great ideas regarding the music video, where we actually met in person for the very first time.
You’ve coined the term ‘melancholic dance music’ that juxtaposes emotional, often heartbreaking lyrics with euphoric dance melodies. What drew you to making this type of music in the first place?
Lyric-wise, it will never become extremely happy, but I can very well imagine going in a more club-like direction with the sound and therefore also releasing club tracks. These then will also tend to go into a darker direction I guess.
Producing for other artists was a very good exercise because I finished an incredible number of tracks and was always involved in the whole process. When you make music for yourself, you start a lot and then often discard it again. Or are held up in that idea-finding phase for a very long time.
How was the past year for you? As a dance music artist, what was it like having your lifestyle changed dramatically?
I always play what I like and feel the most and not what I hope to get the most reaction from. But I think that is what also makes it special. It is a mixture of my own hit singles and melodic techno tracks with quite a few of my own remixes and mashups in it. You will even find a few IDs.
What are you most looking forward to right now?