DJ, Producer and Remixer, David Solano‘s love for music started at an early age, and fueled his ascent as one of the brightest talents in the industry today. His latest remix of Stevie Nick’s “Edge of Seventeen” beautifully modernizes a classically-iconic track in a timeless way. Listen to the embedded track below.
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Sean Ritchie: Let’s start it off talking about coming from Miami, Florida. Describe the city’s atmosphere a little bit. If you had to tell a first-time visitor where to go, where would you point them?
SOLANO: I [actually] moved to Miami from Colombia. I started deejaying out here and then went to college in Tallahassee. So, I [deejayed] over there too. I came back [to Miami] and that’s where the music took off. But, if you want some good food, there are obviously some great places in Miami. If you want some Miami-nightlife vibes, which is great here, go to Story Nightclub, E11EVEN and LIV.
SR: I actually didn’t realize you were from Colombia. Touch on the country a little. What makes it home?
S: I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and I was there until I was 14 years old. It was very different back then. Colombia was a rough spot back in the day. Now, it’s a beautiful place where people can go visit and it’s very safe. Back in the day, though, people we’re incredible and the food was amazing too. It was a great place to grow up. I was into metal — completely different from what I do now, but that’s where my roots came from — country and rock and roll, as well.
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SR: Bogotá seems like a beautiful place. So, what was your first, real inspiration where you wanted to do music for the rest of your life?
S: Well, guitar was kind of my thing. I had a band. I wanted to be a rock and roll, metal band. So, I did that for awhile. Then, I realized [dance music] is where my heart is, so that’s where I went.
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SR: Was there a moment or did it evolve over time?
S: I could say my first concert ever was mind blowing, so for me I knew then that live music is what I want to do.
SR: To fast forward a little bit, I saw you just put out a Stevie Nicks remix with Taylor Renee. Talk about that and how it came to be.
S: That song has been in my head for years. My mom played it for a long time, so Stevie Nicks is one of my favorite artists. I was working to make the song, and then I heard Taylor Renee singing. I just realized she was perfect for the song. We got together, I brought her in the studio, remade it and it came out great. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.
SR: I was a little unsure of Stevie Nicks and dance music, but you pulled it together perfectly.
S: Yeah, she’s not dance at all. She’s a rocker from the 70’s. But, that’s kind of what I wanted to mess with, you know?
SR: It’s also cool that you took a song that your mom liked back in the day and pulled it into modern times. So, back to travel a bit, if you had to pick a personal getaway, are you more for a beach, a city or somewhere secluded in the mountains?
S: Definitely secluded in the mountains. I’m a secluded person myself. So yeah, I’m quiet, I like nature and actually I live in the hills, so it kind of makes sense. That’s what I like.
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SR: You’re obviously a huge world traveler, but most people usually have a list of places that they still have to hit. What are three countries that you still want to get to, whether to perform or on their personal time? Why?
S: Definitely India! I’ve never been there. I love the food, so I’d love to go there. Then, I’ve never been to London, so I would love to go there. A third spot would be maybe New Zealand. I’ve heard it’s really beautiful out there.
SR: My friend actually just came back from New Zealand and said the mountains were insane.
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S: Yeah that’s what I’ve heard man. I would love to go there.
SR: So, I was actually scrolling through your Facebook page and I saw you recently were at the Latin Grammys. I’m sure that was a huge culmination of your career so far. Touch on that experience.
S: I mean to me that’s like the red carpet. I saw my favorite artists growing up, all the biggest Latin artists were there. It was also nice knowing the Latin Grammys are recognizing artists. They’re going to bring on dance awards next year, so it’s pretty cool.
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SR: I also saw you playing soccer. I played growing up, so I have to ask, what’s your favorite team? Also, if you had to pick a stadium abroad that you want to watch a game in, where would it be?
S: Wow, very good question. My favorite team is Arsenal from London, which is why I need to go. Then, if I could play in any stadium, it would definitely be Wembley Stadium, which is the most iconic stadium for soccer.
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SR: I think that’s actually the biggest one in the United Kingdom?
S: It is, it is.
SR: It’s definitely a killer setting. Bringing it back to your deejaying a bit, how special is it to travel the world and spread your music to people that come from all walks of life, different languages and cultures?
S: It’s incredible man! Just having the opportunity to connect with so many people in the world. I get messages from Turkey, Singapore and places I haven’t even played in, you know? It’s just incredible that I get to put out my music, and people from all over the world listen to it.
SR: It must be crazy to press publish and see your track take off like that.
S: Yeah man, it really is. It definitely gets a lot farther too than it did back in the day. We think with the internet, a lot of people don’t like it, because it’s made music a little too available, but I personally like it. I think everybody should be able to listen to your music.
SR: It must be a crazy feeling too, seeing your music reach higher and higher levels where back in the day it probably took awhile to get out there.
S: Definitely, I look at my SoundCloud stats, and it’ll say Germany is listening to my [stuff]. It’s like, “No! stop! Germany?” It’s crazy.
SR: To wrap up, what’s the next couple of months looking like? New music, tours or shows?
S: The next couple of months I’m trying to finish my album. Then I have a new song coming out at the end of January, it’s called “Lately,” After that, hopefully the album will be done, then it’s just touring.
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