“I’ve always enjoyed fusing two different styles of things that people didn’t expect in order for audiences to recontextualize things that they thought they knew,” Criss tells Billboard.
You may not have any Dave Matthews Band in your exercise playlist but, however Darren Criss and Steve Aoki are right here to vary that. On Friday (July 12), Aoki and Criss unveiled “Crash Into Me,” an effervescent dance-pop makeover of DMB’s 1996-released prime 20 Billboard Scorching 100 hit.
On Thursday evening, Criss previewed the tune to a small group of press throughout a exercise class at Barry’s Bootcamp in Hollywood, pumping the monitor thrice all through the high-intensity, 50-minute session. “What a crazy culture we live in where we now have workout drops,” Criss laughed to Billboard throughout a post-class interview sitting on neighboring treadmills.
It is also a loopy tradition we stay in the place a jangly Dave Matthews ballad will be proper at dwelling with an teacher counting down the final 30 seconds of lunges — or blasting in a nightclub, for that matter. “I’m a ’90s kid. I grew up loving that music,” Criss says. “And I’ve played in tons of ’90s cover bands, and I can play them all. So when EDM was becoming more popular in the States, I can remember thinking, ‘Man, if I was an EDM DJ, I would love to just take Dave Matthews’ seminal “Crash Into Me” and turn it from a six-minute unconventional ballad with chimes and odd bars and things that are pretty counterintuitive to what a normal [hit] song would be, and I would put it into a box of 2019 club bangers.’ Which is what we did.”
In fact, along with his cover-band previous, Criss has a historical past of reshaping well-known songs on TV too. “That is one thing that I’ve all the time liked doing my complete life, which is one thing that, oddly sufficient, I ended up doing as a employed gun on Glee,” the Emmy-winning actor says of his five-season run on the hit Fox present. “But even before that, playing in restaurants and bars and in bands, I’ve always enjoyed fusing two different styles of things that people didn’t expect in order for audiences to recontextualize things that they thought they knew.”
Criss enlisted Aoki — the superproducer identified for working with an extremely eclectic lineup of collaborators (BTS, Louis Tomlinson and Linkin Park, to call just a few) — to make his dream a actuality. “I’m just thrilled that Steve was as psyched about doing it as I was,” Criss says. “Because before I had any access to Steve whatsoever, I was always like, ‘Man, how the fuck would I pull this off?’ So to be able to meet somebody of his pedigree who’s exactly the kind of person who would be able to midwife this, it was great.”
Now Criss can solely wait to see what the person himself would possibly take into consideration his reinvented tune. “I hope Dave Matthews appreciates it,” Criss says. “I hope he understands that it’s come from a significant amount of love and certainly celebration. It’s a kick for me when I play it for people, and just the look on their faces three seconds in, and they go, ‘No fucking way,'” he laughs. “A lot of people who love Dave Matthews wouldn’t necessarily hear one of his songs in a club environment. God knows if I heard this version — if this was a remix of the song and I was in the club and heard this — this would keep me at the club.”
Hearken to Steve Aoki and Darren Criss’ “Crash Into Me” beneath: