Canadian DJ A-Trak is taking his credit for introducing Kanye West to Daft Punk and the French duo’s 2001 hit ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’. West would go on to edit the song for his Grammy-winning single ‘Stronger’, an artistic choice that A-Trak was originally against.
“I was afraid it would come f cheap,” said A-Trak, “but the thing that I didn’t anticipate was how much Kanye would flip the sample … and turn it really into a futuristic hip-hop beat”.
During the four-minute sit-down at Meadows Festival 2017, A-Trak dives further into the success West’s ‘Graduation’, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary, and the Chicago rapper/beatsmith’s ability to bring divergent sounds and ideas together:. He added, “that album was seminal … in the cross-pollination genres, which was also the mentality Fool’s Gold when I started the label”. 2017 also marks a decade taste-making Fool’s Gold.
Watch the interview in full below. And, look ahead at the future music with A-Trakin this DJ Mag interview.