As heard during KX5’s (aka deadmau5 and Kaskade) debut set at EDC this past May, Spencer Brown is excited to release his remix of the star duo’s massive single “Escape (ft Hayla).”
Spencer’s approach to the remix is to take the song down the techno rabbit hole, kicking things into gear with a 128 BPM thump. Hayla’s vocal remains in place and prominent throughout, offering a delicate contrast to the resolute beats.
“When I was a teenager, deadmau5 and Kaskade were two pioneers that got me into dance music. “I Remember” was one of the tracks that changed everything for me in high school. Fast forward a decade, and I was honored to be asked to remix “Escape.” I spent months working and submitted the final product. Rejected. Feeling down, I whipped up another from scratch while touring. Rejected. Last shot. I booked a flight home with the intention of making a harder-edged version for my sets. 16 hours of work in 1 sitting later, the third attempt was born. The next thing I know, one of the hardest to please (deadmau5) was thrilled with it (lol). Kx5 debuted it at EDC, and the mau5 has been playing it in his solo sets. What an honor! Taking a step back, the remix proves that when you fail, sometimes it’s meant to be. This is one of my favorite productions I’ve made in my career. If I gave up after the first two attempts, it wouldn’t exist. The track has been a mega-bomb in my own sets, and I hope it resonates with you,”
Kx5 is a collaboration over a decade and a half in the making. deadmau5 and Kaskade effectively changed the electronic music landscape when they paired together for 2008’s slow-burning “I Remember” and the influence of their follow-up “Move For Me” cemented their influence as the standard. Both tracks peaked at No. 1 within a week of one another on Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. The GRAMMY-nominated artists’ paths crossed again on 2016’s ominous “Beneath with Me” featuring Skylar Grey.
In July 2021, Kaskade made history as the first public concert performed at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium. The sold-out show featured a surprise set by deadmau5 and had the two artists reuniting again for a set to close the show. Most recently in May 2022, KX5 performed their debut set at EDC Las Vegas which included a live performance of “Escape (ft Hayla)” alongside Spencer Brown’s Remix.