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Latroit Recounts His "Utter Disbelief" At First GRAMMY Nomination
"It's humbling, and quite flattering," says first-time GRAMMY nominee Latroit – aka Dennis White – about his nomination for Best Remixed Recording at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. "I think ... that it's important to acknowledge that my nomination is as much a nomination for Depeche Mode as it is for me. I was just the guy lucky enough to get their parts to remix."
Already an established producer/DJ under the moniker Static Revenger, with industry-acclaimed dance hits such as "I Like That" and "Happy People," White says his approach to producing and arranging his GRAMMY-nominated remix of "You Move," originally by Depeche Mode, was very much business as usual.
"It felt like my job was to represent the essence of the band," he explains. "I'm a huge Depeche Mode fan, so that was easy for me. … Those guys are in my DNA."
Upon wrapping the studio session working on "You Move," White was rightfully proud of his work. But when asked whether he ever thought the track would earn him a GRAMMY nomination, he replies seriously, "I had no idea."
"The beauty of dance music is that the music does all the talking," says White when questioned about how the nomination speaks to the state of his genre. "It doesn't matter who you are or what you're doing, a track either works on the dance floor or it doesn't. … It's very pure [and] I think this is apropos of that."