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Salim-Sulaiman mix Enrique's track!

Salim Merchant

He may arguably be past his prime in the international music circuit, but pop icon Enrique Iglesias still enjoys immense popularity in India, if his 2012 tour of the country is anything to go by. Adding to his connect with the country is now the official remix of his recent single, I’m a freak, being produced by the Bollywood composer duo Salim and Sulaiman Merchant.

Talking about how they got the chance to work on the track, Salim says, "The music label called and asked us if we would like to collaborate with Enrique on it… We really wanted to produce it after we heard the original."

Although their production is called a remix, he feels that it is more than just a rehashed version of the original track. "The word remix is a very old term; I would rather call this a collaboration, as there are some original parts (in the track) that have been composed by us," says Salim, who has also just finished working on a Hollywood film, Jeffrey D Brown’s Sold.

Since Enrique’s music is distinct in its style and lyrical content, the duo had to maintain a balance while marrying the new parts with the original.

"It’s a huge challenge to do this because one has to incorporate the vibe of the original song and yet have a different take on it… and you have to keep in mind Enrique’s fans, his personality and his music as well," says the popular musician. The remixed party track features a vocal hook line with Hindi lyrics. Lively dhols are also heard at one point in the song.

Back home, the composers have just worked on film-maker Subhash Ghai’s upcoming film, Kaanchi. "We’re also collaborating with (singer) Rahat (Fateh Ali Khan) on his forthcoming album, and with many more artistes," informs Salim.