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Taylor Swift’s song, “Anti-Hero”, is good, but it could be better.

That’s where ILLENIUM comes in.

While Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights, has been setting some serious records, including holding
every spot on the Billboard Top 10, it was only a matter of time before she tapped a top-tier EDM
producer for an official remix.

Many people were wondering if she would team up with Marshmello, who has previously remixed songs
from everyone from Noah Cyrus to Future. Martin Garrix, the prince of progressive big stage house, was
also in the mix. (Ed note. An official remix from Svdden Death is something I can only dream of.)
Yet, it would fall to the future bass producer from Chicago, who has been on a fast track to
superstardom since the release of his 2019 album, Ascend.

Making use of the delicate piano chords of the original, ILLENIUM interweaves his own unique sound
into the track, eclipsing the original and making it sound like it was his own labor of love instead of a
remix. The drop is bombastically ILLENIUM, full of energy but a perfect sing-a-long for festivals and
smaller clubs alike. “It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me” and “sometimes I feel like everyone is a sexy
baby” perfectly encapsulate the EDM culture that we live in while being just enough toxic to sway over
even the crassest Swifty or Illenial hater.

While the EDM community may still be split on ILLENIUM, you cannot denounce the cultural impact this
song can have. Genres crossing over and intertwining is a beautiful thing to see in music. Whether it be
Subtronics and John Summit going B2B at Lost Lands or seeing someone like Space Wizard remix RufusDe Soul’s “Interbloom”, the constraints of what is considered the norm is being loosened at an
exponential rate.

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