Madonna working with Mike Dean
for the coming Rebel Heart Tour
What are you working on these days?
I’m working on Madonna’s tour right now, helping her put her show together. It’s cool: taking old songs and making the old stuff match the new stuff. I try to use all the same sounds I use on music now. Drums. Replace bass lines with 808s. Trap snares, hi-hats — all that sh*t. It’s kind of cool. We’re working on “Holiday” right now.
What’s the most important part of translating songs for performance?
With Kanye, we don’t do that much. We just add stuff on top of the tracks — add new stuff. It’s different every day, depending on how you feel; there’s nothing written in stone with how we play. Madonna’s more locked in with all her performances, but she has surprises every night — a big giant production.
For about the last five, six years I’ve been playing with Kanye, touring. It’s been interesting. Definitely makes you understand how to produce, understand the crowd. Definitely helps with your studio sh*t. What works. (The Fader)
Between the Bars
Like a Virgin
Into the Groove
La Isla Bonita
Justify my Love
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Who’s That Girl
Deeper and Deeper
Dress You up