Why did you decide to collaborate with Far*East Movement on your new single?
"I released the original track last year as a song for the clubs but then I wanted to try something a bit broader with it. A friend of mine at a label sent me a list of acts they thought I should work with, one of which was Far*East Movement. It was before their 'Like A G6' song, but I loved their flow, so I sent them an updated version of the song and they sent back their vocals over it! They nailed it - they're fantastic guys."
The song samples B-52's 'Love Shack', what inspired you to use that particular song?
"The funny thing is the sample didn't feature on the original version of the track. I was messing around in the studio and I rediscovered 'Love Shack' and thought, 'This will either sound horrendous or amazing.' I only used the last part of the hook and I think it really works - when people first heard it they knew the sample but couldn't place it! I like that it's familiar but not too in your face.
This is your first official release in two years, are you feeling nervous?
"Not at all! I've been releasing records for so long now, and it feels very organic. I don't put any expectations on anything, I just do what's in my heart and head and see what happens."
We hear you're recording a collaborations album, who else features on it?
"I'm doing a lot of collaborations on this album but I didn't originally intend to make an official duets album. As well as Far*East Movement, I've done a track with Danny from McFly and Kaskade, and I'm going to do something with Natalia Kills and 50 Cent and his producer Hot Rod."
That's a broad range of artists! Do you have to adapt to each of their style?
"Usually they have ideas about melody and lyrics, and then I have my input, and then we keep working off each other if we're enjoying the outcome. For example, with Danny, he approached me with a melody he had been working on, then I worked on it while he worked on some lyrics, then Kaskade worked on it and now I'm finishing it off. It's a great collaborative effort!"
Is the wide variation of artists you work with intentional?
"It was more a case that I had a lot of different people I was keen to work with. There's commercial artists but also collaborations with underground producers. I've been working with one called Sidney Sampson who is very electronic. I vibe with lots of different people and just see what happens. I've been working a lot with Sarah Harding too at the moment."
So we hear! Hows it going?
"Danny and I have written and produced one track with her, and I'm going to get together with her again soon and put some more ideas together. I have an idea for something else with her voice in mind that I'm working on at the moment."
She also features in the video for the new single...
"That was literally us in the studio with Danny working on her song. We were having so much fun that someone filmed it and decided to put the footage in this video."
How did you two meet?
"We met in Ibiza. One of her friends is good friends with me and put us in touch. She asked if she could meet me with her boyfriend while I was DJ-ing out there last year. We hit it off, and discussed laying some music down in the studio. She has a reputation as a party animal, but she was actually quite subdued and a very chilled out person."
Will you eventually record a full album with her?
"I'm not sure at the moment. She's still in the experimenting stage at the moment, and whatever we come out with, we'll decide whether it's for her or me - although she will definitely feature on my album. It might be a good way to get the ball rolling on her project we haven't put any restrictions on how much or little we record together."
When can we expect to hear your new album?
"I think I'm going to do a series of EPs and then build up to a full album. I don't think we're in a traditional album world anymore, especially with downloads and the overall sales decline, but it's allowed us to release music in different ways now. Hopefully I'll release a full album as a collection of all the EPs by the end of the year."
When can we expect the first EP to drop?
"Hopefully around April. Then another one in summer and then the album at the end of the year. I've also got my 11th Release Yourself compilation coming out at some point, and I've got to find time from somewhere to work with all the artists we've just discussed. Maybe don't hold me to that release schedule, it's going to be a busy year!"
'2Gether' feat. Far East Movement is out 20th March. Sanchez also plays the Ministry of Sound 20:20 Party in Miami on 23rd March.