Fans of Jocelyn Enriquez's 1990s Top 40 hit single "Do You Miss Me?" will want to check out a new remake version from YouTube star Michelle Martinez.
Executive Producer Anthony Garcia wants to reintroduce the hit song to a whole new generation with Martinez on vocals and Tug Beats providing a fresh new EDM track.
The remake single is currently available on iTunes with a new music video on YouTube.
Garcia recently answered a few questions about overseeing the remake.
Tell us what inspired you to remake "Do You Miss Me?"
It’s a funny story. A couple years ago I was having lunch with Bay Area music producer Elvin Reyes, and he mentioned that he use to work with Jocelyn Enriquez. I told him I was a big fan of her single “Do You Miss Me” from back in the 1990s. I went back to the office and posted the “Do You Miss Me” music video on my Facebook page and almost instantly got a bunch of likes and comments. What was really interesting was that the responses were from both the younger generation and the older generation. I thought to myself how cool it would be to remake the song.
Through a mutual friend, I was introduced to Glenn Gutierrez, the composer of the original version of the song, and I asked him if I could remake it. Fortunately he said yes, and I started to work on it immediately, but I got sidetracked with other projects so had to put it on the back burner. Two years later when my schedule became less hectic I resumed working on the project and the rest is history.
Why did you choose to have YouTube Celebrity Michelle Martinez record the new version with an electronic dance music track?
In a former position, I was head of production for a music lifestyle channel that targeted the Asian American youth market. Because of my position, I was able to meet practically every Asian celebrity in the entertainment industry. It was really cool; I met everyone from Jessica Sanchez to the members of Far East Movement. Along with the mainstream artists, I also met a number of artists who were using YouTube and Facebook to promote their videos and music. Many of them had huge online fan bases.
These artists included Timothy Delaghetto, Erika David, the JK Film crew, and comedian David So, among others. Michelle was part of this online community, and over time we became good friends. I was also familiar with her musical talents, so when I started back up with the project I contacted her. I told Michelle that I wanted to introduce this song to a whole new generation, but with an electronic dance music track. She was all for the concept, and before we knew it we were in the studio recording the single.
Tell us about the music video for the song and what it was like working with YouTube celebrities like Michelle Martinez and M.i.C?
It was a pleasure to work with both of them. They are both talented and I consider M.i.C. a friend too. The most challenging part was scheduling the actual shoot. At the time, both Michelle and M.i.C were extremely busy working on other projects, so it was a challenge to secure dates. The actual shoot was fun. Both Michelle and M.i.C. got along well with my video crew Peter Songsiri (director), Michael Ogata (cameraman/editor), and Carlos Arquiza (production coordinator). Because of the good chemistry, everyone had a great time. The chemistry between Michelle and M.i.C worked in the video too. One fan asked me if they were really a couple.
What has the reception been from fans of the original song?
The reception from the fans of the original song has been overwhelmingly positive. As soon as we launched the single on iTunes and the video on YouTube the feedback was great. People were posting the video everywhere and Tweeting the link to their networks. It was actually really nice to see all the positive feedback. Just like the original, the remake is getting a lot of attention domestically and internationally, especially in the Philippines. The Myx music channel in the Philippines just featured the video on their website.
In addition, I’ve received a lot of support from the San Francisco Bay Area music community, especially from those who were familiar with the original track. Michelle, Tug Beats (music producer), and Justin Jayankura (audio engineer) did a great job with the remake.
Where can fans purchase the new single?
Right now on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/do-you-miss-me/id690374790?i=690374796
What are you working on next?
I haven’t really thought about my next project yet. I’ve been so busy coordinating the PR effort for this project that I haven’t had much time to think about anything else. I have a corporate video-production gig lined up, as well as a bunch of other potential gigs. I’ve also been in discussions with a producer who just finished an independent film using crowdfunding to raise capital. I’ve always wanted to produce independent films, so who knows, hopefully the next time I talk to you it will be about a film project.
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