By Kurt Wolff
“Man, he did an amazing job” with the remix, Niemann told Steve Grunwald of CBS Detroit station WYCD. “I didn’t know what to expect [but] he brought it to another level.”
Even in its original form, Niemann’s song was already packed with strong EDM-inspired beats and primed more for dance floors than weeping into your beer at the local honky tonk. Pitbull’s remix of the song, though, takes that energy and cranks it up even higher. Listen to the remix below:
According to Niemann, he was attracted to “Drink to That All Night” because he felt it was the sort of song that was taking country music in new directions.
“I saw the song title and thought, well, it seems kind of cliche and not very original,” Niemann explained to Radio.com, describing the day he first encountered “Drink to That All Night.” Then “when I heard the song, I was like, ‘whoa, that’s very original.’”
Even on today’s country radio, which is unafraid of mixing hip-hop and other outside influences into the music, the song’s big beats and catchy chorus really stand out.
“It’s about challenging myself in the studio and getting myself out of my comfort zone,” Niemann continued. And at the same time, he also wanted to “challenge the listener — maybe get them a little bit out of their comfort zone.”
Niemann said he never met Pitbull or even talked to him during the remix process. Pitbull simply liked the song, so much so that he wanted to put his own spin on it.
“His music speaks for itself,” Niemann said of Pitbull. “He’s just a really talented guy.”