Parov Stelar honoured to rework Marvin Gay track

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 September 2013
The Parov Stelar band

The Parov Stelar band

Parov Stelar is "honoured" to have been allowed to rework Marvin Gay's 'Got To Give It Up' into his new song 'Keep On Dancing'

Parov Stelar is "honoured" to have been allowed to rework Marvin Gay's 'Got To Give It Up'.

The Austrian DJ has recreated the 1977 soul-disco classic as 'Keep On Dancing' - retaining Marvin's original vocals - and says he's glad he managed to persuade the late star's estate to let him lose on it.

He said: "It was a long discussion but they got it, they understood it, and eventually they thought it was great. That was such an honour - Motown's history is holy work and Marvin Gaye is a God.

"There are so many rubbish electro-swing tracks out there which just take an old song and add a basic four-to-the-floor beat.

"I hope the quality will increase - electro-swing always stays a little bit underground which I hope can protect such a young genre."

Parov - real name Marcus Füreder - is releasing his latest album, 'The Art of Sampling', this autumn, and says he's constantly trying to move forward and reinvent himself with each release.

He added: "I try not to live in the past. I will always love the swing thing but celebrating the old days is not my way.

"I came from minimal techno and I love the French Daft Punk style. I want to sample and mix it up - soul, pop, hip hop, even rock, mix everything together, it doesn't matter which time period the sample is at. This is our purpose."

Parov will be playing a full live show with the Parov Stelar band, fronted by collaborator Cleo Panther, at London's Heaven venue on October 1. Tickets are available from

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