In 1985, Tina Turner's heartbreak anthem “What’s Love Got To Do With It” won Grammys for record of the year, song of the year and best female pop vocal performance. Thirty-five years later, the enduring hit could score another nomination — this time for best remixed recording, thanks to a 2020 update by Kygo. The track is one in a string of diva classics the Norwegian DJ-producer (born Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll) has recently reimagined. Last year, he produced a soaring remix of Whitney Houston’s 1990 cover of “Higher Love” that hit No. 12 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart; this month, he put his own spin on Donna Summer’s 1979 smash “Hot Stuff.” But these releases aren’t just a remix-of-the-month hobby — they’re part of a long-term plan by Kygo and his manager, Myles Shear, to grow the producer’s career.
Do What You Know: Remixes have been central to Kygo’s repertoire since a 2013 take on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” earned him early acclaim. “I’ve always enjoyed trying to blend my style with iconic vocals ever since I remixed that track,” he says. “It’s an honor and also a little scary trying to rework masterpieces.” The massive success of “Higher Love” encouraged him to push through any anxiety. Says Shear: “Especially after ‘Higher Love’ came out last summer and we saw the reactions, we knew we had to continue that path.”