Life Is What You Make It [Celebrate It] (Extended Mix)
Life Is What You Make It [Celebrate It] (Radio Edit)
Ian Buchan, aka CACTUSHEAD, is an internationally famous touring DJ and music producer from London, specializing in pushing the line between pop, dance, and heart and CACTUSHEAD is Ian’s latest DJ & Production moniker. A regular on London’s LGBTQIA+ scene for fifteen years, Ian is the founder of legendary pub’n’grub night PiE&MASH. His residences have included East London’s coolest electropop night Douche Bag, opening for an array of RDPR queens at The Black Cap’s Meth Lab, not to mention stints at stalwart names like XXL and Brüt. Cactushead is now proudly part of the BEEFMINCE team at the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern, bringing solid vocal house energy to sell out bear crowds in a refreshingly inclusive atmosphere.
For his first solo single as CACTUSHEAD, Ian teams up with the iconic house vocalist and legend Rowetta (Happy Mondays / Sweet Mercy), for a housey reinterpretation of the 1985 Talk Talk classic, “Life’s What You Make It.” Together the two update this dark but hopeful classic into a joyous anthem combining an eclectic mix of sonic effects and catchy dance-pop hooks to make an energizing dance floor burner that is effortless and ringingly memorable. With huge choruses as well as distinct yet unpredictable vocals, Rowetta delivers a kaleidoscope of sound that goes hand-in-hand with the track’s introspective and hopeful lyrics. Dropping their Original and Extended Club Mix in early October 2021, additional remixes by a carefully curated selection of UK, American, Italian, and Australian Remix Producers, dropping in late October, will offer a wide selection of Big Room, Tech House, Deep House, and Pop interpretations by Milk Bar, Dirty Disco & Matt Consola, Toy Armada, The Disko Katz, Silverhook, Tareq, Chris Brogan, Michael Benayon, and Ray Isaac.
Rowetta, best known as the female vocalist with groundbreaking 90’s UK Manchester band, The Happy Mondays, singing on all their hits including “Step On,” “Kinky Afro,” and “Bob’s Yer Uncle”, and touring all shows, Rowetta went on to be the voice on the renowned 1989 track “Reach Out” by Sweet Mercy ft Rowetta, which has been sampled by many, including Steve Angello, DJ Zinc, while Todd T, Steve Angello, and Laidback Luke together used her voice for the hit dance tune “Be” which David Guetta and Hardwell often use to open their DJ sets and it is also used on the Steve Angello / Robin S hit “Show Me Love”. Rowetta wrote the 1990 original track with Sweet Mercy and it continues to be sampled and played globally and while the Ben Chapman Remix was the mix of choice in the 90s’, it has been remixed and re-released more than 15 times since then thanks to the full acapella being added to the flipside of the vinyl. Cheryl Cole even sampled “Reach Out” on her Brits performance of ‘Fight For This Love.”
Rowetta played herself in the award-winning Michael Winterbottom ﬁlm 24 Hour Party People about the creation of Factory Records, the most influential UK label of the late ’70s & 80s (Joy Division/New Order, Happy Mondays, Durutti Column, OMD, and A Certain Ratio) and she was Simon Cowell’s favorite, the last lady standing on the very ﬁrst X Factor in 2004. Recently, it was revealed that Rowetta was the “Secret Voice” behind the Black Eyed Peas hit “Boom Boom Pow.”