If you're a regular on Miami's dance music scene, then you've probably caught Induce (AKA Ryan Smith) spinning records at any number of local hotspots over the years. Or maybe you remember him as half of DJ-production duos Midnight Moroders with Danny Daze and Casual Sax with Sven Barth.
In many ways, Smith is the quintessential Miami artist, playing to the 305's many musical appetites with a seamless blend of hip-hop, disco, soul, electro, and everything in between. His 2012 long player Halfway Between You and Me, an MTV Hive pick for its "Best of 2102 Indie-Soul" list, is a formidable document that captures that uniquely eclectic Miami sound.
"'Get Down Saturday Night' is sort of the song that started it all," Smith tells Crossfade about the album.
"I had worked on a couple songs before it, just experimenting, but one night [Miami producer] Manuvers came over and said he had the beat for this song, and that he wanted to hear how it sounded with the vocals over it.
"Knowing how slow of a worker I can be sometimes, he downplayed the seriousness of it and was like, 'Just record demo vocals and we'll fix it later.' Well, about eight hours later we had 90 percent of the song done with the final vocals and harmonies. This was the starting point of the album. All based on a lie," he laughs.
This month, Induce unveiled his new music video for "Get Down Saturday Night," which is sure to hit a nostalgic note with any locals who remember Miami's old roller boogie days and popular venues like Hot Wheels.
"The song is like an underground disco classic. So we wanted to take it back to the roller boogie days and make it fun and colorful with lots of lasers, but it actually took some time to finish," Smith explains. "We shot with the Scooby Brothers in L.A. a while ago, and it just wasn't enough for a whole video. They're great, though -- pretty much L.A. roller boogie legends and such nice people. I love those guys.
"Luckily, some time later, some friends from Bardot were having a birthday party at Hot Wheels Now Super Wheels, but it will always be Hot Wheels to me. And they rented out the whole place. It was perfect timing and the perfect circumstance to shoot the rest of what I needed for the video.
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"Long live Hot Wheels, bro!"
Pick up The Wonderful Sound of Induce's Halfway Between You and Me LP on his Bandcamp page and support local music.