How Steve Perry Surprised ‘Stranger Things’ Remix Artists

Steve Perry hailed that way Trip the song “Separate Ways” was used in the fourth season of Stranger Things and compared it to the moment their song “Don’t Stop Believin'” appeared in the closing moments of The sopranos.

The effect of 2007 final to the acclaimed mob show led to renewed interest in Journey and helped kickstart a New era for the band with singer Arnel Pineda. In a new interview with Floodrevealed Perry how he got involved Stranger Things remix artists Bryce Miller and Troy MacCubbin of Alloy Tracks and said further collaborations were on the way.

“I still own all my songwriting [but] the other members involved have since sold their songwriting,” he explained. “So I was approached to approve the use of it. I was sent this trailer version and I was completely shocked by the feeling I got from it. Because it was so organic and analog, and I was surprised that the vocals were so emotionally good!”

Perry added, “You have to remember, I did that vocal years ago, and back then I was struggling to be heard among an incredible amount of instruments—analog synths, many, many guitars and drums. So when I heard that Bryce had taken [the vocal track] out like he did … I turned to my boyfriend and said, ‘You know, I’ve never heard the vocals without all that stuff around it. It sounds really, emotionally so different from what I remember – and in a positive way!’ I was blown away by what they had done and I just wanted to get to know them and talk to them more.”

Watch the ‘Separate Ways’ moment in ‘Stranger Things’

MacCubbin recalled how Perry had surprised him with an unexpected phone call.

“I got this call from a number I didn’t recognize,” he said. “The person on the other end rattled off something and then mentioned Stranger Things, so I thought it was Netflix calling to talk about what we had done. He says, ‘You guys did a great job. I want to learn more about what you did.’ And after 15 minutes he’s hanging up and I’m like, ‘Um, can you tell me who this is again?’ And he says, ‘That’s Steve Perry – the one who sang the song!’

“We were over the moon … we’ve never, ever had the actual singer from any of the songs that we’ve done trailers for over the years call and give us feedback and want to be involved. And then Steve took it just to the next level because he said, ‘Well, what else can we do?’

Perry claimed that Alloy Track’s approach to remixing resulted in far better trailers than what most TV shows use. “It’s not easy for people to make trailers and add a connective tissue to the story and feel of the show,” he said. “Most people make trailers and they’re just hack trailers — they get that one voice that’s like, ‘He’s back! And he’s angry!’”

He noted that “there are musical contributions that people can make, but then there are emotional contributions—and what Bryce and Troy have done is they tapped into the deeper, emotional, buried potential contribution that they could pull out of it. … And then it became a new version of itself, emotionally. I mean, I knew it was good, but I didn’t think it was that emotional!”

As a result of the trio’s conversations, a longer remix was created and offered Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers, who used it in a key moment in the eighth episode of Season 4. “I really think this is the next answer to a Sopranos moment for a whole new generation,” enthused Perry. “My doctor calls me all the time and her 16-year-old is on the phone with me because she can’t believe I know her dad. But they watch the show together and he told me the other day that when they were watching episodes eight, and our song came, she cried. He said, ‘I never saw her cry like that!’

“I have a 6-year-old and an 11-year-old,” MacCubbin said. “And now all of a sudden, every time I talk to Steve on the phone, they’re like, ‘Did you just talk to Steve Perry? Oh, my God, do you want to see him?’

Asked about potential future collaborations with MacCubbin and Miller, Perry said, “Troy and Bryce and I, this is not the last of us!”

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