A KISS classic takes on new life in the summer of 2022, as Dutch producer Oliver Heldens currently has his version of “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” hit the Mediabase Dance Chart Top 20 this week.
The song, released in May, has seen a steady rise up the charts, climbing another five places last week to No. 20. And Heldens isn’t alone on the track, bringing in Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nile Rodgers to play guitar. Rodgers, best known for his work with the Chic disco outfit as well as working with Daft Punk, David Bowie, Duran Duran and many others, also joins the London-based House Gospel Choir on the song.
The original “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” was released in 1979 and reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Released during the height of the disco era, it clearly has a bit of influence from the predominant musical style in the time. It turns out that dance vibe is one of the things that caught Heldens’ attention on the song.
“When I created the very funk and disco bassline for this track in 2015, I knew it was one of my best basslines since ‘Gecko’, and I just had to send to one of my all-time heroes, Nile Rodgers,” Heldens recalled. “He loved it too and he blessed the track with his signature electric funk guitars which was a dream come true for me!”
He continues, “Finding the right voice for this track was quite a journey, I did over a dozen toplines on it with multiple singers/songwriters, but in the end the hook to the iconic KISS hit ‘I Was Made “For Lovin’ You” turned out to be a heavenly chord. And with the amazing House Gospel Choir on board, they managed to make it even more heavenly! This song has been such a vibe in my sets, so I’m glad it’s finally out now!Hope you like it.
The track is currently available on multiple platforms here. Check out the song in full below.
Heldens is currently touring Europe but will return to North America later this month for shows in Quebec, Denver, Chicago and Toronto. Stay up to date with his tour here.