A remix featuring Los Angeles rapper Gnash was released as a standalone single on October 14, 2016. It was this version that gave Max his first hit song as a lead artist. (He'd previously previously reached the top 50 of Billboard's dance chart in 2016 as a featured artist on Whethan's release "Savage"). Max explained to Billboard
why he decided on the collaboration with the "I Hate U I Love U
"I had this moment where I was like, 'Well, I kind of hear [gnash's] voice on 'Lights Down Low.' I never considered a rapper, it's a ballad, but you know what? I'm just gonna talk to him.' I told him the story, everything behind it. And the verse you hear is the same verse he wrote the day I told him the story. No switches, the exact recording. It's always been about sharing it honestly.
I think that it definitely both brought it to another level and added a new twist to the song. It of course became something really beautiful with his addition to the song but didn't change the intent or the feeling of the song, which is the only thing I really cared about. I think that it definitely got to so many more people because he joined. I'm grateful for him becoming a part of it because he has such a unique voice, and we became best friends."