Ardalan grew up with DIRTYBIRD, growing from the label’s wunderkind at the age of 21 with his Justin Martin collaboration “Mr. Spock” into a veritable powerplayer in the American underground. The time has now come for the talented producer to give back to his label home through his debut album, Mr. Good. He’s shared a taste of the album via “I Can’t Wait,” and it’s already proving to be a delightfully out-of-the-box offering.
“‘I Can’t Wait’ is a duet with my girlfriend. It’s one of the last songs I made on my album. Through the process, she was always waiting for me to watch Game of Thrones with her and would say, ‘I can’t wait any longer.’ I never ended up watching it. The song is open to interpretation for the listener,” states Ardalan of the single.
The single is melancholic in nature, conjuring imagery of personal sacrifice at the hands of a heavy drive to succeed in one’s career. Minor arpeggios in 8-bit tones flow over crisp percussion and a grooving foundation, while his girlfriend’s voice adds a haunting layer to the finished product. It’s a far cry from what one normally hears in a DIRTYBIRD release these days, and a marker of Ardalan’s creative evolution. The album will also be followed by a 36-stop tour, which sees the artist taking over his favorite intimate dance spaces across North American for special edition extended sets. He’ll also be at Dirtybird Campout West in October, where fans can expect to hear “I Can’t Wait” live. Tickets for that here. An all-star support lineup awaits.
An annual highlight at California’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Do LaB‘s carefully curated musical stage coalesces expert electronic acts, for a high caliber lineup within the festival’s larger billing. A cornerstone of the Coachella experience, Do LaB will present its themed stage at the 2019 edition of the multi-weekend affair for the 15th year. The longevity of the Do LaB stage at Coachella evidences Do LaB’s consistent ability to wow Coachella crowds with its collection of artists, and judging by the newly unveiled lineup, 2019 will be no exception.
While the 2019 lineup touts a wealth of stellar electronic entities, those familiar with Do LaB’s history of production know the expression “expect the unexpected” to be salient advice. Do LaB routinely surprises attendees with unannounced sets from dance favorites, in past years bringing the likes of Skrillex, Major Lazer, and Richie Hawtin to the stage without much advance notice.
What does an Ardy Party look like? The new, all-encompassing entity launched by DIRTYBIRD veteran Ardalan is the culmination of all things he loves: music with a healthy dose of funk, good energy, and an an overall wild time among fans and colleagues with the intimate feel of a house party. Ardalan certainly knows how to provide all these things in spades to his audience, after years of honing his production down to the most danceworthy beats and behind the decks reading and tending to crowds from tiny warehouse gatherings, to large-scale festivals.
Ardalan’s had quite the busy year, having recently come off counselor duty at Dirtybird Campout West and, according to him, preparing to release a solid chunk of new music as we move into the tail-end of 2018. He also had a hit on his hands with his wildy infectious Escape In Acid EP on Christian Martin’s Trippy Ass Technologies, earning support from far and wide within the house realm. Prior to that, however, he’ll be bringing Ardy Party to Los Angeles’ Minimal Effort festival for what’s primed to be a memorable performance. Minimal Effort has been known for booking top acts bubbling to the top of the underground, and tapping Ardalan’s newly-unveiled character fits into their ethos. He’ll be joining the likes of whomadewho, Tim Engelhardt, Boys Noize, and more on October 27.
Ahead of bringing the Ardy Party to Minimal Effort, we picked Ardalan’s brain on the festival, his current inspirations, and what’s next in his pipeline. Purchase tickets and view more information on the festival in the meantime here.
What type of legacy are you trying to leave behind with your music?
I want to leave behind a positive legacy in which I can inspire more people through my music. I hope I can help shape a better future for our planet through my music.
What goes into preparing for your sets?
Lots and lots of digging for new and old gems. Going through a matrix of subfolders and getting what I would think is the right vibe for the set. Also a nice light meal before the show is important to the performance.
What can fans expect from your Ardy Party performance?
They can expect a healthy dose of space funk and some new music I have been cooking lately.
What track/body of music are you most proud of and why?
It’s hard to say which one. I am proud of all of them. Even the one’s I think were bad. The tracks I have done with Justin Martin (Mr.Spock) & Christian Martin (Super Moon) make me super proud!
How have you seen the electronic scene evolve over the last decade?
I think its safe to say that social media has evolved every music scene in a profound rate. Everyone has gained more knowledge through the increasing rate of information in the electronic scene. Whether it’s EDM or underground music. There are more parties happening because of it.
How do instrumentals/electronic production coexist within your music?
I would say 95% of my music has been mostly instrumentals. I think instrumentals can be as or even more powerful than tracks with lyrics, if done right. But I have been having a lot of fun speaking/singing and using singers/songwriters in my music. It is a exciting territory for me personally.
How has your music evolved since you first started?
In terms of the way I make music, I still use the same creative process. But I think I have learned more in how to make my tracks sound tighter and better over the years, with the help of referencing and constructive feedback. Also now that I have more hardware in the studio, I have endless fun!
What excites you most about Minimal Effort?
The unique line up and beautiful venues they choose has always made them stand out. This year’s Minimal Effort has the most insane line up I have seen!
If you had to pick an artist from the Minimal Effort lineup to be, who’d you choose?
It’s too hard to choose. I guess I would wanna be myself because I’m too excited to see what they are gonna play!
Which artists are you most excited to see at Minimal Effort after your set?
I am really stoked to see what Christian Martin ,Kill Frenzy, and Worthy are going to play in the Ardy Pardy. But I am excited to see Boys Noize, Nicola Cruz, Tim Engelhardt, and Butch as well.
There is a lot of good music happening all over the party.
Tents are pitched, bags are packed, and campers are readying to connect with their more youthful selves at this year’s Dirtybird Campout West. This year, something special is in store: re-arranged campsites and a brand new lakeside venue mean not only closer proximity to the Campout’s famed activities, but also the addition of water-based fun whilst enjoying the tunes from Head Counselor Claude VonStroke, and his crew consisting of Sacha Robotti, Justin Martin, Will Clarke, and many more.
Ardalan will also be returning to the campout as a Counselor for the 2018 edition, and to give fans a taste of the party that will be taking place during his gig, he’s assembled a succulent mix of energized house and tech beats that is designed to get blood flowing and feet moving across the dancefloor.
Limited amount of VIP packages for Dirtybird Campout West here
While Claude VonStroke‘s skill for DJing and producing is a given, the Dirtybird boss has also become known for his knack for throwing some truly unique parties and festival experiences. With Dirtybird Campouts now on both coasts and Detroit’s Dirtybird BBQ still running strong, VonStroke and the label have now announced their newest event, the inaugural Birdhouse Festival.
Taking place on September 8 in Chicago, the show is headlined by VonStroke himself, who will be bringing along a legion of Dirtybird’s top talent. Will Clarke, Christian Martin b2b Ardalan, and J. Phlip b2b Gene Farris are just a few of the hotly anticipated sets to come at this event. In addition to the music, the event will be hosting a street fair, with carnival games, prizes, and food. Lineup support comes from London’s Zombie Disco Squad, Fancy Fux, and new Dirtybird artist and Chicago native Teknicoz, bringing music, food, and fun together for a comprehensive festival experience.
Pie aficionados beware: Dancing Astronaut is hosting a competition alongside the Campout to win a meet and greet with camp counselor and Dirtybird stalwart, Ardalan. In addition to the meet and greet, one lucky camper will receive the coveted opportunity to judge a pie eating contest judged by none other than the thunderdad himself. Dirtybird Campout East takes place February 2-5.
Iranian producer and DJ Ardalan Noghre-Kar — aka Ardalan — is one of Dirtybird‘s most established young recruits. Amalgamating influences spanning a diverse range of genres, Ardalan incites dance floors with textures of disco, nu groove, house, and ghetto bass, serving up a platter of funk heavy rhythms to listeners.
Ahead of his performance at Minimal EffortNew Years Eve, Ardalan has released an exclusive mix chock full of invigorating melodies, world influences and nostalgic, inspired bass lines. True to his nature, the mix is somewhere between a heady space journey and thunderous dance floor concoction.
The Dirtybird brand is flying south for the winter.
The San Francisco label founded by Claude VonStroke in 2005 has steadily attracted the attention of “tech funk” fans each year via the collective’s massive West Coast campout. Now that Dirtybird’s flagship event has concluded after a three-day spree in Bradley, California, Dirtybird’s founding father has unveiled the first phase of the East Coast Campout’s lineup.
Slated to touch down in St. Cloud, Florida from February 2–4, the inaugural East Coast Campout extravaganza will see VonStroke double as headlining artist and camp counselor, flanked by label heavyweights, Christian Martin, Ardalan, and J. Phlip. Tiga, Claptone, MK, and Fisher will likewise make their debut at the East Coast Campout, joined by a host of additional performers on the first phase of the camp roster.
Boasting a solid lineup of first phase DJs ready to take the decks come February, the East Coast Campout will feature a mardi gras meets voodoo campout theme that channels the trademark “quirks, charm, and character” of the South. The Florida based campout will offer attendees a one of a kind Super Bowl viewing party experience, along with a series of camp oriented activities, ranging from Tug-O-War to a Beat Boxing Competition.
Hosted at a working summer camp, the East Coast Campout is situated closely to both Miami and Orlando, making the event all the more accessible. Tickets to the 21+ event will go on sale Wednesday, Nov 4 at 10 AM. Visit Dirtybird’s official website for more information.
Dirtybird Campout, Southern California’s wildest adult summer camp, is preparing for its third installment this weekend, October 6-8. As has been established in its past editions, the campout will be packed with childhood nostalgia, scrumptious BBQ, and earth-shaking beats. Furthermore, this year will be its biggest yet, with a move to a larger venue at Lake San Antonio. Adding to the label’s nest of talent, acts like Amtrac, Coyu, and the Desert Hearts crew will be joining the house haven’s music lineup with more special guests still to be announced. Ahead of this weekend’s bonfire debauchery, we’ve teamed up with Dirtybird for an ongoing interview series spotlighting both the imprint’s own stars and the myriad of world-class artists on the concert’s bill.
Ardalan is one of the newer generation of Dirtybird idols, but well-loved all the same. The Iranian producer quickly caught the dance world’s attention with his raucous blend of tech, hip-hop, and house influences that leave any listener with no choice by to shake it. Naturally, his aesthetic fit within the Dirtybird family perfectly, and he first made his way into the fold in 2010. A few years later, he’d blown up considerably as his music proliferated the underground and he amassed a legion of followers.
Fast-forward to the present, and Ardalan is now preparing for his third run at Dirtybird Campout as one of its regular counselors, where he’ll be bringing guests yet another round of raunchy, bounce-worthy beats that are sure to keep the party going no matter what hour he plays. Ahead of his appearance, he sat down to answer some key questions on his musical background, the Campout, working with Dirtybird, and more.
How long have you been DJing for & how did you get your start?
Almost 10 years ago! I got my start DJ’ing when my good friend Shurik bought a pair of technics in 2007. We would play in his garage which he had turned into a lounge for all the homies and we would play pool and spin records all the time after school. Those were really good days!
What was your first label release? Would you still play it?
My first label release was when I did “Mr.Spock” with Justin 7 years ago. I was really stoked to have my first release on Dirtybird. It really feels special when I hear or play it from time to time!
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
The biggest breakthrough for me is definitely connecting with my fans, the relationships I have made with other awesome artists, and being part of the Dirtybird family!
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird Campout?
Karaoke and kickball! Oh and music.
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
A very very tough choice because the line up is pretty damn sweet and stacked. But The Martin Brothers DnB set will be so epic. Matthew Dear and The Egyptian Lover for sure! and the special guest even though I don’t know who it will be!
What are three essential items you wouldn’t go camping without?
Sunscreen, A drinking cup, and happy thoughts.
Do you have a favorite (or funny) camping memory?
Yeah one time I went camping in Yosemite and in the middle of the night I could hear the breathing of a creature. I smelled it as well and it was unbearable. pun intended.