Saturday Night Session 031: Audien Presents Cookout Exclusive Mix and Talks Debut ‘Escapism’ LP

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It’s been a decade since Nathaniel Rathbun released his first single, and now fans are finally able to listen to the producer’s highly anticipated debut album. Rathbun, who is more popularly known as Audien, was the perfect embodiment of a feel good electronic music producer who could combine the best elements of pop and fuse them with the most energizing and euphoric parts of electronic music. Rathbun can create crossover releases that captivate listeners from the outset, and his music caught on at the perfect time as electronic music was becoming part of the mainstream.

While his work can largely be considered progressive house, Rathbun has versatile production abilities, and he has a flair for producing uplifting trance music in addition to his radio-friendly roster of crossover releases. All of these styles are captured within 11-track Escapism. Although it took him three years to finish the album, the time is reflected in the work he has put out, which can only be described as quality.

Highlights of the album are previously released single “Reach” featuring Jamie Hartman’s vocals. Hartman is a delicious deviation from Rathbun’s typical ethereal female vocalist, and the track imbues an iridescent strain of subtle, exceedingly accessible drum ‘n’ bass. “Escape” showcases Rathbun’s playful side with melodic trance notes framing a bouncy electronic progression. The drop is everything Audien fans look for in his live show, and the single can’t help but to induce a smile for the listener.

When asked how his creative process is different now compared to when he started creating music, Rathbun notes it is, “so much different. It’s more structured and serious, versus just having fun. That can be a good and bad thing, but the music I’m making now is far more substantial and has a musical story behind it. I still have just as much fun, it’s just less often.”

“Escape” seems to be a return to his original production inspirations, and he comments on how this is one of the singles from the compilation that is most personal to him. He says, “‘Escape,’ ‘Heaven,’ and ‘Reach’ have really crazy stories. They took a substantial amount of time to complete, but so worth it in the end. Those songs really embody the diversity and variety I wanted to have on the album. I try not to be so one-dimensional as a producer.”

Rathbun will be embarking upon an Escapism Tour to accompany to the full album’s release, and he has a refreshing take on what elements the tour will enlist in order to make it a worthy compliment to his newly released body of work. He says, “The Escapism tour is not a reinvention of the wheel, but more of a heightened and dialed in version of an Audien show, which simply put, is a ravey DJ show. I took all of my favorite things about a show and put it in one tour. I could have bought some drum pads or played piano on stage, but I decided to keep it true to me, which is that ultimate release of a traditional electronic show. That will NEVER go out of style.”

For those who want a taste of what they can expect from his show early, Rathbun crafted a one hour Saturday Night Session that infuses his album releases alongside old school electronic hits to get listeners ready for their nights. He notes that his Saturday Night Session will get listeners ready for a “party, release, forget problems, be with friends, love music kind of night.”

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You have been producing music for over a decade. Why the decision to now release your first LP as opposed to continuing to release singles?
It’s been a while! Honestly, I’ve tried to put together an album for years, but my life got too busy, and I didn’t want to rush it. It’s honestly coming at the best time.

Is your creative process or your mindset different now than it was when you first started releasing music? If so, how is it different?
So much different. It’s more structured and serious, vs. just having fun. That can be a good and bad thing, but the music I’m making now is far more substantial and has a musical story behind it. I still have just as much fun, it’s just less often.

Can you tell us the intention behind your choice to name the album Escapism?
I want the album to feel like an escape from reality. I always try to capture that feeling in my music, and the Escapism Tour will be very cohesive with this idea.

Is there a release on the LP is most personal to you?
“Escape,” “Heaven,” and “Reach” have really crazy stories. They took a substantial amount of time to complete, but so worth it in the end. Those songs really embody the diversity and variety I wanted to have on the album. I try not to be so one-dimensional as a producer.

How is Escapism going to translate to a your live show? Any details to get fans excited for your tour?
The Escapism tour is not a reinvention of the wheel, but more of a heightened and dialed in version of an Audien show, which simply put, is a ravey DJ show. I took all of my favorite things about a show and put it in one tour. I could have bought some drum pads or played piano on stage, but I decided to keep it true to me, which is that ultimate release of a traditional electronic show. That will NEVER go out of style.

How long from start to finish did it take you to complete your LP and how does it feel to finally have it released?
3 years. SO GOOD!!

Where do you draw creative inspiration from and were there any specific creative motivators for this LP?
I 100% draw most creative inspiration from nature and being out in the world. Something about vastness, and emotional scenery resonates with me. I’m able to harness that and translate it into melodies easily.

What track on Escapism was easiest for you to produce and were there any that you struggled with completing?
The intro, “See You On The Other Side” .. I made that in literally a few hours. I think the best songs come together that way.

What is one thing your fans likely don’t know about you?
I love real estate, homes, houses, design, interior design. It’s all an art of it’s own and a side hustle for me.

What kind of Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listeners ready for?
Party, release, forget problems, be with friends, love music kind of night.

Saturday Night Session 030: Jonas Blue crafts house infused hour long mix and talks about what brings him peace outside of life on the road

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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

If there were a formula for creating a track that goes Platinum, Jonas Blue would be a master at wielding it. After his debut single “Fast Car” went platinum and gold in over 20 territories, the artist has since amassed 8 billion global streams all in the span of two years. His career started with a high and he has been building on that ever since. In 2018 he released his debut album Blue, which is a 15-track showcase of the producer’s best work. He is known for his ability to craft a dance-floor friendly house tune while conversely creating pop electronic crossovers that stay in listener’s heads far after the songs’ conclusions.

Although Blue has not been in the spotlight for a long period of time, his sudden rise into dance music notoriety has unsurprisingly resulted in a heavy tour schedule. He notes that traveling is one of the most challenging things about this career path, but that gardening brings him peace during the limited times he is at home. Driving is another part of life that brings him a sense of calm.

A big source of creative fulfillment for Blue has been the launch of his label, Electronic Nature, which has enabled him to curate his own sound bring that to the world. He says, “It’s just important to have your own label so you can put music out that has your own personal vision. With the label I’ll be able to sign new artists and new tracks that aren’t currently out there at the moment.”

The slate of artists Blue chose to remix recent release with HRVY, titled “Younger,” is a good example of his diversity in sound and desire to bring his taste to the forefront of electronic music. Blue enlisted Punctual, Steff da Campo, and Myon to try their hands at the release, and they each put a unique spin on the sound bringing new production elements to the forefront of “Younger.”

Blue has crafted a house infused and dance-worthy hour long Saturday Night Session, which he believes will get listeners ready for ‘a massive rave.’ For those looking to have a big Saturday night, look no further for the perfect pregame mix to get the evening going.

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 What made you decide you wanted to get into music production and DJing?

I started out as a musician first and then got into DJ’ing. It was when I did that that I realized I wanted to make my own beats and get into production so that I could DJ My own music.

What inspired you to start your record label Electronic Nature, and what do you think it adds to the electronic scene that we don’t already have?

It’s just important to have your own label so you can put music out that has your own personal vision. With the label I’ll be able to sign new artists and new tracks that aren’t currently out there at the moment.

You’re particularly skilled at enlisting an enamoring vocalist and blending that into a catchy commercial release. Is there a particular vocalist you have worked with who has been incredibly inspiring and who you feel you create with well?

JP Cooper. He’s an incredible singer and songwriter and we’ve worked on quite a few things together. He’s great

What is the hardest part about being a DJ/Producer?

Traveling and not being home

What are your hobbies outside of producing music?

Driving cars and gardening

What does your ideal Saturday night look like?

Home, bottle of wine, friends, movie, popcorn

What kind of a Saturday night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listeners ready for?

A MASSIVE RAVE

Saturday Night Session 029: The Showtek brothers reflect on the importance of musical versatility and the benefits of working with family

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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Showtek is a moniker that means different things to different listeners, and their creativity has undergone different iterations over their 20-year music career. The Dutch electronic duo, who also happen to be brothers, started producing music in 1999, and they haven’t looked back since. Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen have an aversion to complacency, and this is what has allowed them to continuously strengthen their career despite the constant change of what is considered ‘popular’ through the passage of time.

As Showtek, the brothers have produced a few of electronic music’s most influential tracks, including the iconic “Bad” with David Guetta, which has reached over one billion streams. Before they became a commercial powerhouse, they paved the way for hardstyle, helping to define the genre itself. The brothers describe their sound as “melodic, accessible and global,” but they create this sound under the influence of a wide range of genres including Techno, Trance, and House.

Many artists feel pressured to keep a mainstream moniker consistent in terms of the style of music they put out, but the Janssen’s have taken their creative liberties and done their experimentation unapologetically as Showtek. They have taken their fans along for the ride, and this means their listeners aren’t simply interested in hearing Pop or Progressive House or Hardstyle. Showtek fans have proven that they support the creativity of Sjoerd and Wouter given their commitment to the duo despite their wide variety of past productions.

The brothers talk about how they have kept themselves inspired creatively as Showtek, saying, “As Showtek we have always thrived to reinvent ourselves, try new things, and break boundaries. That’s the only way to survive as an artist. You have to be able to be free and try new things.”

A 20-year career has allowed for the brothers’ to witness different popularity cycles, which has ultimately helped to give them perspective in their own musical journey. They comment, “Every genre starts from the underground, reaches the mainstream, and goes back to the underground again. This happens even in hip-hop. It doesn’t mean it dies or doesn’t come back; it means that it needs time to reinvent itself into something new.” Their observations are retrospective, and retrospective thought is a luxury in an industry where careers are so fleeting. The Janssen’s admit that a contributor to their longstanding success is the fact that they are brothers working together versus friends.

They explain how being brothers impacts their working dynamic, saying, “There are more layers in the relationship than you have with friends for example. We can speak our minds without being offended easily, and we know when to give each other space. There is just a difference when you’re blood related. When you know your weaknesses and strengths, it is easier to optimize that, focus, devise tasks etc. We both share the same vision of where we want to go, and even though we have different ideas of how to get there, we always end up where we want to be.”

The duo have crafted an hour long Saturday Night Session that they hope will get listeners in the mood for wherever they would like their night to take them. The brothers close with, “We hope we can get people in the mood- to work out and burn a sweat; to get ready for a party; or to test their subwoofers in the car! We wanna thank everybody for listening and supporting, without our fans we nothing! Enjoy!”

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How has the Hardstyle scene changed since you started producing music, and what do you think the future for the sub-genre is as the electronic music industry continues to commercialize?

We started producing music in 1999/2000 and Hardstyle didn’t exist yet. Our music style was formed by many different genres that influenced us; Hard Trance, Techno, Hardcore and House Music that have been around way longer. We have been in the forefront of the genre, our style was melodic, accessible and global. We were able to bring the sound outside of Europe towards Asia, America and Australia. It was around 2011 that we’ve realized it was becoming harder, faster and more aggressive and we felt like we wanted to shift into a new direction. As Showtek we have always thrived to reinvent ourselves, try new things, and break boundaries. That’s the only way to survive as an artist. You have to be able to be free and try new things. In 2013 we used everything we thought ourselves and decided to create our new path, a new sound that would bring us further in our career. Every genre starts from the underground, reaches the mainstream and goes back to underground again, this happens even in hip-hop. It doesn’t mean it dies or doesn’t come back it means that it needs time to reinvent itself into something new. Listen to David Guetta and Showtek – “The Death of EDM,” which you shouldn’t take too seriously, but it does refer to this matter.

Do you feel it is an advantage to be brothers as a DJ duo in this tricky industry? What is unique about the situation compared to traditional groups of artists who are not related, from your observations?

Being brothers means you know each other really well, there are more layers into the relationship than you have with friends for example. We can speak our mind without being offended easily, and we know when to give each other space. There is just a difference when your blood related. When you know your weaknesses & strengths it easier to optimize that, focus , devise tasks etc. We both share the same vision of where we want to go, and even though we have different ideas of how to get there, we always end up where we want to be. See it as like we are racing in an M5, the guy who steers the wheel is relying also on the guy sitting next to him telling him where to take the corner. It’s harder to drive it yourself as long as you rely on each other. Besides that, we have been hanging out with the same friends all of our lives, we share the same humour, love the same food, so when we are on tour we have a lot of fun because we have been doing things together since we were kids.

Do each of you have a release you are most proud of? And why did you choose the respective release?

Guess we are proud of all our work, so it’s hard to pick one but we think “Bad” with David Guetta has been such a big song for us. With over a billion views and streams, it became one of the biggest EDM bangers of this century and everywhere we play it people go crazy. It became an international dance hit and even your grandpa might have heard the song. We do want to say that “FTS” was our biggest Hardstyle song, and it is still considered to be the biggest Hardstyle anthem of all time. We literally have seen people cry to this song. That’s the beauty of music, it’s an international language. Music can reach to your heart or touch a nerve. It can create a moment where it brings memories back to life, and it can make you happy or make you cry.

You have produced so many genres of music over the years- what do you feel resonates most in a live setting? We would be curious to know what you feel resonates most as a performer and then what you feel gets each of you going most personally when watching a performance.

It’s a mixture of everything together that makes our career successful. We used to go to Techno raves, going crazy on 3 hour DJ sets by Marco Bailey. We bought all the albums of D-Trance by Gary D but we also used to listen to Dutch Hardcore while Wouter also played classical tunes on the piano. So Hardstyle might have been the backbone of our career, it’s not Hardstyle that influenced us. It goes so much deeper. Now a days we do a little bit of everything and again, it can be any track that make a crowd go wild. It’s the connection that they have with the music, so we really think outside the box, in the studio while we produce or on stage while we perform. And for our personal preferences, it’s mostly about the vibe. For example, Tove Lo came to Los Angeles once, just after she had released her song “Habits.” She performed in a small venue for like 150 people, and it was amazing. Nobody knew her really, but we went to see her, and it was incredible. Very intimate, but the effect she got on us was insane! But again, we also had the same experience in a rave, when Marco V played “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi at Sensation White. It was a new and unreleased song, but the moment he dropped that track it got stuck in our brain. Such an inspiration! So it doesn’t matter what genre, what song, as long as it get to us it can influence us.

What is your ideal Saturday Night?

Going out to a restaurant and have a nice dinner, going home and watching a movie after. Just simple stuff! Hang out with family and friends and enjoy life.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session getting listeners ready for?

We hope we can get people in the mood- to work out and burn a sweat; to get ready for a party; or to test their subwoofers in the car! We wanna thank everybody for listening and supporting, without our fans we nothing! Enjoy!

Saturday Night Session 028: Justin Caruso reflects on the past and lays out his hopes for the future as he enters the next stage of his music career

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Saturday Night Session 028: Justin Caruso reflects on the past and lays out his hopes for the future as he enters the next stage of his music careerJustin Caruso Press

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Justin Caruso has only been releasing music for two years, but in that short time period, he has already made a name for himself on the touring circuit and on the radio. A commercial crossover producer through and through, Caruso started his electronic music career with one of the best mentors an aspiring artist could ask for with Justin Blau, better known as 3LAU. The two went on tour together in 2016, and Caruso hasn’t looked back since.

The now 23-year old proceeded to amass over 50 million streams on streaming platforms across his collection of releases, and he has since gone on tour with the likes of Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, and now Loud Luxury. Few acts have the opportunity to tour with such a heavy-hitting roster of artists at the initiation of their careers, and its a tribute to the quality of Caruso’s original releases and remixes. When asked which tour Caruso would repeat aside from his own previous headlining tour, he notes, “I’d say I would repeat my first ever tour with 3LAU. It was such a wild feeling playing shows for the first time, and I’ll forever remember that tour!”

Caruso’s first headlining tour was in 2017, which he dubbed the ‘Can I dropout yet?’ tour. The producer, who was enrolled in University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, did ultimately make the decision to put college on hold in an effort to focus on his music career. He notes this is one of the hardest decisions he has ever made, stating, “This was very difficult not only for me, but for my parents as well. They weren’t fully on board at first, but once music became a full time job, they began to understand I needed to drop out. It really hit me when I physically had zero time to go to class as I was too busy touring.”

Caruso is out with new release “Can’t Live Without” featuring Wyn Starks ahead of his fill Good Parts Tour. Opening with soft keys and a melody that compliments the velvety vocals of Wyn Starks, ‘Can’t Live Without’ serves as the ideal end-of-summer track. The smooth transitions from silky melodies into an upbeat, future-pop driven sound shows Caruso’s strength at enlisting a top of the line vocalist and blending their voice with an atmospheric backdrop that creates a melodic whole.

He speaks on the new release, stating, “I couldn’t be more excited about this new release! I think ‘Can’t Live Without’ expresses the most raw form of love possible, and a lot of people can connect with that.”

Caruso also crafted his Saturday Night Session to highlight the best of his own releases blended with dance-worthy pop releases. The end result is an infectious mix that the listener can sing along to just as well as they can dance to. According to Caruso, his Saturday Night Session prepares the listener for a Saturday night that is, “whatever they want it to be, but for me, I’d say meeting up with your best friends and having a fun night you all always look back on.”

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You’ve been on tour with some pretty great acts- The Chainsmokers, Tiesto, and 3LAU to name a few. If you could only choose 1 tour to repeat (not including your headlining tour), which one would you do again?

I’d say I would repeat my first ever tour with 3LAU. It was such a wild feeling playing shows for the first time, and I’ll forever remember that tour!

Have you always been musical/what got you into music in the first place?

I’ve always loved music, but I didn’t really grow a passion for making it or DJing until highschool after a basketball leg injury. I had so much time to kill laying in bed that I started to mess around making mashups on my computer, and thats where the love began.

The theme of your previous tour is “Can I drop out yet?” We know you made the decision to put school on hold in order to focus on your music career. How difficult of a decision was this for you?

This was very difficult not only for me, but for my parents as well. They weren’t fully on board at first, but once music became a full time job, they began to understand I needed to drop out. It really hit me when I physically had zero time to go to class as I was too busy touring.

Let’s go into the future and imagine you are now 40 year old Justin. What kind of a career are you hoping to look back on?

I’m hoping my career is still going, and I’m owning a label at that time. I want to look back on a career that made me happy and something I can be proud of. I hope to continue to make music I love and enjoy.

What is something about you that your fans probably don’t know?

I’m a big gamer, and basically any free time I have goes towards video games. I usually bring video games on the road too!

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

One of my guilty pleasures would be loving Taylor Swift’s music, especially her new album

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session getting fans ready for?

Honestly whatever they want it to be, but for me, I’d say meeting up with your best friends and having a fun night you all always look back on.

Saturday Night Session 027: Borgeous discusses how bass music continues to inspire him coming out of recent EP release, ‘Lights Out’

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Saturday Night Session 027: Borgeous discusses how bass music continues to inspire him coming out of recent EP release, ‘Lights Out’Borgeous Press Shots

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

DJ and producer Borgeous is long-known for his ability to fluctuate between the trap and dubstep genres while also maintaining a balancing act with catchy commercial releases. His commercial leaning tracks feature flowing melodies without the hard-hitting edge his other works contain. While many producers who have perfected the art of a heavy drop retain hints of intensity in their commercial leaning releases, Borgeous has the ability to display two very distinct creative sides that do not crossover, giving him a dynamic sound and therefore fanbase.

The Las Vegas based producer, whose real name is John Borger, just released a four track EP focusing in on his bass-driven side called Lights Out, and consistent with his previous releases, he has gone straight for an unrelenting compilation of live-performance worthy tracks. He speaks on the EP, giving fans insight into his inspiration for the music and where they can expect it to come to life, stating, “Lights Out is an EP directly connected to my current live shows. I wanted to release music that fit the harder, more bass-heavy sets that I have been playing out at clubs and festivals recently.”

Borger also notes that a crowd’s reaction to his music is one of his biggest inspirations, and that as of late, he has been really inspired by heavier sets at his live shows. The producer is nearing his fifth year with a heavy tour schedule, which is often rumored to be the amount of time it takes for an artist to ‘burn out’ of life on the road. He speaks about what keeps him going, and why burn out won’t be a problem for him.

Borger says, “The energy that electronic music brings to clubs and festivals is unmatched. I wanted to be a part of that movement…Dance music has always been a part of me and has been something that I’ve always been extremely passionate about. I don’t see that changing for me, so burning out is something that has never even crossed my mind.”

When asked what kind of a Saturday Night his Saturday Night Session will get fans ready for, Borger comments, “It gets them ready for a hard-hitting set that they can expect to hear at the next Borgeous show they go to.”

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What initially led you into electronic music production?
The energy that electronic music brings to clubs and festivals is unmatched. I wanted to be a part of that movement.

You’re just hit your five year mark of heavy touring after your breakout single ‘Tsunami.’ Many say that most major artists have 5 years until they need to scale back or burn out. What are your thoughts on that theory?
Dance music has always been a part of me and has been something that I’ve always been extremely passionate about. I don’t see that changing for me, so burning out is something that has never even crossed my mind.

What parts of life do you draw the most inspiration from when it comes to producing music?
I get my inspiration from everything going on around me. But most importantly, I draw inspiration from a crowd’s reaction and response to different sounds and situations.

Can you tell us about the EP you just released?
Lights Out is an EP directly connected to my current live shows. I wanted to release music that fit the harder, more bass-heavy sets that I have been playing out at clubs and festivals recently.

What are your tour essentials- items you can’t live without when you are on the road?
Hat, sunglasses, & a pair of Adidas

Any guilty pleasures?
Candy

What kind of Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session getting listeners ready for?
It gets them ready for a hard-hitting set that they can expect to hear at the next Borgeous show they go to.

Saturday Night Session 026: From being a die-hard Tiësto fan to playing on the mainstage, GATTÜSO talks about his entrance into electronic music

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Saturday Night Session 026: From being a die-hard Tiësto fan to playing on the mainstage, GATTÜSO talks about his entrance into electronic musicGATTUSO STUDIO 2

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

The journey of becoming a successful DJ and producer is different for everyone, but almost always unified by years of hard work. It’s a grind, and for many, an uphill battle to get booked, grow a fanbase, and score radio placements. Reem Taoz is as familiar with the hard work part of this story as the best of them, but the electronic music industry seemingly woke up one morning and decided that he was going to be a household name. Taoz arrived to the forefront of the electronic music scene the second he got into the studio, and this is almost certainly thanks to his infectious spin on progressive house and club music.

Taoz performs under artist alias GATTÜSO, and the Israel native actually credits legendary producer Tiësto as his inspiration to become involved in the electronic music industry.

He mentions, “I have to credit Tiësto as my biggest inspiration.  I heard him play first in Israel, and when I first started to really travel – it was to go to a Tiësto show, and I ended up following him to shows around the world.”

This led him to Peru, where he started working in the nightclub industry. The more time he spent around the music, the more certain he became that he needed to start creating his own. In 2017, a now New York City based Taoz stopped everything to focus on making music. Two years later he has 12 remixes and seven originals under his belt with 10 new original releases in the works. He has released music on Dim Mak, Armada, Enhanced, and he has his own record label called T&T Records. He has also done official remixes for an extensive list of tier one artists including forthcoming remixes for Galantis, Yellow Claw, and Sam Feldt among others.

The sheer volume of music Taoz has put out despite being a music producer for only two years is impressive. His output begins to make more sense after discussing the amount of time he spends in the studio and what he does outside of work to unwind. He notes, “The past month, I spent 300 hours in the studio, which hasn’t left a whole lot of time…I really try to spend every minute outside of the studio enjoying food, family, and staying healthy.  I’ve said it before, but Im a HUGE fan of sushi, and working out, and I hit the gym and run at least a few miles every day.  I also love tequila and champagne, although I try not to do that every day!”

For those trying to figure out what led to Taoz’s meteoric ascension, one stunt comes to the forefront. Taoz chose the artist name GATTÜSO because he was a huge Genaro Gattuso fan, who is an Italian soccer player from AC Milan.

When asked how he chose his artist name, he explains, “It’s ironic, because the name just came to me one night.  I wanted something that sounded strong and forceful.  I’m a huge football fan (soccer), and I knew that there was a former player for AC Milan, who was a major star, and then went on to coach the team.  I figured that somewhere down the road, we might cross paths, and as it turns out a huge AC Milan fan, with a big instagram account, realized that we had the same name, created a bunch of buzz on it, and we ended up collaborating on a song called ‘Scuza Gattuso,’ which started as an inside joke and went on to be featured in tons of global press outlets, featured on top playlists, and brought me a loyal fan base of Italian listeners.”

GATTÜSO’s inside joke has certainly garnered him a strong Italian fanbase. He also touts an ever-expanding group of loyal listeners in the U.S. and throughout the world. When asked what kind of a Saturday Night his Saturday Night Session will get listeners ready for, Taoz comments, “Life with GATTÜSO is always a party.  Life is meant to be enjoyed – every minute of it, especially this Saturday night! So get ready for good vibes and a playlist you’re going to play again and again.”

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You kind of came out of nowhere- releasing your first original in 2018, and all of the sudden you’re doing remixes for major artists and your originals are amassing millions of streams. Tell us about your entrance into dance music and why you started producing. 

I have to credit Tiësto as my biggest inspiration.  I heard him play first in Israel, and when I first started to really travel – it was to go to a Tiësto show, and I ended up following him to shows around the world.  Thats what led me to Peru, where I spent a few years in the nightclub business.  The more time that I spent around dance music and DJ’s, I realized that it was time to turn my passion for music as a fan into finding myself as an artist.  I played music as a kid and had messed around with some production software over the years, but in 2017 I stopped everything and turned to focus on producing full time.  My first original releases, “Who We Are” and “Dance Stay High” were really personal songs for me, as was “I Will Play.” This writing was directly from my personal life and was very cathartic for me.  Seeing these songs with millions of streams now is very satisfying because I think it shows that other people feel the way I do, and I’m happy to see my music resonating with people around the world. 

How would you describe your musical style to those who haven’t heard you before?

I love progressive, with big drops, catchy melodies, and driven by memorable vocals and great songs.  Thats what I try to do! I balance this out with club tracks, and Im going to be releasing more of those in the near future, since I have a lot of fun making them. 

Given your first original came out in 2018 and you have since released a plethora of remixes and originals- you must spend quite a lot of time in the studio. What do you do to unwind? 

As of this week, Ive actually released about or exactly 12 remixes and 7 originals. I have another 10 originals that I’m working on now, and about 5 are ready to release.  The past month, I spent 300 hours in the studio, which hasn’t left a whole lot of time.  That said, I love to enjoy my life, and I make sure that I carve out time to do that.  I love making music and that time is very special to me, but I really try to spend every minute outside of the studio enjoying food, family, and staying healthy.  I’ve said it before, but Im a HUGE fan of sushi, and working out, and I hit the gym and run at least a few miles every day.  I also love tequila and champagne, although I try not to do that every day 🙂 

How did you choose the artist name GATTÜSO?

It’s ironic, because the name just came to me one night.  I wanted something that sounded strong and forceful.  I’m a huge football fan (soccer), and I knew that there was a former player for AC Milan, who was a major star, and then went on to coach the team.  I figured that somewhere down the road, we might cross paths, and as it turns out a huge AC Milan fan, with a big instagram account, realized that we had the same name, created a bunch of buzz on it, and we ended up collaborating on a song called “Scuza Gattuso,” which started as an inside joke and went on to be featured in tons of global press outlets, featured on top playlists, and brought me a loyal fan base of Italian listeners.  

Do you have any specific releases or remixes coming out soon that you are particularly excited about?

Yes! All of them.  August was a huge month for me, with 4 remixes back to back. There’s a Two Friends remix coming this month, “Dollar Menu” (Dim Mak 9/6), and then Im finishing up great remixes for Icona Pop (who I have always loved), and Starley, which should be out in October. It’s been amazing to work with such great songs and artists, that I’ve been following and listening to for some time now.  They have all inspired and influenced me, so its really awesome to have these kinds of opportunities.  I’m in the process of finalizing some label deals on a handful of originals, and I’m going to release one this month on my own label, T&T Records, called “Love Is Not Enough.”  I LOVE this record and the singer S.A.L.E.M just kills me.  She’s amazing, has something very special I think, which is hard to find.  

I just did a swap with Mark Sixma.  He’s awesome.  My song with Disco Killerz, “Million Things” was on Dance Rising with his song “Million Miles.”  I loved his style, and when I released “When In Rome” on Armada in July, when it came time to get remixes done, I hit him up and we decided to trade.  Really excited for that to come out September 20th.  

Other releases and remixes I have coming out:

Breathe Carolina X Asketa & Natan Chaim “Get Away feat. Rama Duke” (Spinnin Records)

Steve Void & Louisa – Aint Got You (Strange Fruits/Universal 8/23)

Sam Feldt – Post Malone (Spinnin Records 8/29) 

Galantis & Yellow Claw – We Can Get High (Big Beat/Atlantic 8/30)

What is your favorite song of all time?

Thats a tough call.  Lets go with top 3

Radiohead “Creep” 

Dash Berlin “Till The Sky Falls Down”

R3HAB “Lullaby,” and I was fortunate to do a remix for that one.  I have always been a big fan of Fadil’s and he has now become a friend.  

What kind of a Saturday night is your Saturday night session going to get listeners ready for?

Life with Gattuso is always a party.  Life is meant to be enjoyed – every minute of it, especially this Saturday night! So get ready for good vibes and a playlist you’re going to play again and again.  

Photo Credit: Richard “Parlay” Copier @OneiPhotography

Saturday Night Session 025: Borgore ranks his favorite fast food chains and gives insight into the creative process behind his new single

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Saturday Night Session 025: Borgore ranks his favorite fast food chains and gives insight into the creative process behind his new singleBorgore

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Being a die-hard Borgore fan requires one to have a variety of interests; an affinity for a wide-range of musical genres; and an open-minded sense of humor. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Yosef Asaf Borger is known for his hard-hitting releases in addition to his edgy and carefully crafted public facing persona. His persona has come to define him as an artist almost as much as his music, and one thing the artist can promise is that despite being controversial at times, he certainly won’t leave anyone bored.

Everything from Borger’s lyrics to his song art and social media presence are sensationalized, often times featuring the producer surrounded by half naked women who call him ‘daddy.’ Borger’s is known for debuting songs on Pornhub, and his personality shines through unprovoked, such as when the artist confirmed that he could never pick a favorite song because he is ‘a polygamist’ with his music. His latest single serves as a continuation of his Pornhub partnership. The song is titled “911,” and it features adult film aficionado Abella Danger. The track opens with a bass-laden melody and carries into hard-hitting dubstep drops paired with Danger’s sultry vocals.

Borger speaks about his creative process for the new single, stating, “I wrote ‘911’ and didn’t even know if it’d be on the album, it’s so different. I was sitting on the instrumental and felt the only thing that would make it perfect is a sexy female vocal on it.” He continues, “I met Abella a while back on my “Savages” music video shoot (she and the rest of the girls killed that music video), and saw her around just regular LA hangouts. She’s one of the nicest and most humble people I’ve come to know, she was just the perfect fit. We met 2 or 3 times to record the verse because she’s such a perfectionist, funny enough I eventually just ended up using the first take.”

While Borger has historically been most closely associated with dubstep and trap music, his musical progression since his start in the electronic music industry is noteworthy. He has released a variety of musical genres, and the artist continues to push the boundaries of his style while still delivering dubstep tracks to a fanatical core fanbase. Borger speaks about this, saying, “I like producing all music! I just enjoy producing, in general. I’d say the more complex the more interesting for me, hence the dubstep or jazz.”

Borgore recently released single “Summerlake,” where he enlisted himself as the vocalist on the track. Utilizing the producer’s own vocals have been a trend that many of the electronic music producers have been experimenting with as of late, and Borger comments on his decision to do so, noting, “I like producing with my own vocals cause its more control over the song and I’m a control freak. It is also a much quicker process. I feel like my audience would like to hear what I have to say and a lot of the time I say things no one else would.”

When asked what fans can expect moving forward from him, he states that ‘fans should never expect anything from him because he is very unexpected.’ The producer crafted a hour-long Saturday Night Session that is filled with cutting drops and energetic builds that is sure to get the listener energized for a big Saturday night. Borger’s parting message is that the mix is ‘so good that people won’t even bother leaving their house.’

Photo Credit: Cybele Malinowski

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The last 6-10 tweets on your account have been about food, and more specifically fast food. Give us your top three fast food places please.

Oporto no question is my #1. McDonald’s is #2 because I don’t care what people say, everything on the menu is amazing and consistent. Sorry. #3 is A&W but only in Canada because of this habanero chicken sandwich they have that is flying under the radar.

What inspired your YouTube series, Lunch Time?

My YouTube show is the mastermind of my management and myself. We tried to find a way to deliver funny content that people can watch while they are eating lunch.

While you are most closely associated with dubstep/trap music, you have really spanned a variety of genres. Which is the most fun for you to produce?

I like producing all music! I just enjoy producing, in general. I’d say the more complex the more interesting for me, hence the dubstep or jazz.

What can we expect from you moving forward?

Moving forward you really can’t expect anything from me because I am very unexpected.

We know you lent your own vocals on recent single “Summerlake.” Is producing a song that uses your own vocals a different creative process for you emotionally?

I like producing with my own vocals cause its more control over the song and I’m a control freak. It is also a much quicker process. I feel like my audience would like to hear what I have to say and a lot of the time I say things no one else would.

What is your craziest fan story?

I can’t really pick one because I’m crazy, my fans are crazy, and I think it’s crazy when someone’s normal.

What is your favorite song of all time?

I can’t choose just one song, it’s impossible. I’m a polygamist with my music.

What kind of a Saturday night is your “Saturday Night Session” going to get listeners ready for?

My Saturday night session probably going to be too good for people to even bother leaving the house.

Saturday Night Session 024: Tritonal opens up about what could be their most personal body of work to date and craft custom mix to celebrate the release of ‘U&ME’

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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.


Producers Chad Cisneros and David Reed of Tritonal are known for creating some of the most uplifting songs electronic music has to offer. Their ascent into notoriety is thanks to their ability to blend a catchy vocal with a hard-hitting progressive drop that resonates in a night club and still maintains radio appeal. Over a decade into their careers, Cisneros and Reed have cultivated an avid fanbase dubbed ‘Tritonians,’ and their productions are as popular as ever.

Whether it’s through their music or their in-person presence, Cisneros and Reed emanate an infectious positivity that has come to define the Tritonal brand. Those who know their stories know their hardships make their uplifting moniker the ultimate irony. Both artists have faced their own demons, and being DJs and music producers wouldn’t be the first career choice for many who have faced similar setbacks.

Cisneros faced a severe drug dependency during his youth, and even ended up incarcerated for a time. As many can imagine, being a DJ after facing addiction isn’t an easy life, which he is the first to admit. There are few careers that are as physically draining and provide as much temptation as being a touring artist. Cisneros has maintained his sobriety, and he is now the co-founder of Infinite Recovery in Austin, Texas. He and co-founder Michael Dadashi have worked to create a place that provides a path forward for those looking to beat addiction. To Cisneros, helping others is his way of nurturing his own sobriety.

Cisneros comments on the battle he and co-founder Michael Dadashi face on a daily basis, stating, “He and I are both in long term recovery, and my role outside of Tritonal is primarily to help others who are suffering from addiction. I balance this like most people- sometimes very well and in stride, and sometimes I feel like I’m absolutely losing control! Ha! Life can be as serious as you make it, or as trivial.”

Reed too has found himself in a career that exacerbates his severe fear of public speaking, which he has battled since he was a kid. Being in front of a crowd and engaging an audience isn’t just important in this line of work, it’s vital. He continues to work through this fear when it comes to both live performance and press opportunities, and he is the first to admit he is still very much a work in progress.  

Reed notes, “It does make it a taxing job internally. I honestly tend to overthink things or say the wrong thing when in my head I know better. I will say though, I was much worse before I was exposed to being in live environments such as this kind of career. So in a way it has helped me to grow more aware of myself, which helps me accept that this is just the way I am. I will do my best each time to have a good interview, to not be awkward, but yet be as real as possible. So yes, it is a fear of mine, but I have no fear in showing that public speaking is my weakness.”

While many artists lead with their hardships to define their brand, Tritonal has historically embodied hope and happiness. Both Cisneros and Reed are very focused on wellness of the mind, body, and spirit, which is where the concept for their third and newest album was born. The duo released 19-track U&ME, which takes the listener on a journey through the group’s best. Trance, Progressive house, and even some drum and bass is featured throughout the compilation.

Cisneros and Reed give insight into their inspirations for the album, stating, “U&ME is a pointer towards Unity.  So much of humanity is based in dualistic mentalities – ‘us vs them.’ We wanted to flip that base level unconscious mindset, to a title that reminded us that at a core level we are all the same. This body of work was made in Love.”

Unity points towards the ultimate balance, and when asked how he finds balance, Cisneros jokes that his answer makes him sound like someone reading from a wellness page. He maintains that sobriety, exercise, meditation, and living out their truth are key to both artist’s happiness. Given the duo currently tour, run a record label, produce music, and have families with young children at home, their tips are certainly worth listening to as they continue to prove they can do it all.

Tritonal’s Saturday Night Session is the perfect representation of what fans can expect from U&ME. The hour long mix takes the listener through album highlights and blends their newer releases with the energetic drops that fans have come to know and love from the duo. 


Chad, the fact that you’ve started Infinite Recovery is amazing. How do you balance being a musician with your work at Infinite recovery?  

Well, I should start by saying that I’m an investor & co-founder of Infinite Recovery, but all of the hard day to day work and credit should be given to my long time friend and CEO Michael Dadashi. He and I are both in long term recovery, and my role outside of Tritonal is primarily to help others who are suffering from addiction.  I balance this like most people- sometimes very well and in stride, and sometimes I feel like I’m absolutely losing control! ha! Life can be as serious as you make it, or as trivial.

David, how do you maintain such an extroverted job (and heavy tour schedule) given you have battled with a severe fear of public speaking for your entire life? You’d think this would make performing a very taxing job for you.

This is something I definitely do struggle with, especially when it comes to live, on camera, on radio.. it does creep up on me at times, and other times it doesn’t depending on the environment. You’re absolutely right, it does make it a taxing job internally- I honestly tend to overthink things or say the wrong thing when in my head I know better. I will say though, I was much worse before I was exposed to being in live environments such as this kind of career. So in a way it has helped me to grow more aware of myself which helps me accept that this is just the way I am, and I will do my best each time to have a good interview, to not be awkward, but yet be as real as possible. So yes, it is a fear of mine, but I have no fear in showing that public speaking is my weakness. 

What is the best and worst thing about this career?

Chad – stepping into the
studio at 10am w/ a fresh cold brew and a good nights sleep –
ready to get weird. 

Dave – I think it’s safe to say the
worst thing about this kind of career, although there’s much gratitude for
seeing the world, the amount of travel and late nights can be pretty fatiguing
and taxing on your body! We try to rest as much as we can between travel and
studio production! 

How do both of you balance young kids, a heavy tour schedule, your radio show, producing new music, and maintaining your sanity?

Chad – Well, as stated before we both undulate in and out of what we consider “balancing well”, ha!  Hard to feel balanced sometimes when you’re upside down from a flight back home from China. That said, sobriety, meditation, exercise, responsible diet, and living our Truth are KEY points.  They sound like something read off of a wellness page, but in reality meditation is crucial to building presence and awareness moment to moment.  Sobriety while touring enables faster recovery times from jet lag, or lack of sleep. Exercising daily rejuvenates serotonin, and resets the body.

Can you tell us more about the title U&ME and what this album embodies for you?

U&ME is a pointer towards Unity.  So much of humanity is based in dualistic mentalities – “us vs them.”  We wanted to flip that base level unconscious mindset to a title that reminded us that at a core level we are all the same.   This body of work was made in love.

Can you each tell us your personal favorite track off of the album? It could be because of the track itself or the process that went into making it!

Chad – Mine is “Medicine!” This record at a fundamental level, reminds me of why Dave and I fell in love with Trance – even though it’s got a Drum & Bass beat and bpm. 

Dave – “Medicine” as well for me! I also really enjoy “Diamonds.”

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Saturday Night Session 023: Morgan Page discusses drawing inspiration through collaboration and gives fans insight into his forthcoming release

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Saturday Night Session 023: Morgan Page discusses drawing inspiration through collaboration and gives fans insight into his forthcoming releaseMorgan Page Press Shot

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Grammy Award nominated Morgan Page has kept the momentum high in his career for over ten years, and that’s almost certainly thanks to his ability to produce music that stands the test of time and appeals to listeners regardless of what the ‘popular’ sound is. Page is the first to admit that maintaining success for over a decade is a rarity, and it requires his production abilities to evolve and to continue to get better despite his success. A new focus of his has been diving into sound design, synthesis, and experimenting with distortion and treatments to create incredibly distinctive sounds. As he continues to push his creative boundaries, his fans reap the benefit of a diverse collection of work that is all tied together by Page’s ability to identify a polarizing vocal line and a sonic warmth that leaves a listener feeling good despite the genre of his production.

An important component to Page’s ability to stand the test of time has been his ability to read current musical trends and adapt. The producer elaborates on how the bar gets increasingly higher for those who want to thrive as a music producer in 2019, stating, “Records these days are so loud and punchy that the bar is set really high, and they really need to cut through in a live environment. Every element needs to shine.”

2019 has seen a continuation of Page’s dance-inducing creations thanks to his recent release of “Gone My Way” with Pex L, and he will be releasing a new track on Armada titled “Fire and Gold,” which includes Page himself playing guitar on the release. He discusses how this release will be different than what fans have heard from him in the past, stating, “The new single is ‘Fire & Gold’ with Vivid feat. Allé and Damon Sharpe. I really like the way this one turned out. We experimented with a lot of different frameworks, but felt we needed a dancefloor-focused mix that had some edge to it. It’s a very songwriter vibe kind of song, almost with an Of Monsters and Men sound, and I wanted that contrast to work well with a big room progressive sound. I even played the guitar on parts of the song to add some extra hooks. I’m a much better piano player, but writing melodies on a different instrument helps to create something special and original.”

In addition to producing music, Page has more recently taken to mentoring up and coming producers, which in part he is able to do through his own website that features quick tips in addition to his own interests. His quick tips have been such a success that he has even launched the top 20 quick tips into a card deck. Page elaborates, saying, “I’ve taken 20 of my best quick tips and turned them into a professionally illustrated and printed card deck that will be distributed with special orders from OWC.  They make amazing Thunderbolt drives, docks, and Mac upgrades.”

Page’s sets, just like his music, are notorious for keeping the energy high and the mood uplifting, and his Saturday Night Session doesn’t disappoint in this regard. He explains what listeners can expect from the mix, unsurprisingly noting that it will have “lots of energy, unique sound design, and vocals that stick in your head.” In addition to lots of energy, those who want a first listen of “Fire and Gold” will finally get one.

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In the past, you’ve explained that working with up and coming producers in the studio has been a good creative exercise for you. Is there anyone you’ve worked with as of late that has really made an impact on your creative process?

In the last year, there’s been a lot of great collaborations – some in the studio, some with strangers and now friends across the globe. I love how fluid the process can be. With “Gone My Way,” PEXL, a producer from the Canary Islands in Spain, sent me a song he had in progress with a Splice vocal sample, and I went in and added more progressive flavors and chopped up some more bassline samples to give it a hybrid future house / progressive house feel. It came together really quickly and naturally, which isn’t always the case! With songs that are more lead vocal focused, it can take months or back and forth production work. With this collab, it was just us swapping stems back and forth, which felt very natural.

Are you doing anything new as of late to continue to push the boundaries and creativity of your sound?

I’m really diving more into sound design, synthesis, and experimenting with more distortion and treatments to really dial indistinct sounds. Records these days are so loud and punchy that the bar is set really high, and they really need to cut through in a live environment. Every element needs to shine.

You do a lot outside of producing and making music. Can you tell our readers more about your different hobbies and interests outside of working in the studio?

Right now my #1 non-studio project is my baby. She’s almost a year old and it’s been the most insane, beautiful experience. It forces you to be more deliberate with your time because your life and schedule will never be the same again. I’ve also created a site for music producers and creative types called http://mpquicktips.com and @mpquicktips on Twitter. It features over 800-bit sized tips on creativity and workflow methods for the studio. In my spare time to stay sane, I do a lot of trail running here in LA, which is my form of meditation

You have a new single coming out on June 21st on Armada- can you tell us more about this release?

The new single is “Fire & Gold” with Vivid feat. Allé and Damon Sharpe. I really like the way this one turned out. We experimented with a lot of different frameworks, but felt we needed a dancefloor-focused mix that had some edge to it. It’s a very songwriter vibe kind of song, almost with an “Of Monsters and Men” sound, and I wanted that contrast to work well with a big room progressive sound. I even played the guitar on parts of the song to add some extra hooks. I’m a much better piano player, but writing melodies on a different instrument helps to create something special and original.

Do you have any other upcoming projects or singles in the near future you can tell us about?

We are about to launch a card deck for my http://mpquicktips.com project – which is exciting to finally see in physical form! I’ve taken 20 of my best quick tips and turned them into a professionally illustrated and printed card deck that will be distributed with special orders from OWC.  They make amazing Thunderbolt drives, docks, and Mac upgrades.

Can you tell us about your ideal Saturday Night if you aren’t playing a show?

A lot of high-end boutique wine with friends, a great dinner, then bed. I really like the inverted schedule of the DJ life though. I’ll go out mid-week, so Tuesday or Wednesday is Saturday night, then I work Friday through Sunday.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listeners ready for?

Lots of energy, unique sound design, and vocals that stick in your head.

Saturday Night Session 022: Alok reveals his own record label is coming and gives fans a look into growing up with DJs as parents

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Saturday Night Session 022: Alok reveals his own record label is coming and gives fans a look into growing up with DJs as parentsAlok

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Many artists tout the cliché that ‘music is in their blood.’ Few artists can actually claim this as fact, and Brazilian DJ and producer Alok is among the few. Alok Achkar Peres Petrillo was born in Goiânia, Brazil to DJs, Ekanta and Swarup. His parents are pioneers of psytrance in the country, and creators of the Universo Paralello, an electronic music festival. As Petrillo puts it, ‘his video game was a pair of decks as an 11-year-old,’ and growing up with the music has made it only natural for he and his twin brother Bhaksar to pursue careers as DJs and music producers. For those who do not know, breakout hit “Fuego” is a collaboration between the Petrillo twins.

Petrillo is now a globally renowned act, and he is truly one of the first current global powerhouses in electronic music to come from Brazil. The country itself has a vibrant electronic music scene, and Petrillo explains that there are many artists from the market on the horizon who have the potential to be as widely recognized as he is in the years to come.

When asked what it is like to be a breakout artist from Brazil, Petrillo states, “It does feel like I am still coming to terms with the reality at times. Although I feel that there is still a lot to be done and achieved, many other Brazilian artists are also progressively gaining recognition and admiration around the globe.”

Petrillo teamed up with Quintino for his latest release titled “Party Never Ends,” and according to him, this is the first of many forthcoming collaborations fans will be able to expect from him for the remainder of the year. “Party Never Ends” is geared towards live performance with its bouncing synths and catchy whistling, which is infused with the production backdrop. The kicking beat takes the listener on an energetic journey with builds culminating in dance-inducing releases, keeping the production true to Petrillo’s signature style.

Petrillo describes his goal for the release, stating, “It’s the type of track that makes people want to let go of their worries and dance. Life should always be a never-ending party. Happiness is healthy, and partying makes people happy. The goal of this song is to put listeners in a party mood forever.”

One promise Petrillo makes about the year to come is, “There are a lot of amazing collabs and productions going on at the moment with very prominent artists and singers, but I can’t give much away. The secret is part of the surprise.”

He will also be launching his own record label, Controversia, and his first release on the imprint is set to come out at the end of June. Petrillo will be putting out the official remake of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” called “The Wall.” While remixing Pink Floyd may seem surprising, few realize that the group has been one of Petrillo’s largest musical influences to date in addition to The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers.

Petrillo’s Saturday Night Session is a good representation of what fan’s hear when they see the producer perform live, and it’s a great start to a big Saturday night. As Petrillo puts it, “Saturday night is always magic, so I prepared a set to let the party never end. I like to cross over styles and this is the kind of set I play during my shows. Fun, energetic, and exciting enough to fully charge your energy. Alone or with friends, at home or out, I hope you enjoy this Saturday Night Session prepared especially for you. Have fun!”

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You have really been a breakout artist from Brazil when it comes to being globally recognized. How does it feel?

It does feel like I am still
coming to terms with the reality at times. Although I feel that there is still a
lot to be done and achieved, many other Brazilian artists are also progressively
gaining recognition and admiration around the globe.

We know your entire family has been immersed in electronic music for
your entire life. What was this like growing up?

Let me put it this way: my video game
was a pair of decks when I was about 11 years old. Since then, my entire
existence – as well as my twin brother Bhaskar and both of my parents Ekanta
and Swarup who are DJs – has spun around music. It was quite natural, and I bet
it was much easier for me back then to get in touch with electronic music, CDJs,
mixers and parties as my whole family has always been deeply involved in this universe.

Who were some of your biggest influences growing up? Which artists are
currently inspiring you?

Without a doubt: Pink Floyd,
Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers with their unique style and electronic and
psychedelic influences that they have given the world.

What can we expect from you in the coming year – more new music? Tours?

We have crossed the 4 corners of
the planet in half a year. For the rest of this year and most of next, we are
looking pretty busy tour wise. Next month I’ll be playing in Los Angeles,
Mexico, Ibiza, and then at the end of July, I’ll fire up Tomorrowland in
Belgium. I’m so excited.

I’ve already made some truly
international collaborations this year, including Conor Maynard and Timmy
Trumpet, plus I teamed up with Felix Jaehn and The Vamps. There are a lot of
amazing collabs and productions going on at the moment with very prominent
artists and singers, but I can´t give much away. The secret is part of the
surprise.

What I can say is that I’m very happy to announce my new own label Controversia. It’ll be launching at the end of June and the first release on the label will be my official remake of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ called ‘The Wall’.

Can you tell us more about your song “Party Never Ends?”

It’s the type of track that makes
people want to let go of their worries and dance. Life should always be a
never-ending party. Happiness is healthy, and partying makes people happy. The
goal of this song is to put listeners in a party mood forever.

A lot of our readers are based in North America. What is the Brazilian
market like in terms of music, festival, and club scene compared to say, the
U.S.?

When it comes to electronic and
pop music in North America and Brazil, both markets have grown exponentially
over the last 3 years in my opinion. Even the more underground artists have
reached places that they never imagined before. I have seen a video of Fisher
playing for thousands and thousands of people at Coachella. For a tech house
artist, that is something so surreal to happen. The same thing is happening in
Brazil where we have artists getting to play their music at places that were
considered “impossible to play” before.

What are your hobbies when you aren’t producing music?

Most of the time when I’m not producing, I’m doing something related to music. I like to listen and search for new songs. It’s so important for me, as an artist, to be involved in different kinds of styles and genres. Besides that, my biggest hobbies are: working out, keeping a healthy lifestyle, reading, and spending time with my lovely wife and family.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listener’s ready for?

Saturday night is always magic, so I prepared a set to let the party never end. I like to cross over styles, and this is the kind of set I play during my shows. Fun, energetic, and exciting enough to fully charge your energy. Alone or with friends, at home or out, I hope you enjoy this Saturday Night Session prepared especially for you. Have fun!