Posted by Gosia Mrugala
bpm:tv blogger Gosia Mrugala goes one-on-one with WALDEN (a.k.a. John Walden), an 18-year-old Australian house sensation who’s poised for global domination in 2013.
Catch Walden at these upcoming Canadian dates:
January 11 @UNION (Toronto)
January 19 @ New Jack City (Montreal)
GOSIA MRUGALA: You’re something of a young musical prodigy. How would you describe your experiences as an artist thus far?
WALDEN: My experiences thus far are certainly not what I had expected them to be. To be connected with the right people, and already be able to go on tour, despite being relatively unknown, is just crazy for me. I’m walking into venues that I probably shouldn’t be able to get in to, and playing 1-2 hour sets. Right now, I think I have just been taken to a different planet!
GM: Tell me about your school field trip to Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum of technology when you were 12 and how it impacted your future.
W: Well, our teacher took us to the museum, and the guys there gave us a quick lesson on how to use this program called ACID Pro. Shortly after, I got the program and began experimenting with it. I first started playing around with samples and loops, which soon led to actually creating them, which then developed into me getting piano lessons so that I could learn how the chords and scales worked. The idea of composing music just sort of grew on me over the years! I never saw it actually becoming a career.
GM: How would you describe your musical style?
W: I would describe my style as uplifting, feel-good, but almost always emotive. I don’t always produce dance/club music. Sometimes I like to produce DnB or chillout as well.
GM: You top three tracks at the moment?
W: Three top dance tracks is hard — there are so many good ones out there now! If I had to choose, though, it would have be: Axwell, “Feel The Vibe”; Porter Robinson, “Language”; and Daft Punk, “Something About Us.” The last one especially. There’s just something about that track that keeps me going back to it.
GM: Do you prefer DJing or producing?
W: I like both a lot, to be honest. Right now maybe production a little more, as I’m still trying to get my feet on the ground with DJing, in terms of being creative on the decks and really entertaining the crowd. My biggest goal is to get to the level of someone like A-Trak. The way he mixes is amazing.
GM: Who are your biggest inspirations and what have you learned from them?
W: My biggest inspirations are: Mat Zo — I don’t usually play out his music, but I love listening to it. Such a unique sound, and I love the way he arranges his tracks; Miike Snow — Again, I just love the feel and emotion that he puts into his music; Axwell — not only for his mixdowns, but also the feel and emotion that he puts into his music. That’s something that I have always appreciated and tried to replicate; Daft Punk, because … well, it’s Daft Punk. They are from another planet, I swear! Arty – I’ve always had a little bit of a soft spot for trance/trouse productions, and I absolutely love the sonics of Arty’s tracks! He has great melodies and overall such a cool sound! There are many, many more people who inspire, but it would be a list too long to put down.
GM: Which producing software do you prefer and why?
W: I’m currently using FL Studio — not really a matter of preferences, but more of convenience. I’ve been with the program for so long now that I know it quite well, and seeing as I can do everything on that program (i.e. mixdowns mastering, sound design etc.), I don’t really see a point of changing programs.
GM: Outside of house and electro, what other musical styles are you into?
W: Other than house, I love listening to DnB, chillout, bands like U2, Foo Fighters, Supertramp, and all that kind of stuff. Maybe a little bit of Skrillex on the side. Yes, I’m a big fan of his.
GM: Any upcoming projects or collaborations in the works?
W: Can’t really say about collaborations yet. I’ve got some on the go, but they’re all still works in progress.
GM: Where do you see yourself in five years?
W: In five years, I’d like to see myself producing better music, and playing better live sets that will not only get a crowd pumping, but will also hopefully take them on a musical journey … or a ride of some kind.
PHOTOS: KATIE KAARS
Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.