Living On a Roller Coaster: Our Interview with Avesta
We recently sat down with Avesta to discuss a bunch of topics, ranging from his inspirations to his future plans. Check out his responses, and learn a little more about the man who made “Dutchano” and more!
1. What artist or song first got you familiarized with dance music?
I remember two songs very well that got my attention in the club back in 2005/2006
Til West & DJ Delicious – Same Man
Evermore – It’s Too Late (Dirty South Remix)
2. To this day, how has the support of guys like Nicky Romero, Quintino, and Tiësto influenced you during your career?
It’s great to see that artists of this caliber support you. It gives you certitude that you’re on the right way and makes you want go on and on. Especially Laidback Luke believed in me since day one.
3. How did you first get into touch with Laidback Luke regarding the release of “Dutchano”?
There was that record called “Leyenda” I posted on his forum. He really liked it and played in his sets. Then we kept in touch and I sent him Dutchano as a demo, he loved it and even did his own edit. We finally released his edit, which he is still playing today after almost 4 years.
4. Do you have a favorite track that you have produced?
I always say my best track is yet to be produced, that’s something that keeps me going :)
5. You took about a year between your solo releases (Monkey Punch in October 2012, and your new EP on Cr2 is out just about a week ago), what happened?
I locked myself in the studio to work on my sound. A lot of dance music today sound similar, it’s important for me to bring something new and fresh to the poeple and that takes time.
6. Where did your inspiration for “Save The Rave” and “Rock Nation” come from?
For Save the Rave it was the SHM that inspired me a lot, especially their track “One”. Rock Nation is more of a mixture with an organic breakdown, where I wanted to keep in more “live” and less bigroom.
7. In today’s dance music industry, we hear a lot about identical big-room tracks and ghost producers. Do you think dance music has become too commercialized?
As long as the artists are involved in the productions process and that they’re not just kids from rich dads that have no clue what’s going on I’m ok with “ghost productions”. There are a lot of producers that enjoy producing for other people and don’t want to be exposed to the media themselves. I think we have to respect that.
I agree that there are a lot of tracks that do sound identical at the moment. That’s why it’s important to take time and to come up with a sound that adds something to the current dance music industry.
8. What is your favorite venue to DJ at, and why?
I don’t really have a favorite venue. I like them all because every venue is different, has a different crowd and atmosphere. That’s what keeps it interesting!
9. What tracks and remixes do you have coming in the near future?
There is a new original coming out on Laidback Luke’s label, Mixmash records.
It’s called Roller Coaster! You can listen to the full version here: Avesta – Roller Coaster
There are also a couple of other projects going on I can’t reveal yet!
10. How do you plan on making the rest of 2014 your year?
I’m really looking forward to playing the festivals. Can’t wait for the summer season to begin!
Besides that I’m working a lot in the studio on the next Avesta tracks!