Hi Adam! I would like to ask about your remix of Bullet In The Gun. You claim that you made with it your first major impact in production. What are the indicators of turning point? Is it profit, listeners' reaction? How would you describe your breakthrough?
Particular labels have their particular style, thus the artists know where they should send their tracks. What if the artist releases his/her tunes in many completely different labels? Is he/she versatile or rather lost, looking for his/her style?
Hi guys. I put my remix of Bullet In The Gun up on soundcloud around January 2013 and it got a lot of people's attention. It was spread across the scene so much so Paul Oakenfold ended up playing it thanks to a few of his friends sending it to him. Adam White was really kind in that he helped me edit the track to Paul's tastes and in the end it was even signed to Perfecto and released via Armada.
As far as a turning point goes. It certainly wasn't money, it was the reaction my remix got. It really helped put my name on the UK Trance Scene's map. From there on I think people started to take more notice of my name and by the time I had done my Paul Van Dyk - Crush remix and a few other bits, Napalm Poet was introduced to the scene. Obviously all these things tied together in helping me break though into the scene. I believe consistency has got me to where I am now though. It's ok doing one big track but you're only as good as your last track and I feel I have been consistent throughout my short career so far.
For me that means they are extremely versatile. Something I want to be as time goes on. For now I'm concentrating on the harder, faster side of Trance, that's my main love. But I will experiment in the future. I like lots of different styles and I think if you look at the bigger artists in the scene, they are all versatile. It's important to change it up and not just make the same sounding tracks. If you look at my music each track/release is a different style. Melodic, Vocal, Techy, Uplifting. I like all of these styles and I feel each of my tracks fits into one of these categories.
Have you ever worked for somebody as a ghost writer?
I did a few tracks for an artist in 2013 but I was advised by one of the most respected DJs/Producers in the scene to concentrate on my own music. I have followed his advice and don't plan on writing tracks for anyone else.
Does collaboration have this advantage of dividing work between two (or more) people or maybe it doesn't matter and you still have as much work as usually?
It's a tricky one and I guess it depends who you work with. I think you put just as much effort into the track as you want it to be as good as possible. You of course spend a little less time on the content and arrangement as you both add bits but I think it's just as hard as making a track by yourself. Also everyone works differently and has different opinions and sometimes you have to be patient with one another and compromise on certain elements. It's a great challenge collaborating and it's something I love doing.
Your career developed in a flash thus you got to know show business world well. Is there anything that surprised, intimidated or terrified you?
There's been a lot of that. I guess I have realised how cut throat the scene is. At the end of the day there's a lot of people wanting to break through and with that comes a lot of negativity at times. There's of course a lot of positivity but you have to take the bad with the good. It's sometimes hard to deal with but I have my pier-friends who help me get through it with their invaluable advice.
I've always found hanging around with DJ's a surreal feeling. I've followed these guys since I was 20. I look up to a lot of them. Sharing backstage with them and hanging out with them in different countries is strange to me at times. (laugh)
Your music style is slightly different from Solarstone's yet 2 of your productions were included on Pure Trance Vol. 3. What did you do to deserve this? (smile)
I don't think I did anything to deserve it to be honest. Solarstone personally asked me to do a track for the first CD and Bryan had a vision for the Fred Baker track and wanted me to remix it for his part in the compilation. It's really as simple as that.
You claim that Aulus is the combination of classic kind of trance sound and modern power and production techniques. Did you balance those two features or maybe you tried to make it more in "pure trance" style considering the character of the compilation?
You're bang on. When Solarstone asked me to do an original single for the CD I was made aware that the track would also be released on Pure Trance at the end of the year. With this in mind I made a track that has all my traits but sticks to a really pure uplifting melody. I'm really happy with the outcome of Aulus as it was something a little different from myself.
What are your plans on New Year's Eve? Are you performing somewhere?
At the moment I'm not, but it's not a bad thing. I always enjoy celebrating the new year with my friends and family.
Finally I would like to ask you for a few words for WeLoveTrance.pl readers and your Polish fans.
Thanks for all the support guys. I was lucky enough to play for Essential Vibes earlier this year and was shown amazing hospitality. The fans were educated and up for it. I had a look around the old town of Warsaw and it's a beautiful country from what I can tell.
Thank you very much for the interview! It was wonderful to have you as my guest.
Interviewed by Marta Walu¶