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EXCLUSIVE WITH... ASHLEY WALLBRIDGE

It is said that the English are reserved and don't like showing emotions but trance music is full of emotions...
I named one of my tracks Emotions on my recent album because I think music is about expressing yourself. Quite a lot clubbers in the UK are very emotional like when you're playing there's a lot of emotions there. And when you go outside the UK like Poland or America it's a little bit more emotional so I know what you mean.
I know it may sound like a superstition or stereotype but I know a couple of Englishmen and they are really reserved.
Yes, that's true. They do keep themselves back a little bit, they don't show themselves, go crazy. It depends how drunk people are (smile), to be honest. If they got really really drunk they just show their emotions and heave a good time. Say if you go into a club in the UK at say 10 o'clock everybody would be dancing but not crazy. 3 o'clock in the morning - crazy. Really really crazy.



What do you have to still work at so that your performances and productions were perfect?
I think it's all about keeping your style quite unique, keep changing your sound. When I started making music I never thought about I want to do this or that. I just make music. I just make whatever sounds good basically. I just kept doing it and now music is evolving so much. It's hard to keep track of what's going on. It's so many different styles of trance music, progressive so all I'm trying to do is keep people interested, basically that's it.

Your debut album which was released in March this year is called The Inner Me. Should we understand it literally or maybe the title has some other message?
I called it The Inner Me because if you listen to it it's not like pure trance, it's not house, it's not progressive it's everything and I come from a very classical background, like classical music that's where my inspiration come from. So about tracks that I make I take a lot of classical pieces such as Beethoven. I listen to all these and when I was making the album I kept that in my mind. So then I listened back to album and tried to think of the name and just thought: "What about Inner Me'?" That's my style so The Inner Me.



When somebody becomes a really huge star known all over the world there often appears a phenomenon among his fans that even when his production or performance is poor they still have big support. Are constructive criticism and the worst truth always the best solution?
Yeah, I mean I sometimes play like I haven't done a great job so I always ask people "How was it? Be truthful." I don't want to hear "It was good" when it wasn't. It's always good to give constructive criticism because that's the only way to get bigger and better. Some big DJs are so big that even if they played bad they're going to get a massive reaction. It is always good to get honest opinion.

You started DJing very early. Does the style of DJ's playing mature together with the artist himself?
Yes. Since I started to now my style has changed a lot. But I think that's the real maturity and also you have to keep up with what's going on. If I kept playing the way I did it would sound old. So you got to keep playing what's new, what's exciting and what is the main sound and just keep you going.



It's obvious that Andy Moor has already his style as far as productions are concerned. How in that case did the collaboration go?
We live really close together. We've always been good friends and then one day we thought: "Shall we do a track together?"
So you didn't have any problems with getting along and with "the style of production"?
No. I started making music before "new Andy". I started produce more and more, then assigned to Armada and then Andy contacted me and said: "Hey, you produce trance where we live. Let's get together and see what we can do." I went to Andy's studio and that's how we started production and making music together.
So it went smoothly.
Yeah, really smoothly. We've got a good relationship, understand each other, it's good.

You claim that you have many musical faces. Therefore, do you play sets which you start with let's say 128 bpm and end with 140 bpm?
Yeah. I mean, it changes when you go. Tonight I'm going after Armin van Buuren so it will have to change. It will be a little bit faster, a little bit fatter, more chunky. I always play on my own and that's when you came on a journey. You can start with 128bpm and finish upon 140bpm. Tonight it's going to start with 130bpm, maybe 132-133bpm and then just keep working and building.
Make it faster.
Exactly.



Do productions with vocal sell better?
Yeah, I think vocal track is like dance floor more. With an instrumental track without vocal people can dance but with the vocal track people can sing as well. If you get something in the head you can sing and automatically have a good time. So vocal tracks do work better on a dance floor sometimes but not all the time.

Your first association with Sunrise Festival?
I played here 2 years ago and it was amazing! Fucking amazing! Ever since I played here I wanted to come back. I played a lot earlier last time because before Armin and this time it's after Armin. It's good. Last time was amazing and if it's the same as the last time then I'll be happy. I've seen the crowd - wow! (laugh)



Can we ask for a couple of words for WeLoveTrance.pl readers?
Hey this is Ashley Wallbridge. You'll find out more about me on ashleywallbridge.com, facebook.com/djashleywallbridge and twitter the usual. Check out my debut album The Inner Me which is available on iTunes right now. It hit top 5 on iTunes Download Chart which was really cool. I've got remix album which is coming up later on this year so check me out and keep up-to-date! (smile)

Thank you very much!
Thank you!

Interviewed & translated by Marta Walu

 

 

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