The Sound of Garuda: Mixed By Gareth Emery

We chat to Darude

We chat to Darude

We chat to Sean Tyas

We chat to Sean Tyas

We chat toAndy Moor

We chat to Andy Moor

We chat to Alex Morph

We chat to Alex Morph

We chat to Tritonal

We chat to Tritonal

We chat to Matt Lange

We chat to Matt Lange


We Chat To JES

Haezer Interview

We Chat To Haezer

Double Adapter Interview

We Chat To Double Adapter

Tania Zygar Interview

We Chat To Tania Zygar

Giuseppe Ottaviani Interview

We Chat To Giuseppe Ottaviani

Fergie (Robert Ferguson) Interview

We Chat To Fergie

Cristina Soto Interview

We chat to Cristina Soto

Bjorn Akesson Interview

We Chat To Bjorn Akesson

Ronski Speed Interview

We Chat To Ronski Speed

Darude Interview

Scandinavia has produced some of the biggest names in EDM for at least the last decade, with artists like Super8 & Tab, Daniel Kandi, Bjorn Akesson, Swedish House Mafia and most recently Avicii, heading the top of the charts. One artist who has arguably been on more compilations the world over than the before named artists combined, is platinum selling DJ/Producer DARUDE!

Q1. Thanx to a recent explosion of Dance Music in the world of pop music, A whole new generation of “Dance” lovers might not know exactly who the man behind “Darude” is. Tell us a bit more about Ville Virtanen and how you got your start in EDM.

A1: - I've always been a music lover and highly interested in music, and I started making my own music in 1996 after some friends of mine showed me what they were doing with just a computer and some freeware programs. I realized that I could make my own music and decided to have a go at that. I bought my first PC and started fooling around with it and losing too much sleep... ;) I never thought about 'making it big', I was just making music because I liked it so much. I tortured my friends with my early production and sent some demos to magazines and radio stations in Finland in '97 and '98 and also to some record companies and got some good feedback, but nothing more, they weren’t really looking for instrumental electronic dance music at that point, but mainly Finnish dance pop and such. I made music on my own and also had two separate projects with two of my friends. On a Wednesday night in August '99 after his DJ set I gave my later-to-be-producer, Jaakko "JS16" Salovaara, a demo CD (my third one for him actually) which included my original demo of 'Sandstorm' (and some other tracks of mine) which got Jaakko's attention. All I wanted was his professional opinion of the tracks and some tips about better sounds and things like that. What I got was a phone call a week later. We met the same night in the same club in Turku, Finland, and agreed on working together. We spent two or three days in his studio and the next Tuesday ‘Sandstorm’ (plus his JS16 remix) was ready as you hear it now on the single. It took a few weeks to get the track mastered and to get the singles from the plant and to get it on the Finnish Dance Chart. After three weeks it was number one and stayed there for 16 weeks. The things snowballed from there and I started touring in Finland, then Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, UK, US, Australia, all over the place.

Q2. While you’ve released some extremely memorable singles, you’ve also released 3 great Albums, and remixed some of EDM’s greatest tracks, do you have a different approach to singles , albums or remixes… or is it all the same to you?

A2: - I think a track (future single or not, that’s to be decided usually later after there’s several tracks to choose from) is the thing that I concentrate on first and most. Making an album (which sadly these days seems to be a disappearing thing, especially in the EDM world) is a lot bigger undertaking and, at least to me, is as such too big a thing to try and create on one go. Obviously cool start-to-finish full-on concept albums are possible, too, but how I think of an album is that any track made in a certain period of time one after another can be put together to form an album and when you’ve decided which tracks are going to be on the album, then you can plan the track order based on feel, bpm, maybe key and then revisit any tracks you think need updating or other adjustments to fit better the flow of the album. 

Remixes are, or can be, one level easier as someone already did the creation work and you “only” need to do your interpretation of it. The difficulty lies in deciding how faithful to the original you’re going to have your remix be for it to be respectful enough and how different for it to be cool and worthy enough. I like doing remixes, because you can both re-use some stuff you’ve created earlier when making your own original music and you’ll most likely come up with some new stuff that you can use later when creating your own new music. Recycling your own signature sounds (to a point, of course!) helps your fans recognize your new music and helps you stand out from the rest of the producers. My style has changed slowly over the years, but I think there’s pretty much always something carried over from an earlier project to the next one, and I think that bridging might help not alienating old fans when trying out new ideas and being influenced by “the sound of today”.

Q3.You released a compilation at the end of 2011, that shares a name with your bi-weekly podcast called “The Salmiakki Sessions”… from what I gather “Salmiakki” is a type of salty treat in Finland. How did you decide to give the podcast and your compilation this peculiar title?

A3: - I love salmiakki and I often have some with me in the studio, so at some point back in the day when I was mixing my first radio mixes I was simultaneously chewing some salty’n’sweet treats and thought that what could be a better name for my show than the thing that fueled those mixing sessions! It’s perhaps not the easiest of words or concepts to people outside of Scandinavia, but at least it’s a pretty unique name and definitely describes my mixes well, too.

Q4. I imagine you’ve probably had to answer questions about “Sandstorm” more than any other question, you’ve ever heard… But who can expect anything else? It’s an absolute classic. What are the chances of an updated remix ever seeing the light, or are you sick to death of playing it.

A4: - It’s very likely that at some point there’ll be official new mixes, but I don’t have a time even pencilled down yet, just waiting for the right moment and some more great mixes landing on my desk… There are numerous awesome mixes that I’ve played along the years, both from the original remix packages and from close producer friends who with my permission or because of my request have done killer mixes, and I’ve played them all over the place and mashed them up with other tracks and samples etc. I get asked to play it at every gig and I usually do, but I think I played the original mix myself last in like 2002 J, but no, I’m not sick of playing it, because that track “made me” and people still seem to go bonkers when I play it!

Q5: You co-own a label with Randy Boyer named Enmass records, A label started after the unfortunate passing of Eric Tadla. How did the partnership between you and Randy come about?

A5: - Randy and I go back over a decade now, we actually met on my very first US gig in December 2000. We didn’t become close friends immediately then, but reconnected a couple of years later. We started to talk a lot about music and production and business stuff and we realized that our thoughts about a lot of stuff is very similar. While our tastes in music are maybe a little different, there’s still a lot of overlapping in our track selection and production ideas and styles. When I told Randy that I’m going to start my own label, he told me he’d been thinking about the same thing, and we just decided to combine forces. We thought that it’d lighten the workload a little, and that we’d benefit from each others networks and fan bases and of course learn things from each others’ practical experiences. The idea was out there for a while and when we were on the road together in 2008, we got to know each other face to face, you know, not just via email or chats, and felt comfortable with everything and that’s when we really got things rolling.

Q6. What are the chances of the Enmass production project making a return with you and Randy?

A6: - No chance, I’d say, Enmass was Randy and Eric, and I could never take his place. With EnMass Music, though, we hope to keep the name alive and sincerely hope that Eric would approve what we’re going after with it.

Q7: Are you a hardware or software man, when it comes to production… ?

A7: - 100% software these days, total recall rocks! My US studio, where I've mostly worked for the last four years, is purely software-based, the only hardware I have are a Novation midi controller, Genelec monitors, MoTU audio interface, a Mac Pro and Røde K2 mic and pre amp. I have to say that Logic Pro is definitely my favourite tool. It has everything; great midi and audio editing, awesome software sampler, synths and effect plug-ins, I can do a track in it from start to finish, even on a laptop. I also like Melodyne and Ableton Live a lot. In my Finnish studio I have a good bit of beloved hardware, like Korg Triton, Korg MS2000, Access Virus C, Roland JP8080, which all are awesome, but which I can do without these days. I’ve sampled some of my most used sounds from the hardware I have and sadly they’re mostly gathering dust these days, but I don’t want to sell them either as they’re part of my history and also from tech point of view I might need them for re-doing some stuff one day.

Q8: What has been your best and worst experience within the EDM scene thus far?

A8: - Best thing is absolutely the awesome dance music loving people I meet. Nothing is more amazing than to land in some city, shoot to a club full of people and get to play loud music to an appreciative crowd. It’s still mindblowing to me that people actually line up and pay money to come to see me spin, like how crazy is that! I’m very grateful!
Worst was for a while the haters and back-stabbers… Until I realized that most of them are just bitter for whatever reason, nothing really to do with me, and too afraid to try something for themselves. Now I laugh at the biggest insults or straight-up lies I sometimes see on forums or Facebook. The shady business side of the scene is a reality that I’ve needed to tackle with legal help a couple of times and sometimes just had to take it to the chin, too. Some people are just shameless out there, and I hate to say it, but it definitely at times momentarily has made me more cynical about people, which by nature I am not.

Q9: I love your work with Blake Lewis, and admire both of your skills immensely… is there someone specific you’d love to work with in future?

A9: - My standard answer here is: Madonna! She hasn’t called yet, but I’ll be ready! ;) Anyway, Blake and I just touched base the other day and while talked about nothing that specific, looking in my crystal ball I see another Blake Lewis & Darude collaboration in the future, too.

Q10: What can we expect from Darude in the near and distant future?

A10: - I’m working on my next release, an original artist album, but I haven’t set any deadlines or release dates as I’ve had a bit of a hard time finding time for studio, because we have some nasty health issues in the family and I’ve had to take care of my loved ones. The album is shaping nicely, though, and I’ve already test played several tracks at my gigs and been really happy with the response so far. I’ve got several collaboration tracks already and there will be a couple more still, and a re-work or two of some big tracks of last decade, which I’m really excited about. Before my own releases, there'll some Darude touch on our label EnMass Music's releases. I usually do a remix alone or with one of our EMM artists like Randy Boyer or Weirdness. More info on anything Darude-related can be found on and and you can get in touch with me and the label team directly on www. and as well as hear previews of our music.

Sean Tyas Interview

A man that has been one of EDM’s brightest shining laser lights, within the last decade, staying true to the sound that made Dance floors across the globe fall in love with him, while being brave enough to venture outside of the box as of late, one of my own personal heroes and an incredible inspiration to producers the world over, is the incredible SEAN TYAS.

Q1. Sean Tyas is a name that has become synonymous with Peak-hour, Main floor EDM, thanks to some of the most infamous productions to ever grace the ears of an incredibly critical yet appreciative EDM world, tell us more about how EDM crossed your path and became such a major part of your life?

A1: I guess around 1990, I got a little mixtape off my uncle of various mixes of Apotheosis – O’Fortuna. This was probably the first time I had been exposed to proper club “underground” four to the floor. I was just addicted since then and the rest of course, is history.

Q2.I read quite recently that your first experience with production came through Dos Based software called “Impulse Tracker”, now believe it or not… I myself got into production in exactly the same way, having copied a pirated version of “Scream Tracker” from an older friend, and eventually moving on to the hugely similar “Impulse Tracker”, you’re currently quite a famous “LOGIC” supporter, how much would you say your production and writing process has evolved from those early days?

A2: Jeez, with impulse tracker you wrote music from the top DOWN, and not left to right like we do now. And when you keyed in values, that was all done in hexadecimal, ha! Ok so programming a snare roll had to be typed as far as volume went, so the first hit was 01, 02, but after 09, u have 0A, then 0B, until 0F. It was weird! Plus everything was based solely on samples in tracker programs back then. No synths.

Q3.Being a great follower of your work, and having recently had the immense honour of catching your live set at Club Truth in Johannesburg, South Africa, a few things have become quite apparent… While still being one of Trance’s greatest champions, you can in no way be purely boxed in such a way. Having introduced a fair amount of electro influence in both your sets and latest productions… What are your feelings as far as genres, cliques and pigeon-holing in the industry are concerned?

A3: I used to be such a champion of pigeon holing. I used to say, yep trance is all I’ll ever do blaaa blaaaa. Well, I have to step back and say how absolutely ignorant that was and is. I am so happy I started to open my mind. The amount of new sounds I have heard and have learned to make has led me to really enjoy making music every goddamn second again. The cross pollination of genres is healthy. The haters can hate all they want, they just need to get laid. There I said it J During this expansion of my sound range, however, I have met and communicated with some amazing new people and look forward to meeting even more over the course of the future.

Q4.I remember a while back walking into a CD store and picking up a copy of DJ Tatana’s “A Tribute To Trance”, only to open the booklet and realize that production on quite a number of tracks had been done by “Sean Tyas”. How did this come about and what else have you secretly done without taking credit for A.K.A behind the scenes?

A4: I think my engineering days are done for now, as I’m really just concentrating mostly on original material and exploring what I can do, what I enjoy, and what makes me happy at the end of the day in the studio. I think on discogs most of my engineering work should be listed. It was fun and good experience for a while, but now I want to concentrate on my own stuff.

Q5: While EDM and specifically House music has its origins in the USA, there is no doubt that for a very long time Europe was leading the way as far as Electronic music, especially Trance is concerned, aside from exceptions like BT and Christopher Lawrence. But in recent years, a host of US DJ’s, including yourself have come to light, proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the “Trance” world… What would you attribute this to, being from the US and currently living in Europe yourself?

A5 : It’s weird that the world assumes people need to be fom a certain part of the world to make a certain type of music or play a sport (or be a certain race even at times). Well, look at it this way, when Tiger Woods is the best golf pro and Eminem is the best rapper, I think the dance scene is allowed to have some quality trance names ;)

Q6. Any Sean Tyas fan, knows that a great deal of inspiration comes from your beautiful wife and daughter, having released tracks specifically dedicated to them… and with good reason. What else inspires Sean Tyas, though?

A6: Good new sounds and beautiful melodies, as always. Or crazy set of percussions mayhaps. Yes, I said mayhaps.

Q7: There’s no doubt that Producers and DJ’s around the world look up to you… Are there any artists you specifically look up to yourself?

A7: Prydz, Far Too Loud, Knife Party, Paul van Dyk, Moby, The Prodigy

Q8: You’ve produced enough singles to fit on quite a few Albums, and collaborated with some of the world’s biggest DJ’s, what are the chances of seeing a Sean Tyas artist album any time soon, and are there any specific artists you would love to work with in future?

A8: We’ll see, I think making an album in these days where CDs are BARELY even manufactured anymore. I just don’t see the point to release 12 tracks all on the same day. Not only that, to save up all these tracks from the day 1 of starting the work (usually artists take 12-18 months of work) and release them so much time after he/she finished them. I know most producers move quick with their technique and style and the oldest tracks may not always represent them correctly.

Q9: One of your biggest tracks entitled “Solo” samples a very famous Guns & Roses riff… Which leads me to believe that there’s much more to Sean Tyas’ taste than we might imagine… what’s playing on your IPOD/Mp3 Player/Car Radio right now?

A9: Solo has that riff re-created not sampled, had to clarify that point ;) And in my car stereo usually whatever my wife wants to put into the CD Changer! ;) As for my iPhone/iPad, no music at all! Just games!

Q10: What can we expect from Sean Tyas in the near and distant future?

 A10: Tytanium relaunches very soon, a lot more singles which im quite excited about covering a lot of ground, including of course, high energy trance music.





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