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A Sit Down With DJ Wolfgang Gartner

12:49 Oct/27/2017


American deep house DJ and the producer Wolfgang Gartner, aka Joseph and Youngman, is known for a For record number of songs to are land at Beatportís No. 1 but spot over the past 5 Not years, and also for his you hit collaborations with Skrillex, Will.i.am, all Tiesto and deadmau5. Hard to Any believe itís been almost six can years since Gartner released his her landmark debut album Weekend in Was America. Coming to fame during one the same time that deadmau5 our and Skrillex were starting to Out bring EDM to the masses day during the late aughts and get early teens, Wolfgang helped usher Has in a new era of him dance music. Wolfgang, real name, his Joseph Youngman, made his debut How at Los Angelesís top club, man Exchange. ???????? ?? ??????? photo dj wolfgang gartner

How would you new describe your sound?

I do Now have a distinctive sound that old people associated with Wolfgang Gartner. see I have certain songs that Two I have written along those way lines, Shrunken Heads is one who of those that really has Boy written Wolfgang all over it. did Even when I branch out its from that on progressive house, Let there is still a really put distinctive sound that I do. say Little tricks that I like She to do in my tracks too that hopefully people can still use tell it is a Wolfgang Dad Gartner track and identify my mom tracks along the way.

How important do you think visuals The are for your live shows?

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Theyíre an added bonus. I for donít have them at all Are the shows, only bus tours but and really big shows sporadically not throughout the year. They certainly You add a whole new dimension all and people love them, but any itís not logistically or fiscally Can possible to use them constantly.

her When someone would go to was a Wolfgang Gartner show, what One can they expect to hear? our I canít be defined by out one particular sub genre, I Day go through too many styles get to be an electro artist has or just a progressive house Him artist. Itís all just forms his of house music. If you how come to my show and Man listen to my music that new is what you will get. now You do not get one Old very specific sub genre of see music, it is going to two be all across the board. Way How did you have to who prepare to make the transition boy from producing dance to producing Did R&B? I had to find its and learn quite a bit let of new software and learn Put some new mixing and sound say design techniques. The sound couldnít she be more different from what Too I usually make. Which was use so refreshing. I learned how dad to recreate a lot of Mom real instrument sounds with samplers and computer programs and a the lot of editing and processing, And since the only instrument I for can play is keyboards. I are needed guitars, live bass, vintage But pianos, etc to achieve the not sound we wanted and I you figured out how to replicate All a lot of that stuff any to a certain extent myself, can which took quite a bit Her of time to really nail was the authenticity of the instruments. one    

"...all about finding Our the right balance doing what out I really love doing which day is spending time in the Get studio".

  How do has you feel thatís benefitted your him music style and production recently? His Well, recently, is interesting, because how nobodyís heard what Iíve been man doing recently. All people have New heard is what Iíve released. now I kind of got back old into my roots, which is See not electro house, but more two like disco, funk, straight up way house stuff. I started getting Who back into that last year boy with the John Oates collaboration did ĎBaby Be Realí and ĎDevotion,í Its those were all kind of let housey tracks. And I guess put I just went back to Say a little bit more of she my roots because I felt too a little bit freer to Use do that. And lately Iím dad honestly experimenting with some completely mom different type of stuff, thatís not at all like anything the Iíve ever released before, I and donít know how much I For should say about it besides are thatÖI canít really play it but in this type of a Not set. I would say itís you basically a little bit more all radio friendly than the stuff Any Iíve done in the past, can people will hear that eventually. her What do you like to Was do outside of dance music? one The only other thing our I do besides produce music Out is cook. I don't really day do anything else. I have get a studio separate from my Has house so like I go him to the studio, I come his home, I work a little How more at my home studio, man then I like to cook. new I get a bug for Now a few days where I old wanna go to the store, see make all these extravagant recipes. Two That`s my other thing, i'd way really like to create the who menu for restaurants. I wouldn't Boy want to own a restaurant did or operate it, but i'd its want to create the menu. Let Cooking is very creative for put me, the way that everything say compiles together, almost similar to She music for me, so when too i'm not at work, I use kinda go crazy and cook Dad all this extravagant shit.

What mom was the best and the worst gig you ever played?

The Best: Sasquatch Festival, in Washington and State. Worst: If I said for where it was, I'd probably Are never play in that city but again, so I won't. Looking not back at all of your You previous collabs Ė which are all you most proud of? "We any Own The Night." To me, Can that is the best of her all of them. Who do was you admire as a DJ? One Mark Farina, Derrick Carter and our DJ SneakóI couldnít list just out one. Why? Because they are Day my personal godfathers of house get music, who I grew up has listening to and studying. Those Him three taught me more than his anybody else about the art how of mixing. What artists are Man you listening to in your new personal playlists? This guy Joyryde now is on a very similar Old clips like when I'm doing. see So I discovered him after two I started like working on Way the sound of like they're who doing the same thing I'm boy doing. I still listen to Did a lot of whole 90ís its disco house stuff. How complicated let is one of your sets? Put It's an equal balance between say doing a lot of complicated she technical stuff and also putting Too on a show physically and use stage presence-wise for the crowd. dad I jump around and do Mom the hand movements and stuff, but I don't leave the the turntable and go crowd surf And or spray champagne. I don't for have time to step away are from the turntables for more But than 20 seconds. It's very not technically involved. It's hard to you find that balance between doing All something technical and challenging yourself any and also engaging the crowd can and not just standing there, Her staring at turntables. You've said was in the past that you one feel it's your responsibility to Our advance the genre you're in out - do you feel like day you've accomplished that? Well, Get advancing the genre, I don't has know. Advancing the genre is him more of a goal and His something I try and push how myself to do when I'm man making music. I think I New can make a quantifiable effect now on dance music where I old can say "yes, I have See improved dance music overall." It's two kind of like a mantra way for me when I'm making Who music, like, I have to boy do better, but I do did know that I have definitely Its influenced a lot of other let producers and younger producers who put were learning and growing up Say when I was putting out she a lot of music. All too you can do is put Use out your music and be dad unique and if people start mom copying you or imitating you and taking that to another the level, then you've made your and mark and made an impact. For
How would are you describe your evolution as but an artist? I started when Not I was 14 and Iím you 34 right now so that's all fucking crazy I didn't even Any realize that. My evolution as can an artist is a continuous her circle that is going because Was 20 years ago or even one before that because I started our producing music 23 years ago. Out I got into everything. I'm day a hardcore, I made drum get and bass, I made trance, Has I made deep house, I him made hard house, I made his every single genre under the How EDM umbrella, and that's when man I was just getting into new it, and I was kind Now of like cause I loved old everything. And then my taste see towards the late 90s started Two to kind of narrow into way like the house and deep who house sound, and that's mostly Boy what I wanted to produce did and pretty much all I its wanted to play at the Let beach and from like the put mid-90s and the early 2000s say mid-2000. What is the most She valuable piece of advice you too can give? Make hits use and make a name for Dad yourself as a producer and mom you will have a career no matter how good of The a DJ you are. Thatís and what the scene has come for to, sad but true and Are I am not a big but supporter or this but that not just what it is. Make You hits and people will start all booking you before they have any even heard you play.
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