A Sit Down With DJ Arno Cost
With his musical sensibilities residing within the realms of electronica, disco and house, Arnos production and remix work has attracted praise from some of dance musics most formidable figures. Arno Costs talent has stemmed from exposure to music at an early age. Brought up on a diet of pop music, Italo-Disco and later, the innovations of the seminal French Touch such as Daft Punk, Arnos appreciation turned into creation as he took his hand to production in 1999.
"Make sure your music is unique and create an own style. Try to be different then what is already out on the market."
How do you feel your music has evolved since you first started?
It's amazing to see that so many people from all over the world are being moved by electronic dance music and that this genre got so big. On the other hand it is sad to see that money buys a lot of stuff nowadays, including DJ careers. There is so much music released everyday, sometimes I have the feeling people are a bit lost.
I like when DJs really start their own tracks because that is what you can identify with. What do you want to be remembered for?
If I have to pick one thing, I want my music to speak for me as a person. Its all about marketing and branding, but sometimes I just want my music to speak. If people have to remember me by my tracks when I am 80, it is going to be one of my biggest tracks ever, Magenta from 2006.
Do you prefer DJing or producing songs?
Thats a though question. I like to produce music, create new content and spend hours in the studio, but its also really cool to see people go totally crazy when they hear my music when I play.
I always like to find out DJs musical inspirations anyone who has inspired you to start making music in your bedroom?
Yeah, before I started making house music, I liked to produce some down-tempo stuff like Moby back in the day. When he released the album Play, I was like WOW!- it was something special to me. A new life was beginning in music. Before that, I liked Muse and Radiohead as well. And when Daft Punk went with their One More Time track, I said "I want to do this, I want to do this French-Dutch music."
What are your top five tunes at the moment?
Arno Cost & Arias - The Days To Come
Chris Lake - Cross The Line
Thomas Gold - Agora
Daft Punk - Technologic (Sebjack Edit)
Marco V - Reaver
How would you describe your sound?
Progressive. I like to take time on the tracks and to build it up. I love the melodies; I love to spread emotions. Its hard to describe your sound but people have said my music is emotional and melodic. Thats my main goal. Your questions are very tough Its hard to say.
Do you think the French house music scene still has a really strong influence on your style? And what music did you grow up listening to and is that an influence now?
Yes for sure. I am mostly inspired from the French Touch. When i was a kid i listened to Daft Punk, Bob Sinclar, Phoenix, Air, Cassius. I aslo really like Eric Prydz and Deadmau5 stuff. But i think its important to be very open minded I take my inspiration from a lot of genres, from downtempo (Moby, Portishead to pop rock music (Serges Gainsbourg, Coldplay, Muse.
Arno, will you ever go into any other genre of music?
You can see people are progressing back to their roots, towards house and pop. That is the kind of music I love to play and will keep playing.
What do you think the future of house music will be?
Thats a very tough question. You dont really know whats going to happen but at least you can see the that EDM is going down. The hard sound and hot style of house music which we call EDM I think people want more sound, more melodies in their music. Thats very exciting for me because my roots are there. Im not a real hot style guy, Im more into the melodies, the vocals, and the emotion. I think in ten years that will still be going on. I think music can evolve in a way where people will want to feel the emotions and melodies. Over the last two to four years, it wasnt the case. People just wanted to jump Theres no emotion in a jump. So, Im very happy that EDM is going down and emotion is rising.
What advice do you have to offer to new producers and DJs that are just getting started that can help them progress in their careers?
The competition is very strong. It is hard to stand out among the rest. I think the number one thing is to be passionate about what you do and love the music for the music. Its not only about getting easy money. Its about putting in the hard work and is being passionate about what you do. You have to think out of the box. There are so many people out there doing the same thing. You have to be different in my opinion.
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