It was a busy summer time for producer/DJ Audien as he lately wrapped up his nationwide “Progressive House Never Died” tour, capped off by his greatest headline present so far on the Hollywood Palladium final month. For those who have been at one of many exhibits you have been handled to an absolute deal with as Audien and numerous buddies introduced the magic of golden-era EDM to enthusiastic and delighted crowds. We lately obtained the prospect to speak with Audien (actual identify Nate Rathbun) in regards to the PHND tour, his development as an artist, staying shut with followers and what’s coming sooner or later. Take a look at our interview under.
Hey Nate, thanks for chatting with us, it’s been some time since we final talked. You’re recent off the Progressive Home By no means Died tour. Inform me what was the inspiration behind it, and the way has the tour been to date?
“It was really just about carrying the torch for something that I feel was forgotten. Back in 2014, 2015, 2016; I felt like progressive house music, or at least, energetic dance music was really so momentous and huge. Everyone connected with it simultaneously, and seemingly, within a few months, everything kind of just tapered. I think there was a lot of saturation in that market; you didn’t hear a lot of progressive house being made. And, it became all about future bass, and now more, house, like tech house and stuff like that. But, it’s just about going back to those anthemic progressive house music moments that no one really gets to experience anymore. It’s unique, something that was once over-saturated is now completely unique, because nobody can get it anywhere. If you go to a festival, you know what you’re going to get; a ton of bass, a ton of house, and maybe a few prog-house guys.”
Clearly, the Palladium present was your greatest headline present so far. Inform us what was your first present, how do you are feeling to be taking part in such an enormous venue solo? What’s it been like seeing the dimensions of your viewers develop through the years?
“It was, first of all, the perfect room to have it. But, also, it was just that next step up, it was very ambitious doing a venue that size, but, something deep down was like, we can do this. And, so, I went for it. There was risk there, for sure, but, you can’t win if you don’t play, right? It’s been great, I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty blessed that it’s happened so consistently. For some artists, it happens overnight, and they get really shell-shocked by that. Or, maybe, it’s just like it goes up and then down all the way really quickly with some other styles of music. But, with me, it’s just been a slow rise, and I actually like that. It gives me a chance to have my footing and give people something that I really think sets the bar forward a little bit each time. And, I think that’s what having a great story is all about, with music. When I say story, I mean the progression of music, it shouldn’t be this rushed, quick, viral thing. It should be something that’s built over years of time. Everyone’s living their life, you can like a style of music, and enjoy it for many years, it doesn’t just have to be this trendy thing.”
Talking of rising as an artist. How do you preserve a relationship with followers, how do you resolve like, oh, I’m going to do a meet & greet, or I wish to drop merch?
“Effectively, the meet & greets we attempt to do for each present. However, it’s humorous, there’s a man named Christian who’s grow to be actually shut with me and he runs a fan group for the Audien venture. However, he’s at a lot of the exhibits, and he organizes numerous the shut followers that I’ve come to know. And, we at all times arrange meet & greets and stuff and simply do it as a lot as we will inside motive. However, merch is one thing that’s so enjoyable for me, it’s simply enjoyable. All of the merch concepts are my concepts, like all the garments and stuff.
I’ve labored with a number of individuals which can be shut with me to provide you with these concepts. However, on the finish of the day, it’s one thing that I’d put on, and it’s one thing that I l actually like. And, so merch is simply extraordinarily enjoyable, it’s not about something different than simply having enjoyable. It’s not that I’m like, oh, the followers would love this, it’s like, I wish to put this out, as a result of I’d put on this. However, yeah, I’m so blessed with that. I’ve such nice followers which can be actually open minded and funky. If you come to an Audien present, you’re going to make buddies, most likely, is my guess. As a result of they’re simply very nice, completely happy individuals.”
What makes Los Angeles so particular? Why did you resolve to have your greatest present right here? What are a few of your favourite meals spots right here?
“Yeah, I’ve lived there for a long time. There’s one place I like called Sushi Fumi, down on La Cienega, West Hollywood. It’s like this hole-in-the-wall sushi spot, that, if you know about it, you go all the time. It’s why there’s a line at 5 PM, but, you gotta go, it’s amazing sushi and this tiny one-off place. But, I love a lot of places in L.A, I like some of the more bougie-er ones, but, I also like, I always got amazing acai bowls at this place called Copacabana, I think it’s a chain, but the ones in L.A. I always used to love.”
I really feel like we’re due for an Audien album, what do you assume the long run holds for you? What would you inform followers to count on?
“Yeah, I’m going to do one other a kind of finally. However, simply numerous actually good prog-house songs, as a result of that’s simply the place I’m at proper now. I’m working with numerous actually good producers proper now that positively get it, they perceive it. So, I’m going to have some collabs come out, however that’s simply the place I’m at. I’m making tons of progressive home, I’ve like 4 songs within the works proper now which can be all going to simply trickle out, and perhaps finally waterfall into an album, however we’re fascinated about it.
The one factor I wish to say about albums is, you set out an album, and like three songs are actually those that folks care about, as a result of they have been most likely the singles. After which there’s like seven songs that you just love that nobody hears. So, there’s obtained to be a technique to do it the place everybody can hear each music. The Chainsmokers are an amazing instance, they do what’s referred to as a ‘waterfall’ album. The place they simply do like single, single, single. What I don’t like about that’s when it’s album launch day, you’ve already heard the entire songs. So, you’ve obtained to type of weigh it out, however, positively an EP for positive.”
What different tour stops or exhibits do you’ve developing for the remainder of the yr?
“Tomorrow I’m doing Echostage with Deorro, that’s a big one, that’s going to be sick. But, we have a lot of really good shows being planned right now. I’m doing Lost in Dreams in Vegas which is a really cool festival. Some more shows with Zouk, I play in Vegas a lot with Zouk and Ayu at Resorts World, which has been amazing. It’s definitely the place to be in Vegas, in my opinion. Other than that, we got some East Coast shows, some Texas shows. I’m doing Freaky Deaky for Halloween, that’s in Houston, that’s a classic. There’s a couple that haven’t been announced yet that I just can’t mention. I’ve probably done more shows this year than ever before, it’s been a crazy year.”
Any final phrases or recommendation for the followers?
“Thanks for the support and look forward to more music and more progressive house, it’s coming.”
Take a look at the most recent from Audien “Drifting Away” that includes Joe Jury, out now on Armada. Take a look at Audien’s annual Summer season Combine as properly.