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EDM Lounge Interviews Walden

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the young and talented Walden at the Atlantic Records offices in NYC. I didn't know what to expect when I got there, all I knew was that I was going to meet a 19 year old producer who's been touted as one of dance music's most promising newcomers. Most of the younger guys in the industry are a little cocky, but I can assure you Walden is not that type of person. I was astonishingly impressed by his attitude, his demeanor, and his personality. He is one of the most humble, down-to-earth, and appreciative people that I've ever met. If you're familiar with his music you may know him for his nice smooth Progressive sounds, but he also has a dark side where he switches forms to fierce Electro, which can be heard in his most recent EP, Machine Land. After some shows on the West Coast last month, Walden was back in NYC for his show at Pacha and he destroyed it.

DAVID: Besides that trip to Powerhouse Museum which many of us have read about, what else influenced you to produce music?

WALDEN: Just music itself really, I think jazz experimental, happy hardcore, hard trance, it's just kind of where I started, and I don’t know, I kind of branched out and eventually found House. I actually first heard Fedde le Grand's "Put Your Hands up for Detroit" and I've never quite heard House done like that before. There was some funky underground stuff that I used to listen to, but that was definitely that track that got me into it.

DAVID: That track did it for you?

WALDEN: Yea, I think so. My brother actually showed me the track and I was like "this is sick," I want to make stuff more like this. And then everything else just sort of came together.

DAVID: You were always into music though, right?

WALDEN: I think so, it was weird, it was kind of like maybe around 10 or 11, I was thinking maybe I'd be like a writer, or a drawer, or banking or something. I don't know, I didn't know what I wanted to do then. But, then you know, I found the Powerhouse Museum and the creative aspect of creating a song with a program immediately grabbed my attention and my interest in music came after that.

DAVID: Well that was a wise choice because you certainly have a bright future. Alright, so what's the EDM scene like in Australia and would you ever consider moving to the US when the time is right?

WALDEN: I think it's a little smaller in Australia, it's strong though. We actually just had Tommy Trash in Sydney at Pacha last Saturday, I wasn't able to check it out though because I was busy that night. But I've seen Martin Solveig there and Laidback Luke as well for the opening of Ivy Nightclub. You know, I think especially for the festivals we get quite a few big names and also at the big clubs like Chinese Laundry and HQ in Adelaide. I mean, it's good, but it's hard since Australia is quite isolated so we don't get as many acts as I think we should, but EDM definitely has a presence here.

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"Mono World" (Original Mix) - Walden

Sydney's own John Walden's new release "Mono World" will have you dancing up a storm! His latest concoction showcases a unique Electro-meets-Progressive sound with a bassline that's completely drilled into my head after hitting the replay button several times. The musical prodigy who started with Acid Pro at the age of 12 has already had quite the year playing in front of thousands of partygoers at Bayfront Park - but he still has a long road ahead. If you're in San Francisco be sure to check him out at Harlot on the 18th and at Spring Awakening Music Festival on the 14th of June!

Machine Land EP - Out now on Beatport!

By Jenna Becofsky

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