'The Track That...' with Eco
The track that I wish I’d produced is... Breakfast - The Sunlight. Casey and I are very good friends now, but that the time, there were not many fellow American producers infiltrating the trance scene; and when I heard this song, I realized I needed to follow him, and befriend him if possible, because although we were operating completely independently, he encapsulated the exact sound I was going for at the exact same time. It was like two completely remote civilizations discovering and developing the same things. Funny how that works!
The track that could make a grown man cry is... Above & Beyond - Prelude. I saw it for myself some years ago when the song/album first came out; they played it outdoors while the sun was setting behind New York, and I saw a few people taking in the moment and shedding a few tears. Happy tears though!
The track that never fails to put a smile on my face is... both the Gabriel & Dresden and Tiesto remixes to Paul Oakenfold - Southern Sun. I continue to play these in most of my sets, the former especially. My dad used to drive me to school everyday and eventually fell in love with this song too. He said it reminded him of his childhood.
The track that I’m playing every gig at the moment is... Matter - Atman. It’s one I found last year, that I think is 2-3 years old already, but there always comes a moment in the night where I have to play it, and it always takes things to the next level. Eeemus - Medusa is another one from last year that I just can’t help but continue to play it everywhere I go. They’re both of the darker variety, which I love. It’s hard to find great dance floor tracks without going too far deep into the “EDM”/electro realm, but those two hit perfectly.
The track that isn’t electronic dance music, but rocks all the same is... Balmorhea - Jubi; beautiful stuff! Although, I could answer this question for days, as I don’t really listen to much electronic music much anymore. I’ve turned to more alternative genres and have found them more inspiring. That’s not my way of closing the book on my own electronic music though, I’ve actually found it’s helped inform me more of the kind of electronic act I want to be moving forward, which has been a good thing.
The track that shoulda been in a movie is... either Architextures or Hellovators from my last album. Although, not to hype things up too much, but I will say I think there’s a very cinematic quality to much of the upcoming “Wolves” album, so this answer may be different a few weeks from now!
The track that is so perfect in its Original form it should never be touched by man nor remixer is... Tiesto - Flight 643. How can anyone top that? I mean, c’mon… I view that song as the absolute pinnacle in the trance scene in terms of sound design, percussion, everything really. You could lock me in the most tricked out studio for 6 years and I wouldn’t be able to replicate even half of it. Well done, Mr. Reijers.
The tracks that changed my life were... oh man, where do I start…. Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine, Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely, Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”, “Animals”, and “The Wall” albums in their entirety, and Sigur Rós - Sæglópur. On the trance side of things, while there were random songs and DJs I was dabbling in here and there, the first “Tiesto In Concert” DVD really made me “get it”, especially that Adagio For Strings intro.
The track that I’ve just put out there... will be my sophomore album “Wolves”. I’ve worked on it for over 3 years. Black Hole Recordings has been awesome and essentially gave me complete creative control, and the result is an 80-minute storybook that was created straight from the heart. I have always been my own biggest critic, and am always realistic in what my expectations are from a release; but I can honestly say that I think this album is some of the best music I’ve ever made. I did not worry about my music career, or what will sell or not sell, or what the fads of trance are today; I mentally and sonically hid myself in a vacuum, and after over 3 years, looking back and listening to it, I can be honest with myself and say it sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard come out of the trance scene. I’ve never felt more confident of a release (and the work I put into it) than I do here, now, with “Wolves”. I can’t wait for the world to hear it!