Armada recently debuted their prestigious stage at the eagerly awaited Enchanted Valley Carnival amidst the majestic hills and glorious sunshine at the Aamby Valley near metropolitan hub Mumbai. The Indian trance community came alive to celebrate this magnanimous night and witness the likes of Ruben de Ronde, Ben Gold, Omnia and Thomas Gold. The evening was mesmerizing and melodious, swiftly turning into an unforgettable experience for all of the fans. We had the opportunity to sit down with three of the artists performing there and have a tête-à-tête with them about their experiences with this vibrant country and their expectations for the year of 2016. Here’s what Ben Gold had to say…
Hi Ben! First of all, congratulations on winning the ASOT 750 anthem contest! How does it feel to have won?
Thank you! Yeah, amazing! I have been a fan of the show ever since the times when it was recorded and broadcast live in the ID&T studios. I have played at a lot of A State of Trance events and it took a lot of experience to develop this track. I’m over the moon and winning the contest is truly a dream come true. This time last year, it was a dream to be involved with A State of Trance in such a major way. So yeah, it’s great! It’s really great!
The first ASOT festival of the season is at our doorstep and you will be playing there! What are your expectations of the massive event at Toronto?
I have played in Toronto a few times – I guess about five or six times. For instance, at New Years’ Eve, The Guvernment, and so forth. I’m very familiar with the Toronto crowd and I know for a fact that even the crowd alone will make it awesome. A State of Trance with the Toronto crowd; it’s a match made in heaven!
Since you’ve just finished your set, what did you think of the crowd? Did it match your expectations?
Yes, of course! They know their music! You can see it when they feel the music. It doesn’t matter if you are playing in front of a crowd of about a thousand people or even ten thousand people. If they feel the music and if it connects with their hearts, it’s magic. I believe that’s all a DJ could ask for.
What determines what you play on stage? How do you approach a set like this?
Being a producer, I get to make a lot of music. Some of it does get released, some doesn’t. But yes, I had a lot of new tracks that I wanted to showcase tonight. The experience of playing at various stages also tells you what works on the dance floor and what does not. And spending time in airports and airplanes gives you the time to think and work on this. So you know, it ultimately depends on the crowd. I have an idea about what I’m going to play. However, I very rarely stick to that. I always kind of dive into other playlists from other sets, just like I did tonight. But yeah, it’s great!
Can we look forward to a lot more releases? An album maybe, in the near future?
An album is such a huge task! It’s something that I have thought about, but it’s also something that I don’t want to commit to until I feel that I can maximize the opportunity. Apart from that, ‘I’m In A State Of Trance’ has just been released today. In February, I have a really exciting collaboration with Standerwick coming out on the A State of Trance label as well. And there is also a collaboration with Gareth Emery coming up and I have just remixed a new Omnia tune. So yeah, lots to come!
Any advice you would like to impart to up and coming producers or DJs?
Find your own sound! It’s really easy to copy other producers, which could help you with a quick start and give you an idea of the software. But in the long run, you need to develop your own unique sound. And of course, you need to believe in yourself. That will help you always.
Thank you so much for taking the time to sit with us. Wishing you great success for 2016! And do come back to India soon!
Thanks! Of course! Cheers!
Written by Shivani Murthy