We just got word that Big Beat recording artist and DJ Walden is going to be in Los Angeles to play at Giant’s weekly Saturday event “Avaland”. For a producer who’s just nineteen-years-old, his production and touring resumes are impressive for artists twice his age. He’s got remixes lined up for Estelle, Marina and the Diamonds and the Paper Crows, so it looks like this kid from Syndey is going to be around for a while. Magnetic got a quick chance to get know to him before he comes back to town. Not jaded by the industry and full of energy, here’s what he had to say:
So you're playing Los Angeles this weekend, how do you feel about that?
I'm very excited about it! I played for the first time at Avalon about a month or so ago and loved it, so can't wait to be back there again.
How is the EDM scene different in the U.S. than Australia?
It’s different in the sense that the scene is certainly quite a bit smaller than the US's. But even though Australia is fairly isolated/far away from the America and Europe, we do get quite a lot of international DJ's playing down here, especially at the festivals, which is always good.
How did you start DJing?
I was introduced to it through the internet, and later through my cousin - There was just something about playing 2-3 hour long sets of dance music to a large crowd, in a structured and creative way that really inspired me to get into DJing.
Do you have any mentors?
No not really, I mainly learned production and DJing through trial and error... and of course, google. I do have my A&R people at Big Beat and Neon Records who always give great advice and input!
How did the signing to Big Beat Records come about?
I was exposed to Big Beat through a website called Reverb Nation www.Reverbnation.com, where one of their interns first got in contact with me. It's great, being with Big Beat has certainly opened up a lot of doors for me, and being a part of their roster is definitely a dream come true.
What's it like being only eighteen years old and sharing deck time with legends?
Crazy! As you can imagine, meeting (and even performing before) your idols is certainly a very surreal experience. I feel very lucky to be doing what I'm doing right now.
Is there a difference in what you play out verses what you listen to?
Of course! When I’m not producing dance music or playing it at gigs, I generally like to listen to other stuff like chill out and rock... anything that catches my ear really.
What do you think is the next big thing in EDM?
Tough question... I honestly have no idea - at this point, i feel like it could be anything.
How would you describe you ultimate DJ gig?
Lots of happy drunk people dancing to my music! And, of course, playing a good decent set.
What's on deck for you? Any gigs coming up that you're super hyped about?
Well HOPEFULLY i will be in Europe during the July/August period, which is definitely something that I’m looking forward to.
Do you have any original productions in the works?
Yes! I have a lot of original tracks in the works at the moment - a vocal track release is almost finished. It's definitely a song that I’m very proud of and i look forward to showing it to the rest of the world!
Check Walden out this Saturday at Avaland with D. Ramirez and Anthony Attalla.