The New Year is quickly arising and producers across the globe are readying their sets to ring in 2014. To those producers looking to turn up the volume to 11, might we recommend this banger, “Shout That,” from NYC native Aire Atlantica? The original song was collaborative effort with FIGHT CLVB, and hailed a massive club and drum & bass sound. Booming bass reverberates from the speakers, commanding your feet to shuffle to and fro.
Following the success of this release, Aire has taken the original, tightened up the snare heads, and turned it in to a grimy trap edit. Oozing with oomp and busting at the seams with buckness, this edit is sure fire way to get your audience throwing bows and dancing around. EARMILK sat down with Aire for a little Q&A, here is what he had to say.
EARMILK: Tell us a little bit about how Aire Atlantica all came to be.
Aire Atlantica: It all started around my Freshman year of college around 3 years ago now, I was in a band at the time, and since I was away from home we couldn't have regular rehearsals, which was one of the reasons this band ended. From there, I decided that I was going to seriously take on the role of producing electronic music by myself (I was messing around with DAWs for a bit before that). I took as much time as possible to learn everything about producing and sat for hours in my dorm making music (most of it was very bad) and teaching myself everything I could. I also took on DJing shortly before that too, so it all kind of started up together.
E: You started out as a drummer and moved to a producer. Which musicians inspire you both as a drummer and a producer?
A: As a drummer, my biggest inspiration was always Aaron Gillespie (Underoath, The Almost) – he is a musician of all trades. He was primarily a drummer and vocalist, but also played guitar, bass, and just about anything else. Guys like him inspired me when I started this project because I wanted to be in charge of ALL of my music output, and not have to wait for anyone else involved who may fall behind (which happens often in bands). As a producer, I have a ton… guys like Diplo (because he can do anything), Porter (because of his attention to detail in his productions), GTA (use of all genres and styles in their music) all inspire me. I'm super inspired by real ARTISTS, who go further than just putting out music, because thats what I do with my stuff. Always trying to cover all grounds (music, photography, art, video, etc).
E: The EDM scene is constantly evolving. We saw an explosion of dubstep, which then evolved in to trap, and now it seems like club music and house are starting to take over. What are your thoughts on this evolution and how do you keep up?
A: I love it, you can always find people who are complaining about everything being "the same," but if you just dig deeper than the top10 songs at the moment, there's a lot of quality electronic music right now. My style has always been "in your face" – I love the energy. So I always try to make my records real big and hard hitting. As producers, we're all simply fans as well in the end, so I just write music that I like the most. My next few releases really showcase my current sound, so I'm excited for that. But yeah i'm always evolving, which is why no two of my tracks really sound the same.
E: What are you most passionate about?
A: I'm most passionate about my family, and my music of course. My parents and siblings are huge supporters of what I do, and we're all extremely close. I wouldn't be able to accomplish any of my goals without them. I'm also really passionate about pizza…. ha
E: What inspires you, personally and professionally?
A: As I mentioned before, I'm inspired by REAL art. Not just literal "art" like paintings, but the whole package in an artist. I feel that it's best to really dig into things and find their true meaning. For example- "why is Miley twerking on stage? What is she trying to accomplish? Is this cool?" As a musician or artist in general, if you don't take the time to appreciate all forms of art no matter how weird or "left field" they are, then you're just blocking yourself from all that extra inspiration. So yeah art
E: Looking back on 2013 what are you most grateful for?
A: 2013 was a great year. I'm most grateful for the support of all the producers and friends who believe in me and my work. Watching a video of my track "Shout That" (collaboration with FIGHT CLVB) get dropped at Tomorrowworld by Afrojack, in a back to back set with David Guetta and Nicky Romero over the summer was one of the best moments of my life as a musician. Seeing 50,000+ people dancing to something you made in your college apartment is surreal
E: What is on the horizon for you in the New Year?
A: I already have at least 4 releases planned for 2014, and they're awesome records so I'm super stoked. I've got collabs with Tittsworth, D!RTY AUD!O, The Disco Fries, and an original track with vocals, as well as a bunch of other stuff I have lined up. I know 2014 will be a bigger year than 2013 so I'm really excited. I'm also graduating college in May, and I'm booked to perform at my schools "OH-Fest" concert which is huge. Time flies.
E: Who is your celebrity crush?
A: Zooey Deschanel <3
E: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Pizza… but i'm not guilty about it whatsoever. I also started playing GTA5 in my free time and its awesome, but if I play too much then I get guilty for being addicted to a game
E: What’s your go to song to sing in the shower?
A: Get Low by Lil Jon… Still The One by Shania Twain…. Shabba by A$AP Ferg….
E: If you could have dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?
A: Probably Dillon Francis, that dude is hilarious, or Kanye, but I would have to stop him when he got out of control with his ranting
E: Final comments?
A: Hope you enjoy my trap VIP edit of Shout That! Quick shoutouts to my manager Pete and Kodiak Collective, SAV from FIGHT CLVB for collabing with me on the original record, my homie Dan Mullins for all the help he's been providing, and EARMILK for the premiere! PIIZZAAAAA.