Interview with GUARD1AN

May 4, 2015

Why did you pick the name that you currently have as an artist?

“The name was suggested to me by a very close friend and I feel like it connects with who I am. I enjoy helping and looking out for people where I can; the word “guardian” nicely describes that part of me. The number in my name is there because I want my music to be easily found, if I were to have just GUARDIAN I would be competing with a lot of popular businesses out there, it makes my name unique and that’s what I was going for.”

What made you start with music?

“I think I have always had a close connection to music, it might seem silly but I remember back when I was around 6 years old I was singing along to hip-hop tracks such as Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio. Not much later I would find out about Eminem and I have been big fan of him ever since.

Additionally, for one year at school when I think I was about 11, I took keyboard classes. It was a lot of fun to me and I think from that point on the idea of being a musician grew on me.

The actual production part started around the age of 15, when I was listening to Hardstyle and seeing videos of the DJ performances, the energy of the events looked amazing and I wanted to be a part of that, so I got started.

Later down the road I switched into Dubstep after hearing Gold Dust by Flux Pavilion, this track really inspired and motivated me to try dubstep, it was like a great combination of electronic music and the hip-hop beats I used to enjoy. Skrillex released his EP a little after and really got me motivated to work hard and make high quality songs. I’d say overall that this is what really fueled me to get where I am today and hopefully further!”

What are some of your biggest inspiration in the music business?

Flux Pavilion, Frontliner (known as Abject back in the day) and Skrillex

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

“I would like to be a professional musician in the sense that I can provide for myself whilst doing something I love. Preferably to be performing my own music live for people, but I like music so much that I’d be content with doing anything closely related to it as a career.”

With whom would you like to collaboration in the near future?

“Skrillex definitely comes first to mind, because his technical abilities are amazing, I think I could learn a lot from him.

Another one would be Pharrell, his songwriting and the fact that his songs continuously connect with an audience is something I could definitely take some pointers on.

Finally, Dr. Dre, as I grew up with a lot of the music that he produced or was a big part of, I’m really interested in seeing his workflow and how they used to do things back then.”

If you could remove a genre - which one would that be?

“This is really a question where no matter how you answer it, you’re bound to get some negative response, but I’ll play along. If I had to choose I’d say Nightcore, the genre is hard for me to follow, almost like trying to talk someone at a party while a bunch of other people are talking over you making it hard to follow what is being said.

That being said, I appreciate anything to do with music, even if I might not understand it I still respect that artists are contributing to music as a whole.”

Who would you say is the most underrated artist you know of?

“Diskord, for sure. I think their technique is ahead of a lot of known producers in the Trap scene right now. I feel they definitely deserve more exposure!”

if you could go for drinks/go for dinner with 3 people (any 3) who would it be?

“Dillon Francis, because he’s the guy that can get a party started.

Dave Chappelle, because he’s wise and got a great sense of humor.

Eminem, because I’m a huge fan and meeting him personally would be a big deal to me.”

if you had an opportunity to plan a tour, where would you want to go and why?

“I can’t really choose a single location because I think every place offers something unique, and I love experiencing new things. My goal in life is to try and learn something new every day, and thus I would really like to go to as many places as I can.”

What are you currently working on?

“Currently I’m focusing on Trap that works well in a club environment, I think it’s really important that you can dance to my music to capture that energy Hardstyle/EDM introduced me to. One of my upcoming releases is the track Kitkat, which I now have a preview of on my channel. This track is written with the club idea in mind. I have a lot of other things pending as well but I cannot guarantee a release date on them because most are collaborations with producers and vocalists. Everyone has their own time-frames and priorities so I don’t know exactly when I can finish them.”

What got you into Trap?

“Growing up with hip hop, transitioning into EDM got me into Dubstep, when I heard Diskord, I figured Trap was the genre I was always looking for, and that’s how I got here!”

What is your goal with music production?

“Giving people a good time is my first and foremost goal, I love what I do and I really want to bring that positive energy over to others. Besides that, I strive for excellence, I always want to be the best version of myself in what I do and I want to encourage others to do the same by raising the bar continuously.”

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