Warden is a Pacific Northwest native, based in Los Angeles. In 2013,
he attended ICON Collective, where he developed the sound that
embodies Warden today. Don't be quick to put this passionate young
artist into a category or genre. His broad influences range from
metal and dubstep, too techno and hip-hop.
With releases on Fool's Gold, Buygore, and his own Malmaison imprint it's clear that his diversity knows no bounds. Between a tour with Borgore and collaborating with clothing brands Nightenjin, it is becoming clear that Warden is the true bass medium.
Warden presents: Ascension
Inspired by the old school rave sound Warden really wanted to
combine the power of piano stabs and breaks with new school dubstep energy and sound design. The result is this big warehouse rave sound mixed with heavy drops perfect for festivals and clubs!
What initially drew you to electronic music scene and motivated you to begin a career as a producer/DJ?
My first show was Tiesto back in 2008 and I just remember how mind blowing the whole thing was. Not only was the production incredible but the feeling of everyone being connected and grooving to the same beat really stuck with me. After that I knew it was what I wanted to do.
What do you think about the electronic music scene in the US as it is right now?
It’s pretty damn awesome! There’s so much new music coming from every which way we’re very lucky. I can’t believe how many small towns in the U.S. are having people come play it’s insanely awesome to me. Dance music is alive and healthy in the U.S. for sure.
Do you feel Dubstep is getting the recognition it deserves internationally? What do you think the future of this genre looks like?
I think it’s finally starting to get that reach yeah. I think having people like Borgore, Skrillex, Jauz, and Ghastly play across Asia is a good sign that bass music in general is reaching outside of the U.S. and Europe. As for the future, I don’t think bass music is going anywhere. Dubstep seems to be blending with lots of other genres and I think that’s a great thing.
Your EP Ascension just got released and we absolutely love it! Can you tell us a bit more on what the production process has been like getting it to this EP?
Thank you! I really wanted to capture the classic sounds of The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Underworld and artists from the early 2000’s. The big ravey and breakbeat type of sound they had really inspired me and I wanted to bring that sound back to dance music. I went and downloaded a lot of break beats and vocals that reminded me of that time and built tracks around that.
For fans who are new to the scene, what tracks would you suggest best represent the Warden sound?
Carpe The DM’s, Go Die, Get Down and Prophetic.
Was there a specific genre or artist that inspired you for this EP?
This EP was heavily inspired from artists like The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers to Kayzo and 12th Planet.
So far you’ve experimented with a lot of different genres. When you embark on a new project, how do you define what sounds you wish to create?
Honestly, it’s just whatever is fresh or different from what’s out there already. Or it’s whatever I feel like the dance music scene is lacking at the moment. When I approach a new EP I usually have an idea of a general sound I want it to have overall.
What has been the biggest struggle you’ve faced in your career to date?
For me it was getting over social anxiety and being able to talk about my music confidently. I used to feel so weird about the whole thing and worried I’d sound like an asshole that I just wouldn't really say anything.
For a lot of people being a producer and DJ seems like a dream job. What has been one of the most exciting aspects of your journey so far?
I think my first tour in Canada opening for Borgore has been the highlight so far. I feel so fortunate to have that experience. Traveling to new places and sharing music you love with people is the best job in the entire world. Being able to do that with Borgore for my first tour was amazing.
You also curate your own playlist on Spotify ‘Warden Weekly’. How did the idea come about and how do you select songs for this list?
I’m literally listening to music from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep. I decided that I wanted to share what I listen to outside of dance music. I literally surf all over the internet for music and I just grab what I like!
Do you have any new releases/events/collaborations in store for the rest of the year that you can share?
I have lots of stuff coming but nothing I can announce yet :)
Warden's Ascension EP is out now!
Make sure to grab your copy to support this amazing artist!