In a recent interview with White Raver Rafting, Wolfgang Gartner, also known as Joey Youngman, turned what could have been one of those generic Q&A sessions into one of the most honest and interesting interviews that an artist has gave in a while. With the interview touching on subjects from the beginning of Wolfgang’s career to the future of EDM, the real Wolfgang Gartner personality came out during this interview.
To kick off the interview Wolfgang talked about his early productions, and his reasons behind his crucial transition from underground house music to electro house music.
“There are a ton of reasons I don’t make underground house anymore. First and foremost, it’s underground. I got tired of living beneath the surface. I wanted my music to get more exposure and reach more people, I felt it deserved it, and there was no way to do that without changing the music.”
Every artist has to start somewhere, and for Wolfgang Gartner that beginning really started to take off in 2009 with one of his breakthrough releases, “Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony”. On being asked why such a massively popular track of his never makes it into his sets anymore, Wolfgang responded,
“The reason I don’t play it anymore is because it’s not representative of who I am as an artist anymore, or of the music that I make and play now. I made it in 2008. That’s 5 years ago. It came out in 2009. To me it sounds extremely cheesy, cliche, and dated now. I know that it would probably get a great response if I played it, and I’m there to play for the crowd, but that song is just one bullet I can’t bite anymore.”
If you’ve ever been pissed off at your favorite artist for not playing their hit song from 5 years ago; there’s your reason why. It’s an honest answer and definitely wasn’t the end of Wolfgang’s straight forwardness while answering all these questions. To finish up the interview, Wolfgang was asked “In your opinion, which artists should we keep an eye out for in 2013”? He responded with,
“To be perfectly honest, and I hate to sound negative, cynical or condescending in any way but that’s probably how this will come off, I’ve been really bummed with most of the new music that’s been making waves in 2013. I feel like the “big” sound in dance music right now is just this mashup of every single subgenre possible, to try and appeal to the most people possible, with these cheesy played-out trance pads and vocal hooks, it all sounds exactly the same and it’s really bad for the most part, and the scariest thing is that people are reacting to this stuff, crowds at festivals and clubs are wanting more of it. A few of us have deemed it the EDM Apocolypse. Dance music is in a really weird place right now. I don’t know where it’s going to go. In some way I’m hoping Daft Punk single-handedly destroys this phenomenon we’re experiencing and un-brainwashes everybody into realizing that real music should have some soul and authenticity to it, and not just be a big kick drum and a trance breakdown with a cheesy one-liner and a “big drop.”
It seems like every other week now a big name artist is referencing this “EDM Apocalypse”, and the lack of innovation that has been plaguing the genre recently. Wolfgang Gartner now stands aside notable producers such as Fat Boy Slim and Diplo, who have also spoken out on the topic (in interviews HERE and HERE) regarding this recent “boring” trend of EDM. It is more than a breath of fresh air hearing these big producers speak their mind on this issue in the EDM community, especially when it is coming from those with enormous impacts on the electronic music genre as it continues to evolve before our eyes.
Source: White Raver Rafting