FITA On Air Presents Vol. 3: Stereoshock (Guest Mix + Exclusive Interview w/ a New, NUE Artist) [4/19/13]
For those of you that have been following us for a while now, Stereoshock is definitely not a new name for you. But what may be new, is our FITA On Air series, where we will be providing you with amazing, exclusive guest mixes and interviews to some of the best up and coming talent around. Week 1 we gave you Throttle, which we followed up with Vicetone, and now we are proud to present to you the NUE Agency‘s newest addition to their EDM lineup, our homeboy Stereoshock, best known for Electric Nightlife podcast. Listen to the mix below, and be sure to check out the interview after the jump!
Tracklist + Read the exclusive interview including Stereoshock’s signing announcement here:
1. Stereoshock Intro
2. Koko (Stereoshock Intro Edition)
3. Opus Magnum- Fafaq
w/ Belief- Mario Larrea feat. Jennifer Levy (Stereoshock Live Edit)
4. Feeling That Melody (Stereoshock Official Edit)
5. Closer Eyes (Stereoshock Official Edit)
6. Trembling Hands (Stereoshock Remix)
7. Everybody’s Voices (Stereoshock Official Edit)
8. Hasselhoff’s Fantasia Island (Stereoshock Fresh New Tracks Edit)
9. The Dawn of Fearless Hearts (Stereoshock Toys For Tots Edit)
10.Thank You For Some Fun (Stereoshock Fist In The Air Edit)
11.Summertime Sadness (Lonczinski Remix)
12.Bavarian #1 (Say You Will) (Demitri Vangelis & Wyman Extended Mix)- Miike Snow
13.Reason (Stereoshock Remix)
w/ Road Back Eagle (Stereoshock Summertime Edit)
14.Father & Son (Club Mix)- Gerry Cueto
15. United Stormwatch (Stereoshock Official Edit)
1) Where are you from, how old are you? (say what school you go to, studying what, etc. too)
I’m from Livingston, NJ but currently reside in Princeton, NJ, which is about an hour from NYC. I’m 20 years old, and am doing music full time. Luckily, I have very supportive parents that have embraced my passion since I left college after the first semester. My dad is actually obsessed with progressive house now, and wants to come to everywhere I play haha.
2) What made you get into producing and when, how did you come up with the name “Stereoshock” ? First ever remix/edit?
I started producing in my sophomore year of highschool, at the age of 15/16. I became very serious with my music when dance just started becoming popular in the United States and remember listening to records like Leave The World Behind, Adagio for Strings, and The New World in my earlier years. I think falling in love with the music really influenced me to start producing. I remember seeing Tiesto perform Adagio For Strings live on YouTube, and I’m like…”I want to make people feel that kind of emotion”.
The name “Stereoshock” came about pretty naturally in my junior year of high school. At that point, I wanted to be fully committed to my music so my friend German and I were trying to come up with names after school. At the time we thought Stereoshock just flowed nice, but now, it kind of represents the dimension of my music and the layering that I do (the stereo perspective).
When I first started, I was just working on doing little edits using Traktor, which in hindsight is an absolutely dreadful idea. I think only using Traktor and a Mixtrack Pro for 6 months, allowed me to gain a strong background on the foundational parts of djing and allowed for an easier transition into producing using a DAW (Like Logic Pro). My first “official” edit under Stereoshock, was I think One vs. Ghosts N’ Stuff ….I thought it was good (it wasn’t haha).
3) Who were your early influences, and how about now?
My early influences were definitely guys like Tiesto, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Markus Schulz, Kaskade, and a ton of others. At the time, I would listen to anybody that made emotional records, whether it was in Trance, or Progressive House.
Currently, I’m still influenced by all the guys that I was into when I started, but also am inspired by people I found in the last few years such as Dirty South, Headhunterz, Matisse & Sadko, Sander Van Doorn, Helvetic Nerdz (Dinka, Leventina, Chris Reece, etc.), and Thomas Gold. I have a pretty long list haha
4) What kind of music do you listen to when not producing?
When I’m not producing or listening to dance music, I listen to a variety of other artists. Right now, I’m listening to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “The Heist” on repeat. The creativity they put into the album is very inspiring to me. I urge people to really take a full listen if you have only been listening to “Thrift Shop”, or “Can’t Hold us”. Once you’re on your 10th time listening straight through, you really feel how deep that music goes and how much they put into it.
5) So, tell us more about Electric Nightlife – how did you decide to start it, how long ago? How do you go about getting these all of these artists as guests on the show? What has been your favorite moment on these so far?
Electric Nightlife is my podcast show, which I decided to start during my one semester at Champlain College in VT. I actually still remember recording the interview for the first episode in a bathroom, because I had roommates and it was too late to walk to the studio.
I decided to start the show because I wanted to allow people to connect with artists on a medium in which had the ability to go deeper into their lives, careers, and music. The show’s progress moved fairly quickly and by the 3rd episode I had Dave Aude, and on the 11th, I had Nadia Ali. From there, I had PR companies reaching out for their own artists, and began working with people all over the world (Even pulling all-nighters in order to schedule with people in different Time Zones).
It hard to pin point one of my favorite moments, because the show has taught me so much about the industry. My favorite moments actually occur off air, and I’m grateful to have built some amazing relationships with individuals at Blogs, PR Companies, and Publications.
You can Stream/DL out all the episodes on iTunes: www.tinyurl.com/electricnightlife
6) Who’s an artist that you would love to open in the near future? Collab with?
I would love to open for Kaskade, Avicii, Tiesto, or any of the members of the late, Swedish House Mafia. I think it would be a completely surreal experience, because they were some of the people who inspired me so many years ago.
In terms of collaboration, I would definitely love to produce a record with Kaskade, Avicii, or Matisse & Sadko because I feel like they would both be open to producing raw, emotional, and detailed music. I would also love to work with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, Sia, Taped Rai, and other amazing artists and songwriters.
7) What’s your dream stage to headline?
That’s a tough question! Haha Of course, any big festival such as EDC, Ultra, Coachella, or Tommorowland would be incredible. My dream stage to headline is one in which my current and future fans sing along to every word, and connect with my music on such a deep level. I dream to headline a stage, in which people forget that there is any world outside of the tent, festival, or fairgrounds.
8) What’s next for Stereoshock in the music world? Anything big happening?
This year will certainly a big one, in terms of my progression musically, and as an artist. I will continue to reveal to everyone what “Cinematic Style, Big Room Sound” is all about, and hope to release more remixes, and originals. In the near future, I will be releasing a new edit next weekend (One of which is in my FITA ON AIR guest mix).
I’m very excited to announce that as of recent, I am working as an artist with NUE Agency in NYC (Shout out to Greg Ramey). In addition to that, we are currently working on building a team around my music, and have a lot of exciting things in the works. I hope to be playing for all you lovely people in the near future!
Thanks for having me guys! :D