Life of a Full-Time DJ & The State of Modern Trance w/Airwave (Passionate DJ Podcast #005)
Hi folks! I'm excited to announce that this episode is an interview with someone who I hold in very high regard: Laurent Véronnez, better known as Airwave!
A 20+ year veteran in the underground dance music scene, Laurent has witnessed a lot: the digital revolution, the peaks and valleys of the prominence of trance music, and the commercialization of various flavors of “EDM”. Throughout all of this, Laurent has kept true to the sounds that move him.
Airwave is a hugely popular (and deeply respected) name in the dance music scene, with a very loyal fanbase. He is especially known for his work in the trance genre, both progressive and psychedelic, and is an open and honest speaker about the state of the industry. As such, I just had to get him involved with the podcast… and as you'll hear, we had a fantastic discussion!
In episode 5, Laurent and I discuss:
- What it's like to be a traveling DJ and raise a family simultaneously
- Why you have to be
a little bitfully crazy to pursue music full-time
- Why the accessibility of music creation tools today is such a good thing
- Why Laurent would never go back to the days before the “digital revolution”
- Why tools don't make the musician
- Where Laurent thinks the trance genre is headed in the future
Items mentioned in this session include:
- The Airwave website, Facebook fan page, and Soundcloud.
- The recently-released track “Game of Life”, containing the quote we discuss at about 15:30, which you can listen to here and buy here
- The homepage of Alan Watts (quoted in the above track)
- Atlas Winds – the production that got Airwave back on track with his music (one of my favorites!)
- The recent live performance at Cherry Moon (full), which Laurent says is his favorite “gig moment” to date
One Last Thing…
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