Published on May 8th, 2012 | by Angela Samartano0
Richard Durand vs The World: Album Interview
Reporting earlier on Joonbug.com on his Richard Durand vs. The World track competion and 5 EP compilation releasing on May 21st through Black Hole Recordings, it was clear that there’s more than meets the eye with Durand’s musical tactics. Innovating the EDM community, Durand creates an interactive and worldly prespective on his trancey, progressive house sound. With a contest that allowed fans to compose their own track to compete for a slot on the Richard Durand vs North America EP, one of 5 on the compilation, he masterfully encompasses a cohesiveness through the EPs that is definitely worth the purchase for all of you trance fans! To discuss the upcoming release a bit further and to pick his brain, we decided it was imperative to chat with Richard Durand to find out his inspiration and what fans can expect!
EDM Insider 1. The upcoming artist album, Richard Durand Vs The World on Black Hole Recordings, will contain five EPs, each one representing a continent of the globe. How do you anticipate each EP to be different to represent your sound on a global level? Do you have a preference of one over another?
Richard Durand: I don’t think you will be able to hear straight away which EP is from which part of the world. Each EP will be made together with an artist from that region and only people from that region can compete in the contest. I don’t really have a favorite but I am looking forward to the end result!
EDM Insider 2. What prompted you to decide to allow a contest winner to be featured on one an official release like this? What type of sound do you hope to hear from contestants?
Richard Durand: I really like the idea of a producer who might not otherwise get a chance to release an album or track and to be able do so with this contest! Which sound this track has doesn’t really matter as long as it doesn’t differ too much from my sound and taste. The tracks that surprise me the most are usually the ones I like the best.
EDM Insider 3. How important do you feel it is for DJ/producers to involve fans and explore up-and-coming talent in the electronic dance music community? Do you typically work with unknown artists or is this a new venture for you?
Richard Durand: I think it’s really important. As an established producer, I can give an unknown talent a chance with the Richard Durand Vs The World project. It’s all about giving new producers a chance to bring out a track that wouldn’t normally be bought out without a little push from me.
Article by: Angela Samartano
About the Author
Angela Samartano Angela has been dancing since before she could walk. As a technically trained dancer for the past 20 years, Angela has always had an affinity for bass heavy beats and uplifting trance melodies. Holding a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she has an extensive online journalism background and is current Editor in Chief of EDM Insider. Besides her personal twitter, she is the face behind the @EDMinsider Twitter account.