2011 ended hugely for Aylen, with his remixes trending nice and high on Hypem charts and a bumpin’ Dec 29th set at Pacha NYC alongside Afrojack, R3hab, Bobby Burns and Apster. Throughout the year, this New Jersey based producer/DJ had been keeping busy churning out remixes for tracks as hot as Avicii’s ‘Blessed’, David Guetta’s ‘Without You’, and Laidback Luke’s & Steve Aoki’s ‘Turbulence’. His latest creation, a remix of Skrillex and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Summit’, went wild on the blogoshpere and carried the hype behind Aylen to new heights – and this is just the beginning. Check out the intensely groovy electro house rendition of Skrillex’s mellow ‘Summit’ below then make the jump to find out what Aylen has in store for us in 2012.
RCP: Firstly, thanks a lot for doing this interview! 2011 ended well for you with a Pacha NYC set alongside Afrojack and and an impressive Hypem ranking for your new Summit remix – but how did it all start? What got you into electronic dance music?
Aylen: Well I suppose it all started when I started writing music on a midi program back in high school. A friend introduced me to reason and I started transfering my ideas over. Funny thing about how I started getting into more Electro/House dance music. Used to search youtube videos on guidos and frolicking and came across Fedde Le Grand’s ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’ so what started as just comic entertainment turned into a love for electronic dance music.
RCP: Haha, it seems like something good resulted from those guys after all. Tell us more about your Dec 29th show at Pacha NYC – just how sick was it?
Aylen: It was a great time… First gig at a club with such a big name even though it was only the basement. Dropped some unreleased tunes that rocked the floor so that was good to see as well.
RCP: Yeah, we checked out your ‘Club Aylen’ sneak peek and spotted a couple of mysterious tracks. When are we gonna see some of these songs get released on your Soundcloud or Beatport (Like the Katy Perry remix)?
Aylen: Gonna be releasing a re-mixtape hopefully within a week or 2 :). Will most likely drop a bootleg/mash tomorrow for you all in the meantime though.
RCP: (We’ll be waiting impatiently for that Raise Your Head remix by the way!) Your track record is pretty extensive – it includes remixes of Avicii, Skrillex, Laidback Luke and David Guetta. How do you go about choosing songs to remix?
Aylen: Well I usually try to choose songs that I like that won’t necessarily fit into my set. For example the Skrillex track was amazing but was a little too chill for a live show. Also I’ll choose songs I really like that don’t already have awesome remixes (Blessed being one of them). This method sometimes causes the problem of there being no acapella though. Another thought before choosing to remix is also to gain some more recognition so I do usually choose bigger songs/artists to remix it’s kind of the only way to get heard.
RCP: Not only do the producers you remix show a lot of variety, but so do the genres you mix. You’ve got electro house, prog house, dutch house, moombahton, and even some ‘dutchstep’ tracks under your belt! Do you have any favorite genres to produce and spin?
Aylen: Producing depends sometimes I will do a bunch of electro then I’ll go off and do a bunch of moombah tracks… I guess I have music ADD… but I like to produce what I listen to so its always changing. I like spinning everything, but dutch/moombahton is probably the most “fun” to mix.
RCP: So what do you listen to? And how do you find new music – are there any artists we should all be keeping an eye on?
Aylen: Right now the EDM artists I probably listen to most are Zedd, Dillon Francis, Avicii, and Nicky Romero… I’m sure everyone’s already got their eye on them though.
RCP: Apart from those upcoming tracks we caught a glimpse at, what’s in store for Aylen in the foreseeable future in 2012?
Aylen: More tracks and a new EP :) … and hopefully more shows! haha.
RCP: A new EP! Big news – we’ll be waiting for sure. Speaking of shows, what would be your perfect/dream show to play at?
Aylen: Dream show would probably be something along the lines of Electric Daisy Carnival… Tomorrowland. Crazy huge festivals lol.
RCP: So, when you’re not spinning at clubs or producing in the studio, what else do you get up to?
Aylen: Usually just chillin out with friends and whatnot. Normal stuff.
RCP: What are the best ways your new fans can keep up to date on your music and gigs?
Aylen: For now, my facebook page: www.facebook.com/djaylen
A huge thanks to Andrew Lin, aka Aylen, for taking the time to have a little chitchat with us. And here’s to Aylen headlining EDC and Tomorrowland sometime in the near future!
- Nine Lives ♠