With the release of his debut album – On The Edge – 2012 looks like it is going to be a big year for Swiss born producer and DJ, EDX. Having been involved in the music industry from an early age, 2011 was perhaps his busiest thus far with gigs at some of the world’s finest clubs and biggest festivals – everywhere from Miami to On the edge with EDX
“I like to give happiness to my fans. I try to always put something innovative without losing the EDX progressive soul.”
Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, São Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Taipei, all the way to Melbourne and Sydney as well as holding a weekly summer residency at the world’s number one club – Space, Ibiza.
“Musicality is super important because that’s where the feeling comes from. But there is no musicality unless the production is good.”
An acclaimed producer and remixer he has worked with the likes of Axwell, Benny Benassi, Kelis, Deadmau5, Armand Van Helden, Bob Sinclar, Kool & The Gang, Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Angello of the Swedish House Mafia, Dubfire and many others. Mary cyber-chats to Maurizio Colella about his debut album, his remixes and some of his favourite events…
Your album – On the Edge has just been released – it has a happy uplifting Progressive House feel. How much of your own personality do you bring forward in your work?
It’s super important to always bring your personality and feelings into the productions. I believe that fans can see and feel when an artist has put a lot of heart into a production, and enjoys playing that track. I like to give happiness to my fans. I try to always put something innovative without losing the EDX progressive soul.
Back in 1994 you had a reputation as a cassette mixer for the famous Club Tarot. What was your purpose with this?
I used to record world famous DJs in the clubs and then sell the tapes the day after. That way it would already be on the streets and in between I added my own mixes as well. I did like one mix a month.
EDX, you’ve done remixes for a long list of artists such as Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke and Kaskade to name a few. Do you have any favourites that stand out amongst that list?
I like them all to be honest; each one represents a different stage in my life. I like the one I did for Dubfire, or to name a more commercial one it would be the EDX remix of Kaskade’s Angel On My Shoulder. I don’t really think much when I am remixing. I go with the flow and vibe that the track gives, and then after a little bit I just make minor retouches.
You’ve played to huge festival crowds and also in clubs to smaller floors. DJs often say that a small intimate club is in fact more difficult than a big festival. What’s your take on that and which do you prefer?
It’s amazing to have a huge crowd of people dancing and jumping while I play, but small clubs are also very nice and intimate. I try to create a connection with the audience no matter how many people I am playing for and that gives me so much happiness back.
Your production quality is extremely good. An obvious reflection of this is your incessant success on the Beatport charts. Which do you think DJ’s respond to most when previewing music; production quality or musicality?
Musicality is super important because that’s where the feeling comes from. But there is no musicality unless the production is good. The more outstanding the production is, the closer you will get to the feeling a producer wants to transmit.
An Ibiza residency is no doubt a highlight on any DJs annual roster; what other events this year (past or future) will go down as a strong memory?
I would love to name them all. I think it’s worth it to remember my past and first Australia tour for Stereosonic, which was an amazing festival experience. Electric Zoo in New York in 2011 was amazing too. I got so much love from the fans over there. As for the future, the highlights are of course festivals held by the Insomniac Events, for example EDC, and obviously all my gigs in clubs such as Marquee in Las Vegas, or my No Xcuses night in my home town Zurich at Kaufleuten Club.