INTERVIEW: WARDEN - July 2017

July 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

According to a recent press release: "Los Angeles, CA based electronic producer Warden once again shakes up expectations with his newest and most in your face release, "Carpe The DMs (Feat. Sisterwife)," and the duo further ramps up the audaciousness with a wildly outrageous music video. Originally premiered on The Music Ninja, the parody themed video was directed by Tim Hsiung and the multi-talented Sisterwife." We get Warden to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more...

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Carpe the DM’s pokes fun at today’s internet culture and mishaps. It’s based around, drunk texts, douchey bros slapping high fives, and drink girls falling over outside the club.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My parents took me to my first show ever when I was about 11 or 12. It was No Doubt and The Faint and left a huge impression on me. I remember watching the keyboardist in The Faint and seeing the crowd respond to him and thinking “I wanna be that guy. I wanna make people move like that.”

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Skrillex, Moderat, Gesafflestein, Jamie xx, Kill The Noise

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

I’ve been really obsessed with this dude Moody Good lately. I think it’d be super fun to work with him and learn from him. He is mad talented.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Dark, Heavy, Euphoric. If dubstep, house, hip hop, and techno had a baby.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Coming up with crazy concepts then actually seeing them come to life. Best thing ever.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Well since I’m a producer/DJ it’s usually me that does all that alone in important. I love to cook, drink and sing all at the same time.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Maybe stand up comedy/actor. I don’t know honestly, I’d probably still work on music all the time even if I was full time at something else. I couldn’t get away from it if I wanted to.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

I don’t really believe in missteps. I think everything no matter what is a learning experience and some are tougher than others but you just have to keep your head down and grind through it. There are no do overs, there’s only shredding.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

When The Faint recorded Danse Macabre. That album introduced me to both dance music and punk which really shaped my taste and got me to where I am now.

 

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