Comin Clean with Dirty Audio – Exclusive Interview x Dirty Audio’s “Firewalker” Out Now!
by Mike Pfeiffer
Dirty Audio came to the EDM scene at just 12 years old and immediately became obsessed with making it part of his life. For the past six years he’s been travelling, remixing and making his own music turning his dreams to a daily reality. His latest remix “Ocho Cinco” is for DJ Snake and Yellow Claw on Interscope Records and he’s just released his new single “Firewalker,” a blazing track that rounds all the EDM bases and still clocks in under 3 minutes. Raver Magazine caught up with Dirty Audio at Electric Forest on his second weekend playing sets there. This is what he shared up with us….https://soundcloud.com/dirtyaudio/firewalker
How did your set today go?
It was amazing! I’m still getting goosebumps. It’s such a cool vibe being out here in the forest playing music. I played here last week and now it’s one of my favorite festivals.
Right, you played here last week, then went to Kansas for a show then came back here to play this week…
Yes, and I played Tennessee last night and Arizona the week before. It was like 116 degrees there.
How do you maintain that schedule?
Honestly, I live for this. This is my schedule, other things have to work their way into this. This is what I love doing. It’s my passion, so it doesn’t really feel like work to me to figure out when I’m going to have time to produce something. This is my life now. I live to make music. I wake up every morning with the intention of making a good song.
How did you get to the point you’re at today?
Dirty Audio – It didn’t happen quickly. It was like one little step and then another. I started when I was 14 or 15 and when I graduated high school I was touring in the US. It was time for a college and that’s when I knew I had to make a decision. Did I want to go to college because that’s what everyone else is telling me to do? Or, do I take a different path? I was like I’m going to do what I feel is right, I’m going to go with my gut. Here I am today and I haven’t looked back.
You do a lot of remixes…
Yes, a lot of artists reach out to me to remix. It’s always an honor to get the chance to put my touch on someone else’s music. Then I work on my own music. And that’s where I try to find the balance. I got to remix Yellow Claw recently for “Ocho Cinco” and it’s got a Middle Eastern vibe to it and I’m Middle Eastern so it was cool.
You get slotted as a “trap” DJ but seems like you’re more than that…
Dirty Audio – I think “Dirty Audio” is the best way to describe my music. It’s got trap, it’s got dub and it has bass. It’s in between it all. Dirty Audio is its own genre.
How important is the social media aspect for you to maintain?
I like it. I get bored easily so I’ll just sit in my room and check out twitter and who is responding to me. I feel like a jerk if I don’t respond to them. The only reason I’m here doing something this great is because of them. I think of all of them like friends of mine.
You’ve travelled pretty extensively, what’s the most exotic place you’ve played?
India. It’s cool as hell. But you know seriously, I have to say here at Electric Forest. It’s not something you do every day you know.
Where do you go next?
I have a couple days off, then I go to Guatemala.
Well I think that’s going to be the most exotic place!
Dirty Audio – Yes, for sure!