DigiSpotlight: All Eyes On NadenApril 18th, 2012 ⋅ News ⋅ by Megan
A chance encounter with his praise worthy track ‘Murmuration’ the other week sparked our curiosity about this mysterious 20 year old trance producer from Norway who just released 3 epic tracks via industry heavyweight Armada Music. After a google search turned up very little, we decided to reach out to the creator himself. We were excited to receive some very raw, unadulterated responses, proof of a notoriety so new it has gone untainted by big money/major label demands. Here’s what Daniel Taranger, a.k.a. Naden, had to say…..
A warm digilove welcome to you Daniel. Can we start off by having you introduce yourself to our readers? Name, age, location, what you had for breakfast this morning, etc. ?
My name is Daniel Taranger, im 20 years old and from the cold, tall and majestic country Norway. My daily routine consists of getting up, eat, go to work, get home eat produce music and sleep, i spend my weekends with friends watching movies or whatever.
How long have you been making music for and how did you first get into producing?
I have been producing “music” for 5 years now. I have been doing creative work all my life, all the way to i was 14 i draw stuff and got pretty good at it. From there on i just played drums in a random band with my friends. I started out with fl studio 6 when i was about 16, and gave it up a few times, All the knobs and stuff scared me. I eventually began producing full tunes and put them on youtube, i got to about 130 tracks before i got signed to Armada.
We had a listen to some more of your tracks on Soundcloud, there’s a kind of darker twist that you take on trance, particularly in W.W- can you tell us about the inspiration behind some of these tracks and the lyrical sample that you used in this one in particular?
The free tracks on my soundcloud are all produced in just a couple of hours. They tend to be more raw and dark, and i just put them out for free since i dont want to go through the hassle and deal with more labels and aliases. My tracks over at Armada are abit more serious and abit overproduced. They tend to have a project time of several days. I prefer the tracks i make that has been done in just 1 hour, like “Waka”. The track W.W just came out of pure inspiration when i saw seeing the 2nd last episode of the series: “Breaking Bad” my all time favourite TV show. The voices is sampled from when Walter looses it and begin laughing uncontrollable.
Your latest releases came out on industry heavyweight Armada Music. Did you approach them or did they find you?
I was already signed to the small label: “We Stand Alone” led by Nick Boults, the label now got support from Markus Schulz. At that time i didnt even dream about getting signed to Armada, it was too far of a step. I then made a track: “ Sentio” and just out of randomness posted it on Dj Eco’s facebook. I never spam my music EVER! this was my first time posting at his wall. Got an email from him the same day where he said he liked my stuff and would refer me to his A&R manager. Some days later i got an email that they loved my music but couldnt sign anything i had on youtube because it was already “out there”. So i started from scratch and made my first track “Amaranthus” which they liked. Signed a thick contract with alot of difficult words and the rest is as they say, history.
Do you DJ as well as produce? If so, where can we find you playing?
I do not dj, i am 100% focused on producing for now. For the moment im not planning to make any money on my music.
If you could pick one song and one artist that have inspired you the most, what track and who would that be?
Wow, difficult question. Starting out Marcus Schössow inspired my initial style. Dj Eco – Lost Angeles, would be the most inspiring track. Also listening to Bruce Cullen’s: “Concoction” mixes shaped my taste of trance.
Trance seems to be a timeless sub-genre of electronic music. Why do you think it has had so much staying power and do you think more trendy genres like dubstep will have the same kind of staying power 20 years down the road?
Long answer. Trance can be very diverse since its built upon the 4×4 beat. I think dubstep will be passing as it is today and become alot more diverse in the sense that trance is now. But heres my view, you will allways have those semi known artists in both genres that make music that is beyond the mainstream part of that genre and are just sources of inspiration. Like in trance Breakfast (Keyworth) has now given out a free E.P called The Deep End, i think its probably the best tracks ive heard the last year. In the dubstep category you have “Burial”. A guy that makes unbelievable dubstep, no ones have even seen his face. But his music is just a massive inspiration to me as a producer. What i think is that these kinds of producers, that stay true to their own sound and their own road will become looked upon more as the Internet matures. We will see a massive explosion in diverse genres in the future!
Finally, (we ask all our digispotlighters this), if you could have one superpower what would it be? Also, what can we expect from you musically during the rest of 2012?
As cheesy as this might sound, i would like to be able to fly. I dream about it almost every night. 2012: Apart from alot more tracks maybe 4 more E.Ps with about 16 tracks. Also i may be collaborating with some good producer friends of mine like: Casey (Keyworth) (Breakfast), Marcello (Eco) or Basil O’Glue, we will see.
You can check out Naden’s latest track below (make sure to grab the free download in the soundcloud!) or connect with him on his social media. Keep an eye on this one, such talent never stays a secret for long!
www.soundcloud.com/naden || www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718385041