Recently, we reported about the Richard Durand vs The World contest that allowed DJs to apply to have one of their own original tracks on the upcoming Richard Durand vs North America EP. (Read the full story here.) The EP will be one of 5 different EPs included in on the compilation releasing on Black Hole Recordings May 21st. Now that the contest is closed and voting for the featured track is under way, we were lucky enough to briefly catch up with Durand on his expectations for the album, how the 5 EP compilation came about and more!
Angela Samartano: Where did you originally get the concept for the 5 EP compilation of Richard Durand vs the World? How will each individual region EP differ?
Richard Durand: We decided that because we wanted to do something different every year than just bringing out an album the old fashioned way, we thought to divide it over the five continents of the world! We would have something original. We then decided that it would be fun to make an EP that we would make only with people coming from each continent, as this would then distinguish us from other EPs. And of course, there is the actual competition part, which is very exciting.
Richard Durand: I like it when someone submits a track that surprises me or is unexpected. This gives me inspiration to finish a track differently, perhaps causing me to create something I wouldn’t normally do without this competition.
AS: What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Producers and even vocalists looking to break into the electronic dance music scene? Where do you think the future of EDM is moving toward with the influx of new arising talent?
Richard Durand: Firstly, I would advise someone to make music that they really like themselves. This makes being able to judge if its any good, a little bit easier. In the beginning, it is good to try and copy tunes you like, and once you get the hang of it, look for something unique and stay true to yourself. Keep having fun with it! Where the scene is going, nobody knows! EDM is super-hot at the moment, but this could be over in a few years and then something new will replace it. This is fine, otherwise we will still be listening to Bach, which really wouldn't be so bad after all. [laughs]
Keep up with Richard at: www.richarddurand.com and www.blackholerecordings.com.