INTERVIEW: An exclusive interview with Toronto’s Alan Aguero by Lindsay Cabrera

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Alan Augero
Alan Aguero – a name, which frequents in the dance music scene, as the Toronto native embarks on his journey towards a whirlwind of success. At 19 years old, the half Brazilian/Argentinian producer/DJ is making noise, which is rippling waves into the international ear of influential DJs and producers alike.

Holding residency at Toronto’s largest nightclub The Guvernement, Aguero is dominating Toronto’s dance music scene. At the ago of 14, Aguero took over the all-ages events and within 3 years garnered enough attention to play his first real nightclub gig.

Signed to Burner Records (Canada), 6N7 Music (Canada) and Protoxic Records (France), you can find Aguero’s latest releases on Beatport today. Aguero spends most of his days in the studio, perfecting his techniques to constantly grow as an artist. We’ll definitely be hearing more from this superstar in the making.

 

1. Alan, so great to have you. Tell us about your latest release C’Mon out on Phantom Recordings which was released onto Beatport this month. What was the response like?

When it had first released, I wasn’t confident that it was going to do well because I still don’t have that push and support that would get many people to buy it. A few days later, people were messaging me telling me to check out DJ Chuckie’s radio show, so I did. As soon as I heard him say my name on the show & play my song, I think that was one of the most exciting moments of my life! Now the track is the top 3rd track sold on Phantom Recordings on Beatport!

Preview C’MON (Original Mix) by Alan Aguero
 

2. You also released a remix of Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball. We all know the story about Miley, what made you interested in remixing Wrecking Ball? What piece of advice would you give Miley if you ever met?

A friend of mine had mentioned to me that I should make a remix of Wrecking Ball, and at first I wasn’t sure about the idea, but then I heard a mash-up with the vocals at this festival I played at, and I thought to myself, maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea. After releasing the remix, it got an amazing response and was featured on the homepage of DJ Mag Canada’s website. It’s recently the track with the most views on my SoundCloud.

 

As for Miley, the advice I would give her is to tell her to stop trying to be something that she isn’t because she’s making herself look like an idiot. At the same time, she’s getting noticed everywhere… and it’s a great publicity stunt! Haha.

3. Favorite 3 tracks at the moment?

My favourite 3 tracks at the moment are all unreleased tracks that are being played by Steve Angello, which will all be released on his label.

1. Steve Angello Vs. Dimitri Vangelis & WymanPayback
2. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Vs. Wayne & WoodsNarengi
3. Steve Angello Vs. SebjakRussian Gods (Working Title)

4. How did you get started as a DJ?

When I was about 13, I was always watching videos of Tiesto, Steve Angello & many other artists playing at festivals. I’d always get this happy feeling watching them and just the idea of being able to do that one-day, become my goal in life. That’s when I bought my first mini DJ setup and went on from there to get to where I am now.

5. Who inspires you?

My biggest inspiration would be Steve Angello. I’ve looked up to him for so long and I love his attitude towards life, and how nice of a guy he is. His producing is incredible and also, his choices of records that he releases on his label are phenomenal.

6. How would you best describe your sound?

I’m still trying to find my sound. I’m always switching up things when I produce. Different things are always inspiring me, and I feel like that brings out the unique sounds that I make when producing a record. Right now, overall my tracks are in the progressive house/electro house genre.

7. Tell us, how does it feel to be playing inside The Guvernment Complex in Toronto? What was that like for you the very first time?

It’s always been a dream of mine to be playing inside the biggest nightclub in Canada. When I first played there this year, I was so excited because there are so many talented DJs who have played on that exact same stage before me. It was such an amazing feeling to watch the people from my city going nuts on the dance floor to my set.

8. If you could play at any Music Festival in the World, where would it be, and why?

There are so many festivals I’d like to play, but I think the one that I’ve been dreaming of for a while is Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Watching the videos of that festival gives me crazy goosebumps. If I were to see 100,000+ people going crazy to my music, it would be the best feeling in the world.

 

Photo cred: Rukes

Photo cred: Rukes

9. As we wrap up 2013, can you look back and reflect on how far you’ve come since 2012?

I think that this last year, I’ve grown as a person. I recently turned 19 and I’m still young, but I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot which I’m very proud about. I’ve still got a long journey ahead of me and I hope to make it to the top one day.

10. Tell us, any big plans for 2014?

At the beginning of the year, I plan on releasing my first podcast, which will be released once a month. I still don’t have a name for it, so if anyone has any good ideas hit me up on twitter! HaHa!

There are many things I wish to accomplish, so hopefully 2014 will be my year and I hope everyone has a Happy New Year! Thanks for having me EDM TOR!

 

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Lindsay Cabrera – EDM TOR

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Adele Desloges

Adele is the Manager at EDM TOR. She also heads up the social media as well as the photo and video team, and has been promoting events across the GTA for years. She has been a fan of EDM since the mid-90s and has since found a focus of pure joy in the trance genre.

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