You’ve definitely worked with some of the biggest names, even on the writing end, like writing Clarity with artists like Porter Robinson & Skylar Grey and obviously Zedd, that kind of mashing of the minds & being in the room with such talented people had to be a great experience for anyone who loves music...
...Never met Porter; I was never physically in the room with him. I think Zedd and him worked on a track which they then put the 'Clarity' acapella on top of if I remember that process correctly. Zedd had sent me another track that I had written 'Clarity' to and when I sent it back, him and Porter had a track which he felt the vocal was more appropriate for. So, even that process, as with most things, there's 10,000 different ways a song can come together, ya know? Sometimes it's the magic of all being in the same room and I've had special sessions like that when four minds are in the room and all feeding off eachother. Other times, such as with Clarity, Zedd and Porter have a track that they worked on way long ago and I’m writing on a song when I’m on tour and those co-exist; it’s definitely interesting to see how those things piece together.
Literally just walking here I heard a song blasting Clarity so it’s interesting to think that that now exists in the world. I think that was something that was a private moment for all of us individually whether it was my writing it or zedd working on his portion or porter working on his portion; it’s interesting to think that all those private moments that seem intimate can connect in that wide of a way.
It’s interesting, because even One Night being the kind of song that resonates closer to my roots, there’s something about the songs I’m writing in the EDM world that are seeming to mean something to people which is just as important as a song that makes people feel good or makes people forget things and laugh or have fun. Music is everything, music is motion it’s something you take on a journey it’s something for entertainment it’s so many things but it’s definitely been a rewarding process to see that music that i’ve been a part of has been able to live in people’s lives, it’s something that makes me feel something.
It’s crazy you’ve known you wanted to do this for such a long time. You got a publishing deal at 16? That’s crazy.
I grew up in NY and I had bands that i had played in since i was 14 and kinda punk rock bands and did the circuit for a long time and toured independently for a long time...kinda been all over the map so it’s been a long road to be a “new artist” that everyone’s discovering but those were important years and those were very important experiences to have under the belt to kinda be where we’re at right now, we wouldn’t have been here without those experiences.
I know this is kinda a generic question but do you have a dream collaboration in mind...
I worked with Springsteen last year which was awesome; I produced his last single which was incredible and an insane experience. He had a song which they came to me and asked me to produce a remix because they wanted to release it as a single, so me and Ron got to work on it. It was definitely a dream come true being able to hear that on the radio and having been a part of it.