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Interview: Aurel den Bossa

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Hailing from France, Aurel den Bossa is a multifaceted artist, creating music that is dreamy and emotional for the heart and mind, with melodies you want to listen to again and again. We caught up with Aurel for a chat as he unveils his take on Robert Miles classic 'Children' (alongside Ias Ferndale). Enjoy!

Hi Aurel, thanks for joining us. What is your current mood and what was the last piece of music you listened to?

Hi I'm very happy because we have a lot of remixes to be released on many labels soon. At the moment we are working with Ias Ferndale on other remixes. The last track listened to is: ALPHA21 & Jack Lazarus - The Long Walk (original mix) on Balkan Connection, it's fabulous !!!!! I love the voice.

What are your plans for the coming week?

A lot of work at the studio with Ias to continue ours remixes. We have a lot of demand for remix!

Can you name five tracks that were important in your musical development and why they are so significant for you?

Laurent Garnier - Wake Up, the song I hear and which made me love electronic music when I was 16 years old.

SCSI-9 - When She Said Good bye, a beautiful piece of love.

Robert Babicz - The Sun, I've been a fan of Robert from the start.

Hot TuneiK - Somewhere in Hannah, the melody is really beautiful, a great story.

Black 8 - Before The Rising Down (Dmitry Molosh Remix), a progressive house anthem.

RIGOONI - When Midnight Comes (Alex O'Rion Remix), a perfect remix of Alex, very groovy, with nice percussions and nice pads, perfect !!!!!

Tell us about growing up and living in France, how has it influenced your musical taste and journey to being an artist?

I was born in 1983 in France, I played the accordion when I discovered electronic music at 16, I started deejaying at 18. I played house and techno. I quickly feel like making my own music and I get into production. I found my stage name on my first trip to Ibiza with Ias Ferndale and Hansgod, great vacation !!!!

Your first release was in 2015 and it seems your sound has evolved a lot, how has it changed over the year to where you are now?

It was in 2015 that I released my first official track on an album. House and Techno. a little later I discovered progressive house, and it was love at first sight !!!! The music of groove and love. In 2020, I signed my first progressive track on Gnosticuts. And since then I only produce progressive.

You’re known for a progressive house sound, it’s a genre that continues to be one of electronic music’s most popular categories, what is your feeling on the state of that genre at the moment?

Progressive house has a lot of a future, I think people will go back to slower, more melodic music, a lot of deep house tracks have progressive sounds now.

You have a new free download of Robert Miles ‘Children’ which you did with Ias Ferndale available now via Polyptych, tell us a bit about the remix and you guys approached such a classic track.

We were looking for a classic to remix with Ias Ferndale, we thought of Robert Miles' Children, a trance dance anthem from our childhood. This piano melody is magnificent. So we started to work in the studio. We wanted to do a very groovy and progressive 120 bpm version, we did that. Our friends think the song was very beautiful as well as DJ Producers like Matias Chilano, NOIYZE PROJECT, Bob The Groove. So we decided to release it on freeedownload with the help of POLYPTYCH.

I think for a lot of artists music allows you to write a sketch of your own personal universe in a way, your travels, life experiences etc. Is this something which is true for yourself?

I draw my inspiration from nature and calm. Indeed, I live in the countryside, I make music accompanied by my dog, my goat and my chickens. I make music with my heart. Besides, this remix is dedicated to "Monsieur Kouss", a brother who left us ; RIP .

Where does your inspiration come from and was there anything that inspired the interpretation of ‘Children’?

I draw my inspiration from nature and calm. Indeed, I live in the countryside, I make music accompanied by my dog, my goat and my chickens. I make music with my heart. Besides, this remix is dedicated to "Monsieur Kouss", a brother who left us ; RIP .

What’s a piece of gear that always gets used when you’re writing a track? And what are some studio tools that featured heavily on the making of the remix?

This remix was made on Apple Logic, with many VSTs such as UHE DIVA, Arturia, Native Instrument.

How much road testing or friend feedback is done before you’re ready to say a track is finished? And who is someone you share your new music with first for feedback?

We trust our instinct, and we make listen to our friends DJs and audiophiles

Is there a movie you would have loved to have produced the soundtrack for? And if so why?

I'm not a cinema lover. I don't watch any movie or series. The most beautiful movie is the one of my life.

Apart from music, what makes you happiest?

I like being on the farm with my goats and also with my wife Victoria.

What does the remainder of 2021 hold for you? Anything you can share with us?

We have a lot of music to release throughout the year, we can't wait to share it with you. more than 10 tracks.

Stay tuned !!!!

Aural and Ias Ferndale's remix of Robert Miles 'Children' is now available via the Polyptych Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/3hUoHgr

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