Can you talk to us more about your latest single ‘Face In The Crowd’?
‘Face In The Crowd’ is the follow up to my first collaboration with Adara. Our first track together ‘Dragon’ was a big trance hit, and it just made sense to do another song together. For this production, I chose to create a different style because when I received the vocals, I was inspired to do something more lush and warm and have a more radio friendly vibe. For example, It wouldn’t make sense for me to produce a heavy festival banger or psy-trance track with these beautiful vocals. When I produced the song, I felt that something more melodic and chill was needed so that’s why I thought the future bass/ with a bit of trance elements would fit perfect. It’s something that people can appreciate and enjoy listening to in the car as well, so a bit more mainstream friendly. The song is about seeing someone for the first time and completely falling for him or her. Nothing else matters, and the only focus is that special person.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, a few occasions in my personal life. I feel that everyone has had that experience before. When you see someone and they instantly become your crush. I met this girl at the Ibiza airport few years ago, and she was probably the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. So gorgeous I didn’t even know what to say and the words wouldn’t come out of my mouth. I was just like god damn you are a dime piece.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Of course! We just finished filming 2 days ago, so expect a SICK video!!
The single comes off your new album “Black & Gold” – what’s the story behind the title?
Black & Gold represents the style of music created for this album. When I started the productions, I finished 32 songs for the label to choose from. Each song had its own different style and genre. As a producer, it would be boring if I just made 1000 trance tracks, and as an artist it is always important to evolve. I wanted to showcase a big variety of track, and show people that good music is good music. Yes, my original roots is trance and I love the genre.. however I like all types of ‘EDM’, hip hop, reggae, classical music and etc. as well. The color Black represent the festival driven/club anthems where there is a lot of energy people can rage too. This color was all about psy-trance, big room, and epic tracks that got you pumped up for a big night out at a festival. Gold on the other hand dealt more with love, and I chose to produce more radio friendly tracks for it. Also, as a producer I understand that maybe some people are just starting to get into dance music, and the Gold side is an easier way for them to ease into it, rather than being introduced to a heavy psy-trance banger. I wanted to showcase my ability as a producer and have a bit of everything for Black & Gold.
How was the recording and writing process?
I finished everything in my personal studio, from sound designing, to sequencing, to mixing and mastering. For the vocals, Adara sent me an acapella and I produced the song from that. When I produce songs, I need my own time and space to make something I’m happy about so I was locked up in the studio just pounding out tracks.
What was it like to work with Adara and what did she brought to the table?
It’s always amazing to work with Adara. I love her voice and think its one of the best. She has a really special tone that I love to work with and it makes everything a lot easier when your working with someone like her. She wrote the lyrics for Face In The Crowd, and it really inspired me to create something special. I believe the way she writes and tells a story is magical, and her vocals really set the tone for something amazing.
Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
When I produce something on my own, I can do whatever I want, and see where it leads me. When I collaborate, my mindset is working together to create something amazing. It’s important to have the same vision and be on the same page because once I receive the vocals, I dive into it really deep. Whats the purpose of this song? What is it trying to tell? How will the listeners feel about this? Will they be emotionally effected ‘the feels’, can they relate and etc. If it effects me then I know I can make something good.
What made you want to get out of your comfort zone with this record?
I wouldn’t say its out of my comfort zone because I’ve already produced a lot of different genres for other artists. This time it was more like bam, stamp my name on it and here you go! I’ve made hip hop, video game soundtracks, classical music, moombahton, and even country. Producing is what I love to do and if you don’t challenge yourself, you can get confined within just one genre.
What other surprises can fans expect?
I’m really excited about my next single, ‘Over You’ which comes out in a week. Also, I have a huge trance song coming out called ‘Dynasty’ which is a follow up to my ‘Erhu’ series. In the works, I have some big collabs with Richard Bedford, and Jennifer Rene so those will be big.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I will be touring Asia soon. I believe there are 15 or more gigs lined up starting next month.
What else is happening next in Shogun’s world?
Big collabs, big tracks, a lot of sushi, and living up life.