INTERVIEW: Dardust

Hi D, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Very good, thanks. I can’t wait to go to Japan to write a new project.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Within Me”?

I think ‘Within Me’ is the best way to close this crazy period, and it’s also a wish, hoping we can go back to stomp our feet at the clubs by 2022.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“Within Me” is the other aspect of “Without You” the saddest song on my last album “S.A.D.”  – me and Benny reworked it to create this new version.After being abandoned it’s good to look in ourselves, gather energy and revive.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Me and Benny, during lockdown, recorded an incredible video at Verona’s Arena. Totally deserted arena, just me Benny and a bunch of drones flying around, it was surreal. Can’t wait for everyone to see it.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was very simple, I took the catchier part of “Without You” and transformed it in a riff. I then sent the original layers of my track to Benny and he did the rest.

What was it like to work with Benny Benassi and how did that relationship develop?

I met Benny on Instagram, he wrote to me saying that he loved one of my tracks “Birth” and that he tried to do a remix of it. After that we always kept in touch. We basically worked remotely, exchanging opinions and ideas.  

How much did he get to influence the song?

He completely twisted it, I never thought about doing melodic techno. He found the key to make it in a quarter beat with a simple catchy riff.

Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

When I’m by my own I am my own lead to my visions and ideas. When i collaborate tho, it’s a different territory, because I’ve got to open myself to accept someone else’s point of view. 

What role does Italy play in your music?

Surely we have a different taste for melody, more accentuated, intense, blatant. Let’s say that we don’t get embarrassed when confronted with a theme. Sometimes I get the feeling that something extremely melodic is seen as a deterrent abroad. We are very minimal in this.

How has the likes of Max Ritcher and Phillip Glass influenced your writing?

Totally, because they united simplicity to something that is deeply profound on the emotional side.It’s minimalism rich of emotions. Not just a conceptual exercise.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

As i said before I’d like to program a very important trip. I have to go. I’ve been living in a cage for two years. I feel like I  have to immerse myself in a new world. Japan fascinates me so much.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not yet!  The title comes always at the end..

What else is happening next in Dardust’s world?

I hope I can play this summer even tho ill’ do it in a new way. I’ve got the most beautiful spectacle in the world to show you. Theatrical but futurist at the same time. Three dimensions. Visuals, lights, rain, wind and a piano. I’m waiting for you.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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