05 Jul Aiden Jude Chats About His New EP, Musical Influences and First Festival Memories
Aiden Jude Chats About His New EP, Musical Influences and First Festival Memories
By Khadijah Dunn
New York based songwriter, DJ and producer Aiden Jude has released his new EP, Know Me this week. The new tracks definitely reflect the young artists’ talents from the uptempo, club beat nature of Kill You With My Vibe to the soft, melodic synths and downtempo of Love Me Again and Know Me. Recently, we had the chance to ask him about his start as a multifaceted musician, his musical inspirations, fond first festival memories and what’s next for the talented artist.
Check out his new EP ‘Know Me’ below.
How would you describe the new EP?
Over the past year or so I’ve really started to explore different genres, not only in dance music, but in music in general. I think the EP kind of shows that. Most of my tracks in the past have been four on the floor, 128 BPM tracks. For this EP, I wanted to try something a little different. If I had to place it in a genre, I think it would be a combination of future bass and downtempo chill.
How did it all start for you as a DJ?
Well, music has been in my family since before I was born. My dad was a Jazz musician for over twenty years and my uncle has been a DJ in the fashion industry for over twenty years as well. My dad also owned a commercial studio for a number of years. When I discovered dance music I immediately fell in love with it. The music, the culture, all of it. It just spoke to me. I wanted to be a part of it. So I would jump in the studio a couple days a week with the engineer who worked there and he started showing me the basics of music production. When I was younger I played a number of instruments such as the trumpet, saxophone, and of course, the piano. So I already had a good understanding of music theory. Overtime, as I started learning more about music production, and eventually moved from FL Studio to Logic Pro X once it came out, I decided to take the next step and learn DJing. So I started working on my skills, I even spent some time at Scratch Academy and worked with some of the DJs over there.
Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for?
I don’t have one particular biggest inspiration because I’m inspired by so many different people. Everyone from musicians to comedians to public speakers. But if I had to pick one that really has influenced me a lot, musically, I would have to say Steve Angelo. You wouldn’t hear it in my music, but when I was first getting into electronic music he was one of the guys that really stuck out to me.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?
My most memorable night out thus far was at a music festival in Michigan. It was the first festival I had ever attended (and also the first one I had ever performed at). I was not performing that night, so instead, I went out into the crowd with some of my friends who were also performing, and some other friends I had just met. This night in particular was a pretty amazing experience for me because we were all just living in the moment. I got to really feel and live the festival experience for the first time. The whole night had felt like a journey within itself.
What is one subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
Drum & Bass. I’ve been a fan of the genre for a while and I think it would be dope to see a couple of hit D&B tracks.
What festivals would you most like to play at?
UMF and EDC have always been a dream of mine.
Favorite non-edm song at the moment?
Currently, I’ve been jamming out Hallelujah by Logic a lot. Beautiful melodies.
What is it that you love about the scene?
The main thing that I love about the scene is the togetherness of it all. When you’re out at a club, a festival, a concert or wether your in the crowd or on stage. There is a feeling of connection among them. A feeling of unity and love. Nothing else really matters in that moment. You’re just living in the moment. Being in the now and connecting with the people around you. That’s what I love about the scene.
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
1901 by Phoenix. Such a classic.
What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand?
If I’m being 100% percent honest, I’ve never been a fan of HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got some good tracks. Just that one in particular I’m not really into.