Wolfgang Gartner, or Joey Youngman, is an artist that I deeply respect due to the time he’s spent in the scene, his incredible production knowledge and DJing prowess. When Wolfgang Gartner speaks, you’d do well to listen. And speak he does, in this video from Electric Forest 2012, where he spends a few minutes talking about social media, his past few big room house productions, and his future plans.
He touches upon the positives and negatives of social media, which is closely related to the direction he’s been moving toward recently with his past couple of productions like There And Back, Redline and his fairly commercial collaboration with Tiesto, We Own The Night. Like most artists, he doesn’t like hearing the negativity that comes with the change in style, which I feel can go both ways. Producers should be allowed to experiment and make whatever they want obviously, it’s their choice, but on the other hand I feel it’s a little undesirable to follow trends just for the sake of it, especially with a producer as talented as Wolfgang Gartner. Going from boundary pushing electro house to by-the-numbers generic big room house makes me feel like his talents are going to waste. However, by the sounds of things in the interview, and upcoming productions such as his upcoming EP Casual Encounters of the 3rd Kind, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be sticking to it.
Not only this, he mentions that he’ll be resurrecting his label Kindergarten, not to use for his own productions as he had done previously, but to sign upcoming talent. I find this incredibly exciting as I consider Wolfgang Gartner as a bit of a tastemaker, and because of his high standard for production, I daresay the releases on the label will be quite unique and extremely high quality. With 19 year old Popeska as the first artist on the roster, this is a great sign of things to come.