Grammy-nominated house producer and DJ, Wolfgang Gartner
, aka Joey Youngman, looks to throw down at this year's VGAs
and turn the highly-anticipated gaming event into a full scale house party.
will release a new single during the week of the VGAs on Ultra Records
with Tom Staar titled Evil Lurks." Gartner has also recently launched his radio show, "Kindergarten Radio," on the "Evolution" station on I Heart Radio. "Kindergarten Radio" airs every Wednesday, 9PM-11PM EST.
Oh, did we mention that Wolfgang will also be joined by Tenacious D and Linkin Park as performers
during the VGAs? Hell. Yes.
"I have to make something that's never been made before; have to make the best thing that I've ever done in my life - otherwise it gets stagnant or worse," says producer/DJ Wolfgang Gartner. Whether or not his progressively more maximilist take on electro-house is your bag or not, you have to respect his exponentially steep rise through the electro-house ranks. And Lord knows, you've heard it -- or about it: flipping Beethoven's 5th for the 4 am crowd; eight #1 tracks on Beatport; remix/collabs with Britney Spears, Timbaland and Black Eyed Peas; festival-highlight performances at Coachella '10 and Electric Daisy Carnival's '10 and '11.
Where Joey Youngman, the one-time party kid from San Luis Obispo, CA and another-time househead old soul, has been electro-house's dark (work) horse, Weekend in America, his debut full-length for Ultra Music, is Wolfgang Gartner becoming dance music's one-man parallel universe, outpacing electro-house and outdoing himself.
"One of my mantras is that I have a responsibility to advance the genre. If I'm capable of doing something I've never done before, I feel like I have to use that ability, because there are not many people who do - or can. I have to push myself real real hard to do it. That's something that's really surfaced with this record," he admits. Gartner's work ethic is mythical amongst even his most storied contemporaries: Make music all week. Play it out all weekend. His DJ sets - and this speaks to a combination of prolificness, personal taste and a proven track record - are almost entirely made up of edits of his own work. Then again, when you spend 20 hours a day working on music...
"I'm actually working on Windows XP with limited RAM, on Abelton and three vintage synths - one of which I don't even use anymore," he admits. "My computer's constantly freezing up and maxing out," he says. "But I'm more concerned with music than technology. I'm willing to write the entire breakdown of 'Space Junk' on an old keyboard with a busted arpeggiator that comes out so muddy that I have to deal with the hassle of spending a whole day editing it in 16th notes," he continues. "But the fact that it came out of a synth - and not a plug-in - makes it totally worth the day I spent."
Likewise "Illmerica," with its long, phantasmic synthesizer chord progression, belie the heart of a composer over the somehow soulful rhythm sections that chug and chew more than chop or churn- Youngman's past life as a Kerri Chandler-loving househead living on. That, he says, and his other past life: third grade piano virtuoso. "My parents made me take classical lessons," Gartner laughs. "I played in competitions at local colleges with a bunch of other ten year-olds and I think I won a couple of them. Now I couldn't play to save my life, but that foundation is there."
And therein might lay the greatest mantra/myth of the Wolfgang Gartner story and the greatest contradiction of Weekend in America: that it's just dance music. "I would think I would hate what's mainstream, but the truth of it is, the dance world makes sense to me," says Wolf. "I understand how and why it creates the response that it does with people." That said, as Weekend in America shows in its byzantine soul, kaleidoscopic command of frequencies and impossibly imaginative arrangements, Weekend in America the artist is answering to an altogether higher power and potential, one the Wolfgang Gartner massive has the good fortune of being able to get onto the floor and out of their
Our House DJ, Wolfgang Gartner will release a new single during the week of the VGAs on Ultra Records with Tom Staar titled "Evil Lurks." Gartner has also recently launched his radio show, "Kindergarten Radio," on the "Evolution" station on I Heart Radio. "Kindergarten Radio" airs every Wednesday, 9PM-11PM EST.
For gamers, it doesn't really get any bigger than this, people. As you all already know, the VGAs will recognize the best and brightest games of the year and unveil exclusive world premieres of some of the most anticipated upcoming titles the industry has to offer. The show premieres LIVE, coast-to-coast on Friday, December 7 at 9/8c only on Spike and Spike.com.