[Interview] Layton Giordani: Setting the bar high for the future generations of techno.

His second time in Atlanta, this young artist has already made a huge impression on the techno world. With the release of his track, "Careless Suggestions," through Phobiq records, to being immediately picked up by the likes of Deadmau5 and Pan-Pot, Layton has set the bar high for the younger generation of upcoming artists. Sitting down with Layton Giordani and talking, I picked up on how humble and appreciative he is of all the support has has received from the music community.

Despite the unpredictable Atlanta weather, one second sunny, the next Niagra Falls dumping from the sky, there was a good turn out at The Music Room for the techno lovers. We danced until our soaked clothes were dry again, no longer caring about soaked socks and hair. I welcome you to enjoy the experiences and upcoming projects Layton shared with me.

What were your teenage years like, growing up in NYC and so heavily immersed house and techno?

I would say my teenage years were instead of working on sports like every other kid, and doing good in school, I focused more on going to clubs, listening to people like Danny Tenaglia and Victor Calderone. I wasn’t trying to get into Pacha or Cielo, sneaking my way in whatever way I could get in. Instead, I would probably be at home working on music.

Can you tell me about the production of “Careless Suggestions” and how it came about to be released on Phobiq Records and the fame it instantly received?

That’s actually the first song Tony Rohr and I worked on. I didn’t know Tony too much before then, we were introduced by a mutual friend. He was a little hesitant to get in the studio with me because he knew I was doing my own thing. I was more of a beginner and, he was a seasoned veteran. We got into the studio together and I showed him this project I was working on. I’d say it was about 50 or 60 percent done and he said, ‘Oh, this is the track we can work on.' We worked on the track, we finished it, and he wanted to give it to Sasha Carassi. Sasha takes it. Then as soon as it came out everyone was playing it, every big DJ you can think of. And I didn’t expect it, it gave me my whole kick start to my career.

Do you ever feel that being younger than many of your peers, that you are held to different expectations?

No, I think the exact opposite. I think the older veterans and the older generation like to see people like me come out at such a young age. It shows that the future of this music is in good hands. I don't think they’ll look at me as some young guy, but rather they like it and encourage it. It reminds them of themselves, of something positive.

Can you tell us what we can expect from your upcoming EP, Unspoken, to be released on Adam Beyer’s label, Truesoul?

Not many people know this yet, but I am also doing something for Drumcode this summer. But it’s going to be a three track EP for Truesoul. Those tracks were my most heavily influenced from Adam Beyer. A lot of his music was reaching out to me, so I would go into the studio and make that kind of sound. And I think that the combination that he and I both have that go well together is that we both like the harder edge stuff, be we still like to keep it musical. I put a lot of work into that EP making it musical, hard and groovy at the same time.


You clearly find your home and comfort spot in the studio producing. What is your headspace like when you are in there producing music?

I guess it’s what I’m feeling at the moment. If I come back from a show and I have that vibe from the night before, the next time I’m in the studio I’ll make something dark. Or it could just be day-to-day inspirations, like being with your family or going to another show and watching someone else perform. I go in there, and I don't have a mind set, I just kind of go with the flow and what comes out, comes out.

What equipment are you using in your studio?

I've used a lot of stuff, but I would say the thing that Tony has taught me is using old school stuff like Nord. I wouldn’t say I’m using a lot of hardware nowadays, I would say I find more of my music coming out of just sitting on a laptop. I think technology nowadays is so intricate that you don't have to {use all the bells and whistles}. Just sit on the computer, get a good riff, good bass lines, make it all come together. That's what I think the future is now.

Now that you have been very successfully producing for a few years, do you have an overall vision of how you want your sound to evolve?

Yes. I have a new vision of this everyday. {Laughs} Right now I kinda of want to keep it where I can satisfy everybody, and satisfy myself. Me, I love musical stuff. I like to keep it fun and positive, but at the same time I want to keep it heavy. I want to find a median where it’s heavy, but also light and musical. That’s why Drumcode, ya know? He has that median. That is what I am striving for, to find the median where everybody is happy, including me.

Kristin Gray

Kristin is Media Relations Manager and Atlanta native. Music is her passion (duh), but so are planes, trains and automobiles. Basically anything that will get her to the next adventure. Other talents include awkward yet unashamed dance moves, terribly punny jokes, and finding hidden spots around Atlanta.