Thursday means one thing and one thing only: the weekend is calling. And, should you be looking for the ultimate party tune, artist Riotron has got you with his track “Silent Night”. A fresh take on the infamous hymn, listeners will be swept off of their feet by the ripples of energy and dance-meets-EDM sensibilities that radiate from the track, making it the perfect weekend listen. And with fellow dance music enthusiast, GOLDHOUSE, also joining Riotron on the release, this fact becomes all the more clear.
When speaking on the collaboration, the artist explained, “With GOLDHOUSE, there really is no process except to get out of his way. He took my tracks and sent over a sketch of what he wanted to do and my notes back were, ‘Yes. That please.’ He just makes everything better.”
Upon the release of “Silent Night”, the artist sat down with Wonderland to discuss how the pandemic helped nurture his creativity and how he hopes to make his listeners feel. Head below to enjoy our interview with Riotron…
Hey Riotron, how are you? How has 2021 been for you?
I’m good, thanks! 2021 has been interesting and challenging, crazy and boring and sometimes political. I think 2021 needs to visit its therapist in 2022, or maybe I need to see mine.
How would you sum up the year in one word?
Loads of people’s creativity have been affected by the pandemic, would you say yours has been?
I’ve felt really creative and inspired. I think the weirder the world gets, the weirder my perspective on it is, which sort of translates to creativity.
How did you first get into music? What sparked the interest?
My earliest memories of music were when I was a kid and my sister first got her drivers license. She drove me all over town that summer and we wore out an old Blondie album. My sister was so cool to me, and I really wanted to impress her and her friends so I taught myself how to play those songs on piano.
Where are you from? Do you think your hometown has impacted your sound in any way?
I’m from Winnipeg, Canada – home of Neil Young. There’s a lot of folk and a lot of country music there, and I think even my electronic music often has those folk sensibilities, very personal lyrics and very melodic. A lot of my songs start with a guitar version.
And now you’ve collaborated with GOLDHOUSE for “Silent Night”, talk us through the production process?
With GOLDHOUSE, there really is no process except to get out of his way. He took my tracks and sent over a sketch of what he wanted to do and my notes back were, “Yes. That please.” He just makes everything better.
It definitely has that empowering and energetic feel to it, was this intentionally done?
Yes, it was definitely intentional! Thank you. Energetic is probably the biggest compliment you could give on this track. We wanted to work together, and so we thought it might be fun to do a vibey holiday track to get started.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
I’m hoping my music makes people think. Think about themselves, think about people, think about the world.
Who would you cite as your inspiration?
Real people who I meet every day, who I can relate to and teach me how to keep my feet on the ground.
What are you most excited for in the new year?
In 2020 I’ve been sleeping on so much new content. I’m excited to finally unleash it next year. Let’s go!!