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Since exploding onto the global circuit with extreme force in 2006, France’s most earnest House artist has continued to thrive on the positive vibes that his debut offering ‘Magenta’ made for him. As the French heavyweight prepares to bless the Ministry of Sound this weekend with his eclectic and detailed sound, Dan Carter caught up with Arno Cost to trace a year of essential remixes, vigorous touring and the hype surrounding his forthcoming artist offering with Arias: ‘These Days To Come’.
Growing up in Paris, Arno Cost’s vibrant sound was nurtured by popular music of the 90’s and after a brief skip through various styles, he was able to coin his signature electronic vibes that have sealed his name as France’s most promising young producer. He explained: ‘When I was a kid, I listened to a lot of pop music like Moby, Radiohead and Muse and eventually I started making Trip Hop music, with a heavy emphasis on pianos and strings. But eventually all the French Electronic outfits such as Daft Punk, Cassius, Bob Sinclar and Air came onto my radar and seeing them hit the global market with such force made me feel like doing dance music that would make people jump in the clubs!’
Over the years Arno Cost has come to appreciate that outside of his favoured Electronic outfit, he is part of a grand-scope of music that owes much of its roots to the early disco-pop of the 80’s, an era which solidified the aspects of French music that have so naturally characterised Arno Cost’s musical identity as they did nearly 30 years ago. He explained: ‘Every form of Electronic music comes from these tunes even though they were made 30 years ago. Listen to Abba or Chic. It’s totally what we are doing now, not with the same technique and with the same instruments, but it
is still very similar.’
He added: ‘Today I am still influenced by all those artists, but I want to combine the
melody with great dance floor vibes. If I have goose bumps in the studio, then it will almost definitely work in the club!’
As the young French producer continued to channel these sounds into his own work, it was his 2006 offering ‘Magenta’ that truly stuck Arno under the international spotlight. ‘When I made Magenta in 2006, it was in my bedroom, with my good friend Arias. We used a crappy computer and really bad monitors because at the time I regret to say that we did not care about the sound quality. Today it is very different, I personally work a lot on the compression, the frequencies and on the overall mix as I now know these are very important aspects!’
Regardless of the lack of attention to sound quality, ‘Magenta’ emerged one of the most played tracks at that years ADE and displayed the diverse and energetic sound that would truly make Arno’s name on the global circuit. Since this day the force of the 24-year old producers tracks have been greater, with the likes of ‘Cyan’ setting the standard to an all-time high in 2009.
Taking the majority of 2010 out to channel his technical knowledge within the studio, 2011 will see the French producer unleash a series of new releases, including ‘These Days To Come’ alongside Arias. As far as Arno is concerned, this initial vocal offering marks the beginning of something beautiful for the young producer’s dynamic and evolutionary sound. He explained: ‘It is my first vocal track and I’m really happy with it. For me, it is the result of my hard work in the studio this
year. There will be plenty more to follow starting with ‘These Days To Come’ in 2011 and I am really excited to show them off given the quiet year I have had for releases.’
Despite a quiet year in the studio for 2010 to level the producers head for the technical side of things, his presence on the global circuit has been haunting. Blessing the likes of Croatia and the legendary Ibiza super club Space, Arno will wrap up his UK shows for 2010 with a penultimate appearance at the legendary MOS on Dec the 18th alongside Funkagenda and Michael Wood’s. With a host of incredible memories and a year of invaluable experience behind him, Cost is ready to show London how the French do it for an essential session of his exciting electronic tinged House experience.
Arno is excited to play the legendary London club at this celebratory time of year and will be looking forward to unleashing a few new gems upon his UK following. He explained: ‘This period of the year is a great opportunity to party with each other and I couldn’t have asked for a better club. Ministry of Sound is one of the best European clubs I have had the privilege of playing and I am really pleased to be a part of the line-up for this Christmas gathering. I will bring my best mash-ups, the freshest new tracks I’ve been given and of course a few new gems of my own! We are going to have a blast!’
As the year comes to an inevitable close one man stands well assured that a quiet year in the studio will mean big things for France’s leading House contender as prepares to make 2011 his own. These days to come hold great promise for Arno Cost: the embryonic fourth estate of France’s thriving electronic music scene.