T.H.E Interview – A ON
In this exclusive interview, we dive deep into the world of A ON, the Electronic music Producer known for his distinctive hardware-driven sound and creative endeavors in the world of music and visual arts.
With a career that has seen him work on music production, composition for film and TV, and sound design for art projects, A ON brings a unique perspective to the Electronic music scene.
T.H.E – Hey A ON, how are you?
A ON – Hey, I’m doing pretty good!
T.H.E – Can you start by telling us more about yourself?
A ON – I’m an Electronic music producer. I have been making music with hardware equipment rather than with the computer for about 7 years. I also have worked as a composer for film and tv as well as art projects as a Sound Designer.
T.H.E – How did you initially discover your passion for music? What is your earliest musical memory?
A ON – I would say when I started becoming a music fan, I was probably 7 years old. It was thanks to MTV. I was both musically and visually amazed with those videos. MTV was one of my favourite channels… the others were obviously cartoon channels.
T.H.E – For a newcomer to your music, which track of yours would you recommend as the perfect starting point to be introduced to your sound?
A ON – I would definitely say, the track “Will 2 Be”.
T.H.E – What has been your biggest success so far in your career and what are you hoping to achieve next?
A ON – I have had different ways of success. As a live performer and producer with past projects I have played some great festivals in Canada, US, Peru and Brazil. I have shared the stage with Fuck Buttons, Ankle Pants, Peder Mannerfelt’s duo Roll The Dice, amongst others. As a composer and sound designer, I have been nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards and I won twice SOCAN music for film award, to mention some of them.
T.H.E – Can you tell us about your influences and inspirations? Are there any particular artists that have had an impact on your musical journey?
A ON – My musical influences are truly vast since my background comes from playing in bands before going into more Electronic. If I can mention some who marked the way I see and make music, I would say: Brian Eno, Arvo Part, Aphex Twin, Autechre, John Frusciante, The Prodigy and many dance music songs.
T.H.E – How would you describe your sound and production style?
A ON – As much as I hate that question, I would say A ON has elements of new Techno and Acid House, 90’s Dance music (you can hear it in the stabs) mixed with catchy melodies and vocals hooks.
T.H.E – What challenges have you faced so far as an artist, and how have you worked to overcome them?
A ON – I have definitely sacrificed time and money of choosing to get equipment and stay in my home studio making music, rather than being outside and experiencing life as other friends. My first way to overcome this was to make music faster, so I can still go out with friends but that didn’t last long, because that wears you out, so now I try to stay centered and go exercise.
T.H.E – Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself that might surprise fans?
A ON – The first time I went to a rave party I was 13 years old. I danced in the middle of the crowd surrounded by way older and much taller people. I was amazed by the experiencing what Electronic Dance music really means. Of course, it was an early open air rave showcase in a park, it was free and it just lasted 3 hours, so I was able to come back home and hide the secret.
T.H.E – What would you say sets you apart from other DJs/Producers on the scene?
A ON – The way I compose music always has a sense of journey in its structure. The way I put layers and rhythms together is rather unusual. Since I use hardware analog equipment and a microphone instead of DJ decks, my live sets are very energetic and interactive. I also have a strong visual aesthetic, so I produce my own outfits and live visuals.
T.H.E – What’s next for you in terms of release and projects?
A ON – I am excited to put A ON’s first and new material to the world. There are several tracks coming out soon. I cannot wait to play them live as much as I can, and leave all the A ON on the dance floor… I have no doubt about that!
As we wrap up this insightful conversation with A ON, we thank him for his time sharing insights about his passion for music and dedication to his craft, which have led to a rich and diverse artistic journey. Teasing upcoming releases and future performances, A ON continues to push boundaries in the world of music, his unique sound, energetic live performances, and creative projects in visual arts and fashion design make him a truly multidimensional artist.