Sied van Riel has been working non stop since he got into the electronic dance music scene back in 2008, rightfully claiming is title as one of the hottest producers around. AscenDance Radio was able to interview Sied about his future collabs and projects and here is what was said:
Sied van Riel Interview:
Dayanna Guerrero: Sied van Riel is no stranger to the trance music scene, playing shows around the world and being backed by Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and so many more. His ultimate goal? Connecting trance music fans everywhere with his warm and melodic-filled trance.
So Sied, you’ve been a part of the A State of Trance celebrations for over 3 years now and you just announced that you will be playing two A State of Trance Shows. What is it like to be a part of this massive trance movement?
Sied van Riel: Itâ€™s really special. With the whole crew Iâ€™ve built up the relationship over the years so itâ€™s like a family feeling and the events are just insane. We just did Beyond Wonderland in L.A. and that was the sickest party Iâ€™ve ever seen.
Dayanna Guerrero: You recently attended the Armada Music Night in St. Petersburg, Russia with fellow Armadians Max Graham, Arnej and Shogun. If you had one word to describe the night what would it be?
Sied van Riel: Vodka!
Sied van Riel & Dayanna Guerrero: (Laughs)
Dayanna Guerrero: You’ve been working on your upcoming artist album, how far along is it from being complete and can we expect to see some familiar names on it?
Sied van Riel: I wanted to do collaborations on the album; I decided not to do it because itâ€™s my album so I wanted to show people what Iâ€™m doing and not what other people are doing. Itâ€™s almost complete, Iâ€™ve produced a lot. At one point I have to say okay this is it, Iâ€™m not sure when that will be. As an artist youâ€™re never satisfied.
Dayanna Guerrero: You always go back.
Sied van Riel: Yeah, exactly but a lot of new singles are done. They are being released one by one now and with the album, I just see what the record label wants, advises, take it from there basically.
Dayanna Guerrero: And add your own little elements to everything. The majority is you though, right?
Sied van Riel: Oh yeah, for sure. They just advise like when do you what to release them, which tracks. Itâ€™s like negations, Iâ€™m stubborn anyways so I always try and push my opinion to the maximum.
Dayanna Guerrero: What about this, and this..
Sied van Riel: Yeah, exactly. Why not this track, you know?
Dayanna Guerrero: You made a track with Betsie Larkin called “The Offering“. From your perspective, what has the reaction like for this track and what was it like to work with the famed Betsie Larkin.
Sied van Riel: It was really cool working with her; weâ€™ve been friends for many years. She asked me to do a production for her album and it was really funny how it went down because she asked me to do a whole new production and I said no, listen, I have this track and you have to sing on this because I wanted to work with her. She gave me vocals, I said no, no I want something else. Then she said no, I want it like this so it was really interesting working with her. The reactions have been really great. Itâ€™s not a club track; itâ€™s a fuel track you know? And I like to do tracks that people can listen to in the car or on the radio, not necessarily in the club. It was really cool working with her.
Sied van Riel: I donâ€™t know, it was my first back to back with him. He has his own ignorant style or ignorant way of playing and so do I so it was kind of interesting to see. Where I wanted to take it more up during the set, he was like no, no we have to take it down and I said no we have to go up. So it was kind of a power struggle in the DJ booth but it worked out, in the end Iâ€™m happy with it. Itâ€™s different standing in the DJ booth with a guy thatâ€™s standing twice your size I mean people see him and heâ€™s huge this guy. This guy is big, impressive. Heâ€™s been a friend of mine but then in the DJ booth together itâ€™s different.
Dayanna Guerrero: So you had different elements coming together?
Sied van Rier: Yeah, exactly.
Dayanna Guerrero: When asked about future collaborations in an interview with Armada, you said that working with W&W would be an interesting choice. Given your response, any chance we’ll be seeing something in the future from you guys?
Sied van Riel: Weâ€™ve been talking about it for a long while and we decided to come together in April and then push out a track, thatâ€™s basically it. Like I said, weâ€™ve been talking for a long time, I wanted to do it in January but because of all the work for my album (and they were working as well) we decided to do it in April. Weâ€™re going to do a big room, I donâ€™t know, something different.
Dayanna Guerrero: Whatâ€™s the process like on that? Like, what is the time frame where you can pull out a track?
Sied van Riel: I work pretty fast, these guys are fast so I think we probably need like seven hours, eight hours max a day and weâ€™ll probably be done. I know theyâ€™re fast as well and we already know what we want so..
Dayanna Guerrero: So you already have the track laid out and everything?
Sied van Riel: Yeah, weâ€™ve talked about it through email. You know, should we do this, should we do that? I know the guys personally really well and they know me so we already know what we want. The vibe you get in the studio.
Dayanna Guerrero: The dynamic between you too?
Sied van Riel: Yeah, exactly.
Dayanna Guerrero: You’ve got gigs lined up left and right and a new album coming up, is there currently any room in your schedule to breathe?
Sied van Riel: In airplanes I breathe a lot! Miami has been a good week because weâ€™ve been partying a lot but had two days of complete rest. Two days ago was the first and we planned the second for today. Iâ€™m not sure if itâ€™s going to work out because of the time when its either 9 or 10 p.m. everybody starts calling like what are you going to do?
Dayanna Guerrero: Where are you?
Sied van Riel: Exactly. You know, we have guest lists almost everywhere. So if you have like the options it becomes more difficult to stay in your hotel.
Dayanna Guerrero: Well Sied, thank you so much for meeting with us and we can’t wait for the new album.
Sied van Riel: Thank you very much.
Be sure to also keep an eye out for his upcoming album!