DJ/producer Audien sat down with Billboard to assist followers get to know a bit extra about him as a part of the “You Should Know” video collection, chatting about why his outdated iPod means a lot to him, why he loves hip-hop music, and far more.
Audien (actual identify Nate Rathbun) grew up within the small city of Mystic, Connecticut. He fondly remembers that the iPod he owned in highschool helped mildew him right into a dance music fan.
“When I began listening to digital music, I might obtain all of Deadmau5's music and simply put it on the iPod,” he tells Billboard. “I swear, it was solely Deadmau5 music, and I might simply be on the bus going to highschool and this little black iPod…that's how I discovered my love for that type of music.”
Aside from Deadmau5, Audien additionally says that he listened to a whole lot of Armin van Buuren’s music as a youngster, calling him his “largest musical inspiration” and noting that he’s nonetheless his idol.
“When I used to be younger, like actually younger, 15 and 16, I might simply obtain his podcast each week,” says Audien. “I might wait after faculty, I might simply obtain it. I had it downloading routinely at one level, and I might simply go residence and take heed to it, and I simply turned simply the most important Armin fan. And I believe due to that I began actually diving into it, 'trigger I simply needed to be like Armin.”
Asked which artist individuals may be shocked to seek out out he listens to, Audien reveals that he’s truly an enormous hip-hop fan, citing Drake as an artist he actually enjoys listening to.
“His type of music and my type of music are so completely different,” Audien says of Drake, including that he additionally likes Lil Pump’s music. “I believe it's enjoyable. It doesn't need to be so critical on a regular basis, and I really feel like a whole lot of dance music, particularly the dance music I make, is at all times so critical and the messages are so deep and emotional, which I really like, however typically it's good to have enjoyable and simply not try this.”
You can try the total video interview with Audien above.