Wolfgang Gartner Revives Electro House Grooves For 'Medicine' EP: Exclusive Breakdown


Who remembers Wolfgang Gartner's dance traditional, "Illmerica?" What about his "The Devil's Den" with Skrillex, or "Animal Rights" with deadmau5?

While these digital music staples might have arrived in early the 2010s, the gritty electro home rumblings of every report have aged with grace. Gartner brings again these old-school sounds on his latest providing, Medicine.

"2018 has been an insanely busy yr for me within the studio," Gartner tells Billboard, "the truth is I've completed extra songs this yr than any prior yr in my profession. I additionally really feel prefer it's a few of the highest high quality and finest work I've finished.  These type of inventive floods come hardly ever, and fairly than releasing one large album and getting all of it out I believed every monitor would get extra consideration and likelihood to shine by doing small mini albums or EPs. Medicine is the primary of those, and I plan on releasing a handful extra someday within the not-too-distant future."

The six-track EP delivers a heavy dose of nostalgia, teeth-grinding bass booms and underground grooves. Songs like "Excalibur" and "Deja Vu" journey a melodic wave excellent for highway journeys whereas cuts like "Make It Clap" and "Bumblebee" are meant for these late-night warehouse raves.

Wolfgang Gartner breaks all of it down beneath, solely on Billboard Dance.


The foremost cause I put this primary was the best way it begins out -- that clean piano line appeared like the final word intro for an album. The remainder of the track can also be actually harking back to a few of my earlier work, so I preferred the truth that it was the primary impression for my day-one followers and individuals who have been listening to my music for the previous decade. 

Good Medicine (feat. Rush Davis)

I met Rush by a soul / R&B venture we have been doing, we launched some music underneath the alias Open Eyes a pair years in the past, and he has finished the vocal efficiency on a few my different songs like “Devotion” and “Ching Ching.”  For “Good Medicine,” I wrote and sang the entire track from scratch, however wasn't fully happy with the sound of my very own voice, so I introduced in Rush to re-sing it, and saved my vocals beneath his. So it’s really a mixture of each of us singing that you simply hear.

I wished to jot down a type of celebration track that wasn't generic like many are, so I used metaphors to try to set the tone for mainly an extended night time out “on the drugs.” It was additionally a technique to hold it clear for radio, through the use of these metaphors and by no means really saying what sort of medication we’re taking within the track. People can interpret it nevertheless they need. 

Deja Vu

With this one I deliberately set out from the begin to mainly take the bones of my traditional sound, give it new rims, a paint job, new shocks, decrease it, and put some subwoofers within the trunk. In a sentence; I wished to make use of all the trendy manufacturing instruments which have come about in recent times and mix them with my old-school compositional model to make a type of trendy hybrid. It appeared just like the pure first-single to launch from the EP, to talk to new and previous followers alike.

Make It Clap

I went actually actually deep with the synthesis on this one -- I believe the venture file in all probability had about 100 tracks of synths, drums, and every little thing else, and a ton of sounds layered over one another to create thicker sounds and textures. Since this track has a extra trendy bass-house vibe to it, I used sure chords through the breakdown and center part to conjure up nostalgic progressive vibes however with trendy tones. This one has been an enormous weapon for me in stay settings. 


As far because the music, I mainly simply made one actually cool sounding bass tone on a synthesizer, then copied it about 10 occasions and freaked every copy a distinct approach -- reversed it, stretched it, vowel-filtered it, and in any other case. That sorta types the premise for the track. I wished a pre-drop vocal, however I really feel like so many individuals get lazy there, so I wished to do one thing that was undoubtedly totally different than any pre-drop vocal that had ever been finished.

The track was giving me nostalgic rave vibes, bringing me again to my late-'90s raver days in LA, and there was this rave I used to go to yearly known as Jujubeats the place they'd large bumblebees dancing on the screens. I used to be time touring again to that place, so I figured why not simply make the pre-drop vocal “the Bumblebee,” and that was it! Literally the primary take, and the primary concept. 

This Is Your Life

Some songs really feel like they've an “ending” vibe, if that makes any sense, like they signify the tip of one thing or the tip of an period, or an album -- and this one had that really feel to me. I wrote the music first and had simply gotten a brand new discuss field, so I new I wished to do a chat field vocal on it. The music was giving me a really in-the-moment feeling, like I wished to jot down about being within the second in some way, and that’s how these lyrics took place. I assume you would say it’s type of the identical idea as ["Once in a Lifetime"] by Talking Heads -- it’s type of a story about life, being within the second, appreciating the second, and the way typically it appears to maneuver so quick it virtually passes you by.