FKN Exclusive – Antoine Becks
We always love to introduce you to some very talented individuals. Today we have a very talented DJ from Los Angeles, CA by the name of Antoine Becks! Check out this FKN Exclusive with Antoine Becks and see how he started out in the industry! Also listen in to one of his latest mixes.
So tell us a little bit about yourself.
- My name is Antoine Becks. I produce, I DJ, I sing, I write songs, I play a bunch of instruments and I live to move people with my music (emotionally and physically!)
What inspired you to becoming a DJ?
- When I was 14 I went to my first rave and it just changed my whole existence and outlook on life. I had been playing guitar and singing in bands but electronic dance music was just completely new and refreshing to me. So then I started learning how to make music electronically and the rest is history.
About how long have you been DJing for?
- Professionally, I’ve only been DJing for 2 years. Before that I toured the world as a live act instead of DJing. I played clubs, arenas and festivals just like a DJ would but I would only play my tracks and remixes and would play them live, so I would also be doing live synths and singing. I had turntables as a teenager but I wanted to produce and play live because there was just “more to do” and I felt I had more control over the music. Nowadays DJ technology has evolved. You can literally make edits on the fly and I feel it’s much more interactive. I also sing live over a few tracks during my set, which still keeps some of the live performance element.
How did you come up with your DJ name?
- It’s just my name
Who are some of the DJs you look up to in the industry?
- Really love what the Swedish House Mafia guys have brought to the scene (Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso). They just crush gigs and you know nearly all the songs that either come from them or their respective labels will be bangers before you even hear them. They’ve just raised the bar for big room house music. I also like the tougher sound of Wolfgang Gartner and Knife Party and on the underground tip, the bouncy minimal techno sets that Magda plays. I like Diplo for the variety of styles he plays and how he keeps you on your toes in his unpredictable sets. And of course I gotta give props to Tiesto, who has consistently been on top of his game. He’s quite simply a leader in the industry and I’m really happy he just played my new track on his radio show.
Which would you prefer Serato or Vinyl/CDJ and why?
- I work with Tranktor. I’m very big on using cue points so that I have more control over every track. That way I can do live edits and with the X1 controller it’s just comfortable to work with.
What would you say are some of the challenges being a DJ?
- To me I’d say the DJing is the fun part where you just get to go crazy with a massive amount of people, so it’s more fun than challenging for me. I’m completely passionate about it, having control over a huge party is just the best feeling. It’s only with experience and knowledge that you do this properly. It’s not a set formula because every crowd and every night is different. What’s always been more of a challenge is producing the tracks. I’ve been producing dance tracks for over a decade and I’m still learning something new every day. Many people don’t realize how much work and how much time is put in to making these tracks sound like they do. But this is what I love to do so I welcome the challenge
Are there any goals you would like to set in life?
- There are many goals. Some I can talk about and some I have to keep to myself for now. Since I got in the dance scene, my goal has always been to bring song-driven dance music to the masses. A long time ago, I was one of the first artists to do rock male vocals on a dance track (with my previous project Second Sun). Nowadays I’m happy to see that dance music – and song-driven dance music – has exploded into the mainstream. It’s incredible how in the past, some songs were huge for us in the underground dance scene, but completely ignored by the mainstream. Of course now more people are discovering how great this music is and I’m happy to see that happen. Personally, my goal is really to keep progressing and for the world to hear my music and my sound, and to keep making quality dance music that pushes the genre further. I also want to keep bringing an element of showmanship to dance music. Big shows, great music, that’s what I’m all about.
Are there any upcoming projects you have lined up for us to look forward to?
- Many. For the last year I’ve been in the studio crafting all these new tracks and now I’m so excited to share them with the world. My first single “Life of the Wild” is now coming out and then I have a release on Diplo’s label Mad Decent called “Insane” on April 18. I also have a release with legendary dance vocalist Cece Peniston coming out in May. Then I have 2 very special tracks coming out on which I also sing and even play guitar. So many tunes! I’ll also be touring all over, so be sure to check my Twitter and Facebook pages to know when I’ll be coming to your neck of the woods.
Any last words to your supporters and future fans?
- My fans call themselves the “Becksters”. They mean everything to me. It feels like we’re all just a group of kids partying together, such a cool vibe. To all the Becksters around the world, you know much I love and appreciate you. And to future fans, welcome to the party!!!
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