Italian house sensation Alex Gaudino has blown up the dance scene this summer, mercilessly releasing singles in preparation for the debut of his newest EP. One of those tracks, “I Don’t Wanna Dance” featuring Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas was released June 19th on Ultra Records. For your viewing pleasure you can now catch the video premiere for “I Don’t Wanna Dance” here. Enjoy!
Earlier this summer, Swaager got the chance to chat with Alex Gaduino about his single “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” working with Taboo and his favorites new artists.
Swaager: With “I Don’t Wanna Dance” released last month and several singles set to be released this summer, how have these tracks compared to your previous hits like “Destination Calabria” and “Watch Out”?
Gaudino: I feel like I’m constantly evolving. “Destination Calabria” was really a mash-up and “Watch Out” was the first hit with original production and a guest vocalist. Since then we’ve been able to attract the attention of established artists like Kelly Rowland and Taboo, as well as Jordin Sparks, Mario and other who feature on tracks on the forthcoming album. So the journey is more and more exciting.
Swaager: How was working with Taboo?
Gaudino: Really easy! This is because he’s down to earth, really talented and the nicest guy on the planet…and he knows exactly what he wants.
Swaager: Your new EP is set to drop at the end of the summer, what was your creative mind set while producing it? Did you run into any challenges that really stood out?
Gaudino: Not quite. There’s an album due for release with a new single to follow the track with Taboo. And there’s a club instrumental track that simply burns up the dance floor every time I play it out. It’s called “Do You Wanna,” coming out in September. Look out for it!
Swaager: Deadmau5 recently quoted:
"David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks –- like, ‘Here’s one with Akon, check it out!’,” he says. “Even Skrillex [a friend of Zimmerman’s] isn’t doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he’s just playing his shit … People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what -– but there’s still button-pushers getting paid half a million. And not to say I’m not a button-pusher. I’m just pushing a lot more buttons."
Do you see the notion of “pushing buttons” diminishing the EDM scene? Or, does it not matter? Music is music…
Gaudino: It’s about entertainment, charisma, selecting music and building a set. I really respect Deadmau5 and think he’s really talented and charismatic. But if it’s a technique you’re after, I would recommend a jazz club or opera.
Swaager: Aside from a new EP dropping later this summer, what other projects do you have coming up that you’re extremely excited about?
Gaudino: With my studio partner, Jason Rooney, we’re producing stuff for other artists. This is an exciting new project that’s rapidly taking shape.
Swaager: Who are some of your favorite up and coming artists that the US needs to know about?
Gaudino: Simon De Jano and Bottai who are both from Italy.