China's dance music icon Aryue has had a big year despite the global pandemic. He released music with major players like Spinnin' Records, Smash The House and Sony, and tried to continue to bring some of his homeland's culture to his music, having started doing so with last year's smash single with Vigel, ‘Guangzhou'.
“I am also constantly learning to improve my production level,” he says, adding that he is delighted to have worked with such big labels this year. He also says he managed to do plenty of shows despite Coronavirus, which appeared but was contained quickly in his native China.
“We have a very different dance music market here in China,” he tells DJ Mag. “Now bounce is popular, I don't really like it, so my passion is still trance music.” To that end, expect “a lot of big collabs” in the near future that will continue to build on his trance tradition.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Faith, dreams, good music.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“The industry needs to create more online venues where artists can make money without relying on touring! Monetisation of social networks, live streams etc.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“Make more music and videos that will bring all people together, like 39 Kingdom did in their latest song ‘Make Love Not War’. Unfortunately, not many EDM artists mentioned this topic."
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“Since I am Chinese I will try to bring more Eastern culture into my music, I hope people will like it.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Benny Benassi ‘Satisfaction’."