Garrett Gaudet catches up with Ørjan Nilsen at the A State of Trance Festival.
You just got off the ASOT MainStage, how was it?
"It's hard to describe it because I still have chills down my spine. That was insane, seeing all of those people going nuts to all my tracks and new tracks I made that they haven't even heard before. That's one of the most fulfilling things ever.
Do you remember your first A State of Trance set?
Yes, it was A State of Trance 500 in a tiny room in Den Bosch, NL. Everybody was crazy, it was jammed packed in that room and they actually had to close the corridor. I had tears in my eyes after I was done.
It's amazing to hear that it's still so emotional for you.
I mean this is not just a job, this is my passion. It's my life. Seeing that people are getting into that state because of me playing there, it's humbling. It's amazing.
You've been at this a long time, what's it like to watch trance music grow and evolve as a trance DJ/producer?
I gotta be honest with you, the past few years I had never expected it to blow up like this. Basically because a lot of people thought that trance was underground but I think the potential of other people liking it too, just the melodies itself is insane. It's good to see that more people from the underground scene are coming to other countries as well. It's great to see.
You have released 10 Years of Ørjan, the last couple years. Is there a tracks is still special to you?
There's quite a few, actually. Obviously, the one that is the most special to me is a track called "La Guitarra", which I made in the memory of my brother who passed away in 2007 of cancer. That track I made in January 2008 and I wasn't even supposed to release it but it ended up having to be released because Armada needed a track. This was the one tracks that I could give them because I couldn't produce after that. That was the one thing that I produced after my brother died. That ("La Guitarra") will always be special to me.
So do you feel with music as passion, does that help you through a time like that?
Music is therapy, no doubt. No matter what kind of track you get from me, there is always some sort of emotion in it. Even if its a party mood or being really sad, heartbroken, happy, in love, its always there. There's always some kind of emotion in my track.
When you introduce you someone to your music, what track do you play them?
There are 3 tracks. One track is "La Guitarra" because I know a lot of people like that track. Another track is a track called "Between The Rays". There one tracks that has apparently made a lot of people fall in love with my music. That's a track called "Hurricane" a track that I made with Christina Novelli, about 4 years ago. That track seems to stick with people a lot, which is really good to hear.
It's always nice to hear from you opinion, which track you think you should introduce your sound to.
Well, its like the "Hurricane" tracks as well. The voice of Christina Novelli is absolutely angelic and she just complimented that track so well. I was really proud when that track was done.
How would you describe you sound?
Impossible to describe because I'm a bit of everything. I'm always trying and testing out boundaries and pushing boundaries as well. Lets go like this. Rhythmic, Energetic and Melodic.
Why do you love trance?
Because the way it makes you feel. A State of Trance, for example like what Armin said as well. Its not about the genre, its about the feeling. That's why I love trance. It makes you feel.
Is there a track right now that brings you into A State of Trance?