GANZ Chats His Love Of "Euphoric" Music And That Collab With What So Not

Written By Zanda Wilson on 06/09/2016

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GANZ is the name on just about everyone's lips at the moment, especially in Australia. The Dutch producer has recently dropped
an incredible new EP titled GAO - which features a heap of Aussie collaborators including JOY, What So Not on one of the biggest tracks of 2016 thus far, Lone.

GANZ will also be back in the country next month for Splendour In The Grass, and in anticipation of his visit we caught up with him to chat about his creative process, why he loves euphoric music and how THAT collab with What So Not came about...

I had a chance to check out your video which shows a bit of behind the scenes on the making of your new EP. In it, you play a bit of piano so you’re obviously not just a producer. What’s your background in music, did you play any other instruments before you started producing?
I played the drums when I was younger and from there on I started making beats and stuff on my parent’s PC. I actually can't play keys or any other instruments, except for the drums. I just build drafts and create small ideas with the piano. I have mini keyboards at my studio, but never really use them because I always create basic chords on my laptop keyboard. I can hear what's good or not when I'm making music or which keys some parts need.

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How did you start out producing?
As a young kid I was always into music and grew up with a different kind of music. So I when I was a bit older I started playing the drums and from there on a few years later I started making electronic music.

Most Australians will know you best for the track you collaborated with What So Not on; Lone. How did that collab come about, and what was it like working with him?
Emoh and I started the track over 1,5 years ago when he was playing in Europe. I met him a few times when I was in Australia and we started making some music together for a few days, we also worked on some George Maple tracks. So when we were around each other we tried to book studios to work in and from that moment "Lone" happened. After that we sent each other a lot of versions via Dropbox and finally finished it with the beautiful vocals of JOY.

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In a short space of time you’ve already gotten together with a lot of pretty great vocalists and rappers on your tunes. What sort of elements do you thinking adding vocals gives to a track that would otherwise be purely instrumental?
I like to create tracks with some sort of emotion in it, really euphoric stuff. So for me it is finding that right sound of a voice that matches the idea I have in mind and then to have it blend perfectly with the instrumental. Sometimes a song feels too empty, so you put a vocal on it, but other times I get rid of the vocals because in the end it or didn't feel good to me, or it was just too much.

What’s it been like working on a body of work for your EP, rather than just individual songs and remixes?
You can create more of a story while working on a EP. Because sometimes you make tracks which are an answer on a earlier track. I visualize a lot while making music so I always see some scenes in front of my when I listen to this EP. Like I said earlier, I love making music with some kind of emotion and story in it.

Can we expect to see you in Australia anytime soon?
Yes! I'm heading back in July again together with Akuou!

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GANZ is the name on just about everyone's lips at the moment, especially in Australia. The Dutch producer has recently dropped an incredible new EP titled GAO - which features a heap of Aussie collaborators including JOY, What So Not on one of the biggest tracks of 2016 thus far, Lone.

GANZ will also be back in the country next month for Splendour In The Grass, and in anticipation of his visit we caught up with him to chat about his creative process, why he loves euphoric music and how THAT collab with What So Not came about...

I had a chance to check out your video which shows a bit of behind the scenes on the making of your new EP. In it, you play a bit of piano so you’re obviously not just a producer. What’s your background in music, did you play any other instruments before you started producing?
I played the drums when I was younger and from there on I started making beats and stuff on my parent’s PC. I actually can't play keys or any other instruments, except for the drums. I just build drafts and create small ideas with the piano. I have mini keyboards at my studio, but never really use them because I always create basic chords on my laptop keyboard. I can hear what's good or not when I'm making music or which keys some parts need.

How did you start out producing?
As a young kid I was always into music and grew up with a different kind of music. So I when I was a bit older I started playing the drums and from there on a few years later I started making electronic music.

Most Australians will know you best for the track you collaborated with What So Not on; Lone. How did that collab come about, and what was it like working with him?
Emoh and I started the track over 1,5 years ago when he was playing in Europe. I met him a few times when I was in Australia and we started making some music together for a few days, we also worked on some George Maple tracks. So when we were around each other we tried to book studios to work in and from that moment "Lone" happened. After that we sent each other a lot of versions via Dropbox and finally finished it with the beautiful vocals of JOY.

In a short space of time you’ve already gotten together with a lot of pretty great vocalists and rappers on your tunes. What sort of elements do you thinking adding vocals gives to a track that would otherwise be purely instrumental?
I like to create tracks with some sort of emotion in it, really euphoric stuff. So for me it is finding that right sound of a voice that matches the idea I have in mind and then to have it blend perfectly with the instrumental. Sometimes a song feels too empty, so you put a vocal on it, but other times I get rid of the vocals because in the end it or didn't feel good to me, or it was just too much.

What’s it been like working on a body of work for your EP, rather than just individual songs and remixes?
You can create more of a story while working on a EP. Because sometimes you make tracks which are an answer on a earlier track. I visualize a lot while making music so I always see some scenes in front of my when I listen to this EP. Like I said earlier, I love making music with some kind of emotion and story in it.

Can we expect to see you in Australia anytime soon?
Yes! I'm heading back in July again together with Akuou!

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