Dec 20, 2018
Catching Up With Ares Carter On "Faking"
Today we're joined by NYC-based DJ and producer Ares Carter, fresh off the release of his new single “Faking” with Carta on Spinnin' Records. His first release in over four years, Ares chats about the story behind the record, his experiences playing Ultra Music Festival around the world, and what's currently inspiring him in the studio.
Ares, great to have you with us today! How’s your year going?
Hey guys thanks for having me! Been using 1001Tracklists for ages. 2018 has really been game-changing for me. I played my first shows in Asia including Ultra Music Festival in Korea and Japan, my first show in Europe at ADE, and started playing more regularly around the US. I also did a remix for The Chainsmokers that did really well, but I’m most thrilled to be ending the year with an original release.
So your new single “Faking”with Carta just came out on Spinnin’ Records — tell us more about how the two of you came to work together. In your own words, how would you describe the track?
Carta and I met during Miami Music Week in 2015. He saw that I followed him and reached out saying he liked my track “Step Into Your Light” and that he wanted to meet up in Miami. We then realized that we were actually staying at the same hotel and we ended up going to Ultra that weekend together as fans in the crowd, so it’s crazy that we’ve both played at different Ultras now. Ever since we met we have talked about collaborating and even sent a few ideas back and forth that never went anywhere.
In March, he visited me in New York and I played him an idea that I had been working on which would later become “Faking.” After he went back to Shanghai, we sent edits back and forth for months until we realized that the version was the one. We probably tried like six different drops. I think it’s pretty cool to have a song made on opposite sides of the world! I think “Faking” is the perfect balance of a club record and a radio record. It has a great vocal and catchy chords but also a groovy drop. You could listen to it on your car stereo or when you’re just hanging at home, but you would also go wild if you heard it at a festival or a club.
“Faking” has already garnered early support from the likes of Martin Garrix, Afrojack, and Oliver Heldens, among other elite tastemakers in the industry. How does it feel to have your first release back after 4 years played by these legends?
It feels insane, a lot of people have been wondering why I took such a long time off from releasing music, but the truth is I wasn’t 100% confident in what I was making back then. The records worked and performed decently but they sounded like everything else that was coming out at the time. Now I finally feel confident that I’ve honed in on a sound that I love and that’s true to me. Having my song played by so many DJs I look up to reassured me that I made the right decision and four years of honing my skills as a producer paid off.
You mentioned playing at Ultra Japan this year — what was that like?
It was incredible. Ultra in Miami was the first festival that I ever went to and where I fell in love with dance music, so it was an honor to take that same stage, even in another country! We had a really great crowd for my set, the energy in Asia is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The only problem was that on the flight there I happened to be wearing my Swedish House Mafia hoodie, and all of the sudden I see Sebastian Ingrosso staring at me as I walk through first class to my seat in the back. That was a bit awkward!
Who are three artists who are currently inspiring you the most at the moment? And three artists to keep an eye on for the new year?
I actually have been studying abroad in Berlin this semester so I have really been into the underground lately. One of my professors here is an experimental techno producer named Robert Lippok. He is little known outside the underground, but his work is really cutting edge. Last week, I got to see him perform at the legendary Berghain, which was an unreal experience that I can’t even put into words. I am also a huge Black Coffee fan. His sound is so unique and he is one of the most gifted DJs in the world to see live.
Even though these guys make and play music that is very different from mine, I have definitely been inspired by them and have tried to incorporate some of what they do into my own work. However, Loud Luxury has been absolutely killing it lately and you can definitely hear their influence on my sound, but with my own personal twist.
In 2019, people should definitely look out for Simon Alex, who is making some of the tightest and most unique club records at the moment, and also Themba, who has been rising fast in Black Coffee’s African house scene. Also, even though he’s a household name thanks to "Jackie Chan" with Tiësto, Dzeko has some dope solo stuff on the way so it’s going to be exciting to see what happens next with him.
What has been your personal highlight of 2018 and what can we expect from Ares Carter in the upcoming year?
Personal highlight was definitely the release of “Faking.” It just feels so good to be putting out music again. In 2019, you should expect a really cool solo follow up single which I’m currently finishing up. This one’s a bit clubbier. Of course there will be a ton of other originals and remixes coming out as well. No more 4 year breaks! I also have some huge shows lined up that I can’t say much about just yet.
You can buy or steam your copy of “Faking” on your platform of choice today! spinninrecords.release.link/faking
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