Known for having more #1 hits on the “Billboard Dance Club Songs” chart than any other producer, he is a Grammy award winner, a house DJ and coveted remixer who’s worked with Katy Perry, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Beginning his career at the Los Angeles Recording Workshop as a MIDI instructor while at the same time making house music at a now defunct club called Truth, he is now the owner of Audacious Records, an eponymous imprint that gives him an avenue to publish his own music. He is also the older brother of former Major League Baseball player Rich Audé.
1.) For starters, give us some background on the Dave Audé before remixing and producing for some of the industries top talent. What were your interests? What was your childhood like? How did you find music?
I found music from the radio. When I was 10, I lived to listen to the radio in the morning before school and in the evening when I was eating dinner. It’s where I discovered pop music. After that, I found music by going to buy cassettes at Tower Records or Warehouse …
2.) When creating a remix for clients like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna to name just a few, you mentioned that “the real focus is on the artist and the song,” further stating that you are “more dedicated to producing quality music and seeing a record be successful than simply completing a contract.” Take us through the process of creating creating a remix. How does it come about? What are your sources of inspiration?
Inspiration for me comes from a million places. My wife, my kids, other remixes, maybe a new synth, a new audio plug-in. Mainly I try and figure out what I like about the song I’m remixing and try to focus on that.
J Sutta – Distortion (Dave Audé Edit)
NERVO – We’re All No One feat. Afrojack & Steve Aoki (Dave Aude Club Mix)
Madonna – Girl Gone Wild (Dave Audé Remix)
3.) In 2016, you won a Grammy for your remix of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” feat. Bruno Mars (which also won 3 more Grammy’s including Record Of The Year). Tell us about your initial reaction to the news of winning. What did/do you do to prepare for a Grammy nomination? How has it changed your career?
I wouldn’t say I prepared to be nominated or even win, but I have put thousands of hours into the studio, so, I suppose that’s “preparing” in some way. Winning a Grammy was a totally awesome experience. I guess it’s cool to look over at it as a token for all of my hard work and think that someone listened to something I made and liked it.
4.) With over 117 #1 Billboard Dance tracks to your name, how do you deal with the pressure of creating chart-topping tracks that please the industry executives, the artists, and of course, the fans?
You will NEVER please the industry. You can please yourself and hope the artist likes what you do. Having said that, there a are a bunch of people in the industry that make all of the frustration worth it.
5.) Whether its remixing, producing, DJ’ing or writing new tunes, you’ve pretty much done it all. What’s your favorite part about being a musician? If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?
I like the challenge of making something better. I guess that’s the raw definition of a producer. I feel very fortunate to be where I am. So, no, I wouldn’t change a thing.
6.) In the last few years electronic music has undergone a huge transformation and many new sub-genres have taken off. What is your favorite new genre in electronica and what are the top three most important things influencing electronic music today?
This week I like G Bass or G House or whatever you wanna call it, LOL. Things influencing electronic music are the same things influencing music in general: 1.) Is it a great song? 2.) Does it knock you over when you hear it (production), and 3.) Is it a great song? Basically it needs to move you emotionally and physically.
7.) Out of the collection of songs that you’ve authored, which three were the most instrumental in helping to establish your career as a musician?
I’ve authored/remixed/produced so many songs at this point but 3 pivotal moments for me have been: 1.) t.A.T.u. – “All The Things She Said” (Dave Audé Extension 119 Remix) 2.) Selena Gomez – “Kill Em With Kindness” 3.) Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk” (DA Remix). Everything I do is “musical” since I’m known for changing chord progressions as much as I’m known for staying true to the original. So I’d say, that both ways of looking at things has helped me establish myself as a “musician” and “producer.”
8.) As the author of the “Waves Dave Audé EMP Toolbox” and host of several online music production courses, what are your top three Electronic Music Production Tips?
1.) Use your ears not your eyes, 2.) You can never have too much kick but you can ruin a song not having enough, and 3.) Purchase a sub and EQ/tune your room no matter where you are working.
9.) Favorite plugins? Favorite synth sound? Favorite song? Favorite artist? Best remix of 2016/2017?
I’m loving everything from Fabfilter. I love everything that has the words Jupiter and OB in the patch name. John Lennon “Imagine.” At the moment I’m super proud of my remix for Skylar Stecker -“I Only Want You.”
10.) What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see from you in the future? Additionally, please name one artist you’d love to work with but haven’t.
New music with Ben Thornehill, J Sutta, Sisterwife, and Serayah. I’d love to work with Ella Eyre.
Dave Audé – Latest Tracks