Exclusive Interview with music producer Aedon
Producer, studio engineer, Aedon first appeared in the Belgian scene through his production of Hip Hop/R&B music in 2003. He is known for the “City of Wonders” track (ft. Aedon and Howard Cox) which got the attention of the Belgian radio stations.
He is born as Parham Taagholi in Merksem (Belgium) and has Persian ethnicity. During the early stages of his music career, Aedon focused on producing hip hop music, under the artist name “Radical”. Around 2007, he took a break from the music industry to focus on other aspects of his life.
“My music is a blend of multiple genres, but I’m addicted to R&B” – Aedon.
Later on he moved to Vancouver (Canada) and started concentrating on engineering and producing newer urban music styles focusing in electronic music. Fans can hear his latest tracks on: www.facebook.com/
Lu Jerz – City Of Wonders (ft. Aedon & Howard Cox)
Prishtina Press Interview with Aedon
Prishtina Press: Tell me a little bit about your background, how you got involved in music.
Aedon: When I was really young, I met the son of one of my mother’s friends, who was a hip hop artist back in the day. As a little kid I was very impressed about that. So I decided to try it myself. I started buying pieces of equipment here and there, and after a year I had my very own home studio where I could do my recordings and productions. I initially started making hip hop music. I also loved Appa, Kempi, Winne, THC, Jiggy Dje and such, which are Dutch Hip Hop artists.
Prishtina Press: How has growing up influenced your music taste, given that you have lived in different countries?
Aedon: I always had a different taste in music than most of my friends. I lived on the border of Belgium and Netherlands in a town called Essen which was the first town in Belgium after you cross the border. Both countries have a very different taste in music. In my early music stages I mostly listened to the Dutch (Netherlands) hip hop music. This music style was introduced to me by Serge, which is till the day still one of my best friends. The Belgian scene was mostly dance, house, pop, which didn’t interest me much back then.
Later on, around 2008 I moved to Canada because I couldn’t see myself grow in Belgium, not as a musician but as a person trying to succeed in life. I shifted my focus from hip hop to a new genre and started focusing on urban music styles such as Electro, Dance, Pop, House and also got addicted to R&B, which is still my favorite music to listen to these days.
Prishtina Press: As a producer do you find projects, or do artists approach you to work with them?
Aedon: Most of the music I release is featured by Howard Cox. I love working with that guy, he has a very good taste in music and always sends me sick projects.
I always look forward to new musical ideas, and I am open them. I’ve worked with a lot of people, but it’s not so easy to find talented vocalists who have a good voice and also know how to work a studio mic. On my latest release Lu Jerz sung the vocals, which he did a really good job. I would definitely work with him again in the future.
Prishtina Press: What’s your top five song list in your ipod that you are currently listening to?
Aedon: #1 The Weeknd – High For This
2# J. Cole – Lost Ones
3# Modestep – To The Stars
4# Racks On Racks (Piano Remix) – Bei Maejor
5# Jeremih – Birthday Sex
Prishtina Press: What are you currently working on?
Aedon: Me and Howard are currently working with a Persian artist, I can’t say who it is yet. But it’s going be a big track. The track has a smooth Dubstep vibe to it, which I totally dig. So stay tuned!
Prishtina Press: How do you define your style?
Aedon: It’s hard for me to define my music, since it’s a blend of multiple genres. But I would say Urban Pop.
Prishtina Press: Do you see producing as a career? How difficult is it to make it?
Aedon: I would love for music to be my full time career. But it’s not easy to stand out these days. There are so many producers and musicians out there. You don’t need a record company to sign you anymore. A lot of people are investing in their own music videos/shoots, doing their own promotional stuff and such. I definitely respect people that make it that way.
Prishtina Press: Who have you collaborated with in the past?
Aedon: I haven’t had many releases with different artists/producers since I spend most of my time working as a Studio Engineer. So the projects I make where I get paid, I obviously don’t get credit for. But releasing wise, I’ve worked with Howard Cox, Lu Jerz and I’m also working with Onur right now, which is a producer of Raw Genetics.
Prishtina Press: Any favorite musicians?
Aedon: I’m always looking for new stuff, I don’t really stick to certain artists like a lot of people do. But these days I’m digging Bei Maejor a lot, Jeremih, Mann, David Guetta, The Weekend and Drake.
Prishtina Press: Which song are you particularly proud of?
Aedon: I would say City Of Wonders since it got played on Top Radio, which is one of Belgium’s bigger radio channels.