His mixes have garnered applause from top DJs Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Sean Tyas. But that doesn’t give Sied Van Riel a high. “I was shocked to hear them praise my work. But what matters more to me is personal satisfaction,” said the newest trance sensation on the global circuit.
Riel, who’s been spinning a riot at global music fests since his 2006 debut smash hit, Fearless, will send trance addicts in a tizzy when he plays at the Sunburn Festival in Goa this December. In the Capital last week for a Sunburn release party, Riel said he listens to other DJs but doesn’t emulate anyone. “I used to follow Sasha, Digweed and others when I started out. But today my iPod doesn’t have any trance [music]. I don’t want to run the risk of making music like someone else,” he said.
With his latest single, All Rise getting favourable response, the music producer is ready with six “melodic and edgy” tracks for his debut album. “The album (slated for an early 2010 release) will have deeper bass lines, edgy percussion and vocal plug-ins. It will also have a lot of distortion (courtesy the synthesizer),” he said. But performing at the sandy beaches of Goa is enticing him more. “I’ll just chill out and listen to Indian artists at the fest. The thought of playing on the beach with the sun setting in the sea is driving me crazy.” Absolutely.