Discovered at age 14 by Armin van Buuren and signed to Armada records, Erik Arbores (born Erik van den Boom) is the youngest DJ to ever spin during the Amsterdam Dance Event. His debut Bliss EP created a lot of buzz and garnered a lot of club support. He has gone on to collaborate with Esmee Denters and has recently signed to Universal and Spinnin’ records. Together with Martin Garrix, TV Noize, and Julian Jordan, he is part of a group of teenage up-and-coming producers who are changing the EDM world.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: How old were you when you first discovered EDM? Erik Arbores: I have been listening to it my whole life, but I started producing when I was 11 or 12 years old.
Longevity in the dance world is quite rare. So for ATB to continue pumping out solid club tracks more than 15 years after his classic debut “9PM (Till I Come)” is quite exceptional. Preceding his forthcoming double CD ‘Contact’ comes the male vocal,rock-tinged progressive track “Face to Face.” The vocals come courtesy of German rock band Stanfour who pine for more human contact in this increasingly distant and digital world that we live in. The original track starts off with a sparse guitar playing, focusing on the vocal until an oddly-timed drum beat comes in and starts the production building up to the progressive pop chorus. Comparisons to Armin’s “This is What it Feels Like” seem apropos here. For fans (and DJ consumption), the Rudee mix, which was premiered on ASOT 648, stands out as the most anthemic and hands-in-the-air mix. It’s not a surprise that the mix is included on the the bonus remix CD of the commercial release. Here’s hoping that “Right Back to You,” ATB’s collab with York and Jes, follows quickly as the second single.