Audien details Progressive House Never Died tour philosophy ahead of Hollywood Palladium headlining stop [Interview]
by: Zach Salafia
Jul 22, 2022
Audien began officially releasing music when he was just 18 years old. “November”, released on May 17, 2010, was his sonic introduction to the world and although a lot has changed since then, Audien remains more relevant than ever. On July 22, he will headline the Hollywood Palladium as part of his Progressive House Never Died Tour, for what may well be the biggest show of his career to date. And given that Audien’s career began as the so-called “golden age” of dance music was beginning to shine, its shine largely conferred by the progressive house activity at the time, the title of its tour is appropriate to say the least. Although this “golden” era of dance music was as rich and diverse as any other, the sounds of the progressive house genre stood out above all others. It was a genre that defined this period, and with their 2022 tour, Audien is here to prove that even with the “golden age” in the rearview mirror, progressive house never deceased.
When asked where the thematic idea for the tour came from, Audien replied dancing astronaut that it’s something he really believes in, and he wanted to “summarize” that feeling:
“I really believe that Progressive House is less of a sound and more of a moment, a movement, if you will. It’s something that brings people together, and it’s something that will never die, especially after the pandemic. [It’s important] for people to come together to sing and dance all night,” he added.
Although progressive house has since fallen out of favor on mainstream radio, there is still a place for it in the hearts of dance music fans around the world. It’s strange how a genre can resonate so deeply and broadly, but progressive house’s unique ability to do just that stems from more than its “high energy, soulful, joyful” nature; its nostalgia factor is a key part of this phenomenon, says Audien.
“[Progressive house] is what many people heard for the first time as dance music. It reminds many people why they fell in love with dance music and what sucked them into this world.
Following this logic, Audien’s Progressive House Never Died Tour will serve as a large-scale, live reminder of the primitive magic that dance music held for all participants. Altogether, each stop promises “a few old Audien songs, a few new Audien songs, and a plethora of special guests, secret guests, old friends and new, as well as dance music legends.” Expect Axwell’s remix of “In My Mind” by Ivan Gough, Feenixpawl and Georgi Kay – which Audien calls “probably his favorite progressive house song of all time” and “an incredible anthem.” for progressive house” – surfaced in the shows’ set lists.
His date with the Hollywood Palladium on July 22 will be the fourth of the tour so far and, as you might expect, “the crowd reactions have been amazing.” At each of the previous three stops, people “sang along to every song”, a response that comforted Audien, who adds that he “loves seeing so many people smiling sincerely in the crowd”.
His headlining show at the famed Los Angeles venue is the focal point of the ongoing 12-stop tour, which features lineups organized by city. It’s “a dream come true” for Audien, who considers it “warming [to] to see that many people come together to listen to progressive house and experience such a special evening together. The historic event will not only feature “a huge secret guest” – now revealed to be his best friend, 3LAU – but also “fantastic cameos and guest appearances, plus an incredible lineup of music legends from dance with incredible back-tos.
Not only has Audien been a longtime fan of progressive house and its live merits, but he’s also one of the genre’s top talents. For examples, look no further than 2012’s “These Are the Days”, 2013’s “Circles” and his many collaborations with ARTY.
“I live, breathe and eat progressive house, and I want to stay true to what I love to produce and what fans are excited to hear,” he said of a possible deepening of the genre during its next releases. . When asked when we can expect new music, his answer was simple: “you might hear some new music this Friday at the Palladium!”
Tickets for Audien’s headlining show at the Hollywood Palladium can be purchased here.
Featured Image: Robert Flagg
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