By Catalina Briceno
CALGARY – Although tech house is a staple and trademark of the monumental label Dirtybird Records, signee Ardalan experiments with all genres and decades.
The Tehran Native and San Francisco based DJ, whose full name is Ardalan Noghre-Kar, has created a new EP of epic proportions with All Night Long. His musical prowess is on display from beginning to end.
The first track is a remix of American R&B/soul group Mary Jane Girls, protégées of singer Rick James. “All Night Long,” will thrust you back to Studio 54, kicking your adrenaline into high gear with banging percussion and nostalgic synths, it finishes with lush vocals.
According to Noghre-Kar, it was while playing the video game Grand Theft Auto that he became enamored with discotheque. Incidentally, Mary Jane Girls are featured on the soundtrack to the 2002 version Vice City. This interest would later open the door to creative opportunities.
“I think it’s really important to bring back the past, not repeat the past, but be inspired by it. At the same time I want to move forward and push boundaries. I like [fusing] the past and the future together,” he says.
““All Night Long” was a spur of the moment, a happy little accident. I decided to mess with it right before a Dirtybird show and I made it in like an hour. I played it that same night and it went off,” says Noghre-Kar.
The second track, “Act Like You Know” came effortlessly while playing around with production. Noghre-Kar transforms Fat Larry’s Band “Act Like You Know” (also featured on the Vice City soundtrack) by sampling and pairing it with Aaliyah’s sultry track “Are You That Somebody,” featuring Timbaland.
The EP concludes with “All Day Since Everyday,” a track written seven years ago.
Noghre-Kar says it was supposed to be released on a label, but got pushed to the back burner and was waiting for the right time and project.
“I have a lot of stuff that I haven’t released before. I kind of think I’m cursed or something, I keep everything for myself. When I make music I make it for myself first because I just love the process of making music.
“I’m trying to release more music and [share it with the world]. At some point, I will release all the stuff that I haven’t,” says Noghre-Kar, laughing.
The EP is reflective of Noghre-Kar’s musical identity, a blend of different genres, sounds, and decades. The unique composition is also showcased in his sets.
“I don’t like to confine myself to one area, people think I just make tech house, but I don’t really label it as a specific type of music.”
“I just love making every type of music and love playing everything from like electro, to breaks, minimal, sometimes drum and bass…. I’ve been kind of getting weirder and just been playing jazz loops and just doing some fun stuff like that. I feel more comfortable doing that,” says Noghre-Kar.
The year may have just started, but Noghre-Kar has big goals for 2018.
First up: The Ardy Pardy. The event will bring world -renowned DJs and will give opportunities to budding artists to break into the scene. The official launch is set for the summer, but its preliminary exhibition takes place on February 23 in Washington, Columbia and features sets by Ardalan himself, as well as Sepehr, Navbox, Alex Eljaiek, and Edo. Finally, Ardalan also has an EP coming out soon with fellow Dirtybirds Walker and Royce.
Catch Ardalan at the HiFi on March 17 [Calgary].Alex Eljaiek, ardalan, Dirtybirds Walker, Edo, HiFi, Navbox, Royce, Sepehr, The Ardy Pardy