Aaron Lindt is a 21 year old Future Bass & Pop producer from Germany who has been making music since he was five years old. He has been supported by some of the biggest names in the industry like Hardwell, Afrojack, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Don Diablo, and Morgan Page among many others. His music has been released on Armada Music, Puregold Records, Baton Rouge Records, Future Bass XO, HUGE.REMIX, and Weeolino Music.
Today we'll be talking with Aaron Lindt, who is celebrating the release of "Not Alone" on Championship Music in conjunction with Armada Music. It's dynamic, captivating, and features some truly unique sounds you won't find anywhere else. Click that play button and keep it running in the background while you read our interview with Aaron Lindt. He'll be discussing his latest track, his background in music, how his tracks come together, and the importance of kindness.
What got you in to producing in the first place?
I’ve been producing music for about five or six years now, but I've had a pretty diverse musical background even before I started producing; I started taking piano lessons at the age of five and I later learned how play the violin and guitar. I’ve just always liked hearing new sounds and styles of music. It was when I was around 13 that I heard a track with what I now know to be heavy sidechain in the drop. At the time it just blew me away and I wondered how they made this crazy sound since I had no idea about production or what sidechain even was; it just gave me this strange, unnatural feeling. It was like a window into a whole other world that was showing me an entirely different side of music. I wanted to discover more music like that so I dove deep into the whole EDM scene. I spent a lot of time finding new tracks like the first one I heard. Eventually I stumbled upon some EDM web radio sessions which was what inspired me to start learning how to make my own mixes with all the songs I had been finding and downloading. After becoming comfortable with DJing, I started to feel like mixing just wasn’t enough for me which is when I decided to get into producing. I wanted to make my own songs and let my creativity flourish. After producing tracks in several genres with various BPMs, I started this alias, “Aaron Lindt” to focus primarily on Future Bass and Pop music. However, I don’t like limiting myself to a specific genre, so sometimes I release Trap, Progressive and Bass House tracks to keep people on their toes!
Talk us through the process of making your latest track with BEAUZ and Louise CS.
It all started on an afternoon when I was sitting at home and thought, “Hey, I produced progressive house before, why not try combining it with future bass?“ So I opened a new project, made the typical four-to-the-floor-beat, and put in some future bass wobble chords and vocal chops. I came across Louise CS on another track and I just messaged her asking if she’d be willing to work with me for this song. She agreed and we wrote the lyrics and melody together over email for several weeks, working to make them perfect. When we were both happy with it, she recorded the vocals and I put them into the track and it sounded alright. I gave it some honest listens and it just wasn’t good for enough me; I wanted it to be perfect. After messing with it and trying several things, I decided to bring in BEAUZ to help me get it right. I thought that working with them again would a good idea and that it would sort of be like a follow-up to our last collaboration, “Away” which received a lot of great support. We spent a lot of time working on this track together, bouncing ideas back and forth and trying to find the right sounds. We ended up keeping the wobble chords but changing the BPM and the style of the drop. That’s how “Not Alone” came to life and now I can honestly say that I’m completely thrilled with how everything turned out.
Talk us through some of your other collaborations.
All of my collaborations were unique in their own way with just one thing linking them all together: they were all done remotely. I prefer to work with artists all over the world because I’m not about limiting options based where the music comes from. Good music is all that counts. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Europe, the US, Asia or any other place I’m always down to work together if the music is good. That being said, it can get pretty difficult not being in the same room with the people you’re working with. We just send the project files and stems back and forth between all of us, everyone makes some of the pieces, and we throw it together in the end. As an example, “Invincible” with Jason Thurell was a song that I had produced a long time ago; Jason and I happened to meet up online and we worked on it together over the internet and released it when we were both happy with it.
What is up with your Facebook page and the themed posts for your releases?
As an artist you need to have something that makes you stand out. Good music alone isn’t enough anymore; you need a strong, visual image too. I started with the mask which gave me sort of this ancient vibe and then for the posters, they're supposed to give you this sort of feeling like you’re on a remote, sunny island, free from all limitations and just enjoy life. On this island, I can be your guide and show you through the musical landscape and it is indeed very magical! To make other people feel that way as well, you’ve got to use just the right language because the images in our head are based on language. I also thought it was a great way to introduce new singles such as “Island Rumors.” I wanted to make you imagine that you’re walking your way on this island and you come across this piece of paper announcing that there are rumors about a new track. I thought that would be an interesting theme for my page which is why I created that sort of visual image. It really all comes down to living your life and doing the things you love.
Your Instagram has some pretty interesting shots in it, do you do photography as well?
I wouldn’t consider myself as a photographer, but I do like to take some good shots in nature whenever I come across something that catches my eye. It’s really interesting what you can do with different angles, lightning and all the other stuff. Just as in music, it creates some kind of story in your mind, that’s what I like about it. I definitely consider myself a musician, not a photographer.
What have been some of your craziest moments on stage?
The craziest moment on stage was when I played in front of over a thousand people. It all started out well and people seemed to enjoy my music. After a while it escalated to the point where people were jumping on the stage, dancing and partying and just causing pure havoc in the venue. The show had to be shut down after 1 hour, but it was definitely a show I’ll never forget.
What do you think makes you different from other producers?
My focus is on putting emotions in the track, I want to make you feel something. I also really love experimenting with chords and new ideas. As you can probably hear, most my tracks are really melodic and that’s because I feel a strong melody is what delivers emotions the best. I always try to make my melodies really good and not just throw in some random notes. My background with piano playing really helps with that. If your melodies sound good on a piano, they will sound even better when you put those melodies on different instruments and build the whole song around it.
Also I put some toms in every track. You may not hear them consciously, but they are in there. Always. I usually put them right before the drop as a sort of fill to give the track a nice groove. It’s also a unique sound I made myself, I didn’t just grab a random loop from a sample pack. Not the biggest thing for sure, but it’s just a sound that’s in all my tracks.
Do you have any tips or tricks regarding music distribution?
The main tip is to network as much as possible. Go to events, meet new people and get to know them. Always be kind to everyone you meet, you don’t know who they are. Someone in the subway is having a hard time getting a ticket? Go and help them. It may be an A&R of a big label you don’t know. I mean the odds are pretty low that’s the case if we are realistic, but it’s a possibility! Just be a good person and you will meet people that will bring you far. by coincidence.
To give another funny story: I once added a guy on Facebook and he accepted it after weeks and wrote me a rude message. I didn’t know what was going on, but eventually we found out that I added him by accident and he accepted by accident. After we sorted all that out, we started sharing memes, talking a lot and ultimately deciding to work on some music together. I was looking for some holiday destinations and found out that he lives in the capital of another European country. That whole ordeal ended up with us meeting each other, eating some nice food and him showing me around.
It’s these little unplanned things that could change your life. An accidental friend request, a random message, or just meeting someone in the streets. The takeaway I want to pass on from all of this: Be as kind as possible to everyone because the best things in life happen by accident.
Any comments or opinions you have on the state of EDM?
Although I hear a lot of people saying that things were better a few years ago, I think things are going great as they are now. There is some really creative music out there if you take the time to look for it. Plus, the possibilities of getting your music heard are better than they ever were. The addition of Pop in the whole EDM-scene was great at getting a lot of people interested. Like for instance the Chainsmokers release great pop-music but also play awesome trap music at their shows. This may be a bit confusing for people who only know them from the radio, but I think it’s a great contrast and a sort of initiation into the true EDM world. So to answer your question, in my opinion, the state of EDM is really good when you look at all genres. However I can understand that people may have another opinion if they’re only looking at specific genres.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In 5 years I see myself as an artist who can make a living from his music. If I am playing big events then that would make me even happier. For now, I’m just hoping to earn enough money to do music full time. If you’re working in a 9-5 job, you don’t have much time for music which is why I would love to make music my main job; it’s the thing I love the most.
To answer where I HOPE to be in 5 years, I’d love to be playing Ultra Miami, working with other great musicians, touring, and just making great music.
Is there anyone you want to call out?
I would like to thank BEAUZ and Jason Thurell for their great support, as well as everyone I’ve worked with: the singers, producers, video producers, labels, and all the people I’ve met in the music industry so far.
What has been your proudest moment in your career this far?
The biggest milestone yet is for sure the first release on Championship Music (Armada). It was a crazy feeling to have a release on there after working hard for so many years to reach this goal of having a major release like that.
A big thanks to Aaron Lindt for the amazing interview and track! Be sure to check him out for future releases!
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