Axl & Arth

FRESH: ‘Triumphant’ – Axl and Arth

Axl & Arth ‘rise up’ “Triumphant”!

by Christopher Smith

After a short hiatus the Stockholm based-producer duo are back with new mature sound, having teamed up with singer Dustin Paul for their collaboration “Triumphant”. Axl & Arth have been releasing music consistently since their debut single in 2015 and going through their track list on Spotify you quickly get the idea that the duo likes to experiment with genres, mash them together and never corner themselves.

“Well, we dont want to be typecasted I suppose” says Axl. “We like to just create whatever feels right at a given moment and what inspires us differs from one day to another. Trends tend to move fast. If we like them we move along and if we dont we might go in another direction. What we like to do though is to always try to innovate our own sound and we are very happy with how Triumphant turned out in that sense”. “We always strive to make each individual part of every song as strong as it can be and with “Triumphant” we both just felt “wow” as soon as we heard Dustins opening line” Arth continues. “There is always something appealing when the narrator takes you on a journey from melancholy to exhilaration and Dustin delivers the story with such conviction that it really evokes something. You kind of commiserate with him, if you will. And then its like you clench your fist and conquer your shit in the transition from the pre to the chorus”.

So how did the idea for gospel in a EDM/pop song come to life? we asked…“We got the idea for the gospel choir after a long day of work in the studio. We wanted something grand, borderline popous for the chorus and the choir almost works as a jury or maybe more as witnesses giving a testimony that really consolidates the lyrics and the story. You know. The underdog is now “Triumphant” – and his doubters recognize it. That is really what “Triumphant” is about – believe in yourself. Even if nobody else does. You just make them watch. Production wise we wanted to keep it clean and simple to enhance Dustins voice. And for the drop we wanted to make something a little bit less electronic and a bit more mature than what we have previously done. We are really happy with the outcome and we really hope our fans will like it as well”. Over to you…

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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