If you’re headed to Coachella this weekend, make sure to catch Canadian duo Art Department’s set on Sunday at the Yuma tent.
Producers Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow’s “sophisticatedly raw groove” is described as refreshing by Rolling Stone Magazine, while LA Times pegs the Toronto twosome as pioneers in what’s to come next once “the idea of EDM finally crawls off to die.”
Art Department’s Coachella debut showcases their talent and shows why Jonny White’s Canadian label, No.19 Music has become one of the world’s most influential electronic music labels in only five short years.
We had a chance to ask the Jonny White about the duo’s Coachella experience and what fans can expect from the two in the coming months. Here’s what he had to say:
On Coachella 2014 Weekend 1:
It was a great show. There’s usually a bit of a disconnect with the crowd at festival gigs just due to sheer size and the dynamic created by a huge stage and the actual distance between us and the floor. However at Coachella, they created a really cool club/warehouse environment with the Yuma Tent that gave it a really intimate feel for a festival. It actually really reminded us of the main room at DC10 in Ibiza, believe it or not and that’s a bold statement.
If week 2 is as good I’ll be really happy with our overall performance this year.
On the release of the ‘5 Years of No.19 Music’ compilation, which celebrates the label’s fifth year anniversary:
The excitement it created was really huge. Everyone at the label was excited about it, since we got submissions in from all of the artists who we asked to participate. It grew and grew as we began to realize how special the record was going to be.
It can be a tricky thing when you’ve got this much music on one compilation from such a diverse collection of artists, but this wound up being the most impressive compilation we’ve released, in my opinion.
What fans can expect from the duo for the rest of the year:
We’re well into our touring schedule and it’s not slowing down until January now. We’re looking forward to summer and upcoming No. 19 Music Social Experiment showcases at Sonar in Barcelona, Movement in Detroit, DC10 in Ibiza, and our own stage at Digital Dreams Festival in Toronto.
On the music front, we’ve finally completed our second LP so that will be our big release later this year. Our first single in quite a while featuring Seth Troxler will be out soon with a really interesting music video we just finished shooting in infrared as well.
Any other words for your fans?
Just love and music…
Check out Art Department’s new track “Heartbreaker’s Techno” below and find more of their music on Soundcloud by clicking here.