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Whether it’s reaching out to a newly released project, musician or creating a spotlight for local talent to be heard on any of our stages, as well as opportunities to be heard opening for larger acts on our full-venue stage. We look forward to reopen and launch our newest concepts that strongly support the local music in our city. The local music scene is super important to us – we are a small city, but we have big dreams. Let’s grow and support each other – putting Saskatchewan on the map for premium music and entertainment experience.

ARIOSO AND DIEMETIC CONNECT OVER NEW RADIO EPISODE

Arioso residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan reached out to Newfoundland resident, Diemetic. Both are well connected in the EDM world, with similar taste. Arioso created Purge Radio, welcoming a new guest on each episode. For Episode 013, Diemetic joins Arioso for a guest mix. Arioso discovered Diemetic through the internet, and more recently Diemetic moved from the coast to central Canada. Now that they have connected beyond the radio show, they plan on working alongside each other more often. Episode 013 of Purge Radio released on October 19th, to listen – click here.

Arioso and Diemetic join us to go over how they connected, what they learned from each other, and future collaborations. We also get an inside scoop of each of their careers in the EDM world, and so much more.

ARIOSO, WHERE DID YOUR NAME COME FROM?

ARIOSO: The literal definition of Arioso means airy and is from the Italian word Aria. The honest answer of how I came up with it is quite funny.  I had dabbled with other DJ names in the past, but nothing really felt like “the one”. I was in university at the time and was taking a music course researching musical terminology. Came across Arioso and liked the ring to it.

YOU WEAR A MASK WHILE PERFORMING.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE THAT? AND WHY THE ‘PURGE’ MASK?

ARIOSO: I actually get this question quite frequently and I’ll be honest, I never saw myself as a masked DJ when I first started.

It all started with a Halloween show I had done right at the start of my DJ career. I found this “purge mask” at a Halloween store, kind of as a last-minute costume idea for this show, and thought, that’ll work. Few months later I got booked for another event, by the same promoter, where he had used some photos from the previous show as promotional material including one of me in this “purge mask”. A lot of the comments were mentioning this “new masked DJ” and happy he was playing again, so I figured – give the people what they want – a “purge masked” DJ. Ever since then, I’ve worn a “purge mask” (with some modifications from the original)

EDM IS BECOMING MORE MAINSTREAM.

IT’S BECOMING INFLUENCED BY A LOT OF POP MUSIC, BUT YOU HAVE ALWAYS STAYED TRUE TO YOUR ROOTS WITH THE DEEPER BASS SOUND. WHAT DOES THE EDM GENRE MEAN TO YOU?

ARIOSO: EDM is more than just a genre, it’s a lifestyle and a community. I’ve always enjoyed this idea that no matter what your background is, where you come from, the color of your skin, your sexual orientation (all of which are hot topics right now) – you feel accepted by the EDM community. Last year, I made it public that I was battling depression and anxiety, and that even though the mask I wore on stage was always smiling, the person underneath wasn’t. The sheer amount of love, respect and understanding that I received not only from friends and family, but fans that had only seen me once, or only heard my Purge Radio podcasts was insane. This kind of acceptance needs to be more prominent in our world, and I hope that as EDM becomes more mainstream and influential in today’s pop music, so will the ideologies that go along with it.

As far as my sound is concerned, I like to think that it’s forever evolving. I enjoy hearing what new sounds producers are coming up with and I think that plays a strong role into what I play as an artist. That being said, I still like to stick to where I started with music from artists such as: TJR; Tchami; Deorro; and Dillon Francis; with snippets of new and upcoming artists like TV Noise; Shipwrek; and Pickle Music

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN THIS EPISODE?

ARIOSO: In this episode you’re going to hear a huge variety of music. I’m going to feature some new tracks from some of Saskatchewan’s local talent like FootWurk and Flatland Funk as well as some new releases from bigger names like MAKJ, Don Diablo and Wiwek. This is probably my favorite episode as well, because I’m featuring my good friend Diemetic. He’s had tracks played by some of the biggest names in EDM like Excision, Hardwell and so many more! This is definitely a Purge Radio that you are NOT going to want to miss. 

YOU HAVE RESIDENCIES AND HAVE OPENED FOR MANY A-LIST ARTISTS.

CASH CASH, WHAT SO NOT, DJ BL3ND HAVE SHARED THE STAGE WITH YOU. DO YOU PREFER THE MORE INTIMATE RESIDENCIES OR PLAYING FOR SOLD OUT CROWDS WITH YOUR IDOLS?

ARIOSO: I love playing the sold-out shows. The rush that you get hearing thousands of people cheering and screaming is a feeling like none other.

Sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in EDM like Cash Cash, What So Not, and Zedd are experiences and memories that will last forever. I’ve made some great friends along the way as well. DJ BL3ND and I still try to connect at least once a month just to check in with each other.

As for the smaller venues, I will be forever grateful for the different clubs and bars that I have played in or held a residency at, as they’ve been the ones who supported me early on. Without them, I would not be where I am today.

MOVING FROM NEWFOUNDLAND TO ALBERTA TO FURTHER YOUR MUSIC CAREER.

WHY DID YOU CHOSE TO MOST TO CENTRAL CANADA? WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN SASKATCHEWAN VERY SOON!

DIEMETICI actually just got into Edmonton (October 4th) and was able to make a quick stop in Saskatchewan, it was my first time there and was a great experience checking out the sights!

I chose to move to out from the east coast because I’ve always had such an amazing time connecting with fans in central/western Canada every time I had come out to play. I started making 4+ trips out a year from Newfoundland to Edmonton and BC which is quite the commute for a weekend. I had also been living in Newfoundland for the past 10 years (I’m originally from the US) and it was definitely a time for a change of scenery.

HOW DID GROWING YOUR CAREER ON THE COAST INFLUENCE YOUR MUSIC? ARE THERE A LOT OF ‘BASS HEADS’ ON THE COAST?

DIEMETIC: My experience in Newfoundland is that heavy bass genres aren’t as popular, which was actually part of the appeal to me. I’ve always enjoyed the more underground side of performing and music so it was a natural progression from just enjoying listening to the dirty basslines at shows, to DJing, and then to producing them.

Culturally, there is definitely a distinction between east and west coast sound. Bringing those influences with me and blending them together helps me stand out both live and when I’m selecting sounds to put in my production as well.

YOU HAVE PLAYED FESTIVALS ALL OVER CANADA, AND INTO EUROPE.

YOUR MUSIC BEING SUPPORTED AND PLAYED BY ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS SUCH AS EXCISION, CHAINSMOKERS, AND HARDWELL. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR CAREER AND WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT GOALS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

DIEMETIC: I always have a few things brewing behind the scenes but with the current state of Covid and live shows it’s a bit hard to know when the next festival is going to be hopefully 2021. 

With that being said, taking a break from the shows due to Covid means I can really focus on producing. I’ve just released my first sample pack through Muzik Blox with lots of presets, samples, loops and everything you need for a track. 

I also have an upcoming release before the end of the year so I’m very excited about that! I’ve been fortunate to have a #1 and a #6 release on the Beatport charts so I’m definitely hoping for another top 10 when this one comes out on No Tomorrow Recordings in the next few months. 

Introducing Belgian Moon Mango Wheat – The story begins in the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, at the beginning of the 1995 baseball season. After earning his Ph.D. in brewing from the University of Brussels, the founder and head brewmaster Keith Villa returned stateside with the goal of brewing well-crafted beers inspired by Belgian styles, with a refreshing twist. Amongst the many beers one fan favorite emerged, in true baseball fashion they called it ‘Bellyslide Wit’. Someone said, “A beer this good only comes around once in a blue moon,” and thus Blue Moon/Belgian Moon® Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale was born. At the time, the American beer market was flooded with lagers, and the cloudy appearance of the unfiltered Belgian White Style Beer was unfamiliar. In 2015 it came to Canada as Belgian Moon. Belgian Moon Mango Wheat was introduced in 2020, A refreshing beer with ripe mango flavor and biscuity malt sweetness.

Brewed in North America – 5.4% alcohol.

Check out Purge Radio 013 with Diemetic and Arioso, click photo to listen.

THE PRAIRIES MEET THE COAST, HOW DID YOU BOTH CONNECT FOR PURGE RADIO?

ARIOSO: If I remember correctly I had reached out to Diemetic over Facebook looking to add more guests to my Purge Radio show. We had casually been chatting back and forth prior to me offering him a guest spot. One thing led to another and boom, we had a collab happening. 

DIEMETIC: He sent me a message. I do my best to respond to everyone if they take the time to actually send me something.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM EACH OTHER WHILE WORKING ON THIS EPISODE?

ARIOSO: Through this collaboration together, I realized how much in common we had both musically and as friends. 

DIEMETIC: It was a little uncanny actually when we first met up, we just got along really good and it didn’t feel like we had only chatted a few times on Facebook before but rather that we had been friends for years. 

WHO DO YOU BOTH HOPE TO COLLAB WITH IN THE FUTURE?

ARIOSO: Honestly, I hope more with Diemetic. We’ve talked already about doing some projects together including a tour once the pandemic settles down and we can travel again. My dream collab however is with TJR. He’s been a huge inspiration for me for years and his musical style has remained consistent with the ever changing genre of EDM.

DIEMETIC: I like working with friends who have good vision for projects. Besides personal connections a dream for me would be to work with Ephwurd or Habstrakt, as I get a lot of inspiration from those guys.

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