Electronic artist John Alto continues to establish himself as an artist of note with latest single Work It, a tough, raw slice of tech house from the very top drawer.
With American, Italian and Danish roots, John Alto is a DJ, an artist, a skilled producer and remixer with a passion for club music. His signature sound is dark, bass heavy and cinematic, and he has worked with artists, writers and producers like Maurice West, Silque, Ganz, Nadine (from M.O), Nicklas Lif and Ofelia.
John Alto´s first release was on Martin Garrix´s label STMPD RCRDS in a collaboration with the German duo TwoWorldsApart. He was also commissioned by Sony Music to remix Coy´s Promises and for Norwegian superduo Seeb on their release Free To Go (feat Highasakite).
Alto’s first release, My Heart, landed in April 2022 – a slickly produced and highly evocative slice of melodic house that hit hard and left a lasing impression. Now he’s back with the follow up Work It, that lands just in time for the summer season on Riotville Records, the label of Danish powerhouse electronic producer Snavs.
Demonstrating the range of his production, where My Heart was characterised by subtle progression and melodic nuance, Work It goes in hard from the off. Chunky bass, serrated synths and mechanised vocal samples combine for a punchy, visceral tech house cut that confidently delivers the dancefloor goods.
John Alto has arrived, and is here to stay.
Hi guys, thanks for talking to us. Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Thanks for having me. I currently in the UK staying with my parents for a few weeks. I started my day by playing with my dog outside in garden, as Louie loves to play fetch with a tennis ball 🙂
When did the idea of starting a musical project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
Around the last years of highs chool, my production skills started to rapidly increase, which ended up with me thinking about the possibility of becoming a musician, or at least having a career in the industry. But as my parents both have had massive musical influence throughout their lives as well, it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I wanted to become an artist/ musician.
How much time do you get in the studio with your collaborators? Or is it mostly remote working these days?
I have been more successful recently with getting collaborations, in comparison to prior the pandemic, which has been super productive and fun. I have been able to work with some rather large artists from Denmark, which has been both educational, as well as extremely fun of course!
How do you overcome creative differences you might have when working on music together?
Usually we just kind of hang out, and enjoy trying something new together, instead of feeling any creative pressure, where we can assure that if we don’t do anything great, it was in good fun and maybe something will come of what we made in the future.
Your earlier single from this year My Heart was a bit of a departure from previous releases. Is this going to be the direction for your sound from now on?
Some of the elements from the track will return in my future releases, however, the drop style is something I will drift a little from, to maintain the ideal live experience, where I will focus a little more on creative sound design, as well as more unique concepts that maintain an atmospheric style.
How would you define the sound of Work It?
Deep and solid probably, it has the bassline to rock the club, but there ins’t too many elements competing with the core melody. The break was meant to be mysterious and misleading to the drop, so that once it does drop, the crowd would receive a good reaction to the deep concentrated drop.
What other artists are you interested in these days?
Swedish House Mafia’s new album has been on my list for the past few weeks, so definitely them. PaulWetz is someone who I’ve only just started listening to, who also has a nice vibe within Selected. And house wise, definitely James Hype, he makes tech house commercial, which is relatively hard to maintain.
Can you tell us anything about your projects for the rest of the year and beyond?
I just cleared publishing rights of a house track that my team and I are super excited about, and I definitely think could do extremely well in the clubs around the world. And we also have more releases coming with Riotville, which should also be interesting 😉
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