Hey Ardy, how are you, how was your summer?
 
I am feeling really good! My summer was really hectic but also fun! I had to move and finish my album both at the same time! I am finally settled in and chillin. 
 
 
What was life like growing up in Iran? What access to music did you have?
It was really special. I had a good childhood there. I had a big family, so there were always a family party every weekend at my grandparent’s house. Like many other people, music access was limited in a commercial sense of accessibility, but everyone had access to so many different kinds of music.
 
From my dads cassette collection of jazz and blues to bootleg “CD” shops which literally had nothing in it except for a table with a computer that had a CD burner. You would go to the guy and tell him you want something “Trancey” or “Rap” and he would burn a mp3 cd for you and you pay him 25 cents for it. In some ways, these shops were our record stores. I heard many different types of music growing up thanks to that.
 
 
How did it compare to life in San Fran? Did it take time to adjust?

Obviously they are very different but they are both amazing places in their own ways. It didn’t really take me that much time to adjust because ever since I was a kid, I kept moving back and forth from Tehran to the Bay Area. I ended up going to the Tehran International School which was an english speaking school so that helped me adjust to when I moved back to the USA.

 

Where did you pick up your musical style and taste?

 
I picked it up both in Tehran and San Francisco. When I left Iran permanently in 2006, a friend gave me this MP3 CD that said “minimal”on it. I didn’t know what that meant back then but I really loved it and when I moved to the Bay, I started really researching techno/house and finally started going to the Dirtybird bbq & Sunset parties from 2007 onwards. 
 
 
Tell us about your upcoming ‘Mr Good’ album on Dirtybird – why was now the right time?
 
I feel like I had been sitting on a lot of unfinished tracks and I really wanted to push myself in a direction where I could finally finish more music. I figured making an album would give me a purpose to work harder and also tell my story at the same time.
 
 
Was there a plan for it from the start? How you wanted it to sound?
 
There wasn’t a solid plan but the idea was that I wanted to make a dancefloor album that would represent me in an emotional level. I wanted it to also be a listening album in that essence. 
 
 
Who, where and when is it for? A certain crowd or club or time of day? 
 
It’s for all the confused souls that just wanna get super sweaty and not be judged.
 
 
Why call it Mr Good? Who is Mr Good?
 
It’s about having two sides to yourself and struggling with either making good decisions or bad decisions. Everyone is Mr Good. 
 
 
How did your relationship with Dirtybird come about?
 
It started when I went to my first Dirtybird BBQ in Golden Gate Park. I became homie’s with Justin Martin and sent him a super rough version of “Mr.Spock” and then we released the final version in 2010 and that record changed everything for me. 


Now it’s done what will you do – a new musical direction or anything? Is there a big tour to follow? 

I am really excited to venture into different directions. I have to set up my new studio in the next couple weeks as I said good bye to my old studio with Mr.Good. Time for a fresh start! I am currently on the biggest tour of my career for Mr.Good! 
 
 
What else are you working on/looking forward to?
 
I am working on some Persian inspired music that I really want to showcase. I am also working on new ESCAPADE music with Walker & Royce. I‘m so looking forward to that!
 

Ardalan’s ‘Mr Good’ LP is out on 1st November on Dirtybird pre-order here

 

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