Skip to main content

This week on Beats 1’s weekly radio show One Mix, Ardalan (real name Ardalan Noghre-Kar) takes the decks. With his debut album out as of today, expect plenty of tunes from the LP, plus tracks from Ivy Lab, Cuhead, and Ross From Friends.

Tune into Ardalan’s One Mix here, exclusively on Apple Music.

Growing up in Iran, Ardalan wasn’t exposed to dance music culture outright. Alcohol and clubbing are illegal in Iran, but under the surface, an underground electronic music culture thrives. Consequently, he uncovered his passion for dance music through friends, underground parties, and the internet.

Moving to San Jose, he began DJing when his friend bought two Technics and a Vestax mixer. After school, Ardalan would head over to his friend’s garage where they would spend hours playing records. Later, after acquiring popular DAW Fruity Loops, he dipped into production.

Ardalan discovered the Dirtybird record label when a friend from Iran turned him on to "Who's Afraid Of Detroit" by Claude VonStroke. Upon realizing that the Dirtybird crew threw barbecue parties with no ID checks in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Ardalan knew he had to check them out. Attending his first Dirtybird BBQ, he was immediately hooked on the Dirtybird sound and aspired to join the label. “It was its tripped out house music vibes with a dose of hyphy that was so fun to dance to,” Ardalan explained in a past interview.

Eventually, he collaborated with Justin Martin on “Mr. Spock,” which blew up and made it onto Dirtybird. Cheekily sampling The Avalanches and Snoop Dogg, the tech house track was a game-changer for Ardalan, inaugurating him into the Dirtybird family for countless shows and releases to come.

Today, Ardalan released his debut album on Dirtybird, Mr. Good. On the album, he stated:

“This album is basically about how everyone always expects you to be perfect, and you’re not perfect. For me, I was trying to find the idea that it’s OK to not be perfect and not have people expect you to be. You can’t be perfect. You have to be a little bit of the Mr. Bad to be Mr. Good. This album is a self-reflection of who I am and who the person or human is. It’s basically about being free to make mistakes and being a human being.”

The LP has the dirty bass and funky sounds one would associate with a Dirtybird release, on tracks like the leading “Mr. Good” and “Orange Dreams.” Ardalan complements the driving tech house tunes with spacey, wistful sounds on tunes like “I Can’t Wait” and “Osci.” Not only that, but he rounds the album off with moody drum ‘n’ bass tune, “Lifted.”

Learn more about Ardalan as Beats 1 spoke with him about his first show experience, dream collaborator, guilty pleasure record, and more.

EDM.com: First show experience?

Ardalan: DJing a rave outside a farmhouse. Set up turntables on top of an old BMW and DJed until the cops shut us down - 20 minutes into the party!

First time you brought your mom to one of your shows?

Believe it or not, this year at the Dirtybird BBQ in San Francisco Bay Area!

The artist who inspired you to become a musician?

Boards of Canada.

Go-to places for new music?

Bandcamp, record store.

Guilty pleasure record?

“Be My Lover” by La Bouche.

Desert-island dance record?

“The Beach” by Miss Kittin & The Hacker.

Dream B2B partner?

Derrick Carter.

Favorite BPM?

130.

Piece of gear you always need on the road?

Laptop.

All-time favorite festival?

Recommended Articles

avicii

Avicii's Official Biography Hits the Shelves

Fans can now purchase "Tim: The Official Biography of Avicii," which will benefit the Tim Bergling Foundation.

ZamnaTulum2020KimmConn2R-91-2000x1000

Zamna Festival Set to Return to Tulum This NYE for Immersive, 10-Day Experience

The 2022 Zamna Festival will feature headlining performances by renowned artists such as Black Coffee, Tale Of Us, Claptone and more.

What So Not

What So Not On How He's On the Verge of the "Greatest Work of His Career"

"It was a beautiful chaos, but it was definitely chaos."

Bass Coast.

Biggest misconception about dance music?

It’s only meant for dance floors.

How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go?

Not as often as I’m touring, but I like going to see my friends’ shows in San Francisco. Underground SF, The Great Northern, and my favorite pub, Madrone.

City with the most underrated dance scene?

San Francisco.

Industry prediction for the next year?

Business techno.

Best piece of advice for new producers?

Break the cycle and find your sound.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?

Zdar from Cassius.

A unique travel experience you’ve had?

Traveling to a private party in the mountains of Kauai.

What is one of the unique experiences you’ve had backstage?

They had an oxygen tank due to the high altitude.

What's your favorite throwback track?

“Some Polyphony” by Petter.

What was the first album you ever bought?

Music Has The Right To Children by Boards of Canada.

Name one remix that you think is better than the original

Royksopp’s "Return To The Sun Mix" of “What Does It Feel Like?” by Felix Da Housecat.

What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral?

“White Room” by Cream.

What's the perfect sunset track?

The "Vintage Dub" mix of “The Holy Grail” by Tigerskin.

What song do you listen to cheer yourself up?

“Rotation” by Herb Albert.

Follow Ardalan

Facebook: facebook.com/ardalanmusicpage
Instagram: instagram.com/ardalander
Twitter: twitter.com/Ardalander
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/ardalann

Related

VNSSA - Beats 1 One Mix

Dirtybird’s VNSSA On Beats 1 One Mix [Interview]

With a chart-topping hit on Beatport this year, VNSSA's one to watch.

Walker Royce - Beats 1 One Mix

Dirtybird’s Walker & Royce on Beats 1 One Mix [INTERVIEW]

The duo poked fun at people complaining about festival lineups on Twitter, shared their favorite throwback tracks, revealed their go-to places for new music, and more.

Throttle - Beats 1 One Mix

Throttle On Beats 1 One Mix [Interview]

From learning to DJ at 13 to opening for Avicii at 17, Bergin’s music journey began early on.

&ME Beats 1 One Mix

Keinemuzik's &ME On Beats 1 One Mix [INTERVIEW]

Hip-hop turntablist turned electronic music producer, &ME is best known for his slow-burning, hauntingly melodic style of house music.

Alex Metric - One Mix

UK’s Alex Metric on Beats 1 One Mix [INTERVIEW]

Expect a club-ready blend of electro-funk, breaks, and house on Alex Metric’s debut one mix.

Luttrell - Beats 1 One Mix

'80s Music Meets Melodic House on Beats 1 One Mix with Luttrell [INTERVIEW]

One of Anjunadeep's finest brings his emotive brand of house & techno to Beats 1 One Mix.

GRYFFIN - Beats 1 One Mix

Vibrant Melodies, Emotive Vocals, and Sprinkles of House with GRYFFIN on One Mix [INTERVIEW]

Ahead of his One Mix, we caught up with the melodic producer to talk about his upcoming debut album and new live show.

Chris Lorenzo On Beats 1 One Mix

Leading Bassline Producer Chris Lorenzo On Beats 1 One Mix [INTERVIEW]

The Birmingham producer mashes heavy bass tones and speed garage for a modern take on a classic genre.