Get to Know 'Favorite Sound' DJ/Producer Audien: Watch

DJ/producer Audien sat down with Billboard to help fans get to know a bit more about him as part of the “You Should Know” video series, chatting about why his old iPod means so much to him, why he loves hip-hop music, and much more.

Audien (real name Nate Rathbun) grew up in the small town of Mystic, Connecticut. He fondly recalls that the iPod he owned in high school helped mold him into a dance music fan.

“When I started listening to electronic music, I would download all of Deadmau5's music and just put it on the iPod,” he tells Billboard. “I swear, it was only Deadmau5 music, and I would just be on the bus going to school and this little black iPod…that's how I found my love for that style of music.”

Aside from Deadmau5, Audien also says that he listened to a lot of Armin van Buuren’s music as a teenager, calling him his “biggest musical inspiration” and noting that he is still his idol.

“When I was young, like really young, 15 and 16, I would just download his podcast every week,” says Audien. “I would wait after school, I would just download it. I had it downloading automatically at one point, and I would just go home and listen to it, and I just became just the biggest Armin fan. And I think because of that I started really diving into it, 'cause I just wanted to be like Armin.”

Asked which artist people might be surprised to find out he listens to, Audien reveals that he is actually a huge hip-hop fan, citing Drake as an artist he really enjoys listening to.

“His style of music and my style of music are so different,” Audien says of Drake, adding that he also likes Lil Pump’s music. “I think it's fun. It doesn't have to be so serious all the time, and I feel like a lot of dance music, especially the dance music I make, is always so serious and the messages are so deep and emotional, which I love, but sometimes it's good to have fun and just not do that.”

You can check out the full video interview with Audien above.


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