The forever vast field of dance music is more often than most blossoming with new and diverse talent, sprouting out of the soil like the most rare and exquisite flowers. One of these emerging and exciting talents is an artist known under the riddlesque name "The WLT". Dana is a female artist from Romania, on a mission to spread the love she has for trance music with her fans through her vigorous live DJ performances at uncanny events such as Romania's leading dance music event "Untold" or via her very own string of aural delights. You may in fact already be familiar with her sound if you have heard the excellent remix she provided for none other than dance music heavyweight "Markus Schulz" and "Christina Novelli's" collaboration "Not Afraid To Fall", turning the beloved tune into an instant supercharger. Constantly striving to ascend that ever winding staircase of success she frequently finds herself at the forefront of all things dance music. Receiving infinite support by some of the industry's finest and in constant creation mode, this passionate artist has loads more tricks and surprises up her sleeves!
It is my absolute pleasure to welcome her on to "MusicTalk15" for an exclusive in depth interview, having the opportunity to share her story with the world!
I discovered trance music in 2008 because of Tiesto’s music back then. It was out of this world!
Thank you! Well, I took a guess that Markus will want to release “Not Afraid To Fall” as a single (out of the “Escape” album) and I thought Coldharbour might be interested and open for the idea of an uplifting remix so I asked the question if it’s possible to give it a try and so it came to life.
Well, if I would have to choose an other song from Markus to remix, that would be his collab with "Ana Diaz - Nothing Without Me".
Well, my artist name is "The WLT" and my real name is Dana Bordeianu, I’m from Romania. WLT (pronounced in the same way like ATB) stands for "We Love Trance" and the story of choosing this name is not complicated. I just wanted to find a name that can speak for all trance lovers, because in the end it isn’t just about myself, it’s about me and all the people out there crazy about trance music.
Last year I also had two contests to give away a few WLT t-shirts and then after, the WLT caps contest happened. I am always trying to stay close to my followers, replying to every single message, story, comment and this was a special way to thank them with such giveaways, engaging them to just drop a comment or answer to a very simple question to win one of "The WLT" limited edition merch items. Just to see them proudly wearing one of the WLT t-shirts/caps and feel their love and support for my music, it means so much to me!
At this moment, my latest new single “Waiting Here For You”, that was just released on "Find Your Harmony", is a special one to me, because it marks my first release of 2022 and the second time working with Andrew Rayel’s record label.
One of your recent highlights is definitely performing for Romania’s leading dance music event “Untold”. How did the crowd respond to your performance and did this in turn bring forth many new fans for you?
Untold festival is amazing! I wasn’t expecting such a big crowd during my set and great live feedback counting the fact that I was closing the Untold Fortune stage! I’m stoked to have gained a lot of new fans and friends at Untold and the funny thing about this, was that many of them didn’t know I am from Romania and that the The WLT is actually a woman.
What software do you use when in the studio and which are your essential “vsts” that you frequently use in your productions?
Well, I started with Ableton and never changed that. Spire and Serum are my favorite vsts.
Yes, I am one of their guests once in a few months. Of course I would love to host my very own radio show and probably the concept will be based on the same idea as I did till now with all those radio guest mixes I recorded so far. A pilot episode test run is already uploaded and available to watch on my YouTube Chanel named simply "We Love Trance 1st Edition". Oh, by the way, the second episode will follow soon.
Besides your obvious love for dance music what other interests or hobbies do you perhaps have?
I love to read, travel and I love to spend time in nature.
Producers from time to time have collaborated with fellow artists which in turn led to some marvelous tunes. Who would you like to work with if you had the chance?
There are way too many artist names on my collab wish list and I don’t know where to start from, so let’s ask the trance fans that get to read my interview here to let me know. (You can send me a private message to my FB page or my IG profile) with which trance artist(s) they would like to see me collaborate with. I promise that I’ll try to make the most realistic ones happen!
Could you please name five tunes from past to present that are a constant must in your DJ sets?
Besides constantly showcasing some of my own music, so the exception to the rule, I don’t really use older tracks much in my sets nor do I use a certain song more than twice, because there is so much good music released every month that I want to test, enjoy and play in my DJ sets.
It is great to see a plethora of artists recognizing your potential and thus featuring your tunes quite often on their radio shows. “Andrew Rayel” has done so time and time again on his “Find Your Harmony” radio show. How would you like to assume guest mix duties on his show?
Absolutely!! If Andrew would ask me to do it, I would be crazy happy about such an invitation!
Speaking of which you just had your first release on “Andrew Rayel’s” label “inHarmony Music”. The majestic “Waiting Here For You”. How has the response by the fans been so far and what other projects do you have in the works?
Yeah, like I’ve already mentioned about, “Waiting Here For You” is a special one at the moment and the feedback from the listeners was, and still is, amazing! “Waiting Here For You” is already one of the most loved, played and supported tracks of mine. Thank you all!
I’ve got a lot of new music, most of them are already signed and about to be released soon!