Medasin Reveals Debut Album "Irene" Is Inspired By A Real Person In Tell-All Interview
We’re now a week out from the release of Medasin’s introspective and personal debut album Irene. The identity of this mysterious influence on the producer’s album remained elusive until yesterday, when he came clean to Billboard in a track-by-track interview of the album.
Our use of “came clean,” is no mistake either. Before Medasin was the producer and musician he is today, he was addicted to drugs and moving aimlessly through life. It was Irene, his outpatient program counselor at Access Counseling Group, her rehab facility in Plano, Texas, that brought him out of his downward spiral.
“The idea of Irene is essentially me elusively telling the story of where Medasin came from,” the producer writes. “Also, to convey the idea that simply sharing positivity and encouragement can actually set a huge thing into motion. Living in this way of sharing, healing and love can give birth to all kinds of shit, in my case, a music project. Irene might as well be considered a collaborator on this, because if I had not simply crossed paths with her, my progress wouldn’t have been set into motion.”
In recognition of Irene’s importance and effect on his life, Medasin has established a GoFundMe to help Irene reach her goal of owning a coffee shop to help out her patients. The purpose of this coffee shop would be to serve as a safe space for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics to hang out and stay out of trouble’s path; it would also help aid meeting other people recovering from addiction to provide a stronger network of sober friends to help carry them onto successful recovery and sobriety. He will also be donating a portion of his tour earning to help her realize her goal.
Donate here if you’re able, and listen to Irene below. Also, head to Billboard for a track-by-track review of the album.
Medasin Drops Long-Awaited, Experimental Debut Album, "Irene" [MUST LISTEN]
Irene by Medasin isn’t your typical EDM album. In fact, it wouldn’t even be right to call it an EDM album in the first place. Though it’s produced electronically (for the most part), the bulk of the album utilizes jazz, classical, and natural elements in its composition and rarely employs drops, breaks, or any of the components that typical make an “EDM song” what it is.
That being said, Irene is a worthy listen. Spanning 9 tracks and just over 20 minutes, it’s a quick listen that will leave you wanting more. As you might expect, the album was named after someone who was important in Medasin’s life and plays out like an actual story. If you read the track titles, it’s not hard to map out: “Ramen” is probably their first date, “Warm Blue” is the kind of serenity you feel when you finally feel comfortable with a new person, and “Tired” might be toward the end when it all just becomes too much.
This is all conjecture of course, but it’s more than likely that Medasin has left it all up to interpretation anyhow.
While not particularly the kind of music this writer would prefer to see live, it’s brilliant to throw on while working at home or just chilling with friends. Check out Irene now.
Irene Tour Dates (tickets):
9/27 – Calgary, AB
9/28 – Edmonton, AB
9/29 – Vancouver, BC
10/3 – San Luis Obisbo, CA
10/4 – Santa Barbara, CA
10/5 – Portland, OR
10/6 – Los Angeles, CA
10/11 – Ann Arbor, MI
10/12 – Minneapolis, MN
10/13 – Chicago, IL
10/18 – Bloomington, IN
10/19 – Toronto, ON
10/20 – Montreal, QC
10/25 – Houston, TX
10/26 – Austin, TX
11/2 – Atlanta, GA
11/3 – Boulder, CO
11/7 – Washington DC
11/8 – South Burlington, VT
11/9 – Syracuse, NY
11/10 – Williamsburg, NY
11/15 – Bellingham, WA
11/16 – Seattle, WA
11/17 – San Francisco, CA
Zedd Reveals New Festival 'Zedd In The Park'
After a couple days of teasers from Zedd and Insomniac, it can finally be announced that Zedd is hosting his own mini-festival at LA State Historic Park. Dubbed simply ‘Zedd In The Park,’ the event will feature support from a well-curated selection of artists: Whethan, Medasin, and Oliver Tree.
With only four artists playing the show, and such a massive undertaking from both Zedd and Insomniac, we have to believe that they have more up their sleeve. The last dance music-based event since the park’s renovation was Skyline last year, with performances from Duke Dumont, Lido and others. Food trucks and plenty of beer were provided, but the event lacked any noticeable polish. With Insomniac’s full might behind Zedd In The Park, we expect some more pomp and circumstance, to be sure.
“It’s such an honor to be able to play this iconic LA venue,” says Zedd, “I can’t wait to share this moment with my fans.”
Pre-sale tickets for Zedd In The Park will be available starting Thursday, May 10 at 10 am PT and general on-sale will follow on Friday, May 11 at 10 am PT here. Additional details for Zedd In The Park will be announced soon.