Daniel Noguera // Musician
Name: Daniel Noguera
Location: Los Angeles, California
What is Ardency & how did it get started?
Ardency is a project that Christian and I started soon after high-school. We've both been musicians for a long time, but I began producing electronic music about 7 years ago at the start of my sophomore year of high-school. Soon after, I began to teach Christian how to use Ableton and we've been producing together ever since.
How long have you been playing music for?
I started playing piano around 4 years old - picked up guitar in high-school. Christian grew up playing violin and shreds on guitar.
What really got you into music?
I'd have to say my earliest memories of really enjoying music come from two different places. In terms of plain enjoyment - I credit my father for getting me really into music. He's always been into classic rock and some of my fondest memories include driving with him and blasting old hair metal records as a kid. In retrospect, it seems that a lot of the music he was into influenced Ardency's sound haha. As far as composing, I'd say my mom had a big role to play in that. She was a huge supporter of my composing even early on when I was writing songs on the piano as a kid. They've both been really supportive.
What inspires you to write?
It comes and goes, but many things inspire me. I'd consider Christian and myself to be particularly emotional people. Music has always helped us channel any feelings, and a lot of our music comes from experiences.
Who are some of your musical influences?
When it comes to electronic music specifically, we are influenced every single day. There are so many talented people being brought to light thanks to the interweb haha. But, to name a very few: The M Machine, Mat Zo, Billboard.
What other hobbies/passions do you have?
I love to paint/draw. Mainly I use pen and ink and water color. I also really enjoy photography.
How did you end up in LA.
I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I met christian there in high-school. Moved to San Diego for college (UCSD) and then moved out here right after. It's a crazy city, but as long as you keep your head down and work hard, it has a ton to offer.
Favorite piece of equipment?
Its about to be the Roland Juno - finally have enough to buy one.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be, and why?
Without a single doubt, it would be the M Machine. We look up to them in pretty much every single facet. Their project shatters the mold of what it means to be a band in today's day and age. Firstly, their music is expertly written and composed; their sound design is on another level and they do all their own mixing and mastering - anyone who is a producer can attest to the difficulty of trying to mix/master your own music after having heard it 1000 times during production. Still, their mixes are some of the best in the industry. Secondly, they have built a story, a narrative that encompasses their brand. Everything they do has layered meaning and we respect the amount of effort they've put towards building something so thorough and unique.
Top three songs at the moment?
Top three of this month:
The One by Electric Mantis
Motion by Billboard
Without A Trace by Kill The Noise
Any big plans in the works?
Lots, our live show is complete and sounding pretty rad, we have two remixes on their way out, and a 5 track EP started set to be released in the spring.
A snapshot of Daniel's work: