Sincehis discovery in 2006, French DJ/Producer Arno Cost has risen through the ranksfrom one of the scenes most promising young talents to the firmly establishedartists he is today. With his musical sensibilities residing within the realmsof electronica, disco and house, Arnos’ production and remix work has attractedpraise from some of dance music’s most formidable figures, including Pete Tong,David Guetta, Moby, Tom Novy and Sebastian Ingrosso.
ArnoCost’s talent stemmed from his parents keen interest in exposing him to musicfrom an early age. Brought up on a diet of pop music, Italo-Disco and later,the innovations of the seminal ‘French Touch’ such as Daft Punk and Justice,Arno’s appreciation turned into creation as he took his hand to production in1999.
Fastforward to January 2006 and the fruits of Arno’s labour paid off after beingsigned to Serial Records along with his two close friends; Norman Doray andPierre de la Touche. The trio found their big break in the form ofcollaborative single ‘Let U Go’, producing under the guise The Freshmakers. Thesingle enjoyed heavy airplay on French radio as well as finding favour withmany prominent DJs including Didier Sinclair, Antoine Claraman, Hoxton Whoresand Muttonheads. Arno subsequently dropped a remix of Greyster’s ‘Under theFuse of Love’, which was immediately picked up by Pete Tong and entered the UKClub Charts at no.2, remaining a favourite for many weeks. The rest of 2006 wasspent making The Freshmakers’ remixes for the likes of Da Sushiman, Rilod andSerial Crew and pushing his own solo production ventures on imprints such asCr2 and Kontor.
Arno’sname was lavished with a great deal more attention in 2006 following therelease of his first smash hit, the elegantly crafted ‘Magenta’ which hecomposed alongside Arias. Pete Tong and Tom Novy’s adoration of the track wasno secret, and with an arresting rework from Dave Spoon, ‘Magenta’ becamesomething of a DJs secret weapon the world over. It was in fact the most playedtune at The Amsterdam Dance Event that year. Arno’s next Cr2 release was 2007’s‘Apocalypse’ with Norman Doray. A heady concoction of sweeping composition andthumping house rhythms, the single was a favourite with Eric Prydz and SteveAngello and was given a tough rework by Sebastian Leger. With no doubt as tothe potency of Arno’s partnership with production buddies Doray and de laTouche, the status as France’s answer to the Swedish House Mafia is oneincreasingly linked to the Parisian contingent. Arno has been called on toremix for Laidback Luke, David Guetta and Zoo Brazil’s ‘Kalle’ on Nero Records.
In2008, Arno released electronic smash ‘Souvenir’ and ‘Golden Walls’, collaborationwith Sweden’s John Dahlback. Both received glowing reports and support from thelikes of Axwell and Steve Angello. Arno’s status as a major international DJ hasgained serious momentum having played shows at The Sydney Freedom DanceFestival and a Cr2 night at Matter in London. Most notably in late 2008, thefamous radio station RADIO FG chose Arno to mix its new compilation CLUB FG,following on from David Guetta the year before.
2011 saw a new flurry of hotproductions hit the waves for Arno Cost. First, he unleashed the dancefloorsmash “The Days To Come” via AtlanticRecords. Produced with fellow Parisian Arias, Arno delivered another clubfocused cut that displayed both his astute appreciation of melody and hisinnate ability to get the floor moving, drawing yet more plaudits from thelikes of Pete Tong and David Guetta alike. “Lise” which immediately followed onRefune, merged dark, underground production techniques with a main room,floor-filling sensibility. A peak time hit, the track was once again supportedby Guetta, Tong, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso amongst many others.
Arnowas also on hand for two high profile remixes during the latter stage of 2011too. At the end of the summer he delivered a stunning remix of Moby’s ‘Lie Downin Darkness.’ Arno picked the track from the seminal American electronicaartist’s latest album and made it his own with a superbly crafted remix. Nextup, having played alongside him in Ibiza throughout the summer, Arno remixedDavid Guetta and received further widespread acclaim with his interpretation of‘Titanium.’
Into2012 and Arno’s productions have been ruling the waves once again. ‘Trilogy,’his collaboration with Laidback Luke and Norman Doray was a melodic and punchy,big room number that was met with sheer adulation upon its release via MixmashRecords. Once again reminding people of Arno’s innate club track sensibility, ‘Trilogy’will remain part of club folklore for generations to come.
Arnocontinues to travel the world with demand for his DJ’ing skills at an all timehigh. A regular in Ibiza throughout the summer, Arno spends the rest of histime being flown from continent to continent as he tours Australia, Brazil,India, The USA, Europe and beyond. As he spreads his musical vision far andwide it’s clear to see that Arno Cost is not a passing fad within dance music.He’s all about the long haul!!