New York City Native, Agent Orange NYC (Ara) has been performing around the world for the past 20 years as a DJ, Live Act, Producer and Audio Engineer. His discography includes productions and remixes for Carl Cox, Paul Van Dyk, Monika Kruse's Terminal M label, BUSH records, Circle Music, Duplex, Teggno, Electrik Soul & Gotham Grooves, among man others. Even a dance project for 50 Cent's label G-Unit. In 2012 was voted 1st runner up by Christian Smith for a Beatport remix contest.
He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious clubs and events like main stage at the Ultra Music Festival during Miami’s WMC, famous after parties during Detroit's Movement festivals to legendary boat parties in Ibiza, concerts and clubs in S.Korea, festivals in North and South America. He's collaborated with some of the biggest names in the underground and commercial EDM scenes.
To describe his sound he says "I really like to blend organic sounds with sounds of our digital age. Groovy, hypnotizing, pulsating dance-floor percussion, combined with synthesizer elements and melodies that at times paint deep, lush atmospheres while other times playing fast and furious melodies to create dance floor explosions!"
From a young age he developed a deep love and respect for all music from funk to disco to his own cultural Armenian & Romanian music, while at the same time becoming very passionate about a totally new brand of music that was emerging - the Electronic Dance genre. In 1989 He became an avid record collector (later worked at the famous Satellite records in NYC and had a vinyl collection of about 3500!) and began to DJ at parties all throughout New York.
At age 18 he brought his unique fusion of world and electronic music to some of the most legendary clubs of NYC. Things went well and he decided to make music he life's full-time passion and in 2000 he started my first record label Gotham Grooves with his brother Deekron. With the launch of the label came many collaborations with big artists and bigger gigs on a global level.
After years of touring, producing music, and releasing on internationally acclaimed record labels, he moved to Europe so he could be closer to the source of the music that he loved. From his studio in Barcelona, Spain he spent the next 3 years traveling and playing gigs all across Europe while at the same time continuing to further craft his own music and also began working as a mastering engineer before returning back to NYC where he has his current studio.
He says "One day I will write a big exciting book about my travels: the incredible people I've met, the food (oh the food!), the really wild parties and other profound experiences but for now I still choose to tell my story to the world through my music and on the dancefloor!"