One of the Venezuelan musicians with the most international projection in 2016 was undoubtedly DJ Zardonic, who didn’t stop touring, receiving awards and nominations and spearhead interesting projects. He became one of the most sought after record producers in the United States between Maryland, Washington, Ohio and New Jersey, working with artists ranging from Rock and EDM to Pop and Country. He currently resides in Ohio, where his base of operations is.
Federico Agreda Alvarez, professionally known as Zardonic, is the pride of the city of Barquisimeto, and is now a figure of international interest. His album “Antihero” was released in 2015, promoted with two tours that year all across the globe, followed by a World Tour in 2016 with a well-nurtured exposure in all media, charted in the Top 5 bestsellers in three different charts in one of the most demanding music markets, Japan, topping rock titans like Anthrax, Megadeth, Dream Theater and even K-Pop superstars BTOB and well established bands like Simple Plan.
His 2016 World Tour saw 28 different club and festival shows in Russia, Japan, Portugal, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Finland, Slovakia, Italy and the United States, including an amazing set at Netherland’s Baroeg Open Air and Japan’s Loud Park Festival, sharing the stage with Scorpions, Whitesnake, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Exodus, Dokken, Dark Funeral, Enslaved, Discharge, Arkona, Bong-Ra, Counterstrike and Ophidian, “plus I got to share some quality time with Marcos Rodriguez who gave an amazing show with Rage.”, said Zardonic about fellow Venezuelan musician and guitarist who now plays the lead strings with the legendary German heavy metal band.
On top of that, thanks to the success of his release, he was commissioned to remix Pop Evil, Celldweller, Richy Nix, Heavygrinder, Taina, Levitika, The Qemists and Crossfaith, as well as producing records for New Jersey shock rockers American Grim, landing them a record deal with Entertainment One Music, and the comeback record of legendary metalheads Eve To Adam set for a release on Rocktagon Worldwide Music.
But it wasn’t only about packed concerts and top charts. His music was also selected as part of the soundtrack for the soon-to-become cult film Fight Valley, starring MMA stars Miesha Tate, Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg. His official video of the single “Pure Power” saw a premiere on The Huffington Post with a detailed Q&A with Chris Bianchi, and his motherland Venezuela awarded him with the “Artist Of The Year” at the sixth edition of the Union Rock Show awards -which also awarded him the Best DJ category in 2015-, and “2016 Personality Of The Year” by long-running webzine Cresta Metalica.
Regarding his next album, he mentioned that his musical direction will have many influences from all the styles he’s worked with in the past. “I want my next statement to be free of all boundaries. It will not be balls to the wall heavy because it has to, but it will not shy away from being heavy when it has to. I believe you will enjoy this journey as much as I am enjoying envisioning it and creating it as I take Zardonic to the next level.”, he concluded.
Originally written by: Roberto Palmitiesta
Translated From: Cresta Metalica