Interviews

Read below about some of the biggest artists in the business before they come to perform in Hong Kong and Macau.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

When I started DJing I was mainly obsessed with the Dutch DJs that were very popular nationally at that time. Guys like Remy, Per and Miss Monica for instance. I remember seeing Carl Cox doing some tricks live back in 1997 and was obsessed! I later became a fan of techno DJs with skills like Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke and Frankie Bones. Bad Boy Bill has been a big influence too! I still look up to guys like A-trak, Craze, Shortkut and Q-bert. I’m just a turntablist groupie!

What did you know about Macau before heading there on June 13 for RTU Macau?

Not that much actually…. So we are ready to be surprised when we get there!! 

How will you be warming up for your debut appearance at RTU Macau?

We don’t think warming up will be necessary since we’re really excited to perform in Macau. We just have to make sure our energy is on point, but that’s never really a problem.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

I first started playing out in local venues in Breda, my sound wasn’t as refined then though. I remember being inspired by fellow Dutch guys including Fedde Le Grand and thinking “I want to take this route and make it my own”, and so I started producing house music and pushing the progressive sound I knew I had to offer.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?

I have played in Hong Kong before, my new years eve show was a highlight! It’s always a pleasure to return to China, amazing culture, food and the crowds over here are something special…

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

We had come a long way before started DJing. In the end of 90s Swanky Tunes were associated with live acts and no one of us didn’t think to spin a vinyl. We had so much fun performing live with vocalist, bass guitar player, playing synthesizers and groove-boxes. The only thing that disappointed us: we couldn’t play other producers’ tracks during our performances. That turned us to DJing and in 2006 we played first DJ set. Of course that time we were inspired by many DJs/producers as Daft Punk, Carl Cox, The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

Well I am Dutch, so for us we grow up surrounded by electronic music, its really part of our culture. So for us you don’t so much as get started as a DJ but gradually it becomes a bigger part of your life, until you realize it’s what your focused on full time. Personally I always saw myself as a producer first but the DJing went hand in hand with this. My early inspirations were guys like Laidback Luke, Tiesto and of course Hardwell, who then went on to become a very close friend.

Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular when you visit Hong Kong?

I want to see as much as possible, it is such an interesting culture and there is so much diversity, I really hope to get to tour about a little bit.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

I have been Djing for many years now, I got into electronic music in my late teens, there has always been a really strong scene in Belgium and the biggest artists in the world always play here. I started out listening to a lot of Rave and Techno music, artists like Jeff Mills. But over the years my I got into more sounds, electro and house, all of which have shaped the direction my music has gone in today!

How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?

I think the focus on tracks for the festivals; everything is geared towards this now. Hugh production and big sets, I feel that Tomorrowland, the festival I am a resident for and host an arena at really set the trend and now its something we see at every event worldwide, its amazing and the crowds are getting bigger and bigger. Every country in the world now has its own landmark event, its incredible as it shows the power that our music currently holds and how much it brings people together is still inspiring.

We bagged an exclusive interview with the man behind tracks like Afterall, Shake Your Money Maker and Feel Alive, Henrix! We spoke to him about landing a residency at The Light in Vegas (alongside DJs like Alesso, HookNSling and Axwell), as well as his new track and his thoughts on the party industry.

1. Congratulations on the residency at The Light! What can the partygoers expect from your performance?

Thank you! I'm going into my second year of residency there, I love that place! You can expect me playing everything there. Its great how I’m free to play any genre mixed together and people still accept it. When you’re playing at certain cities sometimes you gotta watch what you play. Also people sometimes just want to hear the style you produce. I like to play different things then what I make when I DJ and the Light allows me to do that.

2. Could you tell us how the residency came about and how often will you perform there?

Well I started it last year and it was supposed to only be a few shows. I guess the first time I played they really liked it so they added more shows and extended my residency to this year haha. I will be playing at Light once or twice a moth this year. Really looking forward to bringing my own show and production.

Tell us a little bit about how you guys got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

Brett’s family actually owned the biggest nightclub in our home tome, so he started at a very young age. James learnt at university by playing at parties, both of us really finding guys like Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez and Fedde Le Grand really inspiring.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?

Yes this is our first time. We love our gadgets so plan on getting stuck in the electronics markets.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?
I was really lucky, back in early 2000 there were lots hip hop parties and underground electronic music events going on in Taipei,  my first party experince is Derrick May, feel the magic of dj performance. Then I took private DJ lessons and went to local legends like DJ Chicano, DJ Mykal's parties. Around 2004 DJ Ta-shi (Japan) came to Taiwan for Vestax DJ competition judge, I saw his performance mix with turntablist and very dope original sampling skills, I decide turn to pro DJ. Ta-shi is one of best hip hop/club DJ ever, always brings an amazing set.

Will this be your first time in Macao?  Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
No, this is about the 6th time I've been in Macau. I heard Macau Tower has the highest bungy jump?

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration were block party Dj's of the mid to late 70's, roller rink Dj's and radio disco mixers like Tony Humphries, Larry Levan and Ted Currier that were some of the first to blend two records together on the air. Mixing always fascinated me. Later on in the early 80's when Hip Hop started to buzz it was Grand Master Flash that was the biggest influence. His turntable wizardry was ahead of it's time back then and he was fast as lightening.
 
How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
Both crafts have become more compact. Technology has allowed people to be creative with minimal tools, mostly on a laptop. Many Dj's are rolling up to gigs with thumb drives so now even laptops and cd's are out of the equation.  There's more tools to enhance Djing performances, a lot of Dj's are doing tricks and remixing on the fly which can be fun. I just wonder what would happen if there ever came a time when the digital world were to crash. A lot of people would be in trouble. We've become too dependent on technology.

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