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?

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.

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

When I was in primary school I was already always really interested in all sorts of music, and back in secondary school I threw a party for my classmates and I booked a local drive-in DJ -  that was the moment I decided to become a DJ myself. Besides, my parents always played a lot of electronic (dance) music at home so that really influenced my choice of music too.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing.

Who was your biggest inspiration? 
We started DJing about 6 years ago, just playing friends house parties and got into the early progressive sound with Woz not Woz and early Axwell. Inspiration wise we’d say Hardwell, the Swedes and also producers from other genres like Dr. Dre and Timbaland. We try not to get pigeon holed. We start fresh with each track and make sure we do something unique..0

Will this be your first time in Macao?


Yeah this is our first time in Macao, we’ve got a bit of spare time there for a change as well, so we’re keen to have a look around. We’re always up for anything so we’ll see!

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?
Music has always been a big part of my life. When I was young I was in a choir called “Stockholm boys choir”. I also been playing guitar a lot during my teenage years but it was when I ran into house music when I was around 16, I fell in love with music on another level. I must say the Swedes - Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Eric Prydz - has inspired me a lot.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
No, this is my second time playing in Hong Kong actually; both times at Dragon-I! It’s nice to be in the warmth, now that winter is kicking in back home in Stockholm. But I’m also looking forward to see friends who live in the city.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
 I started when I was around 13 years old with producing music on my basic set up in my room. I am mostly inspired from the French Touch. When i was a kid i listened to Daft Punk, Bob Sinclar, Phoenix, Air, Cassius etc… I aslo really like Eric Prydz and Deadmau5 stuff. But i think it’s important to be very open minded… I take my inspiration from a lot of genres, from downtempo ( like Moby and Portishead) to pop rock music (like Serges Gainsbourg, Coldplay and Muse, etc…)

Will this be your first time in Macao?  Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
Yes it will be my frist time! I heard there are quite a few Casino’s over there, so I think we are going to take a chance there!

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