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 as an artist? Who was your biggest inspiration?


We started making music since we were children, each one of us with different influences, from techno to hip hop to punk rock….we met 12 years ago in the recording studio of a label based in Turin, Italy, where we live, and tried to start working together on some original tracks…then 5 years ago we started releasing mashups and bootlegs, and that was the beginning of Djs From Mars….the inspiration of this was the early days of Hip Hop, when samples were uncleared, and tracks were a kaleidoscope of different sounds coming from every music style, think about De La Soul and Beastie Boys first albums…that was a big influence for us…in the same time, we were resident djs in our hometown and since we were tired of playing 1000 times the same commercial tracks, we started working on our own edits…that turned into an actual project in no time, and then we focused 100% on this idea.

hkclubbing.com got to interview GTA on their Asia Tour with Rihanna, read on to find out more about them both!

Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
I (Van Toth) started producing about 6 years ago. And JWLS about 4 years. I (VT) started after I heard Benny Benassi - Satisfaction and then attended Ultra Music Festival in 2008! JWLS had worked mainly on hip hop beats until we met through Facebook and started GTA 3 years ago. We both have tons of inspirations! Like Pharrel and the Neptunes are big ones for both of us. For VT I always loved Tiesto, Wolfgang Gartner, Gregor Salto, and any tribal kind of Electronic Music.


They’ve been called “indie-folk”, one of Hong Kong’s best bands, the city’s most original and the accolades could go on.  They’ve been compared to the late Elliott Smith and Damien Rice. But the truth is that Noughts and Exes are really forging their own unique path.



Tell us a little bit about how you got started as an artist? Who was your biggest inspiration?

Our big desire has always been to see people enjoy, share and listen to our music. We've always been attracted from nightclubs and the nightlife.
Erick Morillo has been our inspiration as a DJ & producer.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as an artist? Who was your biggest inspiration?
I heard a New York Dj Kid Capri rock a crowd and I knew I wanted to do the same.  We also enjoy our good friend Donald Glaude.

Will this be your first time in Macao?  Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?  
This will be our first time.  We play in Las Vegas N.V in America once a month and Ive been told that Macao makes Vegas look small so we are excited to see the difference.


How would you define your style of music?

Concerning my productions, I'm working on Electro-House and Progressive-House music because I like to alternate beautiful melodies with big drops, sometimes quite minimalist with strong percussions. Concerning my DJ sets, I can adapt the programmation with the audience, I can play more Tech-House in some countries like USA or Egypt. Some others are more Electro or mainstream. Anyway, the aim is that everybody has to be happy and in connivance with me.


The hottest French DJ in the world, Dim Chris, gone from strength to strength after his numerous remix tracks! Make sure you catch him at Club CUBIC .




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


Djing has changed quite a bit over the last years. You can just look at the equipment. Before it took a lot of practice to learn to beat match and mix song from song and have the confidence to go in front  of a crowd and play a set, now you can use a computer and just use the sync button and not worry if the track will be mixed or not.

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

Yes this will be my 1st show in Macau I’m very excited I’ve heard amazing things from allot of my friends on how wonderful Macau is. I’m looking forward to the experience.



How has your dance background assist you in choosing music and beats for your DJ-ing career? 


As I have been dancing ever since I was 6 years old and was in the professional ballet company for 13 years, I have been very close with many types of music and have worked with amazing choreographers and dancers. I was able to see how dancers and choreographers capture music with their bodies and soul to project onto the stage. So I learned to recognize grooves, rhythms and swing that moved people’s heart. As long as the beat or music moves my heart, feet or even fingers; I believe it to be a groove I have had from my dance background. This helped me to approach listeners from different angles if compared to other DJs.


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