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 a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
-Carlo: I started as a DJ a few years ago, I felt in love with it when I was at my first party in a club, that was what I wanted to do! And so after some years I wanted to learn how to produce music to play my own beats, it was really inspiring to see all the US DJ’s playing their own sound rocking the clubs and that was my target as well! I really love to produce my own stuff!


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as an artist? Who was your biggest inspiration?
- I almost cried in my high school cafeteria. That’s how I got started. I have been writing lyrics ever since I can remember, but I didn’t start taking music seriously until someone got a hold of my notebook in high school, read my lyrics aloud and made fun of them in front of my peers. I was determined to prove him and everyone else wrong. So, I entered the school talent show and I murdered that show! I received a standing ovation and respect from the nay-sayers. To a 15/16 year old kid, that meant the world to me and that’s when I decided to seriously pursue music.


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

Will be my second time in Hong Kong, I played here a couple of years ago in a rooftop club. It was an amazing experience for me. I didnt' had much time to visit the city properly, so this time I took some extra days to explore those amazing and endless streets. Hong Kong is definitely one of my favourite cities around the world.


Will this be your first show in Hong Kong?  Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
Yes.   I played in China like 7 years ago but I've never played Hong Kong.  I'm looking forward to eating.  I think I'm only there for one day, so I just want to eat as much good authentic food as I can while I'm there.

How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
It's gotten to the point where you literally don't have to have any skill as a "DJ" to get booked.  People are just getting booked because they release successful songs as producers - clubs and promoters will book them without even hearing them play, and a lot of time they've never even DJ'ed before in their life.  They end up getting an agent and getting gigs and suddenly having to learn to DJ.  That's not the way it's supposed to work.  DJing is no longer about DJing.  It's about the name recognition, the gimmicks, the show, it's not about the actual skill or talent of the person up there or the quality of the set they're playing.  It's only gotten this way recently.  When I was learning, you had to actually be a great DJ in order to get great gigs.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
We started out producing music as a hobby. Wouter played piano since he was a little kid and Sjoerd started mixing music on a computer, so when we got together after our mum gave us a synthesizer for christmas, we couldn't get enough. After a few try out songs we released our first track together. Artists like Prodigy, Faithless, Tiesto, Marco Bailey, inspired us making music.


Will this be your first time in Hong Kong?
Yes! 

Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
I hear HK is the epitome of a 21st century city, I'm looking forward most to EATING.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?

We started doing parties & setting up our own label Cassette Records before making music. We got into producing shortly after that, we wanted to put out records that had the sound that we wanted to hear in the clubs. We've been dj'ing since forever. Ever since we started listening to music really.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?

I started very young as Bass and keyboard player in different Pop / Rock bands. My dreams were to get a band, releasing albums, touring the world. At 17 years old, one of my best friends was Djing and studying Sound Engineer.He learn me about using softwares and recording my own music. From that day i completely changed my mind. I became obsessed by composing all by myself, changing the structure of the sound and write my own melodies. Since I never stopped.I Had a lot of inspiration, the most will probably be Michael Jackson but all pop music, synth pop and disco music from middle of 70's till end of 80's.Daft Punk, Cassius and all this first French Touch generation were not innocent in my musical education too. 

 

Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
It was after our first holidays in Ibiza, something like 10 years ago that we really realised our passion for electronic music and djs. We started dj first and went naturally into producing a couple of years later. We hadn’t any technical skills at the time, only a good feeling about music. And after practicing, listening to everything, watching the big names playing live, we finally found our own way and our own style.

Roger Sanchez was one of the first who made us feel that particular energy with his dj sets, Axwell also with his incredible skills, Erick Morillo and of course, the Daft Punk.


Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
I started to mix as a dj at the age of 16 years old. Since my fist party as a clubber, I was fascinated by the word of DJ.  My fist party was really a magic experience. I started to learn and perform as a DJ by myself. I started mixing in bar and clubs in Paris, who was a perfect school for me. I was not leaving in Paris but in Poitier. I went to Paris to start a school engineer. Then, I started to produce music and release my fist single for Pacha Recordings. One of my fist big hit was a track called U Start. I produce it for Joachim Garraud and Tecktonik Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsILHNqjUeE). Now I am doing music for the most prestigious label : Dim Mak ( Steve Aoki ), Armada ( Armin Van Buren ), Defected, Strictly Rhythm, Pacha, Universal, EMI / Virgin. I am following Dj’s like Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Sven Vath but my inspiration as producer is coming from artists like : Eric Prydz, Axwell, Dirty South to name a few. Electronic Music inspiration is moving very fast the last few years.


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