How did you go about learning the skills to write, record and produce electronic music?
My mom won me a computer when I was 10, which piqued my interest in technology. I started learning about creating mix tapes, and one of my uncles introduced me to the world of mixing and sequencing. That was the very start of it all. After that, I learned a ton from Ben Liebrand, who became my mentor, and just set out to learn as much about music production as I possibly could. And I’m still learning too!
Please explain your songwriting process?
I team up with my production partner, Benno de Goeij, a lot. Whenever inspiration turns into an actual idea or concept for a track, I try to put this idea into practice. For instance, by putting down the chords or creating the main melody for the track. I slowly build this out into a full track arrangement-wise (sometimes alone, sometimes with Benno) and then call upon Benno to help me finalize it all and help it become the track I envisioned.
What attributes are most important to creating a great track?
I think it’s a combination of many things and also depends on the main goal of the track. If it needs to work well on the dance floor, it needs certain attributes that tie in well to that purpose. And if it’s meant for easy listening or to get a certain empowering message across, it might work better to focus more on the emotion of the track.
I also think it’s really important to experiment and try new stuff every so often. It helps keep a fresh perspective.
What programs and equipment do you use?
For producing, I tend to stick to Logic Pro. Plus, I use tons of plugins of course, either hardware or software. For DJ mixes, I lean more toward Ableton. To list all of the things I’m using every once in a while would probably make this interview a 5-pager, so let’s keep it at that!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
It depends on my mood really. I always try to keep an open mind and therefore like a lot of different kinds of music. For instance, my favorite all-time dance tracks range from Jules Verne’s mix of L.S.G.’s ‘Netherworld’ to The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ to the Ben Liebrand Remix of Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’. So there’s not a specific artist or genre I’m listening to at the moment, but rather a lot of different tracks and styles that I just find very enjoyable right now.
What do you like to do away from music?
Apart from spending time with my wife, kids and the rest of my family, I love to play video games whenever I get the chance. That doesn’t happen very often though. I’m a busy man, haha.
Your new single ‘Wild Wild Son’ Feat. Sam Martin is making waves across the globe, how did you come to work with Sam?
I met Sam through a mutual friend Stefan DaBruck. I heard the initial idea for the song and I was immediately hooked. I recorded strings and drums in the Netherlands with Koen Herfst and Michiel Eilbracht and finshed the production in my home studio in Leiden. The vocals were recorded by Sam in his home studio.
‘Wild Wild Son’ is a blend of traditional instruments piano and drums, vocals with electronic overtones, how did this track come to life?
I think what really made this track come to life is the emotional connection I have with the track. The song is about Sam Martin’s (then) unborn son, and I fell so much in love with the song because I recognize the love I feel for my own son. I think that’s what really made this track come alive. It’s so recognizable for so many people.
How did the video concept come about and where did the filming take place?
The music video was mostly shot in a special spot in the Netherlands, near the city of Apeldoorn. The song is all about helping your son grow up and wanting the best life for your kids, and we tried to capture that essence in the music video.
What do you have planned for 2019?
At the moment, we’re mostly working toward the kick-off of the A State Of Trance 900 shows in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Apart from that, I’m really looking forward to release more music and to perform in front of my amazing fans as often as I can.
Anything form the Big Green Egg and I LOVE a good Thai!
Favorite place to hang out is my home town Leiden. So many cool places to eat and chill!
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