A Sit Down With DJ D-Wayne
D-Wayne Born with a very strong feeling for rhythm and able to detect nuances in music that others do not hear.
Gifted with an exceptional sense and awareness of music. Develops with everything a DJ/producer nowadays needs to be successful.
Dwayne's career has taken off at lightning speed and there's no stopping him. He remixes Tiësto, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez. He is a star at festivals and in clubs. His records are released on Nervous, the oldest house label in the world, and on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak, Spinnin' Records and currently on Wall Recordings, Afrojack's record label.
He made a lot of own productions, remixes of his musical heroes and up and coming stars, projects with various artists, and a slew of gigs at festivals and clubs both at home and abroad. And, of course, a world tour with Afrojack.
"I thought, would not it be better to create a dance floor euphoria by playing my own stuff?"
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into music?
I got into music production about 4 years ago. I started DJing and thought it was the best feeling in the world to play your own tracks in front of the crowd and see them go wild. I got into producing and after a year I started some tracks on 's label WALL then to 's label Dim Mak as well as Spinnin' Records and Armada Music. About a year ago I signed to Afrojack's label. I've been working with him and working with his album in Los Angeles. That's where it's at right now, I'm releasing quite a few tracks, playing gigs, hanging out in Miami and of course doing interviews.
You are a DJ & Producer from the Netherlands, signed to Afrojacks Wall Recordings. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place and how did you get into DJing?
I got in touch with dance music through a CD from Tiesto - my parents used to listen to that stuff all the time! And then after I actually bumped into a DJ by accident since I threw a party for my classmates, started joining him on little shows and then started playing myself more often. After a while I thought it'd be great to play my own tracks while performing, so I started practicing on producing music and here we are today.
In your opinion, how do you differ from other DJs?
At age I already had a mature sound, which I always want to put a refreshing thing in. I would like to surprise the audience with albums they usually do not know and give a commercial twist by getting an acapella. I always produce a lot of energy and a message to the public, I want to go out as people and when they go home, they say that number was really the highlight of the evening, so because you have your own sound, you can distinguish yourself.
What was the best and the worst gig you ever played, and what was the funniest thing ever occurred during any of your performances?
The best gig was probably playing the Great Wall of China festival in Beijing last year, such an unique and crazy experience. The worst gig.. obviously I've had more quiet shows in the past but they've all been great! And the funniest thing - I once bumped into a girl on stage, naked, covered in D-Wayne stickers.. No clue how she managed to get them, and didn't really know how to react.
Where do you think the blowing of EDM is now?
I think right now EDM is still blowing up in America and its so funny to see, D-Wayne responded. Afrojack will play in the Netherlands or wherever, and people are just staring at the DJ, looking at him, dancing from time to time. It doesnt matter who is playing here in America but wherever they play, people are just fist bumping and going crazy. They are so enthusiastic about the music and thats what I really like about America right now. EDM is becoming more and more popular even mainstream but in the end its all about the music.
What can you say about the current situation in Africa?
Theres a lot of stuff going on in Africa right now, either political or just trouble. What I like about music is music is emotional and you can inspire people. What I see in documentaries about Africa is that whenever [they] are suffering and have music, they just get happy and dance around and thats what I wanted to express in that track as well. Whatever happens to you in life, you know, bad things can happen. Music connects people and brings people together and you just enjoy the moment at that time. So thats what I liked and what I wanted to express in Africa.
Who or what would you say is your biggest musical inspiration?
I think it's kind of different. For like house music I really like , - the track "The Man With The Red Face" was a big influence. Also, for example. I also got into music through my parents because they were always playing music on Sunday mornings like classical rock or stuff like that.
Can you share a bit with us about your art?
What I think is important is since music is emotion, so what I want to try to do with my music is tell a story. When people play a track they get a certain feeling or emotion. I really find that important. I also just don't want to make music that anyone else just makes. I want to distinguish myself from others. For me it's all about having fun, having a good time and at the end just have people go out and remember my tracks at the clubs.
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