A Sit Down With DJ Mightyfools
Ever since the brainchild of Dutch DJ/Producers Jelle Keizer and Andy Samin's Mightyfools was born in 2008, they've been topping the Beatport Top 10. Tracks gained support by some of the greatest names in the industry like Hardwell, David Guetta, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Nicky Romero, Knife Party, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Bingo Players, Diplo, Fedde le Grand, Laidback Luke, Tiësto, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki. Quickly they got recognized and picked up by the world's biggest dance label, Spinnin' Records.
Promoters and festival organizers praise Mightyfools for their catchy sound and energetic stage performance. Their impressive tour schedule includes playing at some of the most wanted international festivals and highly respected venues such as Tomorrowland, Creamfields, Mysterylandmain stage in Chile/USA/NL, World DJ Festival South Korea main stage, Ushuaïa Ibiza, Hard Rock Las Vegas, Avalon Hollywood, Webster hall NYC, Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam, Pacha Sydney, Skygarden Bali and Cubic Club Macau.
"We've survived some hypes and got better in production, but the essence of all our tracks still is the same as day one."
Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration
Both of us started as solo Dj's, experimenting with different sounds. We were both playing various clubs, Andy around our hometown and Jelle around the country. When we met, it was in an empty club and we enjoyed eachothers sounds so we decided to jump in the studio. Everything went superfast from there and we decided to keep working together as Mightyfools!
You're both known for being party junkies; c'mon, give us the most outrageous stunt/antic you've done whilst performing?
We don't do our own stunts, we got Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris for that. Crowd surfing is very dangerous. Don't do it kids!
Whats been your favorite international gig?
Mysterylands Chile! Weve seen a lot of crazy crowds because weve been doing 100 shows a year for five years straight but Mysterlands was just next level. I could see maybe 20,000 people out in front of me. From the first track at every single break, every single drop everyone was just screaming. They were all on top of each other with all the flags like the TomorrowLand crowd during Hardwell and that was the crowd the whole time.
You guys recently remixed Britney Spears, what was the first reaction when you got the call on that?
We were so honored to remix such a huge pop star. It was a huge challenge to remix because you know Britney is not the most popular girl in the EDM scene. It was a challenge to make it sound party-proof so we took a raw, dark energy approach. The vocals were really usable to do that since it was already in an EDM vibe. It was a good challenge because it could of gone terribly wrong but it came out how we wanted it to be. We didnt want to upset ourselves and we wanted to be able to play it in our DJ sets. We are mainly DJs and then we started producing so we make our tracks for our DJ sets like Footrocker for example. In the studio we dont think about the other stuff like what label it should be on and stuff. We make music that we would play out and would work on a dance-floor. If we cant dance in the stdio then the record goes no-where and to the trash can.
What is the weirdest thing that youve seen from the DJ booth?
We've been through a lot of crazy stuff all over the world, from shootouts to puking party people to passing out girls to basically everything. More recently last weekend in Bali, a guy undressed himself on the dancefloor and danced around naked for atleast 15 minutes straight. Humping other people and shit. We took a picture to prove it. Girls started joining in and our booth was flooded by male and female underwear. Crazy.
Can you pick 1 or 2 of your favourite dance artists at the moment?
Laidback Luke is and always will be one of our favourite artist ever. Hes an amazing person who makes amazing music. Next to Luke we have the same feeling with Skrillex. 2 iconic dance artists who we look up to a lot.
If you were given free reign to select any classic pop track to remix, what would you select?
Difficult question. Maybe Cameos and Candy; we dig that smooth, classic shit. The lyrics are too good to be true!.She's like Candy! We'd probably turn it into the hardest club banger! Romantic vocals go great with crazy synths and a loud-ass kickdrum.
Where does all that energy come from?
They told us that because in Chile there arent many raves, people save up for that one festival. Theres nothing else going on there with international DJs. Its their one chance to experience what TomnorrowLand people and Ultra people experience. We were the first DJs that played that day with EDM. We played Booyah first and everyone just lost it and stayed at that same energy level for 90 minutes straight. It was probably the craziest show we have ever done and we have done a lot of great shows the past year with an average crowd size of maybe 5,000 people. The past year has been insane. It took a lot of hard work but its paying off now.
How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
It moved from dark studios in basements to interaction with fans through social media. It's so easy to reach everyone at once these days, and also to set-up new contacts with other DJ's through twitter and such. The DJing itself remained the same in our opinion, or we might just be old-fashioned DJ's by now who just do their craft like we learnt. Producing has a lot of competition these days. A few years ago a release would last for a few months, nowadays it's old within a week! The pressure is definitely higher!
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