A Sit Down With DJ Beat Service
It was as recently as 2011 that producer Madis Sillamo, aka Beat Service, fully burst onto the international Trance and Progressive scene. Since then hes been serving a succession of aces on the production front with a string of unstoppable tracks and remixes which have effortlessly transcended both the underground and mainstream ends of the spectrum and transformed Beat Service into a worldwide DJ / producer phenomenon.
"I was always producing late at nights after my day job, and somehow it just took its own way, and here I am theres no formula, I just do what I love."
When did you first ever started Djing and how did you grow up your love for trance music?
I started DJing back in the early 2000's, productions came in later around 2005. I have always loved the melodic vibes of Trance music, so by the time I started I was already "infected" with the Trance disease. I was probably most influenced by 90s German Trance and later on by the Dutch sound.
What do you think about Australias trance scene?
Australia is one of my favourite countries to visit, Australians respond to my music very well every time I come over. There are other countries in the world where you have to be a bit more particular with what you play, but Australians are always open and I always get a great response to my tracks.
What do you like best in your incredible country?
I would love to say the weather, but not at this time of year. I love the weather here in summer, its awesome. Australia is unique, and again theres only a few countries in the world where I get a great response you do have competition in Canada, but Im not sure which one wins.
You are highly recognizable for your captivating remixes of some of the biggest Trance hits. What do you think is the biggest challenge when remixing a huge hit by the likes of Armin Van Buuren?
Doesnt really matter who the original artist is for me, if Im gonna take a remix Im gonna kill the original mix. Whatever it takes Im gonna make it as big as possible and make the people forget the original mix.
What are your influences in trance music?
I started out as a mainstream DJ back in 1999 and I did it for about 5 or 6 years. I was listening to German trance like Kai Tracid and VooDoo & Serrano. I think that Paul van Dyk and Gouryella (who actually included Ferry Corsten) were my first influences. But back then I was listening to this music but I couldnt play it out because the crowd demanded commercial stuff, so I was a commercial DJ. I was actually true to trance already, but it took me a while. So yeah influences, absolutely Ferry Corsten, Gouryella, System F, everything from Ferrys earlier days are my absolute favorites. And Armin.
You are usually the one doing the remixing lets flip the table, which producer would you most prefer to remix one of your tracks & which track would you choose?
The thing is that whenever I produce an original track I always want to make it as big as possible I never think about possible remixes. So if you actually look at my releases I dont have any remixes because I always [produce] strong originals. If I would like to see a remix. Im not sure maybe one of the big guys Armin, Markus, Ferry.
Tell us about your sound.
I would describe my sound as melodic, big room and energetic! I do have an album coming out, I have tracks no one would ever expect from me. I like to cover things from one edge to another, I do very uplifting stuff, big room stuff but most important is the melody.
So a lot of your original tracks are all trance related but are there any different genres that inspire you to produce tracks?
Yeah I do listen to all the genres from pop to chill-out. So as for producing I always try to stick with trance mixed with different elements of progressive house or Electro house, mostly house mixed with trance but thats it.
Since then what have been your favourite gigs?
Favourite gigs so far, oh man there are so many of them! Bal En Blanc in Canada for twenty thousand people, Avalon in Singapore - nightclub on the water with amazing people, Sydney Australia, ASOT 600 in Den Bosch and one of the most recent gigs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Such an amazing crowd!
With your very busy schedule, how do you find time to prepare to your sets and to produce/remix?
Well, I prepare my sets on the road, which is quite normal I guess. Gigs does take a lot of time from precious studio sessions, but then again I collect so much inspiration on the road, that coming back in to the studio for a few days is always a bless and while there, you forget the world and just focus on producing.
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