A Sit Down With DJ Sick Individuals
Sick Individuals, are the next generation leading figures in the scene getting support from the king of EDM, Hardwell. Rinze Hofstee and Joep Smeele work together as Sick Individuals and starting with I AM and Blueprint, which hit No.1 in the chart, are the new generations respected duo in the scene. Theyve been enrolled in big festivals around the world such as Tomorrowland, Ultra, Mysteryland, Sensation, Creamfields and check below the exclusive interview with the upcoming stars.
"We love telling a story in our music, while making it very energetic."
As a DJ, you have not stopped mixing all over the world. What are your favorite destinations so far?
It is a difficult question because we had the chance to discover many destinations. Each place has a different vibe. The public in the United States loves the breaks and our musical identity, including our personal Edits. When they like, they let you know directly, it's a big dose of adrenaline. India provides totally different sensations, people smile all the time, with a positive vibe and incredible energy. Each destination has its charm, just as each festival, each club, gives you different sensations. That's the charm of the big tours, by the way.
How do you get the inspiration from when producing music?
Travelling the world helps a lot! But also listening to other genres or being inspired thru friends and family.
It seems like you guys do a lot of remixes, as well as your own beats. Which do you prefer to produce?
The combination of the two makes it exiting. Sometimes it is easier when you start from scratch with your own productions. We like to record vocals, instruments and to create sounds out of nothing that are unique. Sometimes the parts of a remix give us inspiration and creative impulses so we can work faster. We love to work with vocals that inspire us to create new harmonies and to bring something different then the original. If youre not listening to the lyrics you should still be able to feel what the singer is meaning, then youve got something we like to work with.
What has been the craziest thing you have witnessed in your career, either on the road or in the studio, by another producer or fan?
Well there are a lot of things weve witnessed, but a recent one is this: We were headlining on a German Festival and having a good time, then all of a sudden the USB stick that was formatted twice before because of problems decided to just stop and fucked up the CDJ. The music stopped and we couldnt get it running fatal error on all linked decks. Our camera guy has it on video, and the look on Rays face is priceless. We were happy to have a backup USB with a good track to get the party going again, but were never gonna use that USB again!
What was the best and the worst gig you ever played and what was the funniest thing ever occurred during any of your performances?
Our worst gig? Well there was a time when we played on a moving train for farmers heading to Austria. It was a wrong booking where the audience was expecting country music you do the math! Two passengers called our music gay and despite a week of preparation from us, it was embarrassing. The crazy thing was that the train was going so fast that you had to hold yourself while you were playing. The decks were shaking, so it made it really hard to beat match. It was really terrible. I guess that story also matches the funniest gig ever. Back then we couldnt laugh about it, but we find it hilarious now.
Do you guys plan on branching out into different genres, like besides progressive house?
We are working on a lot of different things but we are not going to make trap, or hip-hop. Maybe people would say its a different genre but for us its just a little slower, or the break down is different and not so club-y and the mix is a little warm.
What kind of hobbies do you guys have in your free time?
We dont have that much free time. When we arent working, we are sleeping!
Tell us about your musical background. Did either of you play any instruments or produce other types of music before you got into house music production?
Back in the day Ray was into hip-hop beats, and Jim was a real trance fanatic. Together we found our Sick sound a couple of years ago and we are still trying to perfect it. Were always aiming for the highest quality! We both play piano and are synth-addicts. Ray is a vocalist and guitar player as well. You can hear him in some of our tracks! His mother was actually a soprano in classical music.
What are your plans for the 2018? Any new surprises?
So we have a big collaboration coming with Hardwell in early 2018, thats going to be a big one for us and its always a pleasure working with Hardwell in any capacity. We dropped the track during his Revealed Recordings party during ADE and the whole place erupted, so weve got a really good feeling about it, for sure. Weve got a lot more new music coming, of course, some big tour dates coming up and as we said previously, well be taking the This Is SICK concept out to our shows and really upping the level when it comes to what we do on the road with the visuals as well as the music. Essentially well keep doing what weve always done, and thats to make the new year even bigger and better than the one before!
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