A Sit Down With DJ Havana Brown


Havana Brown is no stranger to playing major gigs for huge audiences. In a relatively short career, she has already opened for musical powerhouses such as Britney Spears, Rihanna, The Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown and Enrique Iglesias, and is currently supporting Bruno Mars in Las Vegas.



"My main aim is to have fun; sometimes when you're in the industry and you're working on music you can think about things way too much."



How did you get started?

I was living in the UK and was in a music group. It was three guys and me. We recorded an album and had a record label, but right when we were about to release the first single, the band broke up. It was really hard for me. I felt like I had come so far and was so close to pursuing my dreams. Then, I was right back down to the bottom. One night, I was talking to the DJ in the band and I was telling him how he had the best job in the world. He gets to go out and perform, play good music, make people laugh, sing, dance and enjoy themselves. I was telling him how much I'd love to do that. So, he told me I should do it. At the time, DJing wasn't something females thought about doing, but I just ran with it.

Where do you draw your inspirations from?

I create mixes that make me feel like hitting the dance floor. Essentially I love what I do and it really does not take me much to get inspired. I'm constantly researching new tracks, sounds and artists online and finding new songs that I love or that are somewhat different. 

What genre do you spin?

My sound is always evolving. When I started DJing it was just RnB all the way. I grew up with RnB so it was only natural but the older I get the more I appreciate other types of music. I love incorporating different genres because good music is good music and I don’t like to discriminate. So you may hear a little house or rock in among the RnB and Hip Hop tracks. If the crowd is open to it I can go wild if they let me.

If you could collaborate with any other artist, who would it be and why?

There are quite a few; I'd love to work with Janet Jackson as I've always idolized her and Kylie Minogue purely for the fact that she is an absolute legend and she's done amazingly for an Australian pop act, worldwide and I aspire to be like her. 

What do you think makes a good DJ? It seems like nowadays anyone with a laptop can become a DJ. What are the skills that are involved?

Anyone can become a DJ but to become a good DJ, there’s a difference between the common DJ that can’t necessarily book international gigs and there’s ones that can. Yeah, anyone can be a DJ but you can be a good DJ or a bad DJ. I think you have to be able to mix the songs well, there’s got to be flow and mix the right songs. It’s so difficult to explain, really. I’m just so glad that people enjoy what I do. I like to cut things short, and mix things well, to have a flow and be a journey. I like to have a lot of types of music as well, a little bit of rock, rnb, house and dance music. Mixing it up is really good, and lots of fun and lots of people can enjoy it too.

What would you say has been the most difficult performance in your career?

I think probably my first performance with Britney Spears. It was in Paris, and I just remember being so nervous, I couldn’t eat! I remember just thinking ‘I can’t believe I’m on tour with Britney Spears!’ On top of that, there’s 43,000 people out there in the audience, and her dad actually came to the dressing room and introduced himself. He was really sweet, and then he said ‘By the way, it’s really really quiet out there! I don’t know what it is, it’s a full house, but its dead silent. I need you to really pump them up!’

30 Seconds to Mars guitarist Tomo Milicevic quits band


30 Seconds to Mars guitarist Tomo Mili?evi? has quit the band. The news came from Mili?evi? in a tweet that said, “I am no longer in 30 Seconds to Mars. I don’t really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band.”

“Please don’t be sad or angry over this and most of all, please don’t be divided about this, this is a good thing and will be good for everyone.”

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Thirty Second to Mars unveiled the music video for "Rescue Me," featuring a montage of people expressing various emotions in tight close-up shots. The song appears on their fifth album America, which was released in April.

"'Rescue Me' is a song about pain, a song about empowerment, a song about faith and a song about freedom," singer Jared Leto said in a statement. "It's also a song about the brutal war so many of us wage against fear, depression and anxiety in the hope that we might, one day, live a life filled with happiness and dreams."

"None of us are 'OK' all the time. And there shouldn't be a stigma when we aren't. Both my brother and I have had our own intense personal battles and it has, and continues to be, life changing," he added. "I try to remember the darkest days await the brightest and most rewarding moments. And that change is always around the corner."

I want to thank everyone for being so brave, selfless and vulnerable in this video. The emotion and honesty shared impacted me greatly and I hope it does that same for you all. I am very proud and grateful to have worked with one of my heroes - the master filmmaker and director Mark Romanek. It’s the first time in 13 years I haven’t directed our videos. It was a gift to have him carry the weight so graciously and deliver something so profoundly simple and beautiful.

"Whatever it costs, follow your dreams"

"There's no easy way to say it, so I thought, I'll just say it, I'm not part of Thirty Seconds to Mars anymore," he says, dropping the bomb. This is followed by a tribute to the past 15 band years: "Most of all, I want to thank Jared and Shannon for the privilege of allowing me to be a small part of their dream and sharing the stage with them for so long," Milicevic writes and then, in an unfinished sentence, gives a small hint to the reason for his departure: "Thank you for giving me the chance to live one of my own dreams ..." To his fans he gives the following lines: "Believe Whatever it costs, pursue your dreams. My spirit will never leave the band. "

A Sit Down With DJ Ben Gold


You may know him as Ben Gold, but others know him as Mr. Goldrush. He is one of the most exciting and astoundingly talented DJ/producers in the scene today and since his beginnings he has shown nothing but an incredible understanding of the trance community and has offered up exactly what we trances need and crave.


"One melody can change the world, I’m aware of that, and when there’s just one person who can make it with music – it’s an accomplishment."

When did you know producing and DJing were what you wanted to do? What were some of the challenges that you faced up till now?

I knew when I was 16 that I wanted to be involved with music, trance especially. Doing this job full-time is like any other job; good days, bad days, long days, etc…’s the passion for the music, which helps with overcoming this. This industry/scene is highly competitive with amazing talent so you have to keep your eye-on-the-ball all the time and keep pushing forward. 

Why did you choose trance?

You have to make music that is connected with something. When I listen to trance it takes me somewhere, I think I can even forget what has been going on in my life. If I have had a really bad day I can just listen to a record which I really like and – and life’s going to be OK after that.

What’s your inspiration for your productions? Do you feed off your emotions? Is it the places you’ve visited? The people you meet and surround you?

Dancefloor. The dancefloor for me is my inspiration. I have written my most well known productions after playing big shows.

You made your first Garuda vocal track, are you going to start producing more vocal tracks from now on?

There are defiantly going to be more vocal productions from me in 2013. I really enjoyed the writing progress of Fall With Me, and very happy with the end product!


I started 2017 with selling out an 8-hour solo show in Montreal, played at Dreamstate, Tomorrowland, Electronic Family and I closed A State Of Trance ADE Special, and I finished the year with releasing Kingdoms! I’ve been hard at work in the studio working on a mini-album project for 2018 which I’m super stoked for. I think you’re gonna love it! 

What would you wish yourself for your future?

Health. That’s my ultimate wish, because without that you can’t do anything. I wish all that is good for my friends and family, I wish to love and to be loved. I actually do what I can to make this wish real – I look after myself, I’m training hard, I do not drink too much alcohol. The beer I have in my hand right now is my second one and I’m done for today – yes, that’s it, because I have to get home, I have to get up tomorrow and begin a new day with my music.

A Sit Down With DJ Ben Nicky


Ben Nicky, this talented young International DJ/ producer emerging from the UK trance scene has been hailed as “one of the hardest working artists in the trance scene” by the world’s no 1 DJ Armin Van Buuren.


"Over the years I have DJ’ed in a variety of countries and over that time you start to see patterns within crowd reactions. I always enjoy reading the crowd and seeing which music seems to get the best reaction. "


Tell us, what does a normal day in the life of Ben Nicky involve?

No problem. A normal day where I am not touring is actually pretty mundane and boring, I hate it when I have free time to be honest. When I am home in the UK you can normally find me in the gym, cooking some crazy healthy recipe or working on music in the studio.

What makes your style unique among others?

I play very short tracks, I edit it for 3 minutes, I don’t wait for 5 minutes for the break. In the old days, in the 90s it worked but now crowd get bored very very easily and lots of fans in the crowd are not always knowledgeable in Trance, so I keep their excitement & anticipation, I mix really quickly, lot of energy quite similar to Eddie who’s playing with me tonight. Anyone who seen me DJ will tell you I’m quite energetic, I like to mix mashups & exclusives no one got.

Which aspect of your profession do you prefer; creating new sounds in the studio or getting behind the decks in clubs?

I love being able to sit on an airplane and create a crazy mashup or work on new music and then be able to play it to 1000s of people… So I guess I love both. I am a lot more confident at DJing than producing and I don’t doubt myself at all when it comes to spinning decks but production is something that has a lot more skill to it. I don’t think you can ever learn enough as a producer and I still have a lot I want to learn.

Where do you get your inspiration from when working in the studio?

I try not to conform to conventional patterns when writing new music. I take influence from many other music genres which I think helps when you come to writing blocks and lack of motivation. Some of the tracks I have done have had chord progression influences from bands such as Metallica, Kiss + Foo Fighters so I guess I just like to be different and try and incorporate many different styles within my “trance” sound.

What’s your relationship with social media?

Apparently I am the most viral dj on Snapchat and Facebook, well, my videos … the amount of likes against the amount of followers I have is the biggest interaction, someone told me! So I do my own social media and if you see something rad it’s normally me , tho,it’s very hard because I tour so much… but I like to have a really good interaction with my fans to make them feel what they read it’s truthful, without that I would not have stood where i am now.

What’s your current opinion of the Trance Scene & what the future hides?

I’m not really a political person, I only worry about myself. I don’t really care about what other people do as long as I am happy, I am busy & I can make people happy with my music, that’s what matters. The hardest sound is definitely coming back again, it keeps going into circles but everybody who knows me know that I’m loyal to my sound & my fans so I won’t change. It’s a hard question to answer, I just worry about myself.

Paul van Dyk himself has been a big advocate of yours throughout your career so far and you have toured with him a number of times already. What’s it like to work so closely with one of the trance scenes iconic artists and pioneers?

Paul was one of my idols when I first starting DJing and he has been a great mentor to me over the years. I have signed multiple tracks to his Vandit Record label and toured with him in many amazing cities including Miami, Berlin + London. You will be seeing a lot more work between us in the near future so it’s an exciting time.

A Sit Down With DJ Wally Lopez


Well known as a DJ, radio host, producer and Spanish entrepreneur Wally Lopez, he is actually much more than all of that. He is also, and above all, an incurably curious person. At a very early age, thirteen to be precise, and driven by that curiosity to ‘see something and want to know how it was done,’ he began his journey along the music path.


 "The only thing I want is to be happy and happy with my music."


Who is the first Dj that got you to be a Dj?

I think is Oscar Mulero. In Madrid he is like a religion. At that time we didn’t have internet, so you didn’t have any idea of who was who, but it was incredible how in Madrid everybody was talking about Oscar and how they admired him. To be honest, I learnt a lot from Oscar and from Ike, from both. They started in Omen at 12h till the end, they were residents with a capital R, which has lost. We try to bring it back this summer with Heart, and the night would have the same musical harmony. The residence essence has to come back.

Do you play to the crowd when you DJ, or just play what you want?

The most important thing is to transmit a good flow to the crowd. Connecting with the crowd is the most important reason why you are playing, but I always try to offer a mix between them. My intention has been always to play to the crowd with my own music style. Moreover, every DJ must feel good with his music.

What are you focusing on in the music right now?

I’m producing again like crazy, I have releases coming out on Global Underground and Yoshitoshi, Flash Mob, great labels. I’ve been doing this more than half my life, so it’s up and down. Sometimes you want to do more music, sometimes you want to travel a lot, so now I am trying to be more focused on making music again.

How would you describe the music?

Nowadays it's really difficult to describe the music style of someone. There are lots of genres inside the electronic music and most DJs are not purist when they play. So, most of them mix tracks of differing styles. But if I had to describe my stuff I would say it's a mix of house, tech house and techno.

What have been some of your favorite moments in your career?

I have so many favorite moments. For instance I always remember the opening and closing nights of Space Ibiza. And I used to play in a car park. It was like a festival, 7000 people. The car park was the best, it was only special for opening and closing.

What keeps you excited after all your years doing this?

My passion for music and my addiction to playing and production. I have been a music lover since I was young. This is one of the most important reasons why I'm still having fun when I play music – because I still feel like a child! Another reason is the good vibe that the crowd offer me when I'm playing. The feeling is just, well, indescribable.

What tips do you have for any DJs out there dreaming about being big stars In Ibiza?

First of all, it is important to not want to be a big star; I reckon that is a big limitation for somebody just starting out. For me, this job is still my hobby, I used to say that I got paid for all the travelling and being on a plane while they let me have fun playing music in a club. DJs should always remember that it's all about fun and music culture, not just about wanting to be famous.

A Sit Down With DJ Martin Solveig


With his captivating beats, Martin Solveig, French DJ and producer, has been keeping the dancefloors flooded with enthusiasm for more than 20 years. He’s been providing high-octane levels of catchy hooks over the years, with limitless singles and signature dance sounds. Counting titles such as Intoxicated, Places and Hello in his repertoirethe latest addition is the summer hit All Starfeaturing Finnish talent Alma, the young pop singer who with her neon colored hair and gripping voice is set to conquer the industry.


"I can’t reveal everything, but I’m working a lot on my sets, I always want to make them unique so I never stop preparing lots of new exclusive edits."


What was the scene like when you first started playing?

When I started (at 13), there wasn’t really a scene. I started playing for friends, because it looked like something fun to do. It was original, and not very common to dj. Then I started to buy more electronic, 12” vinyls. I really got into the house scene through the records that were coming from Chicago and New York in the early 90’s. They inspired the first record that I made, before I gave myself a more pop feel.

Were there any producers at this time that you looked up to? And was it these people that pushed you toward this career?

At the time it was Masters At Work, Armand Van Helden, then Daft Punk. Yes I remember coming back from a party at Le Palace with Mousse T saying to myself, one day it will be your turn.

What excites you most about dance music at the moment?

The same thing that has always excited me about dance music. It’s clearly underrated but it’s the ultimate thing that brings people together, regardless of their origins, social status, religion. From disco to its modern forms it’s always been like this and it makes me proud to be a dance music producer. 

How has the Parisian scene changed over the years? Or do you think it has hardly altered at all?

It`s undeniable there’s a scene in Paris, an identity. People will argue there are more than one, its true but there are things that are Parisian, unique and verify in all the sub scenes. Parisians in general are posh, they have an alternative approach to music, they wanna be special and reject the mainstream for that reason. You have a bit of the same attitude in all the biggest cities in the world like Barcelona, London or New York. But London and New York are way bigger so there’s more diversity of behavior and musical approach. Parisian also have a tendency to appreciate music with references to either rock or disco. The fact that they are totally into techno and deep house is a new thing now.

As someone in their thirties, do you find the travelling around the world promoting your music tiring, or are you still having a blast being out there and doing it? 

It can be tiring of course, but I will never complain!  I’m enjoying myself doing exactly what I want to do while doing my best to entertain people. And SMASH being a different approach it couldn’t feel fresher and more exciting!

U.S. or Europe...where is your favorite place to play?

Ah, that's a great question. I guess in the U.S. or Europe, it would be the same the same in terms of there are some good places and some bad places. Well, it's not like good or bad places, I wouldn't rate it that way, but it's just places where you feel more comfortable, you know, and you just connect, and some where you don't.

What are some upcoming projects we can look forward to?

I have a few songs... I mean, I have an album called "Smash" which I think will be released in the U.S. soon. It was released in Europe already but it's still quite fresh and I know that most people in America don't know about it. So it's my next big thing, and of course I've been collaborating for the last 3, 4 months and I'm really excited about the result, I think we did a good job so I'm looking forward to seeing the outcome of this.

A Sit Down With DJ Funtcase


James Hazell, better known by his stage name FuntCase, is an English Dubstep and drum and bass producer and DJ, from Bournemouth, England. Hazell first released drum and bass, under the moniker DJ Dose in 2007, and in 2009 released his first single under the name FuntCase.






How did you come up with the name FuntCase?

Again, it was an accident kind of…the dubs I made for my mate’s radio show I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want anyone to know it was me in case they started calling me a ‘bandwagoner’ so I sat and made up some names with him just for the Dubstep tracks. I obviously had no clue I would be where I am now and made up a joke name. I still remember pissing myself with laughter seeing my name on a flyer the first time!

Any particular producers inspiring you at the moment?

It’s harder and harder to go ‘wow’ the long you’re into it. I’m really vibing off Badklaat and Bukez Finezt though, they’re doing their own sound. Joker, too. He influences me loads! We chat a lot and we’re talking about a collab. But imagine a col-lab between us? He’s so funky and I’m so obnoxious. 

How does your creative process differ when you collaborate with another artist?

Collabs are hit or miss, but when a collab works the music pretty much writes itself. Sometimes if you work on a track yourself you get stuck or end up creating something stale, but when a collab works you have a fresh mind that adds to music and you make something great.

The British Dubstep scene has evolved considerably since its origins. What are your thoughts on the place it’s arrived today?

It’s in a great place I think right now. All styles are catered for, there’s good crowds for every style and all of the “bandwagoners” have been weeded out and have gone to other scenes, leaving mainly the lovers of the style in general. I didn’t actually think it would last as long as it has but I guess we can thank America in a big way for it’s survival and prolonged life, as they’ve been at the forefront, accommodating big tours and even ripping dubstep at the biggest festivals.

In your opinion, what do you think has helped you consistently be one of the best producers?

Not sounding like everyone else I guess? I never ever EVER ever tried to sound like anyone and I never taken influence to any track. I’ve always influences, or make you know anything that makes me hype. I feel like I got my own sound? In a way? I like to think that, but I’ve never ever tried to be anyone else I like to go through my image and my sound and I think that’s helped me out in the long run.

What is your main focus when you’re making music?

That’s a hard one. It’s whatever stays in my head. Either a rhythmic pattern or a hooky melody or preferably both together. A melody where the tones are arranged in such an order it stays in your head, complete with a good rhythm is the main focus. Well, it should be… But then I get lost in 10 hours of sound design on one snare and totally lose focus on what I should be focusing on.

What keeps you motivated to be at the top of your game? What are some goals you still wish to achieve?

I just want to leave a legacy in music, in dubstep. I want to be the guy that everyone goes “Hey he’s the dubstep guy.” I want to be one of the frontrunners of dubstep and always be mentioned. Let’s say it’s years from now and dubstep doesn’t exist anymore and someone goes “Remember dubstep?” and someone else goes “Yeah FuntCase” — that’s what I want. The dubstep world of fame. I wanna be that guy.

A Sit Down With DJ Claudia Cazacu


Claudia Cazacu is a name that for some may scream euphoric trance to as she was a heavy hitter in the scene back in the day, but now she finds herself deep inside the darker realms of techno following her most recent release on Italian label Gate Null Recordings.


"Everything is difficult in the beginning, but with hard work and determination you can achieve anything you wish for. Those challenges are keeping me going, getting me stronger and more determinate towards achieving my dream."

You’re the first Romanian DJ who made it on European music market and not only, what is your success receipe?

Lot,lot of hard work. I have my own studio where I spend days and nights to produce music when I’m not traveling. I have my own record label that has just been signed to Spinnin (Dutch record company), I have 14 radio shows per month... so.. it’s no time to sit.

How do you feel about your newly obtained position in the DJ Mag top 100 poll?

I feel extremely happy and blessed to be able to be among the first 100 DJs in the world. It’s an honor for me and I am very grateful to everyone who supported me.

Can you tell us about your musical background and the age that you decided to pursue a career in music?

I’ve been involved in music since I was a little girl. My parents sent me to a school for music where I studied piano and violin and also have vocal lessons. I decided to pursue the career of being a dj about 5 years ago when I realized that actually my calling was on that stage. I’ve loved music since I can remember. Music it’s my life, everything else revolves around it.

Through your experiences in this industry, do you perhaps have an interesting tale for us, like maybe some male fans stalking you or something?

The best story must be the one from Vietnam. I finished my 3 weeks tour in China and flew straight after to Vietnam for a gig, with no sleep. I only had few hours before the gig so I thought it would be a good idea to rest for a bit. I fell into this deep sleep and only woke up 15 minutes before the gig. And we have to take into consideration that I need at least 2 hours to get ready before I get on the stage. So, with no make up on I put my glasses on and rushed to the club. I was still yawning when I started my set, but then few red bulls later I was flying. As for male stalking, I am practicing martial arts, so no problems here. And also, I told you I am from the vampires land... you don't want to mess with me.

What was your big career break?

I didn’t have one particular big break as such, rather everything has built up over time. Of course, there are some events along the way that mark your presence more, such as the release of my first vocal project, Freefalling featuring Audrey Gallagher, a track that was heavily supported by Armin van Buuren: And my entry in the TOP 100 DJs poll last year made a big difference. Each extra milestone just makes people take you that little bit more seriously.

In terms of productions, how involved are you actually in the whole creative musical process ?

I have my own studio at home where I create ideas and new projects. I spend most of my day in front of my Mac and Virus experimenting with new sounds. I finished a course for Logic 9 and I also take piano lessons so I can improve my skills. I create a project and then take into an engineer’s studio to finish it and to add the final key points. It seems that some people think that unless you engineered every last bit, you didn’t write the track… I am not going to deny that I have to finish it in a proper studio with an experienced engineer, as you need years and years of practice to be able to get to those standards… a producer of a film doesn’t act all the parts and do all of the editing. I create the ideas and work with talented people who can bring those into a polished finish.

Looking back over your career what has been the highlight for you?

The highlight is that I am doing what I love and that it continually evolves with new adventures, new experiences and new faces along the way.

A Sit Down With DJ Felix Cartal


Felix has a fresh sound and understanding when it comes to electronic and pop tying in together for the best of both worlds. He has an appreciation for commercial music while many in the EDM scene don’t. Felix Cartal comes off more as a songwriter and real musician producer than your average DJ. That said he still has the charm and personality to make you want to listen to his unique & stellar production work.


"Sometimes I feel like I don't communicate properly in relationships, because songwriting sessions often act as their own form of therapy."


How did you become interested in music?

I've always loved listening to music growing up, and when I was 13 years old I bullied my way into my friends' band when they fired their singer. Throughout high school we wrote and made music and after we disbanded I started to do my own thing.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Radiohead.. I don't know weird stuff, I can go on for hours. Even The WEEKEND and slowed down stuff like that.

You hail from Canada. Do you feel that the scene over there is being dwarfed by America’s insatiable hunger for EDM?

I feel like we are a part of it. Dance music is very healthy in North America right now, I feel fortunate to be a part of the scene as it is thriving.

Your sound is pretty unique. Do trends influence your sound or you rather stick to your own inspirations?

I think I'm aware of trends but don't try to play into them too much. I think if you can use sounds that are current and channel your own inspirations and honesty through them, then you will get the best result. I haven't perfected this yet, but I'm always learning, always trying to get better.

What’s your favorite DJ in general? 

Style of Eye, I think he´s amazing. His tracks are like a journey, they start at one place and end up in an other and his album is a great balance of serious melodies but they´re still very fun. That´s the perfect thing to do which is always hard because you don´t want to be too serious and depress the people in the club but you don´t wanna be so cheesy that it´s like corny. He travels the line really well, very intense and melodic stuff but when it comes down it´s still a good party.

You've become known for producing music. What led to your becoming interested in that side of the business?

Producing electronic music was really fascinating to me because it felt way more free than being in a band. I liked the idea that you could make a multitude of different sounds and pull from a wider range of influences rather than being pigeonholed to one thing.

A Sit Down With DJ Ftampa


Touring the world and sharing his music has been the major upside for FTampa, who grew up enduring a life of hardship in Brazil. An orphan at the age of six, music became his escape from pain. Now Ramos is hitting mainstages across the globe including Tomorrowland in Belgium 2016, where he became the first ever Brazilian to play Main Stage.


"I’ve overcome all the bad times through music. It is a part of my life and it always will be."


You are living in Los Angeles (USA), but hailing from Brazil. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place and how did you get into DJing and music production?

I was always very involved with music, performing in bands etc. and a good friend of mine show me electronic dance music and I was amazed on how the DJ could do everything on his own. When I saw that it was one person producing the whole music and then performing I got very excited about doing the same thing.

You made a great leap in the industry since your debut. What made you achieve that you think?

Passion, persistence, study hard, work hard. I think that anyone with those qualities can achieve whatever they want. It's not easy but that`s the fun part, it's all about challenges and overcoming yourself.
Is there a difference between EDM culture in Brazil and in Asia?

In Brazil it's very different compared to any place, because there's like a local thing in Brazil. Its basic wherever people want to party. In other countries around the world, party people come because they want to party, get crazy and have fun. In terms of music, party people in Brazil usually prefer commercial songs and songs with many vocals. The difference with the crowd here they prefer a lot of drop and you can play different music, typical Brazil but can fit everywhere.

What is your view about DJ Mag as an artist?

I feel that DJ Mag is a great platform to inform people about what is going on in the electronic music scene and helps to promote a lot of businesses and DJs. The top100 DJ Mag rank is very famous and heavily used as guidance for a lot of the EDM industry people. It's important to remind that this rank does not define who is better than who, not everyone is competing.

You produce Electro House & Progressive House. How would you describe your own music in just a few words?

Breakdowns with a lot of feeling and energetic drops! Love to see the crowd jumping.

What inspires you to make your music?

When I’m happy I make happy songs, when I’m sad I make songs, when I’m angry I make them angry. Whatever I’m feeling, that’s what’s in my music.

Speaking of collaborations, who are some artists you have always wanted to work with? And why?

Skrillex is my favorite for electronic dance music related stuff but I would love to work with Rock Bands and other genres outside of EDM. Maroon 5 is always an option.

With all your travel and productions, how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle?

I actually can’t maintain my health, but I am trying. It is almost impossible because it is just about eating food at the right time, and I can’t do that.

If you could go back and talk to yourself when you were age 18 what would you say to yourself?

Make some EDM music; I used to play in bands for a long time and it wasn’t a waste of time but when I changed it , that’s when everything happened.

A Sit Down With DJ Cosmic Gate


Cosmic Gate, the duo made up of Bossi and Nic Chagall, have been around since the late 1990’s. With many hit tracks such as "Exploration of Space" and "Fire Wire" to name a few, the duo has continuously produced epic music throughout the years. Throughout the ever-changing electronic music scene, both Nic and Bossi have been able to stay true to themselves and to the music they create.


"We love what we do, we stay true to ourselves when it comes to music production and DJ sets. We wouldn’t be around anymore, if we would have to follow every hype."


How did you guys meet?

We met in a studio of a record label in Cologne. We both were already releasing our own records by that time and had first success with solo projects. When we first met we had a good chat about music and felt a good connection.

What are you doing in the studio to distinguish your music from other artists?

We do what we did since the beginning: create music we like, not follow trends, try to set new standards and always evolve from the production before! We produce music that touches us, however the result in the end will sound.

How does it make you feel after seeing how popular dance music has become? After witnessing and being a part of the progression over the last few decades? 

It’s just fantastic! At the beginning we called it techno. Or is it dance music, or EDM? In the end EDM is the perfect term – it was taking over by a certain kind of baseline music. If EDM is big, we have been fighting for it. I’ve lost a job as a DJ because I said, “I want to play techno,” and the place said no! Two years later, he had to get me back because he wanted a techno night, so we were there from day one and it’s our thing, so to see how big it is, to see dance music take over radio and stuff is just amazing. To have major festivals. We talked about it the other day. You could easily complain of course about how commercial things got but then again, if only 10 or 20% of those people that go in when they are very young play commercial music, then when they grow and develop they go into techno or progressive. That is where they first start but then they grow and it’s actually very good. You get as many people as you can and then everyone finds their love, their need.

If you could, name a few of your most memorable shows over the last decade of your career. 

Wow, this is a hard question to answer, as we were blessed with so many great shows over the years. The first memorable show was Trance Energy back in 2002, which was something like the start of our international career. A lot of requests form all over the world happened after this performance. Amazing festivals over the years followed, like Tomorrowland, EDC, and Creamfields. Clubs like Zouk Singapore, The Guvernment in Toronto, State in Buenos Aires, and Ministry of Sound in London. Some solo shows like in the Palladium LA or in Melbourne for 5000 people are fantastic memories for us too. All of these events are worth being mentioned, and we are sure we forgot some that belong in here as well. Most importantly, we hope there are more to come!

At this moment, what are some of your immediate career goals?

This is hard to say. We take it as it comes. The most important thing is to stay healthy. For the rest, we work hard and enjoy what we do! Of course, we’re hoping our career goes up as it constantly did during the last years already.

Do you have any advice for any DJs planning on collaborating with other artists following your experience in this way of working?

In the end every collaboration works in different ways, sometimes you hit the studio together, sometimes one side starts an idea and the other one adds to that, there is no advice we could give how these things work, its basically freestyle all the time, and this is the interesting part of it. What's most complicated often is to find time and keep a deadline with so many busy schedules involved, this might be the hardest issue to solve, when the musical side harmonies it still doesn’t mean its easy in the end when all parties involved travel a lot, but somehow in the end so far we got it worked out somehow.

A Sit Down With DJ Alex Kenji


lessandro Bacci aka Alex Kenji, is an internationally renowned and respected DJ/producer with over 10 years experience of producing, DJ’ing, and performing. As well as ‘Alex Kenji’, he has released records under host of pseudonyms including: Yoshie Chandler, Combo, Green Sugar, HouseLovers, D.L.D., Orange Love, Kaiko, Itchy Bit and many others.


 "I’ve never imagined one day my passion for music and that it would become a real job. I still think the best is yet to come."


Alex Kenji is just one of your pseudonyms that you have recorded under, Yoshie Chandler, Combo, Green Sugar…how many in total was it the last time you counted?

I have no idea haha! For instance, myself and Manuel have just made a new project called ‘Chuva Speaks Arab’ where we make chill-out, we  have just released a track on Beatport called ‘Airplanes’. It was long time ago that I was not using an alias, those names you mentioned I used a long time ago, there is always a new name around the corner!

When did you realise that music was a passion of yours?

I think when I was 14 years old…  Since then I started learning how to play drums and the synthesizer. I wanted to be part of a band because in 1994 all the recording devices were really expensive and computers were as expensive as cars. However it didn’t work out with bands, so in 1997  I switched to Hard Disk recordings.

Where do you get inspiration from when producing music?

Well as a studio owner sometimes it comes when I just switch on all the gear I have in my studio! I own an Arp 2600, Minimoog, EMS Synthi Aks, RSF Kobol and many other vintages and modern synths.

Tell us about your studio setup?

My studio setup is quite large. I have 2 DAWs but I mostly use one of them which is composed by Mac Pro with Logic pro,MOTU soundcard, UAD dspcard, TC electronics dspcard,  tons of plugins,  analog and modular synthesizers.
There is nothing happening in your life that makes you proud?

The thing that makes me proud is when I stop working as a graphic designer and decide to become a DJ. There was a time when I really wanted to get into the world of music and I wanted to leave my job back then and that's what I did. I am proud of my own success, at first I had time to doubt where I should go but after I quit my job, then I work hard here (music) and the result is like now where everyone knows about my music.

What do you think are your greatest qualities as a producer?

I’m good at copying and pasting layers on my sequencer. I don’t know really…I think that people should be able to judge my qualities , not me.

If you could teach your younger self anything regarding music production, what would it be?

Actually nothing. All the songs you listen la younger self anything regarding music production, what would it be?belled under my name are 100% my products. I write, compose, edit, mix and master all the music I make. I’ve spent many sleepless nights in the past years understanding how to produce, mix and master music. I love the journey and the experience.

A Sit Down With DJ Filo and Peri


For those of us on the East coast in particular, there are few names in the DJ scene as big as Filo and Peri. In the past couple of years the NYC based duo has put out some really big tracks, toured around the world, and has even started their own label.

"I truly believe that music can change the world."


Where did the two of you meet, and how did you start working together?

We met through a mutual friend who introduced us knowing that we were both getting in the production game. We started talking online and eventually working together. A few weeks later and BAM, Armin van Buuren signed our first record! The rest is history!

You are currently signed to Vandit, and have been releasing your music for quite a while there. How did you get in touch with them? 

When we first started out in our careers, you could say we were both a little impatient.  We thought that becoming a superstar DJ was an overnight thing.  Of course, its 5 years later and we were very wrong in that matter!  We bounced around quite a bit early on in our careers trying to find the right fit for our style of production and a company that would  get behind us 100%. We sent a demo of Ordinary Moment to Paul and after he played it on his radio show, we asked if he wanted to sign it. Fast forward to today and we are on board with Vandit Bookings and Management!  They are a pleasure to work with. 

Which artist or producer would you guys most like to collaborate with in the future?

On the vocal front, Lily Allen would be amazing to work with! Producer wise…hmmm I’m a fan of araabMUZIK and have spent a good amount of time on youtube admiring his live MPC skills. That would be cool to incorporate into EDM tracks.
How is the New York Filo & Peri sound unique compared to other trance sounds world wide?

We actually do not compare our sound to the other trance sounds in the world. Bo and I do what we do and it turns out the way it does! It’s just that simple. We’ve been told by many respected people and many fans that the result of that is something very different from the other producers! If we had to single out one unique quality in our music, it’s the combination of good song writing and strong production supporting it.

You guys produced many hits in the past with Ordinary Moment, Shine or Anthem, but didn´t add them to the debut album. Why did you guys do that? I guess we will see these hits on the best of Filo & Peri sometime.

We actually created so much new music for the album that we decided it was not necessary to include our previous releases.

You guys are now one of the main acts releasing on Vandit. What makes this label standout to other labels in trance music?

Vandit has been a staple in dance music for so many years. They have released a ton of classic dance records and Paul van Dyk is one of the most recognized names in the business. The combination of those two elements is what makes Vandit a very special label. With “Anthem” they were able to take an underground trance record and bring it into the UK Top 40 and #1 Billboard Dance spot. That hasn’t been done in years with trance!

What’s been the highlight of your career so far? There must be one standout moment.

The most standout moment for me came after playing gatecrasher in the UK for the first time. After the show a girl came up to us and showed her new tattoo of one of our songs lyrics. A few months later some kid from Australia sent me an email saying how our music saved his life. I knew people listened to our music but after those experiences, it really sunk in how much of an effect I can have on people as an artist. That was a defining moment for me and it inspires me on a daily basis. It gives you a sense of responsibility towards your fans and I love having that feeling…it drives me.

Is there perhaps any advice you could give for any other producers yearning to make their breakout? 

The key thing is to be original. Artists who have broken out have brought something unique to their sound.

A Sit Down Wit DJ Christian Smith


Christian Smith is one who’s certainly “been around the block.” Beginning his career well over two decades ago, he and his Tronic imprint have since become heralded as powerhouses in the contemporary underground dance space. Smith began pioneering the tech-house space before the subgenre came to be defined as such, creating Tronic in 1994 as a home for both techno and house DJs in addition to his own pieces. Despite being doubted at first, singles like “Goldrush” and others that were considered “too soft” by distributors soon became mega-hits played by the icons at the time like Carl Cox, solidifying his and Tronic’s powerful entrance into the electronic sphere by the turn of the millennium.


 "We are all in the same industry, to do the same thing – which essentially is to make music we love, and hope that our fans love it too."


Tell us more about how you began your career as a DJ. What led to creating Tronic Recordings?

Like with most people my DJ’ing started as hobby. I was 14 years old when I got my first decks. From that point I became a battle DJ entering DMC championships etc. Then I got into house music in the last 80’s. But it was not until while I was getting my masters degree at Stockholm School of Economics that my international career took off. I produced a few records that DJ’s such as Carl Cox and Jeff Mills were hammering. I suddenly got requests to DJ all around the world and the rest is history! As for Tronic, the label has always been a labor of love thing for me. I am really happy that it has grown so much and is now one of the biggest techno labels in the world. I feel truly grateful to be doing what I love for a living.

What first inspired you to make music in general and specifically techno music?

I started as a DJ and I think making music, once you’ve DJed a while, is a natural progression. Being a DJ, I got really curious as to how tracks are made so I then got into making music. I first started making House music, then I got into Techno later on. I’ve been doing it for close to 20 years now and I still love it. I’m very active as a producer, as well as a DJ.

You play and produce House, Tech-House and Techno. How would you describe your own music in a few words?

Soulful, powerful, and groovy.

Please give an example of your music writing process?

This really depends on what inspires me that day I’m in the studio, or what ideas I have. I don’t really have a formulaic approach as to how I produce my tracks. I do often sample early 80’s electro and disco tracks, and totally change up the loops. This often inspires me and I really get into producing the track. I work fairly fast and usually have a track finished within 5-6 hours. Then I play it out at a gig, see if it needs any adjustments in the mix down or arrangement and that’s it.

Clubs & Festivals scenes have been on the rise lately, how do you explain that? How do you think these scenes are making our society evolve?

I am very happy that techno is big again. One thing I love about techno is that it always changes and evolves. I have been touring the world as a DJ for almost 20 years and have seen the genres ups and downs. Afew years ago minimal was hyped, the tech-house, then deep house, but now its back to TECHNO! Its great that clubs and festivals are booking more underground music again. I think all this commercial EDM garbage has peaked, and promoters are starting to see that underground acts can also sell a lot of tickets.

What advice would you give to anyone trying to get a release on Tronic these days?

My philosophy has always been rather simple. To release music that I like I am passionate about. I have also always been very open minded and very international when it comes to the music I sign. The music policy was always anything between house and techno. It can be mellow and groovy, and can also be hard peak time tracks. I have a label manager who collects all the demos for me, and I do take time once a week to go through them. I always try and give feedback where possible, as I know it’s a good thing for any budding producer to learn and improve with constructive criticism. However, we get so many demos now – I do find it impossible to get back to every single email.

A Sit Down With DJ Marcus Schossow


It’s very difficult to put this producer in a particular category on any level. Marcus Schossow exudes an independent, out-of-the ordinary personality with a forth right tongue with a facetious twist that had me laughing quite a bit. He seems like he knows what he wants at the age of 24, and doesn’t seem to care about the title of a DJ/producer but more is about anyone, from a music addict to the occasional club drifter, enjoying his tunes. Marcus has been producing since he was 14 yrs old and has turned quite a few heads from artists like Ferry Corsten, Pete Tong, Armin Van Buuren, and Sander K. Schossow got the project to do a remix for the classic track, Carte Blanche. This task was quite challenging for him as he was trying to find the right balance of the modification without stripping the original mix apart.


 "I believe there are no peaks. It doesn’t matter if you play for 100,000 people or 80, you still have to deliver and keep your feet on the ground. I think the true peak for me is that I can be on tour and still keep up the studio work."


You are originally from Sweden. Electronic dance music is blowing up right now in the United States. Knowing how big the scene is over here, do you try to play more shows here or in Europe and other parts of the world?

I actually play most of my shows in North America or Eastern Europe. However, give Asia a couple of years; they will bloom.

How long have you been DJing? How did you get started?

I started when I was about 14. It all started with that the local school DJ broke his leg on the way to his gig and me and my friend had to jump in as replacement.

Over the last a few year your music style evolved a lot. What or who did influence you during these times?

Honestly, nobody really has influenced me. I’ve been motivated with the support from Steve Angello, he quickly picked up on what I have had in my head!

Any news about your popular "radio show" inspirations? Do you plan to bring it back anytime soon?

Yes, soon! For me, that radio show is more of a mix series than a radio show. For me, radio shows are a dead concept. I want to give people something that lasts. Some of these mixes have 16k plays, and a lot of you are replaying it more than five times… So it means you come back to it! For me, it’s important that we keep it that way, quality control! Quality before quantity.

The DJ Mag Top 100 list has Armin van Buuren back at the top. What are your thoughts on a list like that… one voted by the fans? Do you think placement on that list helps a DJ get shows?

If you are in the top 20, then maybe it matters, but for the rest of it, nah, doesn’t mean anything. Armin deserves to be #1; he is a father, a husband, world touring DJ party organizer, producer, radio show host and label manager. What more could you possible do? Trust me, if there is a man with superpowers, then it’s Armin! Hype can maybe get you a few shows in random clubs, but you don’t want to play in random clubs, you want to play in clubs that book you back, year after year after year. In that way, the list means nothing.

What’s the best thing about touring? Worst thing?

Best thing is getting to see all the people and meet them all! I have some hardcore devoted fans and I’m happy to see them raging! Worst thing is the hotel beds, I hate them… Huge covers and pillows that are either too hard or too soft. Yeah, pretty much 1st world problems!

A Sit Down With DJ Soulwax


The year 1999 saw the arrival of Soulwax’s first UK release ‘Much Against Everyone’s Advice’. The album received critical approval across Europe but only a handful of music lovers fell for the admirably constructed beats, the intricate guitar chord sequences and Belgian-English crossover lyrics penned by the Dewaele brothers. They have built a solid fanbase thanks to extensive touring and many festival appearances but it was with 2Many DJs that the broader audience really started noticing the Dewaele brothers and their Soulwax combo. With remixes of Playgroup and DJ Shadow they also gained credibility in their musical abilities that not many other artists have achieved despite them trying! One needs to stress that these remixes were produced under the Soulwax name rather than 2Many DJs.


"I appreciate there not being a paywall: it is more democratic for the media to be available for all and not a commodity to be purchased by a few."


What’s Soulwax’s work method, how do you work as a band?

I don’t know, we just make music. Me and my brother write, Stephaan was in the original line-up. Steve was our second drummer, then he went to New York and came back. Dave has his own band but is now playing second guitar. All the rest is fairly boring!

Do you have a particular favourite Factory artist?

I know this might sound weird, but it has to be New Order. What is there not to like about New Order? I could go on for hours and hours about them. I think one of the biggest compliments we got was when we met Peter Hook from New Order and he said one of our remixes was one of his favourites that had been done of them. It was an amazing compliment because I think he really understood what we did and where we were coming from. 

Do you still do the TV and Radio shows?

No, not anymore. We did a 2-hour thing for Radio One, the Essential Mix. We wanted to do some more but we would need more time. Much to our despair, and excitement to see the band live at last, we parted with Soulwax. Half an hour later the band invested the stage for what has to be, in our eyes, the best gig of 2005 so far. Soulwax played a seamless set that mixed compositions from ‘Much Against Anyone’s Advice’ and ‘Any Minute Now’ and got the crowd going wilder with each song. No doubt many of the spectators that night had already witnessed Soulwax and 2Many DJs live in a festival or other and I bet you it won’t take long for Soulwax’s popularity to grow into a beautiful monster!

All of your DEEWEE projects hold a unique catalogue number, even your studio building. Similarly they are all designed by Ill Studio, as was your live show. I'm from Manchester and I recognise that modus operandi. Would you say Factory Records was an inspiration?

100%. It's hard to explain. I really loved what they did, what they created. It's timeless. It comes from a different period yet it's still something unique in the way it sounds and in the way it looks. And it's very consistent. It has been such a big influence not just on DEEWEE, but on everything that we've done. Maybe DEEWEE is the culmination of it, but it's in everything that's gone before as well. 

So has what you play altered much?

Whether it was Peaches or Metallica or Dolly Parton or Electric Six, it was all kind of fucked-up pop music but now there’s not much we play that’s on the album.

What exactly can people expect from your live shows?

The real star of the show is our drummer because he has to go on for 50 minutes. There are very, very few breaks in it so he has to keep the beat going which is cool. It's a fun thing to do and hopefully people will like it.

A Sit Down With DJ Lindsey Stirling


You’ve most probably heard her music through the radio or iTunes, seen her dancing around YouTube with her violin in her unique styled outfits and dance moves. Her music can take you to different places even those beyond our imagination of magic and wonder. She is the one and only: Lindsey Stirling!


 "People we love may move on, but we don’t have to lose them. We… the ones they loved… are a living testament to their lives because we wouldn’t be who we are without their influence. Our memories of them keep them alive in us."



Your first breakout hit was “Crystallize” which featured elements of dubstep. Your general sound is a mixture of classical and electronic. You’ve had producers help with your tracks, have you ever tried taking up some of the production duties yourself?

No, but I am always there with the producers writing and helping them create the backtrack because I want the tracks to feel and express specific emotions.

You’ve been playing since you were very young, but what inspired you to play the violin?

When I was young my father loved music, especially classical music, and so I grew up to these masterpieces being blasted on our old record player. My sisters and I would run around the couch and dance to Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Rinmsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade - my favorites! - Our family also attended free orchestra concerts at the park. I grew to appreciate orchestra music and noticed early-on that the strings—particularly the violins—were featured the most. I liked being the center of attention haha, so I was naturally drawn to the violin and at age six started begging my parents for lessons.

You are the first artist who has managed to reach the top in two categories in the US charts at the same time: In the Dance and Classic Charts you are in 1st and 2nd place. Feels like it that? Especially after the harsh criticism of "America's Got Talent"?

I think those moments define who you are. These "now or never" moments, in which you do not know whether you should give up or continue, let you listen very deep into yourself. And then it is a decision from the bottom of your heart, if you decide to do it. That this way has worked now is great and a good confirmation for me. I love that! I have many motivational conversations, mostly with my church group. Sometimes we stop in schools and talk to the children. I think it's great that I'm able to pass this on. You have a video, you see my face and I seem to be sobbing soon. That I can share that and show that hard work pays off and you always have to believe in yourself, is important. My story is not unique. Most people say they never succeed. My story only landed on national television. I hope the story gives people hope.

Your music was also used in video games. How did that happen?

It started with Devin Graham, another LDS YouTuber. He was the one who got me into this whole YouTube world. He had the idea to do a project with "The Legend Of Zelda". I listened to the music and loved it. Immediately I wrote music and made a suitable arrangement for the game. From then on, I had a lot of gamer fans (laughs). It was my first video that came out right big. I looked a bit like "Link" (laughs). From then on, one song followed the next. As a kid, I played video games, but not anymore. I liked those old-school things like Mario and Zelda. Anyway, the fans then demanded exactly such videos from me. So I watched videos of the games to understand the games. It was great fun to dress like the video game heroes. I really enjoyed this video game story.

When creating your own music, what type art inspires you? 

I take inspiration from everything: my past, my joys, my fears, the things that I’m dealing with on a daily basis, the people I love. Once I start writing, I like to work with a producer on the backtrack first, and then the “creative juices” start to flow. 

Do you have any opinions on the current state of EDM culture?

I wish that there was more performance in electronic music. I feel like a lot of EDM shows are pretty much light shows and I wish there was more live musicality happening.

Do you have any special holiday traditions that are near and dear to your heart?

SO many! My mom went ALL out for Christmas. We have always gone as a family to pick out a real Christmas tree! Each morning in December when we were kids, my sisters and I would race each other to the advent calendar to see what the “elf” had brought us the night before, usually little toys and candies. Our family always decorated the tree and the house together and we played Christmas music all December-long on our old record player. Starting December 13th, we chose a family and secretly did the 12 Days of Christmas for them (delivered packages and treats every day starting 12 days before Christmas). We always made and decorated sugar cookies.. and… ehem… ate all those sugar cookies. Mom always made her world-famous banana bread, at least it was famous to us.  Mid-December we still dedicate one evening to watching A Christmas Story (classic) and order Chinese food to go with it. Christmas Eve we always went caroling…or dancing…or both…for the neighbors. This was followed by a reading of the Christmas story in Luke 2, accompanied by a live family nativity…complete with legit nativity-looking dress-up clothes. 

Aside from the usual American cities, you’re hitting a lot of South American and European cities on this tour, and even one stop in Turkey. Do you think that those abroad connect with your music in different ways, or is music sort of the “great communicator”, as RHCP put it?

Since my music is mostly instrumental it is amazing to see it connect with people all over the globe. They don’t view it as American music but it’s music that they can experience without the language barrier.

A Sit Down With DJ Sophie Sugar


The UK’s Sophie Sugar has become one of the world’s hottest female producers in the last few years. She has the right name with Sugar, because not only is she sweet looking, but her music is extremely tasty. She has musical talent as she played piano for eight years and was infected with the vinyl bug at the age of six. As a teen she started visiting clubs and fell in love with trance.


"Being a female DJ is not just about looking pretty but not being able to spin good! You have to keep up with the scene, you have to promote your own self and - again - love what you do!"

How did you get involved with trance music? What experience did you have that started your love for this genre of music?

On my first holiday with friends in Ibiza in 1996 – I was already into dance music and clubbing but didn’t have a favourite ‘genre’ as such. While I was there, I heard BBE’s ‘Seven Days & One Week’ for the first time at Es Paradis and was completely blown away by it. I started listening to trance from that moment onwards!

Who were your early musical inspirations?

I have always loved film scores and in particular the composer Thomas Newman who has written incredible scores for films such as Road to Perdition, American Beauty and The Shawshank Redemption. I also love classical music from composers such as Vivaldi. When I first started producing, Armin, Above & Beyond, Paul van Dyk and Agnelli & Nelson were big inspirations amongst many others.

In the matter of Trance. Who's your Trance hero?

Well, I like a lot of Trance DJs, Sasha, Digweed, but my true hero is none other than Armin van Buuren. Not just because he's such a great DJ but also because he's a real nice person. And also because he's done so much for the scene, he's brought DJing to a complete new level and era, and I, as a Trance DJ, am thankful to him for that.

Which DJ's/Producers or Musicians to you look up to most?

There are sooo many! I'm a huge fan of John Williams who composed the music for Star Wars, ET, Superman & more recently the Harry Potter films - i can't quite express in words how his music makes me feel. Also Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer & many other composers. On the trance scene Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Chicane, Agnelli & Nelson, John O'Callaghan, Guiseppe Ottaviani - and many others.

You're one of a select few top Female DJ's in the world, Do you find that most guys are intimidated by your success as a DJ?

Ha ha - no - most of my male friends are DJs as well so i'm used to being within that kind of circle and they're used to me doing what i do so it doesn't seem like too much of a big deal!
What is the most important thing for you as a DJ?

Enjoying it and making sure that everyone else enjoys it!

Any other news we should know about? 

Yes, it’s shaping up to be a really busy year which is great!  I have a couple of new tracks – my first vocal project ‘Beside You’ featuring Rebecca Emely which will be coming out on Armada in the summer and another new track called ‘Together’ which I’ve also recently finished. I’m going to be launching a new monthly radio show very soon which I’m really looking forward to and continuing with gigs around the world!”

A Sit Down With DJ Sub Focus


An artist who needs little introduction: Sub Focus has evolved through the Drum and Bass scene from humble beginnings to worldwide acclaim. Standing as a figurehead of British dance music, his material has kept a consistently growing caliber, stemming from the roots of the underground, with his first release on Andy C’s side label 'Frequency', to the highs of stardom with his latest album ‘Torus’. Standing as one of the artists who successfully bridges the gap between the Drum and Bass underground and the mainstream, his production quality transcends the niche dancehalls to a wide audience, appreciative of the tuneful flow of his songs, whilst still maintaining his dance floor ethos.


"Music as becoming much more eclectic at the moment in terms of peoples tastes, I think there aren’t so many staunch purists of each genre."


How did you first get into music production? At what point do you feel that you had harnessed your niche?

I got into when I was about 13, not being a skilled player at the time I liked the way you could compose whole tracks on a computer without having to play anything. When I left school, it was all I did in my spare time and my friends started to encourage me to try and send demos out and try to actually do it as a job. 

So do you prefer you live sets to DJ sets now?

It is hard to say. Sometimes it is nice to play other peoples music in DJ sets, because in my live shows I just play all of my own stuff. Some of the stuff that I can do in the live sets is so much more than what I can do I the DJ set. In the live set I can take songs apart, change the beat or re-sequence a whole new section. The possibilities are quite exciting when I am doing that, but I really enjoy DJing as well and I try to balance the two. I’ve particularly been enjoying the shows that I have been doing with my residency at Amnesia in Ibiza.

What's the best festival you have been to?

Glastonbury in 2006 has some of the best memories for me I think. I saw Chemical Brothers play live there for the first time who have been a huge influence on my production and live shows over the years. Since then it’s been one of my favourite festivals to play. Last year Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis came to watch my set at this crazy afterhours stage at 2.30 in the morning, we gave him a shout out and the crowd all saluted him, was a really cool moment.

You’ve played all over the world, are the crowds in America or in other countries different to the UK?

Definitely. America’s really good at the moment; dance music’s kind of exploded over there. I did a massive festival over there this summer called EDC in Las Vegas; it’s one of the big dance music festivals there. And the reaction I got was really cool. It’s more like - different crowds react to different things. The type of tracks I might play over there is different to the stuff I might play here. I subtly change my set for wherever I play, depending on the crowd. In England, the deeper, house stuff is popular and I might slip that into a set, some of the more underground drum and bass stuff, I might play over here. Then in America, it’s more dubstep and things like that. It’s nice that I’ve got to a time where I’m making these different styles, so I can dip into these different genres throughout my set.

How important was and is the combination of DJ, sound system and lights?

The combination is hugely important. I really wanted to start having more control over the overall look of my shows which is why I started doing my live shows. Being strong visually or being in a unique place adds so much more to a show. I love festivals and events where lots of attention is paid to how they look or they are in an amazing outdoor location – Secret Garden Party in the Uk for example, Belvoir Amphitheatre in Perth, Red Rocks in Denver.

When you’re standing in front of a crowd of thousands of people do you still get nervous?

Not really, after playing out so many times any trace of nerves fade, but I remember my first few shows I played I was really nervous. I remember I had a ‘mare the first time I played (legendary D&B night) Movement at Bar Rhumba when I took the needle off deck that was playing by accident.

In terms of creativity in general for you, what inspires you as a person, what infuses your music?

It's hard to say, I wouldn't say I'm influenced by anyone person or genre, I basically listen to a lot of different stuff. I like to think that sort of trickles down into my music. The groups that I find really inspiring aren’t necessarily groups you might imagine I’d be inspired by. I like Daft Punk and Justice, groups where there’s whole world and design to the world surrounding the band. I love it when everything works together to create this world around a band. 

If you weren’t making music what do you think you’d be doing?

I did a lot of art and photography when I was younger so probably something in that area. I always get really involved in the design, art and concept side of my releases as well as the music.


A Sit Down With DJ Noisecontrollers


Noisecontrollers is a hard-dance act run by Bas Oskam. For nearly a decade, Noisecontrollers has been one of the leading acts in the Hardstyle genre hitting all major stages around the world. From an intense passion for music the producer behind Noisecontrollers, Bas Oskam, produces new music at convener belt pace. His success is built on his unusual talent for producing music with a creativity and passion that is incomparable to anything else.


"Producing good music requires a dedication that one can't bring up if he is not behind it."


How did you first get your start in dance music?

My first passion for electronic music started around age 4 while listening to a synthesizer compilation. My passion for EDM came around 14 when listening to a d-trance compilation with German Hard-trance. I loved the combination of synthesizers and dance music. It was also in that time I started making music on the computer. My biggest passion was born.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is the result of my studio mixing, sound design and of course creative ideas/taste. All three will change and develop but nevertheless there is some kind of basis that is responsible for the Noisecontrollers sound. I can’t describe it. You'll have to hear it I guess.

I know you enjoy a wide range of music away from dance music, who are more of the ‘pop’ artists you enjoy listening to?

Really so many. In the end good music is good music. No matter what genre. That’s why I listen to all kinds of music from all kinds of artists.

There are more and more Hardstyle artists that experiment with artist of different genres. You probably have a lot of connections, so has this happened yet or will it ever happen?

I have something planned right now with a very big artist, it’s really one of the biggest! But that all happened very naturally and I can’t say anything about it yet. If I have some kind of connection with someone things like this just happen and you’ll see what comes out of it.

Has your style evolved at all since you started making and playing music? What are some of your musical influences that your fans would be surprised to hear about?

Of course the style has changed, but that also goes for Hardstyle in general. Besides that the whole genre leveled up from a small underground sound to a mature sound. I have also developed as a producer over the years, which causes the music to change. As for the influences, I can be triggered by all kind of things - a good movie, different genres of music or a mood I’m in.

Your tracks are well received. How do you distinguish yourself from others? Which releases can we expect in the coming months? Is there still surprising cooperation on the planning?

Last months we worked very hard in the studio. We have completed our new release on which no less than 4 tracks will be shown; "The Yellow Minute", "Sanctus", "Attack again" and "Revolution is here". We have chosen 4 tracks to make this vinyl as diverse as possible. A 4 tracker is quite unique for a Hardstyle release. The reactions are incredibly good. In addition, we did the Anthem for In Qontrol, a remix for Wildstylez and finally we went into the studio with Wildstylez and Headhunterz, which also includes a release in the planning.

What are your ambitions for the next 10 years? Is there something in particular you want to achieve?

To keep doing what we love the most – producing music! To be honest, we are living our dream at the moment so if we can continue doing this, we’ll sign up for it. We also have some great things planned in the future. I can’t tell you what exactly, but we will very soon so stay tuned.

You are embarking on a US mini tour in February. How do you feel about touring alone?

It will be the first tour I’ll do alone, which is a totally different experience. I’ll miss Arjan’s company, but am highly motivated to bring the Noisecontrollers fans new music with the Noisecontrollers sound. I’m really looking forward to it!

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