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A Sit Down With DJ Isaac

14:29 Nov/14/2017

Roel "DJ Isaac" Schutrups was born in Winschoten in the northern part of Holland on June 8th 1974. He started his music career as a remixer for Dutch radio stations with an oldschool tape recorder and a small Casio sampler.. Through the years he bought new and better equipment and started to develop his own unique style of production which resulted in his first record called "Bad Dreams" which was released in 1995 and became a huge Dutch hardcore techno hit. DJ Isaac started deejaying as well and became one of the pioneers of Dutch hardcore techno. He played all over the world in countries like America, Australia, Japan, Colombia, Russia, Italy, and Spain.

Together with the one of the top Dutch deejay/producer duos, Pronti & Kalmani, DJ Isaac mixed the dance charts every Saturday night for more than a year on the leading Dutch radio station, Radio 538. With them he also started the hardhouse project, P.I.K. which topped the Dutch dance charts for many weeks. Together with producer Michiel van der Kuy he contributed four tracks to the Alice Deejay album called, Who needs guitars anyway? which has achieved gold and platinum status in numerous countries worldwide. With hit records such as 'On the Edge' and 'Go Insane', DJ Isaac most defenitely created a new style.

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Since the beginning of your career, what are the biggest changes you've seen in Hardstyle?

Hardstyle now competes with the other styles and its being programmed at big festivals like EDC etc. Nowadays deejays like Hardwell, Armin van Buuren and Tiesto play it in their sets. I could have never imagined this 5 years ago.

What are some of your inspirations and influences?

Cosmic Gate was my inspiration when I made On The Edge. I loved their hard kicks and pumping bass. The cool thing is that they loved the song so much that they asked me to remix their new single, The Truth. Right now I can get inspiration from all sorts of things: driving, watching TV, having sex, etc. I even made up a melody in my dream once.

Which track did you decide to become Dj?

In my case, it was not a track, but a person. Ben Liebrand, who listened to the radio every week in the '80s and' 90s with his 'Minimixes' was my great example. Without him, the dance scene had looked very different.

How do you choose which tracks to remix or rework?

I have always asked them to send me the original first. After that, I have to have that ‘yes’ feeling. I start making the arrangement in my head and wonder how I can make it better. I always want to improve the original. I don’t simply look at the artist names. I have refused big names in the past.

How are things in the world of DJ Isaac?

Things are going perfect. I can’t complain at all. I’m in the music business for over 20 year and I still love it as much as when I started.

From where or how do you find inspiration to write your melodies?

My inspiration comes from all sorts of things and situations. I even made up a melody in a dream one time. I usually come up with ideas while relaxing at home or driving in my car or sometimes when on holiday.


"I want to make sure that everyone, who followed me will get what they want."


Which DJs do you like?

I love versatile deejays. I really like The Darkraver, DBSTF, Dash Berlin, Tiësto, Panic, Kutski and The Viper.

What kind of sport can you compare DJ-ing?

Maybe darts? It is necessary to concentrate, in spite of the fact that alcohol interfered.

How did you develop your sound in the past and the new “Qlub Underground” sound?

You don’t sit there and think; “now I’m going to create a new sound”. It just happens. The key is to be very picky. Maybe I am too picky sometimes. I throw away 90% of my ideas that other producers might have used.

Your favorite place on Earth?

Cape Town, South Africa - something incredibly beautiful, like I've never seen before. I have played in different countries around the world, but there are too many places that can be identified and each time they are more and more.

Some people would consider you a legend, how do you feel about this?

Of course it always is nice to hear that people love what I do for the Hardstyle scene. However I would never call myself a legend.


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