A Sit Down With DJ Kill The Buzz
After a string of consistent releases, huge world tours and the support of one of the biggest DJs in the world, Kill The Buzzs dedication to his DJ-ing and production is evident. His unique style and characteristic sound has seen an ever-growing faithful fan base, and has gained both the attention and respect from the music industry titans. This young star is on a rapid ascension to great heights in the highly competitive dance music industry and we cant wait to see whats in store in his future.
"I like to think that my music should also be heard by the female audience when they're driving around town or just hanging out."
You are an up-and-coming Dutch DJ & Producer, signed to Hardwells Revealed Recordings record label. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place and how did you get into DJing and music production?
Well my first touch with electronic dance music was back in 2000 / 2001 when I heard One More Time by Daft Punk. Before that I used to listen to all kinds of music on compilation CDs but back then I wasnt really into Electronic music. After hearing Daft Punks music I started to get more familiar with more genres and became fond of Trance. Tiesto in Concert was the first live performance DVD that I got for my birthday and also a couple of Trance Energy compilations which I still have somewhere in a box. Those Trance guys were a true inspiration for me to get me into wanting to become part of the music industry in general.
Can you talk us through your production process?
My productions process is all about starting with the basics. I am a piano player, so I always start off just jamming behind the Piano. Even if its a remix. I just put on the vocal in loop and start playing chords and melodies until I get the right feeling for the track. If the feeling is the way I want it I start off with adding claps, snaps, hi hats or any other drum loop to get a feeling of the groove and momentum. After that the track will always feel a bit empty so I start layering sounds until I get it the way I want it to sound like. Getting the sound right is important for me so that when I have it on loop I can sit back and start bringing up ideas I want to add or even delete from the project.
As youre constantly flying around the world for shows, how do you keep yourself up-to-date with the latest releases from all your fellow DJs?
Lucky enough there are a lot of promo pools where I am listed in, so Ill receive enough new music before they get released. Also Im very close to the DJs that I know, so when theres a new track coming out theyll mail me about it or send the link in a group chat.
You are best known for your tracks Party Hard, Life Is Calling (with JoeySuki) and Rise Up (with Mark Sixma). What other tracks, remixes or mix-sets would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
"Dont Give Up" with David Spekter, and My Remix of "Jason Derulo - Want to Want me" and "Mason - Exceeder"
What was the best music festival you played this past summer?
The best festival that Ive played this year has to be the I Am Hardwell show in Taipei. It was my first time coming out to Taipei but the energy and the exposure was crazy!
In the future, are you going to focus more on your vocals, rather than the DJ/Producing side of your music?
Definitely. I am a musician by heart and vocals are a great way to tell and share a story through music. I will always be focusing on making dance music and also the Big Room sound. But I also want to expand my musical journey and hopefully make my way to an even bigger audience by sharing the music & stories that I wanna share.
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