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Andy The Core | Interview | Hardcore Halloween

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How did you discover hardcore?

Well I’ve listened to a very big range of music genres such as Heavy Metal, Rock and of course electronic music. I think I found my interest in hardcore music through the fusion of all these genres.

How did you get into your djing career?

I bought my first dj set up when I was 15, then I started to mix for fun. After some time I joined a hard music forum based in Italy, I started to mix at pre-party shows and stuff like that. After that I started producing my own tracks and then my story began.

The origin of Hardcore is rooted and combined sounds like Techno, EBM, New beat, etc. In your opinion which one is the root of hardcore?

The root of hardcore is hard to find, I think it was a real new genre born during an evolving period for all electronic music.

Which one is the root of your style of hardcore?

I liked a lot mainstream hardcore till 2007-08, after this period I think that two new lines of hardcore were born. I preferred the more heavy style it kind of reminds me of the first hardcore releases, not so much melody but more kicks and synths.

This might be a hard one, but if you had to pick three records that define hardcore in your opinion which ones would they be?

One of the hardest question ever, if I’ve to choose for my style: Tieum – Speaker and Unexist – The Poem, if I’ve to choose also for the feelings there’s a lot of tracks such as Welcome Down from Mad Dog or Meccano Twins – Alpha Release.

Which hardcore artists gave you the biggest inspiration on your own creative style when you first started out?

For sure Tieum

And would you say the same hardcore artists are inspiring you creatively today?

I think yes also Unexist.

In the 90´s Gabber scene, the hardcore became mainstream, was no longer underground, it turned into a part of the Dutch society. For example De Energiehal in Rotterdam represented the sacred birthplace of a subculture. According to this, which characteristics of gabber raves are still strong today and why is this?

I think that the first and most important thing that I still see at hardcore parties is the feeling to be in a large “family”. You can’t feel this in other parties I think.

For instance, the crowd in Rotterdam in the 90´s was linked to Gabber as a youth culture, a massive scale scene. The youth represented a style according to the scene (Shaven Gabber head, Candy colours, etc.) What characteristics does the hardcore crowd in the present have?

Yes- now hardcore listeners and followers are very diverse, because hardcore also means Frenchcore, industrial, terror and a lot of other genres, so now you can find a wide range of people at the parties.

Could you tell our readers in your opinion which is the best place at the moment to have a unique hardcore experience?

Another hard question. in Europe, there is some huge hard music events, at the moment Dominator and Defqon1 Festivals are great events to experience. Probably the atmosphere at the old Thunderdome events were the best at an indoor party.

How would you describe the atmosphere at a hardcore party these days?

I love it cause it’s my own world, people having fun in all ways, thousands of people having fun without stupid fights. It’s important because as legend has it hardcore parties are “dangerously”, funny legend…

There is a perceived division between the various styles in hardcore. Can you tell us the reason why hardcore is divided in styles? Why it is not just called hardcore?

During the years hardcore evolved, of course it was inevitable, also because producers don’t simply produce hardcore but they choose what to produce. So I think that is the reason. Also because in fact the styles are really different the only similar thing at the moment is probably the BPM range (probably because now hardstyle and mainstream hardcore are pretty similar 155-160 BPM).

With the pass of time the speed seem to be a focus, which status do you give to this subject?

Well I’ve made “200 BPM” a brand for me, so if you ask my opinion hardcore is fast. But as I told you before new way hardcore is also under 160 BPM and a lot of people like it. So at the moment speed is not so important.

What do you think about mixing skills regarding prerecording sets, using the beat syncing feature or a playlist?

I’m (and I hope to be like this forever) still a DJ who has a lot of fun playing, so I like to improvise my DJ set, no pre-written tracklist etc. I don’t like so much the idea of a prerecorded liveset and stuff like this but it’s a show now, people are there to listen to the music and if it’s good music it’s ok.

In our opinion if technology is available to produce a good DJ/performance show, that should be encouraged. But when the essence of mixing gets over shadowed, how to achieve cooperation with the artists who already have the knowledge and skills to mix to support and encourage the djs that need or want to improve their skills?

At the moment I think that if you want to make difference you have to make your own track, that’s the way to show your skills. Dj/producers are now becoming the same thing and in the upcoming years it will be more and more like this.

Is there anyone in the hardcore scene new or old who you would love to work with and if so who?

Of course as I told you I dream of producing a track with artists like Tieum or Unexist. I hope it will be possible during the coming years.

After Netherlands which country do you think is winning more popularity in the hardcore scene?

I think Italy for sure

What advice would you give to any new dj/producers in hardcore?

I suggest producing your own stuff and sharing your works. Don´t ask for recommendations from anyone and be humble, this music is underground and to be a “superstar” is not the point I think.

We know that you work very hard to achieve your goals but what is the secret to actually keep enjoying what you are doing?

I try to make all I like without trying to copy from other artists. I think its the best way to express your style, make what you like!

Is the style of hardcore you played in the CCPAR podcast a good representation of what you would play at a party? 

Yes i’ve played almost only my own tracks, the way I like.

What are your thoughts of the electronic music scene in South America?

I’ve to be honest I don’t know so much about it, but during this years I’ve see a lot of hardcore parties in south America, so something is changing.

If you would have to choose a piece of the history of the hardcore movement that represents the more sacred memory for you, which one would you pick?

A huge moments was the Tribute to 3 Steps Ahead during the last Thunderome in 2012-

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