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Noisekick | Interview| Hardcore Halloween

Versión en Español | Pica Aquí

How did you discover hardcore?

I got some hardcore tapes from guys at school around 1993 I think.

Where did your passion for hardcore begin?

I got this tapes when I was 12. My love for Hardcore has started here.

What is your first memory of hearing hardcore?

My first memory is the compilation Megarave ’93 that I bought, with tracks from Dj Paul, Dj Rob and Dj Hooligan.

How did you get into your djing career?

I started producing in 1995 when I was 14 years old with Fastrracker 2. I send out some demos and my first record came out in 1999 at the label of Drokz: Cunt Records. This was the beginning. I did more releases and I started with performing.

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?

When we talk about the sub-genre terror (what I meanly produce) then I would say: “Extreme Terror” – Dj Skinhead, “The Kings are back” – U.V.C. & DJ Narotic and “Unleash The Brutality” – D.O.A.

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

U.V.C., D.O.A. & Drokz.

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

No.

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

Dominator Festival (Holland) & Masters of Hardcore (Holland) are one of the best and biggest events.

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

The atmosphere is always really good. People are going to parties to enjoy, dance and have a great time, everybody is in a good mood and that’s what you see on their faces.

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?

For every new sub-genre people make a new names. Every creature must have a name we say here Holland.

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

I think everybody has to play the way he/she wants. If it’s crap they won’t be booked a lot and when they do nice things on stage they will become more popular. Why don’t use new technology like beat syncing? Now there is more time to focus on other things. For me the most important is that the show is good, that the crowd is enjoying the music and that the artist brings something unique in a kind of way.

How do you see the evolution of hardcore from a Dutch scene to a world phenomenon?

I see that the scene in Europe has been growing a lot last years. I play every weekend for already a lot of years, but 4 years ago it was 80% in Holland, now it’s 80% outside Holland.

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

Germany, it’s a big nice scene there.

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

Try to create your own sound and be original. It doesn’t matter which application you use, it’s a lot more important how creative you are.

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

The response of my fans! It gives me a lot of power, happiness and satisfaction when people are going crazy at my music, it keeps me continuing doing my thing.

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

Yes.

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

I really have no idea how the scene is over there. I’d love to come over and play to see it myself.

Even with the diversity of labels, styles, crews, do you think collectively the strength of the hardcore movement is still very much there?

Absolutely!

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