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Monday
Mar112013

I Need R3hab: The EDM Lounge Interview

As a veteran fan, I'm not kidding when I say that you haven't gone through R3hab until you've done it in Madrid. Spinning a sick set with one of the wildest crowd at the Spanish capital's famed Joy Eslava hosted by Fabulush, R3hab blew the roof off and drenched the fans with the best champagne shower I have ever seen. Complete with naked go-go dancers and a set that ended at dawn, he proved to me that European partying was truly all the rage. Luckily, I was able to sit down with him for a chat before the chaos began. From his preference of studio equipment to his favorite performances, I hope you can all get a taste of what this man is all about.

So what was your favorite show or festival of 2012?

I can't name one, but one of my favorites was DayGlow at Governors Island. You were there right?

Yes.

It was very nice because it was at night, and the last show for the season at the island. When you're up on the risers, you see all of the buildings, you get on the ferry, and it’s just an amazing atmosphere. And the fact that Governors Island is only open for 2 or 3 months, it’s very special.

I loved it too. With that being said, what show do you anticipate playing most in the 2013 season?

Ultra, main stage for sure. Hopefully the EDCs this year will be great too. Tomorrowland, definitely, and of course TomorrowWorld hopefully. I actually did a festival in 2012 called SpookFest, you’ve probably never heard of it but I did that with Benny Benassi and Calvin Harris and Datsik. I was like, “Let’s do this show” and around 20,000 people showed up! Sometimes the most amazing shows are these little things that most people haven't heard of. 

Like SoundWave in Arizona? I saw you there with Calvin Harris too!

Yes, also an amazing show, the water park was genius. It was very special because those things don't happen all the time.

Okay so here's a question for all the nerds out there, what's your studio setup like?

I actually have custom made speakers. Ableton or Cubase, I work with a PC. But at the moment, I have no hardware, I just sold all of it. On the road, it's hard to have all of it with me.

I love your signature sound with its exotic, ethnic touch. What inspires that?

It's definitely from my Arabic background. My parents are from Morocco. I'm doing a show in Morocco tomorrow actually, so maybe I’ll get some more inspiration. It's only a 2 hour flight! If you weigh less than 50 pounds, I’ll put you in my suitcase.

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Friday
Jan042013

EDM Lounge Exclusive Interview With Showtek

So what got you guys into Hardstyle?

Sjoerd: Well we really got started with Techno. And then we made a new song as well which became a huge hit but it wasn't really Techno, more like Hard Dance, like Electro kind of, not really a set genre. And then the followup to that was kind of in the same style. In the last one and a half years we're doing a little more EDM, so I think we have a really good combination these days between the Hard, party style and the big-room EDM kind of sound. Yeah, I think it works pretty well for us, especially now. 

Walt: So the story's more like we got into this "Hard Dance scene" and we always actually liked to produce any kind of genre. Hardstyle is where people know us from, but we've always done other stuff behind the scenes with other producers, for ten years already. So our style is actually more "Showtek" than just one style.

How do you think the scene compares here to the one in the Netherlands?

Walt: In the Netherlands it's mainly like big events. Hardcore is really popular, Hardstyle and Electro too. Trance used to be really big but not as much anymore. In America, it's not really about genre, that's why we like it so much here. They like anything you know. As an artist you want to do as much as possible you know. People are more open-minded here.

Sjoerd: If you go to a big festival you have different kinds of styles under EDM. In Holland every style is different, separated. Here you have Skrillex, Tiësto, Fedde le Grande, and Showtek all on one stage. And all the kids like it. In Holland, or Europe, it's just really hard to do that. The kids here grow up with Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg, and now EDM came, and now our average fanbase loves Afrojack, Jay-Z, and Showtek. So if you come up with a Dubstep track then a Hardstyle track then Electro, they all like it. As an artist you feel really free to express yourself, so it's good.

What is like DJ'ing with your brother?

Sjoerd: Sometimes it's really boring (laughs), we've always been on the same side. 

Walt: It's easy actually. We don't have to talk too much to go in the same direction. We can scream and yell without having fights. It's much easier than with a friend or just a colleague. And of course, if you have the same ambition you go the same way. But I've noticed the past ten years we've been around it's not really easy to work with two people in a team, you know. But for it goes really great actually, and I wouldn't change it ever.

Do you guys ever wingman for each other?

Sjoerd: We have both girlfriends (laughs) so that time is over right now

Walt: Well it's always nice to look and play with girls, in a funny way. That time is over now. Back in the days when we were younger, the one who got first was the lucky one, but we never fought over girls.

Big festivals or smaller raves like this?

Walt: Smaller venues like this are more intimate, and you can read the crowd better. A festival, you, it's a bigger crowd. It goes crazy, really crazy. Of course your pictures on Twitter look a lot better when there's like forty-thousand people, but it doesn't mean it's better. It's about the interaction, the energy. I guess last night in San Jose there were 1500 people at the show, it was so amazing. So amazing, really. It wasn't the biggest venue ever, but it was so great. When you go on stage and you feel like they are really waiting for you and welcoming you warm, that's the best. It doesn't matter if there are 1000, 10000, or 50000 people.

Sjoerd: But to be honest, Hardstyle fits the festivals really well. We've tried to focus on clubs and smaller venues because I think it's really important to get that credibility as an artist, but if we go on a festival stage, and I'm always on the mike, and we have this stage energy that's really working well for us lately, it fits really well to those big festivals.

What inspired you guys to make "Cannonball"? We love that song.

Walt: Because we come from the Hard Dance background a little bit, we've liked to change our style with the times. We've seen the Electro House thing going as it's going and were like we have to do make something like whoa this is different, you know? And we made the track together with this guy Justin Prime, he's also on our label, really talented guy. We were just in the studio together with him and it just happened. We wanted to make something "weird-hard." You know it's Hard, but not Hard. It's also on the radio in Holland actually.

Sjoerd: It's being played by every major DJ I know. I got a tweet from a guy who went to EDC Orlando who said he "heard the track 70 times today, I love the track but it's a bit too much." We tried to find another word for a bomb since everyone goes crazy when it drops, so I think "Cannonball" is a good title for it.

Since you're Dutch, we gotta ask. Should pot be legal?

Sjoerd: Well I think it's also good medicine. A friend of mine used to use a lot of medication, and you know they put a lot of crap in there that makes you feel good for like a month, but after that your body gets used to it. And since he smokes weed he's like really quiet and his pain is less and he doesn't use medicine. And I like to smoke weed as fun sometimes, I don't really know if it should be legal or not but people should be free to use it sometimes for their own pleasure. But there should be a limit in my opinion.

Walt: Everyone needs to make their own limit.

If you guys were ravers who would you go crazy to see?

Sjoerd: Well we were really to see Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch the Throne. We were like little kids in a candy store.

Walt: I've never actually seen Knife Party play a whole set, I really love their stuff. It's hard to say because there's a lot of guys doing some great productions but I don't know how their shows are. We work a lot with Tijs (Tiësto) and go to a lot of shows with him and I have to say he does it every time. 

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By Ariana Magedson

Thursday
Dec062012

EDM Lounge Interviews Quintino

Quinten van de Berg, better known as Quintino, is a House producer and DJ who's made a huge splash across the USA this year. Honing his impressive DJ skills at the young age of 18, the Dutch House producer and DJ was discovered by Laidback Luke who had been floored by his spinning capabilities. Since 2009 Q has been a huge figure in the European EDM circuit, traveling tirelessly around the continent and churning out countless records that graced the Top 40 charts in the Netherlands. This was a landmark year for the young artist, especially in these United States where he was a go-to face-melter on the Electric Daisy Carnival tour. There's something special about a DJ that can actually lure you in despite already having set up your "rave schedule," and that's exactly what Q did here at EDC at Giants Stadium in NJ, packing the Jacked tent with thousands upon thousands of oodling festivalgoers. We caught up with the young prodigy at his latest festival gig in the US that closed out the 2012 festival season, the magical Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando.  

Laryssa: I think that I can speak for many when I say that "Epic" is my favorite House anthem of the past year. What was it like finding out that it became a platinum record in Holland?

Quintino: It was sick! The funny thing is when we released it, we released it on Musical Freedom, Tiesto's label. And like, nobody, Tiesto, me, Sandro... nobody expected it to be a commercial hit, that was not the intention. It was up in the single charts, and became #1 on the selling chart, and it was like, really?! And on the official charts it went 30 - 10 - 1... it was selling as #1 in Holland. It became gold, platinum, then it went to Belgium and it was the Tomorrowland anthem and it went gold in Belgium. In Spain it became top 20, Swiss top 10... it all went really fast! In America, everyone knows the track. I was in a grocery store and I heard "Epic"... like wow!! It's sick, it's really cool.

Laryssa: What has it been like touring with Afrojack on the Jacked tour?

Quintino: Yeah, it's really good. We've known each other for a long time. We started off with a small party in Holland and we used to make music when we were young. So we're really good friends and we started off like young kids and it just got bigger and bigger and bigger. We still make music for fun, and we have parties... we're best friends so it's a good combination. 

Laryssa: Yeah, so that's gotta be fun touring with your friends!

Quintino: Yeah, of course! We do a lot of big shows, small shows. We just have the best time ever. Last week we played a college party, and it was so fun, we had the best time, and it was the best crowd. We ended up at a house party, like, 400 people in the house! We took toilet paper and took it all around the house... I think it's in the video for Afrojack's [next video], so you gotta check that out, you'll see us with the toilet paper! It's really funny!

Laryssa: What has been your favorite venue thus far or is there a particular venue you're looking forward to playing?

Quintino: Umm, that's really hard. I've got a few. In Europe, we got Queens Day that's 400,000 people in one day, it's so many people! EDC is really good, and New York. 

Laryssa: I saw that you're working on a remix for J-Lo. What can we expect that to sound like?

Quintino: Yeah, I've got a lot of things coming up. I like to do a remix for them, and I also did a remix for Tiesto with R3hab. That's coming out next week. So that's the first one to come out. 

Laryssa: I've already got my tickets for the big Jacked NYE party in New York City! Can I expect any surprises from the Jacked crew?

Quintino: Oh yeah, really! It's the first time I'm coming to America to play New Years Eve. And I've got a lot of new things coming up... a new track on Musical Freedom, a new track on Wall, I did a bootleg of M.I.A. it's gonna be an original track, I played it today. A new track called "Jackpot," a remix for Tiesto, and a remix for Eddie Thoenick. So I've got a lot of stuff that's going to be exclusive!

By Laryssa Loza

Follow me on Twitter: @LaryssaLoza
Friday
Oct192012

EDM Lounge Interviews FIGURE

Josh Gard has had quite the year. As FIGURE, Josh jumped into the growing scene and established himself as one of the breakthrough bass acts for the year 2012. With one of the most dedicated online fanbases of any electronic artist big or small, on top of an innovative, filthy sound, he's going nowhere but up in the coming months. We had the pleasure of seeing his headbanging closing set at Soundwave Festival in Tempe, AZ a few weeks back, and were lucky enough to ask the Dubstep prodigy a few questions we just had to have the answers to.

What would you name your take on Dubstep?

I suppose genre really isn't a part of my creative process. Something lends to the inspiration - whether it being something I saw, heard, thought, or read during the day - and then I write. It's just me being me. After something is finished and released, the public may associate it with this genre or that genre, but I would just say it's "FIGURE" music.

Is there anything different you've noticed about the crowd or the energy between smaller shows and massive events like EDC?

The support has been crazy. I feel lucky and blessed to get to do what I love to do. I still play a lot of shows where I have to take a step back and wonder how I got there. Red Rocks has always been a dream, and looking out from the huge stage at EDC and seeing so many people just going off... it's amazing. But I love the smaller shows. It feels intimate and the room is darker. People can just shut their eyes and lose it. That, and I like getting to hang out with everyone after the set.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you as a producer so far?

Every day is something new that freaks me out, such as getting to play some of these venues and collaborating with other artists I've always idolized. But mostly, I would say that the people that are listening are what make it most exciting. I self-publish, so it's powerful to create something and release it sometimes hours after it's done and get immediate feedback. No rules. It's more of a conversation than throwing stuff out there, hoping it sticks.

Any advice for people trying to break through into the DJ scene?

Just do you.

Do you have any hilarious or ridiculous stories from touring?

Tons… and I'll deny them all (laughs).

What can we expect to hear from you next, and when?

It's my favorite time of year, so I got to channel my inner horror geek and put out Monsters Vol 3 for Halloween. This one captures more of the creepy, scary feel of the season. It's out now on my site. After that, I’ve been working on some new stuff for the fall and winter.

How does it feel to have outdone the mighty Calvin Harris at Soundwave?

Ahh... none of that now. I think all the artists on the line-up did an amazing job making Soundwave a sick day for everyone that went. Some people say this DJ or that DJ is their favorite, and that's cool. It's good that the organizers work to make it diverse so there's something everyone can get into. I had a blast.

Can we get an ID on the track with the "there's no turning back now" sample? That one was particularly gnarly.

"No Turning Back" is out now on Monsters Vol 3 along with a remix by J.Rabbit that goes hard. It's one of my personal favorites from the release.

Monsters EP Vol. 3 - Out now on iTunes!

By Sara Landry

Follow me on Twitter: @SaraLange922 

Monday
Oct152012

EDM Lounge Interviews Borgore

Last Sunday at Pacha, the Bakery was in full service. Master chef Borgore baked our minds, iced all the ladies, and dished out the beats with a cherry on top. Playing a set with the heaviest bass that my poor ears have experienced, Borgore is hands down one of the greatest DJs I've seen live. Veering away from the usage of computers while mixing, he instead went the traditional route, using only CDs.

The set was heavily hip-hop influenced, with samples of tracks like "Birthday Song" by 2 Chainz, and "Niggas in Paris" by Kanye and Jay-Z into a mix of Trap gold. Giving the crowd what they came for, Borgore also played some of his Gorestep originals such as "Nympho," "Ice Cream," and of course "Decisions." Girls were making out, throwing panties around, doing pretty much anything to get a piece of Borgore. Lucky for me, I had the chance to sit down with him before the show and get to know the infamous bass (and undie) dropper.

First off: Why cake, why the 'Bakery Tour'? What’s the obsession with pastries?

Pasties has nothing to do with….oh fuck! I thought you were asking about pasties. No but there’s also an obsession with pastries, we like them too. But there’s that saying, eat the whole cake, and keep it full? I don’t know how you say it in English, but there is such saying right?

You can't have your cake and eat it too?

Exactly. So that is what I am basically singing about, something much deeper than the literal meaning. But the literal meaning is good too, isn’t it?

For the track "Decisions," how did you draw upon the conclusion that bitches love cake?

I mean, don’t they?

What about the skinny ones?

Skinny bitches love cake. They just go to the toilet afterwards. Or do a lot of coke. There are always different ways to get rid of it.

So you pioneered gorestep. What makes your sound distinct from other dubstep productions?

It was more relevant three years ago when it was only myself and two or three other DJs making the heavier sound. It was very recognizable what was Flux Pavillion, what was Datsik, what was me. Right now dubstep has gotten very loud and heavy, so the boundaries of the genre became less clear. But I still think that my sound is unique, and I still sing my own tunes, so it is what it is.

Who are some of your personal favorites in EDM?

The guys that I appreciate most right now are Knife Party; they’re just unreal.

I know that you used to be the drummer for a death metal band, what was that like?

Incredible. I wish that I could still play real instruments on stage, but that’s something that’s really hard to integrate into a show. Hopefully one day I can do that again. It’s really something I’m trying to fulfill in 2013.  At least once: Borgore Unplugged.

Who gets more girls: drummers or DJs?

Doesn't matter, I bring in all the girls anyway.

Well aside from women and sex, what are some of your other music influences?

Women and sex are not my musical influences, they’re my life influences! As far as music goes though, I just like beautiful harmonies, and it comes from all genres. Right now I’m listening to Kendrick Lamar’s "Swimming Pool", that’s my favorite tune right now.

Growing up in Israel, what do you think of the American music scene and the differences you can see between the two?

In Israel we were on top of our shit like four years before you guys! So I think we’re doing well.

So America’s worse?

No, just behind. I mean when you guys were listening to country music we already had Skream & Benga headlining everywhere.

What do you think makes a good dubstep show?

A good dubstep show is one where you don’t play dubstep. Just going to a dubstep rave and listening to it for seven hours is too much. A good DJ these days knows how to blend all sorts of genres which doesn’t include an hour and a half of straight dubstep.

The trend now seems to be that DJs are producing for mainstream pop artists. Do you see that as a possibility for yourself?

Well when I was younger, I wanted to be like Skream & Benga or Rusko, because that was my dream. I still respect them to the fullest and I think they’re amazing, but my challenge right now is to be remembered. And I know it sounds crazy, but if you don’t have big dreams, you won’t get anywhere, right? So my dream is to become Dr. Dre. You may laugh, but five years ago when I said I wanted to be Rusko, people laughed. You don’t call Dr. Dre a producer. He’s a producer, he’s a performer, he’s everything, you know, he’s the whole umbrella. This is what I’m trying to achieve.

What’s in the future for you now?

I’m working with a bunch of singers now, but I can't say who exactly. It’s the same thing that I did with Miley Cyrus; I don’t like to talk about people I’m working with before the tune is out. Sometimes you work with someone, then nothing comes out of it, and then you just sound like a twat. But I am working with very interesting people, and when it’s out, you’ll know about it. Plus, name-dropping sucks.

Last question, if you could have any woman in the world, who would it be?

The whole Victoria’s Secret crew, of any year. Just give me whatever year’s crew and I’ll do it.

#TurnUp EP - Out now on Beatport!

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By Anne Chang

Photo Credit: Warren Whitmore

Follow me on Twitter: @ann3c5