What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
Most people know me as a hardstyle producer/DJ. Next to that i'm also composing other kinds of music. I guess my speciality is composing/writing music that's as close as possible to what i experience and how i feel.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
In general; i work alone. I do collaborate with other artists though. On my previous E.P. i teamed up with Josh & Wesz and i can ensure there are many more collaborations set for the future.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
There are several!
Check these out:
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
- 3 Mentions in the Hardstyle Top 40 October 2011: Mindgame #2, Midnight Skies #9 and Shadow Valley #16
- Midnight Skies and Mindgame have been supported by respected artists such as: Headhunterz, Deepack, Josh & Wesz, Adaro, Pavo.
Please list discography in which you have participated.
2006 - Remixed Glowiej's 'Sax Action' - Dynamik Traxx
2011 - Mindgame EP - Hardcopy Recordings
- Mindgame (Original Mix) ft. Josh & Wesz
- Mindgame (Help Yourself Mix) ft. Josh & Wesz
- Midnight Skies
- Shadow Valley
2012 - The Years Before (free album)
- Cinematical bits and parts
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I invited myself into the music scene. I've been making music for quite some few years and chose my path into the hardstyle scene. I began making music when i was about 6 years old, i went to music school and had music lessons in general (reading notes, learning rhythms, etc.) After 2 years i found my luck in playing the piano. I'm still in love with the piano, though i stopped the music lessons when i was about 13. I thought it was time to make my own music instead of playing someone other's compositions.
What was your musical education?
As stated in the question before; i went to music school when i was 6 years old. By the age of 8 i started learning how to play the piano and kept on learning till i was about 13. I quit music lessons and started composing on my own.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
I sort of always had that feeling. Though, the last couple of years i realized that it's my only way of life. At this moment i'm still studying for my Bachelor degree, after that i hope to make it in music full-time.
What is your creative process?
What's good about the creative process is that it can take place anywhere. Most of my compositions start out of an experience or feeling i had. As a composer/producer you can translate that into music.
When i'm too far away from my studio i try to play it on a shitty iPhone piano to remember it. Also my voicerecorder and notes are full of sketches.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
At first; In the night.
But a run in the morning can ben very effective aswell!
I guess you have to clear your mind to let in some new creativity. You can do that in several ways, on several moments, so i guess it's both!
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Dreams are still a mystery..
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
That moment when i'm dancing of happiness in the studio, in a way that you would be ashamed of yourself when anyone would see you.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
As long as you don't hide it, you're not the only one who discovers it. People sense it in you. I guess it's the natural way as it goes.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
That would be mix-downs and mastering, haha! I think being a producer consists out of several terrains; composing/writing, sound-designing, mastering and mixing-down. I guess i'm more of a composer/writer.
How often do you practice?
Practicing is not the right word. It's more like discovering and that happens every day. Two hands on the notes and GO!
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
I haven't had any recent gigs lately. But i can imagine it to be amazing. Pleasing a crowd with your music is fantastic.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Different artists in very different genres! Frank Sinatra for his unique way of using his voice. Noisia for being amazing sound-designers. The Doors/Jim Morrison for not giving a single fuck about anything but music.
List three songs that are key to your life.
I don't have any songs that are key to my life. I listen a lot of music and can't choose just 3.
What should be done to stop piracy?
There's already an opinion formed in the question. Piracy is an evolvement in the creative business industry and musicians and other artists should marketeer themselves better instead of whining about something that has been going on for ages now.
What type of music do you detest?
Music that is without passion, made just to sell.
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
Currently signed at Deepack's Hardcopy Recordings.
What other things have you done to make a living?
Part time jobs!
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
Hard question. But i guess it would be artists from different genres.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Learn to know yourself and your skills and use them right.
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