Bassjackers…THE Interview: Room Service, Car and Vodka!

The center identity of EDM(electronic dance music), its nucleus, is the bass.  The deeper the bass, the sweeter the tunes.  And it’s this  deeply rooted nuclear bass,  surrounded by an intense range of  high and low notes, that push an electrifying chill down every moving body that hears it. A concept of music so many don’t get but yet so many so love has been pushed to greater limits by the incredible duo Bassjackers, a  childhood friendship fueled by the love of music and its power of people.  Bouncing all over the world displaying their passion for EDM these true rock and rollers have shown that music is more than just love, sex and drugs… it’s also a little bit of side boob, hotel room services and incredibly deep bass.

1. Introduce to Bassjackers. Who are you guys outside of the music?

Marlon (DJ) and Ralph (Producer). Marlon is more a cat person, whereas Ralph is more of a dog person. Marlon is more a night creature, Ralph tends to enjoy the mornings. But when there are waves, we both surf.

2. How did you two meet?

In high school; playing football in the courtyard.

3. Marlon, how did you guys come up with the name Bassjackers?

We were just describing our sound at the time…it jacked…and it had loooots of bass!

4. Marlon, how were you introduced to house music?

We used to have these very popular compilations in Holland, ‘Turn up the bass’ & ‘House Party’.

5. Ralph, when did you start producing music?

A while back, around 2006. I downloaded Fruity! Rest is history

6. Ralph, before producing house music, what kind of music were you producing?

Really everything! From drum & bass to lounge. Marlon got me hooked to the house virus.

7. Guys – if you had to master a different genre of music, which one would it be and why?

Rock!! Ralph on the guitar and Marlon on the drums. We love the energy in it.

8. How does it feel that your music has been picked up and mixed by some great international DJs

The greatest compliment you can get. Those guys know about music you know, so if they play yours…that’s cool!

9. Who has been your favorite DJ to work with?

Pff, that’s a hard one. Playing alongside Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Sidney Samson was awesome this summer. And recently we had lots of fun with Showtek and Dyro in the studio.

10. Outside of house music, which musician inspires each of you and why?

We get inspiration out of everything really. We do like to listen to Phoenix a lot, they’re great!

11. If you could work with any musician, dead or alive and in any music genre, who would it be and why?

Again hard to answer. Can’t pick one really but Michael Jackson seems to be an interesting guy

12. You’ve been touring a lot the last couple of years, what has been your favorite thing about touring and why?

Meeting new people. It’s interesting to meet people from other places.

13. You guys are part of the Life In Color (Formerly Dayglow) Tour.  How has your experience been so far?

The Life in Color shows are unbelievable. The energy is super high. You can go as hard as you want and that’s what we are about! Also amazing production and super fun to see how crazy the paint makes the party people go.

14. Describe the Life in Color concert experience for those that don’t know what it is.

High energy house music! Amazing visuals and dancers! you get blasted with fluorizing paint and then you go all in!!!

15. How is your set different from the other DJ’s in the tour?

We differentiate by playing loads of own music bootlegs and mashups. We also like to throw in some different styles like dubstep moombahton trap drum & bass or whatever once in a while. No set is the same, it all depends on the crowd & the vibe of the night!

16. How do you define sexy?

Sideboob and underass

17. What do you think is the sexiest city, hotel, club, artist to mix, place to kiss?

City: San Diego, great weather, vibe and sexy people.

Hotel: Redbury Hollywood, Red walls, vintage-inspired design. translucent window to the shower and the table has some kind of stripper pole

Club: Voyeur San Diego, Great sound huge LED wall with hot dancers in the wall.. crazy crowd.. that’s SEXY!!

Artist to mix: Nadia Ali has a very sexy voice

Place to kiss: any place where you can take the kiss to another level

18. What are three things you don’t leave your house without?

Credit card, ID, keys

19. What’s next for Bassjackers, Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst?

Lots of new music, new tour, seeing and experience new things, work hard and have a lot of fun doing so.

20. What are your three simple luxuries?

Room service, Car and Vodka

 

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Sander van Doorn…THE Interview! Inside the Mind of an EDM Genius!

Sander van Doorn has been one of our top favorite DJ’s for quite some time, so it was no surprise to us when he was nominated for DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ’s of 2012. The man is an electronic phenomenon transcending dance music into a new era. Hailing from Holland, Sander has collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry and also has his own radio show called Identity.(All links can be found on his website at Sander van Doorn.com)Having played almost every major electronic dance music festival in the last few years, Sander van Doorn is at the top of his game.  We were lucky enough to grab him from his busy schedule and find out a little bit more about the man behind the genius!

1. Introduce us to Sander van Doorn in 6 words or less.

Music producer and DJ from Holland.

 

2. What are three things we wouldn’t know by looking at you?

That I am thinking about the studio or a new track idea.

 

3. How did you get into producing music? EDM music?

Same as most, I went out and experienced it as a clubber. It hooks you pretty quickly.

 

4. What’s your favorite thing about the current genre of music you’re producing?

I don’t really have a genre I wouldn’t say. I just write and what comes out is my own style. I love the high octane energy of some of the new tracks and songs I have coming out, pretty intense!

 

5. If you had to master another genre, which one would it be and why?

Maybe indie rock.  I play a mad flute. Hehe.

 

6. Many world known DJs use your tracks and production on their singles and remixes. How does it feel to be one of the best?

Great! Always feels nice to be appreciated for what you do in the world.

 

7. Who has been your favorite musical artist you’ve worked with?

Julian Jordan is a great new talent. 16 years old and full of ideas. That’s fun.

 

8. Talk to us about your single “Kangaroo”.  What inspired the lyrics and collaboration?

Lyrics? No lyrics in there just kind of a call to action. This is a collab with Julian Jordan, just happened by us talking and giving it a shot in the studio. Seems to have worked out!

 

9. You have a radio show called Identity, What inspired the show and what should we expect from it?

Just another way for me to connect with fans all over the world. I try to keep it very relevant for listeners and also update them on my whereabouts and any competitions or news.

 

10. Tell us about DJ Magazine’s Search for the Top 100 DJ’s. Are you in the running and who would you like the top 5 DJs to be?

It’s voted on by fans, so I guess it’s up to them if I’m in the running. I haven’t had the chance to be out much so I couldn’t rate a top 5. I really like Showtek’s energy and show and, I haven’t seen him live, but I really like the stuff from Zedd.

 

11. You’re all over the world this summer.  What is your favorite thing about touring?

Getting on stage is my favorite thing about being on tour. I rarely get to see the places I play, but when I can, this is a great aspect too.

 

12. How does the crowd differ from country to country?

 Some are more reserved than others, so I always customize my sets as I watch how they react and interact with what I’m playing.

 

13. When traveling, what are five things you must always have with you?

 iPhone, laptop, a credit card that hasn’t been fraud alerted by my bank, toothbrush, world-wide power adapter

 

14. How do you define sexy? What is the sexiest city? Sexiest hotel? Song to kiss to? Sexiest DJ?

Confidence is sexy. The rest is too subjective because it changes for me all the time.

 

15. What’s next for Sander van Doorn?

New track coming with Julian Jordan, working on new album material, touring

 

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Kaskade…THE Interview

How do you even begin to write an introduction for the man named “Amercica’s Best DJ” in 2011 by Pioneer DJ and DJ Times? Although the New York Times recently referred to him as the “new face of electronic dance music“, Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade, has been around for more than a decade.  His accolades within the EDM movement, electronic dance music, include amazing remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyonce, 7 studio albums, headlining at 150-200 shows a year for the last ten years and playing at every major summer dance music festival including Coachella and EDC(Electric Daisy Carnival).  The press release bio we received was three pages of every contribution he has made to the EDM movement.  In a word…he is phenomenal.  He has defined his technique by stating, “The first thing I think about when making music is the melody and the lyrics.  Production styles come and go, but good songs can stand the test of time.” He has just released his newest album Fire & Ice and has just embarked on his summer tour, Freaks of Nature(find the most recent tour dates HERE).  His bio goes on and on but the bottom line is that when we listen to his music…we are elated.  His beats transcend us to a world where, for awhile, we don’t have to worry about every day problems and are able to be present in the moment…dancing…losing ourselves and smiling.

1.  Define Kaskade using 6 words.

Melodic, Euphoric, Shining, Floating, Serene, Escape

 

2.  How were you introduced to the Music industry? EDM music industry?

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, which is the birthplace of this sound.  I heard it when I was young and was hooked.

 

3.  Who are three non-electronic musicians who inspire you?

Robert Smith of The Cure.  Morrissey.  Sting.

 

4. If you had to listen to one CD, and it couldn’t be a mixed CD, for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?

Daft Punk – Homework

 

5. You’re  participating EDC in Las Vegas this year. What are you looking forward to the most?

Just seeing the sheer size of that crowd is an experience in itself.

 

6.  Tell us what to expect out of your Freaks of Nature tour this summer?

Massive production and a show that has been thoroughly thought through. It’s about the experience and how it relates to my music.  Sound and visuals merging together to make something special.

 

 

7.  Will you be introducing new tracks in this summer tour?

Yes.

 

8.   How do you define sexy? What’s the sexiest City?

LOL! Um yeah not sure how to define that.  But Barcelona has to be up there or maybe even Ibiza.  Seems like in Spain they ooze sexiness.

 

9.  What’s next after the summer tour?

I plan on going back into the studio once I am fully rested after this tour.  I am always excited to get some studio time in.

 

10. What are three of your simple luxuries?

Mac Book Pro, iPhone and Sony MDR 7506 headphones.

 

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The Unauthorized Beats of World Reknown DJ Drew G…

Recently we were getting ready when we heard a mix of “Don’t Stop Believin” by the Glee cast. Instantly in love, we went on to research the DJ who spun up the mix only to find DJ Drew G’s sampling mixes of tons of great songs. True lovers of house music, we were inspired by his thick and thunderous beats, we had to find out more about the guy who is soft on the eyes, spins unruly mixes of our favorite songs, is known all over the world and was invited to DJ at the inauguration of President O’Bama…

1. How did you get into DJ’ing?
Djing was kind of a dare. A bigger dj (whom shall rename nameless told me I couldn’t do what he did) So I set out on a quest to do it…. and do it better.

2. What other career aspirations did you have that have contributed to your being a sensational DJ?
I grew up working in sales and marketing environments so I think that has played a huge part in this for me. I know how to market and sell myself to specific crowds and I know what those crowds want to hear from doing my research on them and paying attention to them while spinning.

3. Who are your three favorite musicians of all time?
Eddie Van Halen, Nicholas Barker, Jimmy Page

4. Who do you currently love to spin and why?
I love Chuckie right now, his sound is so current different and fresh compared to what alot of producers are putting out.

5. You have a history in classical music, how does that affect your DJ’ing?
I can hear keys signatures and incorporate that on the fly…. unlike other djs I don’t need a program to tell me what keys to mix in.

6. How do you incorporate your playing guitar?
I used to plug my guitar into a separate mac and play chords along with songs. I has been ages tho since Ive done that and I don’t know if it would translate to the current musical climate and or confuse people on the floor.

7. You typically play at gay clubs and are playing quite a few Pride Day events. Are you gay and either way, how does this affect you in the business?
I actually play a good mix of gay and straight clubs and will support anyone and anything that is a good cause (ie pride) I enjoy playing good music for people that love to dance.

8. You have been called, “a hottie with a heart?” How does looking good or being sexy help or hinder you in your career?
Yes Ronnie Kroell had called me that. You know I don’t really consider myself good looking. That has been a problem Ive faced my entire life. So I don’t know how it would hinder my career. A lot of people say they are intimidated by me, but I really don’t believe that. Maybe if I was Brad Pitt or someone of that caliber but I’m not nearly as good looking as someone like him.

9. Is there a pop musician you would never spin and why?
I kinda hate Kylie. Her voice makes me wanna claw my eyes out lol. But if she had a big hit nowadays Id have to play it and cope.

10. Since you have been around many circuit parties and clubs, you probably have witnessed a lot of drug us and addiction. What are your feelings about this in the night life scene?
Being a recovering addict myself it can be hard at times. Although from what I can see use has gone down quite a bit. Either that or people are just hiding it better.

11. What is the greatest moment you have ever had DJ’ing?
I love playing this outdoor festival in VA every year at Kings Dominion but the crown jewel gig still is spinning at the Roxy in NYC.

12. What would you be doing if you had an entirely different career?
If I had thought about it growing up more I would of been a politician.

13. If you could only listen to one CD for the rest of your life and it couldn’t be mixed what would it be?
Ugh….. that’s a hard one. Probably the first Van Halen album.

14. Tell us something about you that we wouldn’t know by looking at you?
I’m really a midget in an overcoat.

15. We love the mix you did of the Glee cast “Don’t Stop Believin”, but have not been able to find it anywhere to buy. Where can people find your music?
The Glee mixes are all unauthorized and in fact FOX has had them removed from YouTube like a zillion times, which is sad. They don’t get how well their music translates to dance.

16. Who is one DJ you would cancel for so you could go hear perform?
Thomas Gold. I would run jump and scream to see him live and to meet him. Genius.

17. What is your feeling about go-go dancing and it’s new fame with DJ’s?
Dj’s gogo dance???? I don’t mind go go dancers. Just don’t put flaggers on the stage in front of me lol.

18. Who, besides yourself, will be the next great DJ?
Everyone is kinda playing the same shit lately and I havent appreciated a set in ages…. although Nita Aviance in NYC is really doing well for himself. Very different sound tho in comparison very unground.

19. While spinning do you ever think about other things, like what kind of pizza you’ll order when you get back to your room?
When my next Jager shots coming.

20. Sexiest City? Sexiest Club? Sexiest Hotel?
LA, Voyeur Philly, Helix DC

21. Boxers, Briefs, Jockstraps…or nothing at all?
Boxer briefs or nothing at all.

Thanks buddy…can’t wait to hear you soon in person!!!
For more information on DJ Drew G visit his website!

Eyes Open, We’re Watching!!!