There are times in life when I allow myself to fangirl a little, and one of those people that still make me swoon is Ruben de Ronde. Not only is he uber talented (no seriously, he is an incredible producer, Statement! Recordings label’s boss, host of his very own The Sound of Holland radio show, co-host of A State of Trance, and relentlessly touring worldwide ) he is kind, funny, so very down to earth and just a good human. One of the many reasons I feel so fortunate to run The Bakstage Access is because I get the opportunity to work with such talented peple every so often, and guess what ? I’ve been lucky again to sit down with him for a chat during the e-Lake festival held at Echternach, Luxemburg, on Saturday 11th August.
TBA: Hi Ruben, is this your first time here in Luxembourg?
RdR: Well DJing yes, but I’ve been here a lot of times when I was younger on vacation, Luxembourg is a nice place.
TBA: Do you have some new singles coming out and can you tell us something ?
RdR : Yes, I’ve just released a tune with Alexander Popov and it’s featured in Armin’s new compilation as well, and a lot of new music is coming soon, a collaboration with Natalie Gioia is coming in about 3 weeks and 10 new remixes of the album I did with Rodg, Togetherr, they are coming probably in September.
TBA: Are you also working on a new album ?
RdR: Well you know I am making a lot of music and I cannot really decide which tunes to chose for a new album and I wanna limit it to 10 tracks and it’s hard ’cause I have about 20 tracks that are finished right now so no idea what to do.
TBA: Oh well we can help you chose!
RdR : Haha yes please help
TBA: How is Statement! doing now?
RdR: Great! I am super happy with the talents that are releasing on my label lately, Estiva is doing a great job, Rodg is doing great ,the Elevven guys from L.A. , Marco Santoro, Max Meyer… they are all doing fantastic so I am very happy. It’s nice to have a constant flow music going.
TBA : Any cooperation you would really like to do?
RdR: That’s a good question… there are ton of artists I would like to work with..
TBA: Oh I know one!!! Maria Mena?
RdR : Oh yes I would love to but that’s not possible
TBA: Never say never
RdR : Well if I could add one to the list it’s High as a Kite , they are a Norwegian band and I would love to cooperate with them.
And I also would love to do another tune with Genix, the set we did back to back at Electronic Family was super fun!
TBA: So what’s up next in terms of gigs etc?
RdR : Well next week I am off for the first time since…. God knows when so it’s nice cause I will also celebrate my birthday soon!
The week after I am going to Creamfields then New Horizons then the week after I am going to South America I think …
TBA : You also played at Tomorrowland again this summer, how was it?
RdR : Amazing! Tomorrowland is such a fantastic festival but I also have to say there are a lot of many great festivals these days and if you haven’t been there yet make sure you go to Untold or Sunrise in Poland, those two are just highlighted in my calendar from now on, Poland is always great and Untold was a surprise for me, I didn’t know it was so good.
TBA: Ok cool, well noted 🙂
Oh but how are your kitties now???
RdR: Haha they are doing great thanks, probably sleeping by now, but I’ll be driving home soon, can’t wait to see them
TBA: Your top tunes right now?
RdR : Well there is a new one from Marcus Schossow, I can’t say it now but I’ve been playing it in my sets for a long time and I got so many questions from people sending me videos on Instagram etc. asking me what tune is that, well it’s the new from Marcus Schossow and it’s gonna be on Statement! Then I still love Rainbow which I made with Estiva, still playing it in all my set!
TBA: Oh I’ve asked him about this tune during our last interview!
RdR : Yes it’s the perfect combination of both of our sounds, I think Estiva is a next level producer, I’ve seen his schedule of August and he is everywhere, I am super proud of him!
TBA: If you could be stuck in a musical time, what would you chose?
RdR : Probably 1999/2000 cause everything that was released was still new, I am not saying it’s the best music ’cause music now is better in quality, just being nostalgic, back then it was the first time I went to Trance Energy and a lot of other events so it brings back good memories.
TBA: Ok Ruben, thanks a lot for your time and see you soon
RdR : Thank you,for sure!