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Alfredo De Nicola (aka Dj Butterfly) is back with a banger! 

This week we go back to our italian roots and meet an italian trance artist who some of you might know under the stage name of “Dj Butterfly” and that now changed dramatically direction and is going to hit you as a storm with his upcoming new single “Too Late To Cry”.

 

Ciao Alfredo e benvenuto su The Backstage Access!Prima di tutto come stai?

Molto bene grazie, non potrei trovarmi in una condizione migliore al momento, mi sento veramente creativo e pieno di energia.

Hi Alfredo and welcome on The Backstage Access! First things first, how are you?

 

Very good thank you. I couldn’t feel any better right now, I feel really creative and full of energy.

Sappiamo che hai in serbo per noi delle grosse novità, ci puoi accennare qualcosa?

 

Tra poco uscirà il mio nuovo singolo con Amanda Wilson con delle sonorità del tutto nuove, penso che sia qualcosa di molto particolare che vi stupirà.

We know you have something big in store for us, any insights you can reveal already?

 

Yes, my new single with Amanda wilson is going to be released very soon, it is pretty unique and with a brand new texture, I think it will surprise you.

 

 

Dopo tanti anni a produrre musica trance hai deciso di cambiare genere, naturale evoluzione della tua musica o solo voglia di cambiare ?

 

Artisticamente sentivo che stavo cambiando, la tecnologia nella musica elettronica ha fatto passi da gigante nel giro di poco tempo, le sonorità sono cambiate radicalmente, ho avuto voglia di sperimentare in un campo che fosse fuori dalla mia zona di comfort, si potrebbe definire una sfida con me stesso.

So after so many years producing trance music you decided to change direction, is it just a natural evolution of your music or you needed a change?

 

Artistically, I felt I was changing, you know ,technology in music did giant steps in such a short period of time, so I wanted to experiment out of my comfort zone, let’s call it a challenge to myself.

 

Anche il nome d’arte è cambiato, non più Butterfly ma Alfredo De Nicola, come mai? Stai cercando di dare un messaggio diverso alla tua audience?

 

Tornando alla domanda di prima, così come si evolve la musica ho deciso di evidenziare un cambiamento anche del mio personaggio, volevo fosse chiaro il messaggio che qualcosa è cambiato.

 

Even your stage name changed, from Butterfly to Alfredo De Nicola (your real name), are you trying to give a different message to your audience ?

 

Well, going back to the previous question, just like the music is evolving I decided to highlight a change in my character as well, I wanted to make it clear something different is going on.

 

A proposito del tuo nuovo singolo in uscita a breve, com’è nata l’idea e la collaborazione con Nari & Milani?

 

Nari & Milani sono molto forti come audience e dato che io sto uscendo con un nuovo nome e una produzione del tutto innovativa per il mio stile, ho creduto opportuno affiancare al Featuring di Amanda Wilson anche un remix di produttori dialto livello per cercare di raggiungere subito un risultato soddisfacente nelle vendite e nella visibilità di questo mercato del tutto nuovo per me.

Talking about your new single, how do you came up with the idea to cooperate with Nari & Milani?

Nari & Milani are very good and very popular , and I am releasing this new track so different from my usual style that i thought it would have been a good idea to cooperate with them for this feat. with Amanda Wilson, so to reach a bit more visibility and try to sell more.

 

 

Quando uscirà il singolo? Su che etichetta?

 

Il disco sarà presentato il 24 luglio con un TEASER di 1 minuto dove si capirà subito lo stile della canzone, poi dal 7 agosto sarà in esclusiva su Beatport e Spotify con tutte le versioni create. Oltre all’original mix e al Nari e Milani remix ci sarà un bellissimo extended mix dove si potrà sentire il vocale di Amanda in tutta la sua “purezza” e con tiro di cassa fantastico. Il disco verrà pubblicato dalla SIRUP Records di Zurigo, la super label di EDX.

 

When will this single be relesed and under which label?

 

It will be premiered on July 24th with a 1 minute long teaser just to get you a hint aobut the tune, then, starting from August 7th it will be out on Beatport and Spotify with all its verisons. Beside the original mix and the rmx by Nari& Milani there will be a beautiful extended mix where you can listen to the blissful voice of Amanda Wilson in all its clearness and to the sick bassline! The tune will be released on Sirup Music, the Swiss label based in Zurich, ran by EDX.

 

Sappiamo anche che presto presenterai il video della nuova traccia, ci puoi svelare cosa racconta il video e come vi è venuta l’idea?

 

Il video racconta la storia di un Boxeur che si allena per affrontare un campione sul ring…….molto semplice ma di alto livello di qualità grazie alle tecnologie di ripresa che usiamo. L’idea mi è venuta parlando con il mio regista Daniel Maker e dovevo trovare qualcosa che rispecchiasse il titolo della canzone TOO LATE TO CRY quindi non sarebbe stato opportuno utilizzare una storia con scene di festa e allegria…

We also heard that soon a video clip will be presented as well, is it something you can talk about already? And how did you come up with the idea?

 

The video tells the story of a Boxeur training to face a champion on the ring, it’s kinda simple but so well crafted thanks to the high quality shooting. I’ve had the idea talking to the director Daniel Maker, and we had to ind out something that could get along with the title of the tune “Too Late To Cry” , the video could not be about partying…

 

 

Aneddoti simpatici e divertenti capitati durante le riprese?

 

Le riprese sono state divertentissime dato che il protagonista non era un esperto di boxe, mentre come suo sfidante ho scelto un mio amico che è stato anche nei nazionali di boxe e per imparare tutte le mosse ci sono voluti 2 giorni e il protagonista del video si è dovuto scontrate con un vero professionista che non gli ha risparmiato nessun pugno.. a fine giornata si sentivano tutti i colpi presi. questo perché l’effetto doveva essere il più reale possibile.

Anything funny happened during the shooting?

 

The shooting was really funny as the main charater is not a box expert,and it took 2 days for him to learn the moves;furthermore the guy who is acting as challener is an italian champion and didn’t save him any punch…at the end of the day you could really feel all the punches and bruises as we wanted to make ita s realistic as possible.

Cosa dobbiamo aspettarci dal prossimo futuro artistico di Alfredo De Nicola?

Ho in serbo tantissime novità per voi, preparatevi!!

What’s up next as an artist, Alfredo?

I have in store many news! Just stay tuned!!

 

Grazie e ci vediamo presto in pista!!

Grazie a voi, a presto!

Thank you and see you on the dancefloor!

Thank you for having me

 

 

Exclusive Backstage chat with ELLER!! A new EP on the way, a new studio, a new home and much more!!

 

 

Some months ago we’ve been so lucky to get an interview with Eller about his  EP “Brand New” which we truly loved here at The Backstage Access;  now, just before The Best Of Armin Only show in Amsterdam at the ​Johan Cruijff ArenA  he sat down with us for a quick chat.

First of all, we wanna thank him from heart for the massive support he gave us from the beginning, this is something we truly appreciate and are grateful for.

We wanna thank also Sammie from Alda Events for looking after  us during the meeting and for always being supportive with our publication.

 

Now, just for a moment, let’s imagine what it is like to walk in the Arena on the evening of the biggest show of Armin van Buuren, where he is celebrating 20 years of career!!

Everybody is pumped, you can literally feel the energy running through your body, shivers down your spine… You have been waiting for this show for months and now you are there…

If all this is not enough to freak you out, well just know that: Eller van Buuren in person asked Alda Events to meet you!!!

 I am so nervous that I don’t even remember what I wanted to ask him, and I am afraid I will get lost in the Arena and I won’t be able to reach the location where Sammie is waiting for me and my photographer on time…

 

Here we go, Eller walks in the room with a great smile greeting us,  he’s extra nice and friendly and it feels like we are talking to an old friend.

I do believe good vibes attract good vibes and for sure that place is full of positive energy right now!!

Hi Eller, last time we spoke you were about to release your new Ep, what happened then??

 

Well, a lot actually, after the release of the EP, I did some shows and then I moved house, I went to live in Amsterdam, I built a new studio, it took a lot of time.

Now I am writing a new EP,  I don’t know the name yet, but I’ve written some cool tracks already.

 

 

Are you planning a tour for your new EP?

 

 Yes well first I need to write it, right now I have like 3 or 4 songs already done but for now I need to relax a little bit after this show. And also, you know, it took time moving house and building a new studio, so I wanna recover from it a bit first, but, yes I have some shows planned already and next year I am hoping to do more.

Wow, so please, keep in mind to come to Italy as well!! Not that I mind traveling around to see you but….

 

Haha, well this is not up to me but I will tell my agent about it! it would be awesome, I would love to come back to Italy, I’ve been there once with my previous band ,Bagga Bownz, (who is also here tonight) we did a show in Rome and it was really fun actually so I do hope to go back there; I love Italy, and my favorite place is Tuscany.

 

Let’s go back to Brand New Ep for a moment, let me tell you that I so loved “Traffic Dance”

 

Oh yes, The song is about the fact that someone overturns you, and then later you’re overturning him again. I had the idea for the song when I was stuck in traffic, because alle these cars together look like they are doing a little dance.

 it didn’t work out as much as I wanted, I was hoping the radio would pick it up on prime time but they didn’t, you know it’s just a lottery to be on the radio. But it’s ok, I keep doing my thing and writing my music.

You also own a music school, right? How is it going?

 

Yes, it’s going really well,  I also teach at Conservatory in Haarlem, and you know, touring and doing big show and also solo shows is great, but when you come back home you are a bit lifted up in the air, and teaching keeps me grounded, because the students  just come in like, “hey, I am sorry I didn’t practice the guitar” haha, it makes you feel normal.

 

You can check Eller’s school right here:  www.gitaarles.amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

How is it  like working with your brother?

Well, that’s amazing, I don’t see him a lot because he’s doing so many things but if I do see him,  we are still connected a lot, and when I see him on the stage, we really have fun together, and I respect him so much in what he does!! I also see the downside of being as big as he is by he way.

 

How do you feel about tonight?

Oh well, you know, it’s  a small show….. just a couple of people are here ( we all laugh )

No seriously, I think the people behind the stage did a hell of a job, I actually had the chance to see the show, on Thursday we did a full run through, and i have been blown away by how all is done, you know, Armin but also Alda Events, they did a massive work, it’s insane how they all built this, it took months of preparation and it turned out really really good; so for me as one of the performers, I feel very relaxed to do this; it also feels a bit like coming home because I always been touring with Armin Only shows, except for the last one ,Embrace,and  I’ve seen so many artist I’ve been touring with before, so it feels like a family, everybody is here!!

The only downside of the show, it’s there is so much to see, you wil lbe like ” wow, there’s too much going on”

The title “The Best of Armin Only” really suits it! And oh, the visuals are the best, the only tricky thing is  you only have two eyes  and you only have two ears  and so much is going on ,you have to pay attention , this is gonna happen just once!  I am absolutely sure you are gonna miss some stuff, you won’t be bored!

 

And maybe this also gives you inspiration for your next projects?

 

Yes, Absolutely, i’ve met some really cool people I haven’t cooperate with yet so we’ re gonna write something together maybe, and it’s also inspirational to set up a show like this, the production is really insane!

And you get a lot of emotions and good vibes here.

You see every artist coming off stage and they’re so happy to be part of this and all this good energy is contagious and this inspires me to write happy songs.

 

Thank you so much Eller, and see you on stage in a bit!!



Check  out Eller’s EP “BRAND NEW” here

Get in touch with Eller!!

Photo courtesy of:

                                                     Alda Events, 

@florisheuer
@alivecoverage

 

 

 

 

 

Up close and personal with CHRIS LIEBING: gigs, travels and a new album on the way!!

We’ve been so  lucky to meet the techno king Chris Liebing at the world famous  Bolgia club  in Bergamo right before he graced the stage for a hell of a set during Easter Night, here’s what our chat has been about:

 

J:Hi Chris, how are you?

C:I’m very good, thank you! Considering it’s the 5th gig in 4 days!!

J:Yes it crazy, your schedule is insane!

C:The past 3 weeks have been a bit crazy.

J:I follow you on Instagram and Snapchat, I had a lot of fun seeing your adventures lately!

C: Omg, I am embarrassed, haha.

J: So how is your relationship with the social media and the interaction with the fans?

C: It’s ambivalent I would say, because sometimes I have phases when I just don’t like to be online, and still I feel like I have to do something, that I have to post something. That´s not a good feeling, because it’s like you are sitting there and you think “oh I have to post something about last night“ and then you do these typical “dj behind the booth pictures“ with the crowd, something like this. You know, I am trying to get away from this a little. Maybe there are a lot of people who wanna see it, I don’t really know. There is a lot behind these postings, people always wanna tell me about it, like, “yeah you have to post this at a certain time, this picture has to look like this…“ and those kind of things… It’s just not really my world. Plus you have to keep a private life and wanna stay authentic, so I simply don’t wanna follow certain rules. If I don’t feel like posting for 2 weeks, I won’t post anything. But then again I feel bad towards the people, they might think “whats’ going on with this guy?“.

But as you can see, in this last week there were a lot of posts because we were just having fun and I have to thank my tour manager. He is really working hard on it, especially on Instagram while I am playing. He takes my camera and does all the movies.

J: So, how was Awakenings?

C: Oh it was like a crazy ride on memory lane somehow. It was their 20th anniversary and I am playing there since 17 years. The line up in which I was involved last night was like the one of 15 years ago, really, that was a lot of fun. Kind of a challenge too, because my music sounds different  than 15 years ago, but then again, it should be a challenge, otherwise you can’t grow with it.

It was great, such a fantastic venue in Amsterdam.

J: Your set is kinda different from a normal dj set, due to the live things you do, could you tell me about it?

C: Well, I’ve always tried to keep excited about what I am doing, even when I started. In the earlier 90s I thought it was great to mix, but I always wanted to do something more. So when the technologies came in to make it possible, I really started to invest time in it over the years and I am still doing it. Technology is still growing, so last summer I’ve changed my set up quite fundamentally again, into what I have now. It enables me to do so many different things, and this is what matters the most to me. To be able to do things that help me to get into the mood, like adding a little drive, adding a little hi-hat, so that I feel like I am doing something. I could never be the dj who puts on a record that runs for 8 minutes and in the last minute mixes in a new one…  and the rest of time I just stand there having a beer and look around… I don’t know, maybe I just need to be busy.

Sometimes maybe it’s too much, but if you do it in the right way it really creates the night..

J: Does it also depend on the club you are playing?

C: Absolutely, yes!

J: With a busy schedule like yours, how do you manage to stay healthy and sharp all the time?

C: I think you have to know what you get into, you kinda have to learn to dose your energy. I try to stay healthy in the way I eat and in the way I work out. I think you kinda have to be born for that. You have to love to travel. You just have to be ok with it and don’t have to add any additional stress by opposing the situation. I just know I have to travel, so I can either go with the flow and just do it, or I can complain about it and make it more complicated.

J: Traveling and playing long sets… does this ever stress you?

C: I am always happy to stand behind the decks, it’s just the traveling thing… For example, this week we’ve been very lucky with the flights, so we’ve had a lot of sleep. Like, today we only had to leave the hotel at 7.30 pm in Amsterdam. It was perfect, I slept the whole day.

But sometimes it’s hard because you maybe have a flight in the early morning, connections maybe take longer than expected and stuff like this, but again, you just have to deal with it, it’s part of the job. This is actually “the” job – you are paid for traveling.

J: I know you just finished an album, anything you can tell us yet, will it be released soon?

C: Oh yes, I’ve just finished an album. I will know more in about two weeks, when I have had the final talk with the label which will release it (well I think they will release it, haha), because I am not gonna release it myself. I am really excited about that. I haven’t done any music in about 5-6 years really, besides some remixes. I only produced other people in the past… let’s say 8 years. You know… I ran my label and I produced all the albums. It really took time and I didn’t have any time for my own music. So about 2 years ago I changed it all. My complete set up. I realized that I need to make music. I felt that this was missing in my life, so I am really happy about what’s happening right now.

J: And where did you find the inspiration for this album?

C: Basically from traveling and from playing the gigs. When you travel you listen to a lot of music and that’s inspiring. You get ideas. Seriously, it’s actually the traveling, and a little bit – when it comes to club music – also the djing. But I wouldn’t really say this album is for the dance floor,  it’s more like a listening trip, something good to listen to when you are stoned hahaha, it’s a really nice ride.

J: Well, you play in Italy quite often, how do you see the techno scene over here?

C: Italy is one of the craziest party countries in the world, next to Holland and Argentina – that is another crazy party place… The energy at the venues is very similar to Italy. Honestly, I am fascinated by Italy since a long time, I love this country. I think it was in the beginning of 2000 that I played here for the first time, in Florence, and it just kept growing ever since. It’s not stopping, the scene is super alive. I think part of the reason is because the music keeps evolving and technology keeps evolving. There are always some new influences, and in general it’s a great way to spend your time – just dancing. I think America is discovering that too now. Techno stays around and it’s not gonna fade away. It´s because you can get lost in it when you just wanna shut off and dance and you don’t wanna listen to too many choruses…

People who do techno music just stay excited about what they do… I think you have to be excited about what you are doing to excite others.

 

 

J: ok so Chris, thank you very much for now, it’s been a pleasure talking to you and hope to catch up very soon.

C: Thank you for having me.

photo courtesy by Bolgia Club and Arianna Airoldi

EXCLUSIVE: DAVID GRAVELL TALKING ABOUT “ENERGY”,NEW COMPILATION “DISCOVER” AND HIS UPCOMING ARTIST ALBUM!!

So , here we go with another interview made during the incredible ASOT night in Utrecht, and let me tell you, this one was in my bucket list for quite a long time.
A few months ago, before the full line up was revealed, I shot an e-mail to David Gravell’s management, asking for the permission to interview the artist during the A State Of Trance Festival in Utrecht, knowing he plays there every year I thought I had a chance…but unfortunately I found out that David was not going to play there this time!
Now, telling you I was bummed is an understatement, I really felt miserable, not only I was going to miss one of his insane sets, I wouldn’t be able to meet him either!!
But, it is what it is and I tought to myself: maybe better luck next time….
Then, during the night, just while I was waiting to interview one of the artists, Justine,( one of the lovely PR girls’ from Armada) came to me saying: “Jess, David Gravell is here, would you like to meet him?”
I think I was about to hug her for how happy I felt…and so, here we go, another dream came true, let’s meet the amazing DAVID GRAVELL !!
J: Hi David, thanks a lot for supporting The Backstage Access, how you doing?
D: I am doing very good, I just came back from Jerusalem, I was there for the first time and did a show on Tuesday, it was amazing, a lot of trance fans, and after this I just came back home, and then I just came straight to ASOT. So I am here, meeting a few friends, my management…also my mum and dad are here, I saw them on the MainStage, and because I am playing here every year, this year,even if I am not playing….  they still booked an hotel in the surroundings and came, they always wanna see ASOT.
I normally play at ASOT each year, but we discussed a bit about it  and we chosen to do a few other ASOT so I am skipping this one but I will be back on other ASOT festivals. But even so, being here, seeing my friends, Armin, you know…it’s always very nice to be in this chilled environment, where you are with all your friends, you know every djs, it’s very good.
It’ s just like a family, it’s just so nice.
J: What does ASOT mean to you?
D: Oh, I’ve got this question a lot…My first ASOT was with my friends and I remember that I was in the car listening to the music and then I thought it was different from everything else, it was little bit special, magical, what I love is that everyone is different, everyone is loving the music, everyone is uniting and coming together to celebrate, there are a lot of other festivals, for sure, but this particular one is nice and unique, I haven’t seen anything like this!!
J: I know you are releasing a new tune in two weeks…
D: Yeah, how do you know??
J: A little bird told me …
D: Haha, ok that’s cool because I actually have a new release coming in two weeks, I can’t say the name yet but   Armin is playing it already for half a year and I am very looking forward to it…it will introduce you to my new sound  I am working on and it has something unique in itself.
 
 
Now . we know which song is it hehe 🙂
and you can find more about the release in my previous article here
J: When will your album be released?
D:  Well first I am gonna release a mix compilation, so I will have tracks from other djs, and there will be some new tracks of mine as well, but my own artist album will be ready probably next year, I am already working on it, it’s almost finished  but you know… It’s nice to change a little bit things on, when you are working a little bit ahead  of time… because I like to do that, so first of all there will be this mix compilation in April with a few new tracks to introduce my new sound, and the name of the compilation (Discover)  will be also introducing my brand for my live shows, so I am actually working on my live shows as well with new visuals and new interesting stuff to make it more engaging when I perform live
J: Are you using any special tools at the moment in your studio? 
D: Oh that’s a very interesting question, I got very inspired by Deadmau5, I am a huge fan of him and he released a lot of his own plug ins, just  like last year he released a plug in called Serum and I’ve been a huge fan of it cause it allows you to do what you want, you have to be a bit into the sound design level, but if you get to understand the synth you are going to pull any kind of sound off it ; what I really like about it is that you have like the synth plug in, but you also have the fx plug in, so next to the normal plug in you can make very weird fx , I have been using it for loads of strange effects on my tracks right now and also I actually bought the new Virus, I mean the hardware synth and it has all the old school trance sounds in it , Orjan Nilsen said to me: “You have to get this one !!” and so I bought it last year and it’s amazing, it really has the analog sound so I’ve been using it in every track , it has a powerful sound and you don’t need too many plug ins to get that sound because it’s analog and I love it, it’s cool!!
J.Where does your inspiration come from?
D: My inspiration is coming from everywhere, like when I am traveling, I get ideas, when I watch a movie I get ideas, and when I get an idea, I kinda work on it and more ideas are flowing, you can see my brain like a hard drive with all those great memories from old school trance, all those things… and when I start making music I am just able to figure out  exactly what the track is gonna be in the end so, I think the inspiration is coming from a lot of places, from everywhere. I listen to every kind of music and it makes it more interesting for me that understanding different kinds of music makes it easier to get melodies for different kind of stuff.
J: Thanks a lot Danny, it’s been a pleasure chatting with you and hope to catch up with you again soon with your next releases!!
To be honest with you, if it wasn’t because the interview schedule was crazy that night, I think I would have asked him other 100 questions ..such an inspiring, friendly and open minded talented guy… so I hope we’ll have the chance to continue our conversation very soon 🙂

RUBEN DE RONDE & RODG TOGETHERR ON ASOT800 MAINSTAGE

If you were lucky enough to attend the epic celebration of ASOT 800 last February 18th, you are probably still buzzing about it, it seems that Armada and ALDA team raises the stakes every year and for sure they never disappoint!!

 

Ruben de Ronde and Rodg graced the stage for a massive opening of this celebration in Utrecht.

This match made in heaven teamed up for a b2b set that honestly was so great to blow our minds!!

 

In Ruben de Ronde words:

“When we were asked to open the mainstage at A State Of Trance Festival in Utrecht we knew straightaway that we didn’t “just” want to play a regular set. So Rodg and myself have been working day and night to deliver something VERY special for you, and we have played a set with 100% new and exclusive music, produced together, including some fantastic collabs with some of our favourite artists”

 

Yes, 100% new music….the guys were on fire!! But there’s more….They are going to release a brand new album with these tunes, it’s called ” TogetheRR” and the double RR at the end stand for Ruben & Rodg obviously.

 

You can preorder it :HERE

and for now you have the chance to enjoy their track ” Larger Than Life” ( Ruben de Ronde, Rodg, Sir Notch) that has also been premiered during the night. 

As the previous collaboration Sir Notch did with Ruben, for ” Time Has Come”,  also “Larger Than Life” boast a positive lyric full of good vibes and the catchy melody is made to put you in a good mood for sure!!

Another tune taken form the album and premieredthat night is “Intergalactic” a stunning collaboration with Estiva ( more details in the interview we had with him)

If you couldn’t attend their show or if you just can’tget enough of their vibes, you can listen to the set HERE

The amazing duo even find the time during their busy night to meet up with us for a few words 

J:Thank you guys  for supporting again THE BACKSTAGE ACCESS

Ruben&Rodg: No problem 🙂

J: What a massive set, you played!! 

Ruben&Rodg: Thank you!

J:So, now I wanna know everything about the new album

Rodg:

Everything?

Ruben:

Do you have like… 2 hours?? (Laugh)

(meanwhile Estiva walks by to greets the guys and they suggest me to have a chat with him too as he’s one of the collaborators of their album…..I did so! )

Ruben:

 Well, you already know the story, but as soon as we found out we  gonna  be playing together on the mainstage we wanted to bring something extra to the table instead of just playing itself, so I remember we stood outside a Praxys (Dutch hardware store chain)…

Rodg:

 yeah yeah, it was  September, the weather was still nice and we were just seeing each other for an ice cream around the corner, he was in the David Lewis studio, and we just met  to discuss the matter, we said we need to do something special…yeah, yeah right, we need to play only our own productions, ok …ok, yeah, so far so good, why not like making an album then??Why not? Mean…if we are going to play only our productions, why not? 

Ruben:

and that’s how it started…

Rodg:

 That’s how it started, that’s where the stress came in….laugh

Ruben:

Yeah basically… we finished the last part this week.

Rodg:

Yes actually last contract was signed yesterday, so yesterday they uploaded to all the stores, to iTunes, and I texted him this morning at 2.30 am  “pre-order !! We made it”

 

Ruben :

And at 6.45 He sent me a text: I can’tsleep! Haha

(Anyway guys it has been amazing and i can’t wait to download all the songs) 

J: But now, most important question of the interview: how are your cats???

They both laugh….

Ruben:

They’re good

Rodg:

 they’re good, Binky is probably hungry, Bella is  probably stirring up stuff at home, the usual, yeah, actually i have a funny video on my phone, you should watch it  it’s a slow motion fighting of my cats

J: Oh i know I ‘ve watched it on instagram, haha, it was very funny

 

Ruben:

Oh  so just to let you know this, just before I went here I’ve texted him saying hey are you ready for tonight?

And I sent him a picture of  what i was doing at the moment, and…..Rodg you can show the picture…

 

(We all laugh, cause the picture was about a big amount of  cat food)

I was buying cat food.

Rodg:

So I was like, yeah yeah I am looking forward to it man, and he was like, ok, just let me get some cat food and then we can go off hahah

Ruben :

so yeah, our cats are on point right now, but you already know about this …

Rodg:

 You like these things but probably people who don’t have or never had cats are like ahhh stop it with this cats thing  but…you know….

J: well I’ m actually loving to see the other side of the artist, i think it’s cute, and if i interview someone that i know is owning a pet I always ask about that as well

Ruben and Rodg laugh…

Rodg:

Awesome

J: what does ASOT mean to you?

Rodg:

For me, it kinda changed, you know, I’ve been playing here for the 3rd time, before that I was a visitor, it was about… you heard new music, a lot of productions, you know it was just an amazing festival, but now, I am here as a dj, playing the record I made in the studio…it  is more about I am gathering people here, I bring people together to enjoy music all together and especially for this event they come from all over the world, you see flags from countries you can’t even think of, that’s pretty special like, we, with our music bring these people together, that’s exactly what ASOT mean to me.

Ruben:

I think the most important thing about ASOT is unifying, like  bringing people together, the media and the government are trying to divide everyone nowadays, try to scare people and make  sure that everybody hates each other like  you need to hate that person because he does that and so…I think with ASOT or with music in general we are trying to do something different, we are trying to bring people together so that a perfect example is when you see people with palestinian flag or israeli flag and they can dance together like they are here for the music not for any political reasons….not to spread hate…

(Wow thanks Ruben we got some pretty deep stuff here…)

J: Where is your cooperation going now? Should we expect more set like this one ?

Rodg :

Yes, we will be behind the decks more often this year together 

Ruben:

yes also in  some very big places, we can’t say now but..you’ll see, we’re are working on that!

J: Correct me if I am wrong but I’ve noticed the sound is going a little bit techy? 

Ruben:

Yes, we still kept room for  melody, we still had tunes like that but for this kind of festival on  the mainstage, we wanted to do something stronger. I think it worked…

 

J. Yes it worked perfectly

Rodg: 

well it’s difficult to say if it worked if you’re on stage 

J: But i was on the floor….it worked, i can tell you that!

Rodg:

Oh thank you

J: What if your partner in crime was a tune of yours?

Ruben : 

Rodg would be  “Time Has Come” because it has been a big step for  him playing on the mainstage!

Rodg:

 I guess that will be a straight dance floor smasher people can’t stop going crazy on!

Right after that I had to let the guys go and Ruben had to hurry back in the Radio Dome where he worked his magic for the whole night.

ASOT 800 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: OMNIA!!!

 

And the interview saga continues this week with:  

So, during the latest, fantastic edition of our beloved festival ASOT 800 in Utrecht, we also had the pleasure to meet the super talented Ukrainian dj and producer for a nice chat about both his personal and professional life, let’s check out what it is all about 🙂

J: Thanks a lot for supporting THE BACKSTAGE ACCESS

Omnia:  Ok, and we’re right now in the backstage. Thank you so much I really like to see guys like you supporting the industry.

J: What does ASOT means to you?

O:  A lot of things. I think I’ve started producing my own music because of it, back in 2004, I started listening to the radio show, and it really inspired me and I realized that I wanted to make tracks which Armin would have played, so it was like my dream, you know, right now I am here and the dream came true! So i’d say ASOT is a very important part of my career, my music position so yeah, it means a lot.

J. The first time I saw you playing was during ASOT 600 and you totally blew my mind

O: Oh thank you, it was in Den Bosch right?

J: Yes

O: It was pretty special to me too because it was my first show where I was traveling outside my country so playing in places like The Netherlands or Ibiza made me very nervous back then, I was also very young as an artist and I was really excited…but well, I am still excited!!

J. When you make a new track are you ever afraid to play it for the first time in front of a crowd?

O: Yeah, I think almost all producers have the same feeling , because, you know, as far as I am concerned, I always like to do something new, I don’t like to do like a copy and paste of a previous track, I like to experiment with my sound and it means that sometimes you don’t know how it’s gonna be for people, how it is gonna be received, like if they like it or they not really like it, so it’s kinda risky but you know, this is something that pushes you to do many more things in the music production so I think I am always afraid to show my new tracks but I am doing this everytime and it’s a really good feeling and even right now I am really nervous about my set but I will do this.

(Oh yes, he did it folks!! Check out his massive set right here )

J: Where do you see the trance scene going ?

O: Oh I think it’s easier for me, I have my own signature sound and I know which direction I should go, people can recognize my sound which is really cool but I don’t know what to say about the whole industry, so, even tonight we have a psy stage here in Utrecht and we have a 138 stage too, so I think in this moment trance is going in a more uplifting direction, I can’t say I am a big fan of this fast trance honestly, because I’ve always been more progressive and more melodic and maybe more deeper, but I will still do my own thing, because I know what people expect from my sound so, let’s see, I would only say that at the moment it’s really hard to see where the industry is going , the only thing djs and producers can do is to create their own direction, so I am trying to do that ,I am just trying to make my listeners happy I am not thinking in trance or edm terms..I am just doing my own thing

J: And you are damn good at it!

O: hahaha oh thank you, thank you very much!!

J:So let’s talk about your new tune, Why Do You Run?  It has got a huge reaction right?

O: Yes, I’ve just released this new production with Jonny Rose, and it’s been voted as future favorite at A State Of Trance this week

J: Yes, I know and I voted it too!

O. Oh really?? Thank you so much!
And I would also say big big thanks to all my fans, I didn’t expect such a huge reaction it means a lot for me , it is something that helps me keep moving

J: Where do you find the inspiration to create your music?

O. It’s hard to tell…well, you know, I think it’s all about the life style and everything that’s going on with me, I think that inspiration is a kind of filter for musician ,music is your own emotion, you show yourself to the people through your music, I think with my music I try to show what’s going on with me, right now I feel so happy and I think it reflects in my music…in my vibes. Then the ideas just come in my head like melodies and that’s why I always travel with my laptop, cause sometimes I got an idea and I am not in my studio so I can try to fix the melodies that came to me.
Other than that, inspiration can be everything, even my cats, what inspires me today will be something different tomorrow.

J. How do you find the balance between your professional and your private life?

O: I think it was hard when I started my career because it was something new but now it’s ok because It’s my lifestyle, you know I love to do this, I love to create music, I love to travel, to do shows, it inspires me a lot, and all my close friends and my family and of course my wife, they are really supporting me, and my wife understands what’s important for me because if it’s important for me it’s important for her too, but at the same time I always try to find the balance between the work and the family, and it’s not really hard , if you can plan your time, you can plan your life and this becomes really easy.

J: Do you have at the moment any tool or synth in studio that you really like?

O: Sure, I am a big fan of Native Instruments and you know all the melodies in my tracks are usually made with Massive, I am really good with this instrument and it helps me a lot: thanks to Native Instruments (laughs),yes but I am using a lot of things like Silenth1, Nexus, Spyre, Z3ta+ , products from Spectrasonics, stuff from Rob Papen. And for FX and mixing I usually use the ‘Waves’ audio plugins! They have a really big choice of tools to work with sound! For mastering it’s almost always iZotope Ozone plugin!

J.Ok I think I have to let you go for now, but thanks again for your time and see you soon on the dance floor!

O: Thank you! see you soon.

WHAT DOES ASOT MEAN TO YOU??

 

The latest ASOT edition just amazed us all with its majestic show, the 800th episode’s celebration was absolutely insane, and we bet you are looking forward to the next edition already!!

Whether you were with us at Jaarbeurs during that incredible night or you were just spending a cozy night on your couch following the streaming, the main thing is we were all united for A State Of Trance, because it’s part of our lives and our stories and something we could not really live without.

It’s like the whole trance world is connected for a unique night, a one of a kind experience which aims to unite us all; ASOT means a lot to us, right? Well… we’ve had a chat with some of the artists performing there and  found out what ASOT means to them (and a lot of other interesting things which will follow asap in their interviews, during the next days)

 

 

ESTIVA:

Well the first time I was listening to ASOT, no, actually, let’s go way back, when I was 15 ,16 or something, I used to listen to ASOT radio show, and it kinda got me into producing music’s at some point I was actually releasing music on labels, and one of the first songs, was picked up by Armin van Buuren and he played it into ASOT so at some point I was listening to it and I heard my song and I was like: hang on, this is one of my songs, so…. Armin was playing my song!!! Can you imagine it?… Like the thrill, for me it was insane!
So that was my first experience and actually got hooked from that moment on. ASOT It’s really special for me, the music, the beats, trance means a lot to me.

PURE NRG:

Giuseppe:  It’s kinda of an institution, you know, one of those BIG things that have to be part of your life if you are a trance artist, you gotta play here
Richard: It’s like I milestone. If I was Armin I would end it at 1000 because it’s a really good number, if you get to 1000 then you get to do 10000 so that’s not possible ( but I am not gonna say that to Armin btw…- laughs-)

OMNIA:

To me it means A lot of things. I think I’ve started producing my music because of it, back in 2004, I started listening to the radio show, and it really inspired me and I realized that I wanted to make tracks which Armin would have played, so it was like my dream, you know, right now I am here and the dream came true! So i’d say ASOT is a very important part of my career, my music position so yeah, it means a lot.

RUBEN DE RONDE & RODG:

Rodg: For me, it kinda changed, you know, I’ve been playing here for the 3rd time, before that I was a visitor, it was about the music, you heard new music, a lot of productions, you know it was just an amazing festival, but now, I am here as a dj, playing the record I made in the studio is more about I am gathering people, bringing people together to enjoy music all together and especially for his event they come from all over the world, you see flags from countries you can’t even think of, that’s pretty special like, we, with our music bring these people together, that’s exactly what ASOT mean to me.

Ruben : I think the most important thing about ASOT is unifying, like bringing people together, the media are trying to divide everyone nowadays, try to scare people and make sure that everybody hates each other like you need to hate that person because he does that and so…I think with ASOT or with music in general we are trying to do something different, we are trying to bring people together so that a perfect example is when you see people with palestinian flag or israeli flag and they can dance together like they are here for the music not for any political reasons….that’s the most important thing about it,yeah I know it’s a bit deep but it is what it is 🙂

RAM:

I think it’s already for years and years the biggest trance festival and it’s the party to be, it’s always something to look forward to, every time you get invited to play here, it’s like being a baby in a candy store! it’s awesome to be here, awesome crowd, everybody is so excited so it’s just very nice to play here!!

DAVID GRAVELL:

My very first ASOT was with my friends and I remember that I was in the car listening to the music and then I thought it was different from everything else  it was little bit magical, special, I love that everyone is different , everyone is loving the music, everyone is uniting and coming together to celebrate , there are a lot of other festival but this particular one is so nice and unique, I haven’t seen anything like this before.

BEN NICKY:

It’s a building block for me as an artist, and for my productions, I mean a lot of people know me for my persona, my branding, but ASOT is very good for the exposure of my singles too Armin and Armada always supported my tracks and helped me get me to the point I am now,I love playing here because Armin brings everyone together and it’s a great festival.

SUSANA:

It’ s a very exciting event to be, I meet all the trance family people , lot of people I work with…It may sounds like a cliché but trance is kinda a way of life for me , it’s part of my daily life.

When all is said and done, we do hope your ASOT experience has been great, and just stay tuned for the full interviews with each of these amazing artists!!

So… now we are curious, what does ASOT mean to YOU??

Up Close And Personal With Kimberly Hale

 

Hi everyone!

Today I got a pretty special treat for you: an exclusive interview with one of the most talented songwriters/singers of the trance scene, I am happy to introduce you to the lovely Kimberly Hale from the United Kingdom!

Let me tell you that her angelic voice and magical lyrics will charm you and bring you to another place, she will cast a spell on you…you have been warned!!

 

With a string of emotionally and stylistically diverse releases and compilations through multiple dance labels including Statement!, Armada, Amsterdam Trance, Raz Nitzan, Sir Adrian, Discover Group, EMI, and more…Kimberly’s tunes and collabs have been supported on worldwide radio shows and DJ sets by the top international superstars Armin van Buuren, Cosmic Gate, Paul Oakenfold, Max Graham, Andy Moor, Lange, Judge Jules, Simon Patterson, Marcus Schossow, Nifra, Ruben de Ronde, Susana, Audrey Gallagher, Jes, Beat Service, Pedro del Mar, Omnia and many more…

So, let’s welcome Kimberly on TheBackstageAccess!!

 

K: Thank you so much for asking me to be here with you and your readers, Jess!  

 

 

J: Could you tell us how and when did it all start in the music industry for you?

 

 

 

K: I do distinctly remember sitting in the bathtub when I was 3 years old and saying to myself that i was going to be female Elvis when I grew up. haha My parents watched a lot of Elvis movies in the Bible belt.  After that it was piano lessons and southern baptist church choir at quite a young age.  I think for a lot of us, music is a lifetime path! 

 

 

J: What inspires you when creating a tune ?

 

K: A few times it has been a choice between having a nervous breakdown or writing a song.  Crises are very fertile moments for songs and some of my best received tunes were written in those moments.  Plus I saved some money that would have been spent on therapy!   haha 

 

Otherwise, I would say when writing on piano I need a lot more internal and external inspiration — life events and strong feelings, poetry, or listening to so much of the great music we have in this genre for example.   

 

Writing over tracks, it seems to be a lot more instinctive and things just sort of come to me out of the air.  

 

J: a couple  of my favorite tunes you wrote are Moment Of Truth and  All In, could you tell us something about them?

 

K: Thank you Jess!  It’s funny you single those tracks out as they were the first vocals I wrote over tracks in a very long time!  Most of the other releases I have had recently have been me starting with nothing but my piano and having to write the structure/chord progression as well.  

 

Suddenly, not only did I get the tracks given to me first, but super fun and inspiring tracks that made my job really easy!  They both came out very effortlessly and I freestyled it completely.    

 

“Moment Of Truth” was such a blast and inspired me rhythmically.  

“All In” was so melodically developed that I felt the only choice I had was to follow and dance around with Ruben’s lead which made it very simple to write!  The lyrics and words i did not think about at all either.  They literally wrote themselves. i edited slightly in the honing stage. 

 

 

J: Are there any artist you would love to cooperate with?

 

K: I don’t know why I always feel coy when someone asks me this question!  It’s not like you’re asking me something naughty!  hahaha 

 

 

J: If you were not a singer what else would you like to do?

 

K: There have been times when I had so many friends coming to me for counselling that I could have been a full-time therapist/ muse!  I’m an enfp so that is definitely in the skill set! I really want to write a novel one day!  

 

J: For those who are not familiar with the whole creative process, could you explain a bit how it works for you when you are asked to write something ?

 

K: It’s definitely a different process when I am writing on piano or over a track as I mentioned earlier.  But one thing is that for both, a physical warmup is very important and I always seem to do better when I stretch out completely like I am about to pole vault or something like this. 😉   I think any tension in the body can inhibit flow!   

 

I can write songs quickly but I generally spend a couple weeks at least perfecting and honing as they always get better when I do that.  I am normally not happy with the lyrics unless they seem to have multiple meanings and I have three points of view which I typically like to incorporate.  I test each song this way to make sure they hold up most of the time.  I’m not sure if anyone else notices it or not, but it’s important to me! haha 

 

 

J: The most important tune to you so far and why?

 

K: It’s really hard to say on that one as many of my tunes have been instrumental in leading me to another place.  Sometimes you only get one opportunity to move a certain direction and each of those markers has been a moment of truth to me 🙂

 

J: What do you love to do in your spare time ?  

K: socialising with friends, health and fitness,  i’ve been taking ballet classes lately too. 

 

 

 

J: Your relationship with social media and your fans ?

 

K:I really wish I could figure out a way to better reach the fans on Facebook.  Since they started with the algorithms, i think it’s really made everything feel so stagnant.  I’ve thought about sending smoke signals!   haha I feel pretty sad and dejected in there now!  And most of all, I feel really terrible that it’s so hard to reach the fans.  :'(  At least Armada music and A State of Trance posted some videos of our music lately which did receive a nice response so I was grateful for that.  

 

On a bright note, my instagram seems to be doing better a tiny bit and I’m finding the nature of the site a lot more calming, fun and positive than Facebook at the moment.  

 

 

J: Describe yourself in 3 words 🙂

 

K: Perceptive

Creative

Nutter 

 

 

 

 

J: Please leave a message for TheBackstageAccess readers 🙂

 

K:  Thank you for loving and caring so much about the music!  Your energy is what makes this all complete!  Thanks for giving us the space on this earth and the constant support to create heavenly meaningful things!  Lots of Love!   Kimberly Xox  

 

 

Photo courtesy: Asia Werbel

 

 

A high on life kind of chat with RODG

 

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In a world jam-packed with one-hit wonders, extremely consistent producers of dance music have always been sought-after. And that makes Rodg one of the rare-breed. The humble Dutchman is one of the best kept Armada Music secrets, delivering top-notch releases on a regular basis.

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Photo courtesy of Remyonline

 

“One of the best producers of 2016” Armin van Buuren

 

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J: Hi Rogier, first of all, congrats on the success your album  High On Life  is getting worldwide, (and among my neighbors LOL)…Did you expect such a huge reaction?

R: Well not really… I didn’t expect anything actually so an album well received like this was something really special.

J: Talking about the producing aspects, was it all flowing nice and smooth or did you ever felt stuck at some point during the making of the album?

R: I think every producer feels stuck at some point making the album. I had it quite bad between ADE and the end of the year last year… Situations like that make you insecure, but in the end they might be there for a reason, I don’t know. At least I managed to get some music done after all, so that’s a good thing.

J: Being a producer and a dj, I guess it is very special to play a new track of yours for the very first time in front of a crowd…did it get you more excited or more nervous about the reaction of the fans ?

R: Haha combination of both I think. When I played A State Of Trance in Utrecht in February this year I was really nervous… Playing a lot of new records, and also being live streamed… That was quite something but I think it went well after all.

J: Can you tell me which artists did influence you the most so far?

R: Multiple artists influenced me a lot, there’s no one particular who influenced me the most. Years back it were Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha and John Digweed introducing me to that progressive sound, later Armin van Buuren and Eric Prydz added more inspiration with their more energetic sets.

J: And the one you really look up to?

R: Also difficult to name just 1 as I look up to many artists, on different aspects. I look up to Armin for instance for being a great DJ, Producer, Radio Show Host, Label Owner and how he manages to combine that with also his private life. I also look up to Martin Garrix for being so young and professional as a DJ with a pop star status. Lot of people have no idea of what kind of pressure those guys need to deal with. Yeah I look up to that.

 

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J:I know you will attend the very first Statement Night on Saturday (Grab your tickets here )and I wish you and all the other djs a great success and I hope you guys will export the concept abroad soon, so can you tell me something about it?

 

R: It’s something Ruben wanted to do for a long time already, and with the development of the label the last 2 years I think it’s great to make this step to the first club night. I’ve been with the label since 2013 as Ruben gave me a home for the progressive sound we both happen to really really love. I’m super happy and proud to be part of the label and also proud to be part of the first club night. I’m sure it’ll be the first of many 🙂

 

J:I’ve heard you and Ruben are working on a special B2B set for ASOTFESTNL ( Grab your tickets for ASOTFESTNL here) next February,and this is something I am really looking forward to, any insights you can reveal to us?

R: Wait and see 😉

J: What are you working on lately? (if it’s something you can tell already)

R: I’ve been working on music and can’t tell anything about it. Same as with the other question… Wait and see.

J: You love cats right? How many do you have ? I know you have a very special “ghost producer” in your studio, is your cat a kind of inspiration for your projects?

R: I do! I have two cats. Cats are not an inspiration to be honest, but they’re really good company in the studio while producing music.

J: When you are not working or touring, what do you like to do?

R: I like to.. Grab drinks with friends, visit restaurants to have great food or just hang on the couch and watch some series.

 

J: It looks like you are a great cook, any challenge among your fellow djs?

R: Haha yeah you see DJ Chef Top 100 once in a while on my Insta Stories while cooking. I think it’s more of a joke rather than a real competition. But you never know where it leads to 🙂

J: What is your relationship with social medias and how do you keep in touch with your fans?

R: Yeah I like using them, it’s challenging to be creative using them, I like that. I like to be in touch with fans on a personal level.

J: What are your favorite tools in studio? Any plugins you really love atm?

R: Favorite at the moment is Omnisphere. I’ve been using it for years actually already and every time I discover new things in that plugin. It’s great for everything almost 🙂

J: Any new collaboration on the way?

R: Oh yes! But can’t tell anything yet. I know it’s kind of lame to say that, but I really can’t.

J: The funniest thing ever happened while touring and the funniest one ever happened in your studio

R: Studio: not really funny but definitely something to mention. I was working on a track last week when I went out to grab a coffee… And when I came back my whole arrangement was simply backspaced. Deleted and couldn’t undo that. I guess my cat Bink walked over the keyboard and pressed backspace or something… Don’t know how he managed to get the project saved though, but it was quite annoying.

Tour: I was playing a show and the guy who was supposed to drive me back to the hotel got so drunk, that he couldn’t walk to his car without almost falling over. The hotel was only 500 meters away so I went for a walk 😉 If the hotel was on the other side of the city I would not have liked it but this way it was really funny.

J: Any chance to see you in Italy any soon?

R: I hope so! It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Italy, would love to come down to play a show 🙂

J: Leave a message for all your fans here 🙂

R: Thanks for all the support so far and there’s much more to come in 2017 🙂

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DREAMS COME TRUE…WITH RUBEN DE RONDE

Having the chance to catch up with one of the most talented, kind hearted and down to earth guys in the business is something you don’t get very often, so when he said he was totally up to grace my blog with an interview…I felt like the luckiest girl in the world and just like the title of one of his tunes, I realized that sometimes…Dreams come true 🙂

Considering how busy he is, I am really surprised he managed to take the time for this,so it is really a special gift from him to me, and I hope you appreciate it as much as I do.

 

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Hi Ruben, First of all, how are you doing lately?

R:I have been doing great, I spent most of my days this summer being on tour or in the studio!

How was your Australian tour and which were the highlights of it?

R:For me the highlight was being able to tour with such a great team! Emma, Christina, Chloe, Emma, Anthony, Abraham, Jano (and the rest of the team) and of course MaRLo created such a great environment to perform in.
Allow me to say that the Australian trance fans are so insanely intense. It was my first time doing big shows there, and I was blown away by the amazing reactions.
I played ‘warm-up’ sets, to set the mood for MaRLo’s 4 hours set, so I didn’t go too hard, but even that was received greatly!

 

You are very busy releasing new productions as well as touring…
After Steampunk, Leave a light on, Bliss, you are really teasing us a whole lot 🙂 when shall we expect the new album?
Any juicy insight about it that you can share with us ?

R: Hmm…………. I am aiming for a release in November! Thats all I can say now 😉
Your tune “Leave a Light On”  really means a lot to me personally, it has a special spot in my heart and always puts a smile on my face…So would you tell me the story behind it…

R: That is really, really nice to hear, I didn’t know!

I have been teaming up with Rodg several times now, and for this one we had the same synergy again!
A funny thing is that Louise works at the Armada offices, but is one of the most talented singer/songwriters that I have ever had the chance to meet. She is lovely!
A day in the life of Ruben de Ronde…knowing how busy you are, I’m very curious about one typical day of yours….I mean, running your own label Statement!, being an A&R for Armada, hosting your TSOH radio show and co-hosting ASOT and Armada Night Radio must be a hell of a job to do….how do you manage it all?
And which part of your job is the hardest (or most complicated …or hectic) and which one is the funniest?

R: Im still not sure how I juggle everything like I do, maybe I should write it down and turn it into a book haha!
The hardest part about being part of a radio show is that there are NO weeks off, ever. We have to deliver every single week, which means we can’t step a side for vacation.
But it is all worth it, when reading messages that we enlighten peoples lives, so its a sacrifice that I am more than willing to pay 🙂
Let’s take a step back in the past…I’ve heard you got into djing thanks to your brother… so, how did it all start?
Do you remember your very first show? How was it?
R: I remember my first show VERY clearly! It was in a youth hanging place in Gouda, where I was allowed to play the first hour. Soon I was playing there every week!
I have to be honest and tell you that I still get nervous for certain gigs haha!

During you spare time (wondering if you have some tho), which game do you like to play the most with your PSP?

R: I am a big game freak. I love playing Destiny and FIFA on PS4 !

This is actually a game inspired T-Shirt, from Destiny

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Do you love reading books? If yes, what’s your favorite one so far?

R: I used to read a lot of books in the past, like THICK books that would take you into a different world of fantasy. I love reading a lot of Terry Goodkind books!

Your favorite tv series?

R: Without a doubt Gotham!

I love how grimy they made this. It is exactly in the spirit of the latest Batman movies (not that horrible one with Superman in there).
Who is the artist who inspired you the most?

R: Without a doubt (and cliche) Armin. If you think I do a lot, you should see what he does in the limited time we have. Plus he has a family!
For the geeks out there….do you have a favorite software and plugin at the moment to use while producing?

R: Im 100% in love with the Output plugins!

Is there any artist you would really like to cooperate with?
R: I’d  love to make a progressive (deep) tune with Armin one day. Like a Prydz kinda vibe? If you get what I mean!
Name a festival to cross off your bucket list….

R: I truly would love to play at Tomorrowland one day! Besides that I am really keen into playing festivals in the States. Dreamstate/EDC etc.
How many tracks do you listen to per week approx ?

R: At least a 1000? It is hard to judge!

In my ‘spare’ time I do enjoy listening to other music than electronic. For example Maria Mena.
Thank you so much and see you soon!

R:Thanks Jess! 

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