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An Exclusive talk with Jochen Miller

Hello there and Happy Monday…

Yes, I know what you are thinking, how could  possibly exist a good Monday???….Hmmmm ok, let me try…What if I tell you we are starting the week with an exclusive chat with Jochen Miller?? does it feel any better now? oh I am sure it does!

So let’s check it out :


Hi Jochen!Thanks for taking the time. Last time I met you we were all having fun at ASOT in Utrecht and you signed my flag so I was really looking forward to catch up with you again 🙂 How was your gig in London last weekend?
Thanks for having me and for bringing your flag;-) Let’s see if we can have another one signed in 2017 at ASOT. London was amazing, MOS is always so much fun!
You travel quite a lot, how do you manage to stay healthy?
By keeping yourself hydrated and choosing the more healthy food when possible. I also always carry my training-attire with me, so I can hit the gym at the hotel. But having as much fun as I’m having on tour is the main reason your energy stays up, it keeps my mental health in the best condition, and that’s probably the most important thing.

What’s the best remedy to cure the jet lag?
Depends if  I’m coming or going. When I get back home the best way to get rid off the jet-lag is a litlle rest and a lot of working out. When I’m arriving at the place where I’m playing on the weekends, I’ll be so high on adrenaline the jet-lag has never bothered me. I just fly in and go with it, soak up new cultures, the food, the crowd. I love it all so much, I’m rarely tired. 

ADE is right around the corner, what do you expect from it this year?
This year’s ADE will be about presenting my new forthcoming work. In the latter half of this year a lot of new Jochen Miller originals will be released, as will at least four very surprising collaborations. I’m very excited to be able to tell you more about those by the time ADE is here.

You always play at huge festivals, do you have a festival bucket list?
Well, Tomorrowland was crossed off, twice actually;-) But that still leaves room for festivals I’ve played before but would very much like to play again, such as EDC Vegas, ASOT Mexico… And I’ve never been at Coachella or Burning Man, so those would be the ones I wish for the most….
I know you love to play with your PlayStation , which is your favorite game?
FIFA!!! But you asking me about this now is quite painfull, as my PS4 is at the repair, and they can’t find the problem, so I haven’t been able to play for over a week! And though I still have the 2 and 3 at home, once you’ve played the PS4, nothing can compare to that one anymore….

In the past you joined forces with many other great artists to create some smashing hits… Is there someone else you would love to cooperate with now?
We actually have two amazing collaborations in the finishing process, but I’m so sorry for the fact I can’t tell you who with just this moment…. But I promise you’ll be surprised and curious to hear them as soon as they’re set for release!

Something  I really love about your sets is you always keep it energetic and your ability to read the crowd, is it something a dj can learn or would you say it’ s more like  a gift?
Thank you for the great compliment! I think the ability to read the crowd is something that comes naturally to me, but I got to refine by playing nights from open to close when I started to perform. When I was the resident DJ of the Matrixx in the Netherlands, I always opened for the guest DJ that night, and was able to kind of build the atmosphere from scratch. A true DJ will know what the crowd needs to hear to get them dancing, and not just play his or her hit-tunes. When I prepare myself for a set, I edit three times the amount of tracks I know I’ll be able to play, so there’s a lot to choose from, and my set is never the same. The only thing that will always be in there is the energy. Whether I play an opening, peek-time or closing slot, it will always have that drive, that push…

As you know I am a huge fan of your “Stay Connected”show, can you tell our readers what’s the idea behind it and how it started?
The Stay Connected show is my way of connecting with the fans all over the world that like to hear my music on a regular basis even if they can’t come to a live show. The mash-ups that people ask about after a performance are in there, same as all the new releases, and the most energetic new tunes I find in that month. And the titel of the show refers to ” Lost Connection”, of course…
Are social medias really important to you? Which one is your favorite?
Social medias are important to any artist, to be honest. It is a fun way to keep in touch with the people that like your music, and, less fun, the people that don’t;-)) I love Instagram for the visual aspect, Twitter is more the communication line with fellow DJ’s, and Facebook is the place to virtually hangout with all musiclovers.

Music is constantly evolving and it’s doing it very fast, so, for obvious reasons your music is always changing and evolving as well; in your view, which direction is electronic music taking now?
In my opinion the world seems to be ready for a new era of melodic music, music that contains emotion, and not (just) a fat drop, if you will. Music that will take you on a little journey in a club or on a festival, and not have you exhausted from jumping in a very short amount of time. But with the energy you need to have the night of your life.

If you were not a successful dj, what would you do?
When I was younger my soccer-team did quite well, but at a certain point, playing on Saturday night made me unable to commit to the team on Sunday morning. So it was either soccer or music. So I hope I’d be doing something with soccer? Maybe a trainer or something? Still love that game….

Can you share with us some of yours upcoming projects?
‘Cephalon’, my new track will be released soon and I have a remix due for Cuebrick & Apek’s ‘Safe’ in the coming weeks. Later on this year, some very interesting collabs, hope I’ll be able to share more about those shortly!

What does inspire you to create a new tune and what are your favorite tools to build it in the studio?
Inspiration can come from almost anything, from travelling, a vocalist singing something amazing or from engeneering a sound in the studio, for instance. My favorite tools in the studio are the omnisphere-synth and the UAD plugins.

Thanks again Jochen, and see you soon on the dance floor!
Thank you, and hope to see you soon too!


You know that feeling you get when you listen to that one song…and you think, “Hey, this is exactly how I feel today”??

When the words you hear are the words running through your mind in that specific moment?

Yes, I am sure we all got this, but for me personally, it doesn’t happen quite often, it depends on the mood and on the phase of life I’m going through…So, when “Brand New” hit me right in the feels a couple of weeks ago,it immediately hooked me up with its charming (and pretty deep honestly) lyrics.

My pop rock soul side broke through…again!! And in that moment I knew it was going to be a pretty special song to me, the one to play over and over from now on.


Now, just pretend you were me for a moment ok?

You are listening to this gigantic tune during a perfect mid summer night…its lyrics hunting your thoughts while the captivating smile and eyes of Eller are sending you the right amount of positive vibes you need right now…and yes, it start singing at the top of your lungs….

“I feel brand new …because of you…yeeeeaaahhhh….It’s what you doooo…..oh yeah brand newwwwww”…..

( and I am so out of tune guys you have no idea but just can’t help myself as the song is so catchy)…….what’s the next thing that comes to your mind now?

HINT: remember you are still me…a blogger……oh YESSSS!!! I’ve decided to keep in touch with Eller and see if he was up for a little chat….

And yes, he was!! And such a nice guy!!!

The very first thing I perceived is that I am really talking with a “Brand New” man, starting from the artist name which has been changed in just Eller (direct and friendly if you ask me) I’ve got the feeling he’s been through a lot lately and this led him to a certain kind of evolution… so Let’s found out more about our little talk…

 Hi Eller, and many thanks for taking the time, it’s really a pleasure to have you supporting my blog.

How are you doing lately?
I’m doing very well actually, thanks. Some big changes has happened. I moved houses and studio, and of course my upcoming EP. Lots of singing, writing, playing etc. Really good vibes going on!
First of all congrats for the new single Brand New, I am in love with it, what has inspired you this tune?
All the change that happened to me was the big inspiration. It was the first song I wrote together with Tony Cornelissen. I insist that a song could only be about stuff which stays close to myself, musically, but moreover lyrically. That’s one of the reasons I started singing myself. I might not be the best singer in the world, but working with other singers, who had to understand my emotions and thoughts just feels unnatural. I think people can interact with the song, too. 
Your passion for the music started at a very young age, how did it all begin and how much your family influenced you?

There was always music at home. My father is a huge music fan, who played recordings in literally almost all styles of music. That influenced me. Also my guitar teacher Eltjo Cleton helped me a lot. Because of my parents and Eltjo I started dreaming and practicing. Oh my God, I’ve practiced so much, haha! Of course my brother helped me a lot in learning how music and the industry all works. And my friends are all great music fans, too. I remember playing in bands and talking hours and hours just about music with them. I still do that. So it’s actually the whole environment around me that formed me personally as well as a musician. 

What about Bagga Bownz project?
Bagga Bownz still exists, but not as a band at the moment. I still see the guys quite often and I’m also still working with them, but more in different projects. Sometimes you just got to let go stuff, even if it’s very good, and move forward to new things. But Bagga Bownz was (and is) still a very good band and act. I still listen to “Done With The Pain” a lot. 
Can you tell me something about your upcoming solo album?(I can’t wait to listen to it)
Oh yeah! It’s an EP, called “Brand New”, and, like I said before, all of the songs are written from true experience. I did some co-writes and a duet, which at the moment I can’t say too much about (sorry!). The next single is called “Traffic Dance”. It’s a really happy one about the movements in a traffic jam, which makes it more a dance than just a bunch of cars. I thought of the concept while I was stuck in traffic on the way to Tony (Cornelissen, co-writer) for a writing session. 
The next single is ehmm…, AAARGH! Can’t say too much about it. The title though is “Better Now”. You should also listen to the pianos and Hammonds done by Sytze Verbeek. 

The other songs are ‘Ready To Go’, a heavy blues, about being done with the relation ship you’re in. The drums on that (by Tim Brink) are really pumping. Then there’s “Rescue Me”, an uplifting “Maroon 5” kind of feel, on which I really love the basslines (Auke Haaksma). The song sounds happy, but is about feeling helpless. 

And there’s more coming! Already did some writing for the second EP, which is already sounding great in demo phase. 
Talking about your professional life, you are a musician, a song writer, a singer… And you are always on the road with more than one project as you are following your brother on his world tour, so I was wondering if any of your song is maybe born really on the road? 

At the moment I’m not on tour with Armin. Touring is one of the best things that could happen to you, but on the Armin Only tours there’s almost no room for writing, because I need to be focussed. I was actually mostly having fun or sleeping the jetlags out 😉

And about collaborations with other artists, is there some one you would really like to get in touch to write something together ?

Ow, there are so many people, but if I had to name one right now it would be Ed Sheeran. In the beginning I wasn’t a big fan of his music, but when I listened more closely, and after I read his book, I would love to hear how he writes.

The funniest things happened to you while traveling?
So much funny things happen during touring. Laughing is one of the most important things during any tour. Me, Michael and Koen (Bagga Bownz members) used to have great laughs. The more stupid it is, the better. Of course it makes no sense in telling this in this interview, nobody would understand a particular situation. I also used to do solo shows, or tours with others, like my friend Chris Jones. Because “touring equals being tired” it makes the jokes even worse than they already are. Nobody would understand, but we just couldn’t stop laughing at some points. 
Looking back to some time ago…. There is an album you releases called Aacustico Dance Music, all my favorite trance tunes were rivisited in acoustic version… The very first time I heard the album I was attending Armin Only Intense in Utrecht if i am not wrong and I was like … Wow… Maybe you can tell us the idea behind this project ?

It happened during the shows. When you’re ‘home alone’ at your hotel room, waiting, or when you can’t leave for whatever reason, you’re just being bored. I started playing the songs acoustically, with the original singers, who were also in the same hotel. I recorded it with some iPhones, put it on YouTube and people starting asking where they could buy it. That was what helped me into doing this album. My name is on the front, but I did this together with the people from Bagga Bownz.

I know you also been a model in the past, how have you been involved in that?
Modelling was just something I ran into. I always love the creativity behind a photo shoot, also for an album. I love working with photographers, I don’t know why. Maybe because they have a different eye on the world?
What do you love to do in your spare time, if any? 🙂
“If any”, yes! Haha! I’m still learning on how to relax, I’m not very good at it. I love hanging out with my friends. 
Thank you very much and hope to see you soon!
Thank YOU very much. Really enjoyed your questions.
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I am going to treat my readers with such a sweet trance candy today…

One of my favorite artists, Jennifer Rene, has been so kind to accept this interview with me. Let’s see what she is going to reveal to us..

Hi Jen, thanks for taking the time to do this interview with me!!

Thank you so much for having me! It’s my pleasure!

I’d like to know how and when did it all start for you? (I heard you have always loved to sing since you were a child..)

Music has always been a big part of my life since I was very little. My dad is a musician and so I started performing at church with him at a young age. I was in choir and show choir thru ought school and I’ve been writing songs since I was very little. I always loved dance music but really decided to go in that direction once I turned 21 and went to my first real club in Chicago. I saw the DJ’s “Blank & Jones” and the energy and vibe of the place was surreal, I knew then and there that this was what I wanted to do!

You worked with so many big names… Which cooperation challenged you the most and why?

I have had such great experiences working with producers. With each one I learn something new. I would say the one where I felt the most pressure to do a good job was when I was in the studio with Armin for “Fine Without You.” I only had one song out at the time and Armin was a really big name. I wanted to make sure I did a good job with writing a song with him since it was such an amazing opportunity. I was lucky that it turned out pretty well!

Being a singer, a Dj and a radio show host must really keep you busy, so how do you manage it all?

It can get quite hectic at times, but the good thing is that it never feels like work and I love every party of this career! I haven’t started my radio show or podcast yet but it’s something I plan on doing. I need to make sure I have adequate time to do that and lately I’ve been focused on writing and recording new music! I also go to school full time so I do have a very full plate. It’s all a blessing though.

What are the ups and downs of traveling so much?

There are so many ups about traveling! Meeting new people and making friends from all over the world, experiencing new cultures and seeing some of the most beautiful sites you could ever see. I love going to countries where I feel completely out of my element because it’s there where I discover so much about myself. Traveling and performing makes me come ALIVE! The downs would be the jet lag, long layovers, and having to leave a place or people that you really fell in love with not knowing when you’ll return.

I known you are a great horror movies lover (just like me) which film scared you the most?

Ahhh you love horror!!! This makes me so happy!! Haha yes I am a big lover of the horror genre, one of my favorite scary movies would have to be The Exorcist which I think tops most people’s lists. I also really love Amityville Horror, The Strangers, The Conjuring, The Descent, and Rosemary’s Baby. I could honestly go on and on haha.

I’ve red about that project still in the back of your mind about owning a club called “colors” and totally loved the idea (especially the white room) would you like to tell us more ?

Ahh yes! That’s the inspiration behind my upcoming radio show! I’m a lover of so many genres and always thought it would be cool to go to a club where you could hear different genres in different themed rooms. I’ve also always seen colors in music so I put two and two together! Owning a club is probably something that will never happen but having a radio show inspired by the same is sure to happen!

What inspires you in writing your songs?

What inspires me is things that have happened in my life. Love, heartbreak, anger, sadness, loss of friendship, all those things and more inspire me. I write from the heart and from my own personal experiences. Even when something bad happens in my life I turn it into a positive because I know I can write a song about it and hopefully there will be someone out there who can relate to it and enjoy my song.

Can you tell us something about your last productions and give us a sneak peek of your future projects?

I was really happy to be a part of Solid Stone’s debut album and have two songs on there “Heart Call”and “Pushing Up” .Working with Solid Stone is always something I enjoy and we work really well together. I never know what he’s going to send me after I’ve sent him a vocal and it’s always surprising in the best possible way. My recent collab “Smile”with DRYM was one I had been working on for awhile. I had been talking with DRYM for over a year about a collab and they sent me this instrumental that was so beautiful and I heard the lyrics right away over it! Right now I’m currently writing non-stop to new collaborations and some of my own material and I’m very excited where everything is going. I can’t wait to share it with the world!





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You say Techno? …We say MOKA!!!

Ciao a tutti e buon 2016!!!
Spero che il vostro anno sia iniziato meravigliosamente bene!!

Il mio è iniziato con una bella dose di techno old school, che lasciatemelo dire, è decisamente un’ottima maniera di celebrare il 2016…
Facciamoci una chiacchierata con uno dei dj storici della techno italiana, Moka!!

J: Dall’inizio della tua carriera musicale ad oggi com’è cambiato il mondo della notte e la tua percezione del modo di divertirsi dei giovani ?

M: L’unico cambiamento che ho visto è l’età del pubblico che frequenta i pochi locali rimasti, negli anni 90 era raro trovare un quindicenne in pista, ora il sabato sera ha ereditato il pubblico delle mitiche domeniche pomeriggio.

J:Ti seguo da quando hai iniziato a mettere i dischi a La Scala, fino alla consacrazione all’Omen Frankfurt 🙂 ma tutte le volte che hai cambiato club è sempre stata una sfida, vedi Night&Day e Asylum, e lo stesso Omen un posto molto grande da riempire ma tu ci riuscivi sempre…hai mai avuto dubbi o timori in proposito?

M: Vedo che hai buona memoria. Di solito chi accetta le sfide, non ha mai dubbi, ha solo la consapevolezza che può perdere. Accettavo di suonare nei locali chiusi da tempo per mancanza di pubblico e con un sound non commerciale, nonostante tutto riuscivo a riempirli. La sfida con l’Omen Frankfurt fu la più ardua, nemmeno i miei fedelissimi ci credevano. Il locale, prima del mio arrivo, registrava di media di 20/30 presenze, per un locale con capienza di 5000 persone il fallimento era dietro l’angolo. Amministrai tutto, dalla pubblicità alla direzione, inaugurammo nel luglio del 1995. La serata inaugurale registrò oltre 6000 presenze, il resto è storia. Se in Veneto qualcuno parla di techno è perchè prima ha parlato dell’Asylum e del’Omen Frankfurt.

J: Cosa fai nel tempo libero?

M: Lo dedico interamente alla mia passione: la difesa degli Animali, tutti gli Animali.

J: Qual’è il collega che stimi di più nell’ambiente musicale?

M: Frank De Wulf, un autentico genio.

J: Nuovi progetti in arrivo?

M: Nulla di particolare. Ho creato Versus Management, una agenzia sempre alla continua ricerca di DJ talentuosi.

J: La tua maggiore fonte d’ispirazione?

M: L’umiltà.

J: Cosa ti piace di più della scena dance attuale e cosa di meno?

M: Devo essere sincero? Non posso vedere i dj che suonano con il traktor, con le chiavette. Il Vinile (non a caso sta tornando di brutto) rimane l’unica garanzia di tecnica per un dj, con il computer anche lo zio Pino può sentirsi un dj, rimane comunque una mia opinione. Per tutto il resto, i fenomeni c’erano negli anni 90 e ci sono anche adesso, cambiano le mode, ma quelli rimangono.


Hello everyone and Happy 2016!!
I hope you’re starting the New Year in the most possible amazing way!
Mine..started with a fix of old school techno, which, I’d say was a pretty perfect way to celebrate 2016!!
Let’s have a good chat with one of the djs who wrote the history of techno music in Italy.

J: How do you think the world and people of the night have changed throughout the years since you started?

M: The only changing I’ve noticed is the age of the people attending the parties in the few clubs that are still working, back in the 90ies it was quite hard to find a 15 y.o. guy on the dance floor, now, on Saturdays’ we’ve plenty of young people, just like it was back then, on Sundays afternoon.

J: I’m following you since your beginning, when you were playing at a club called La Scala, to your professional celebration at the famous Omen Frankfurt 🙂 but everytime you have changed club it was like a challenge, just like The Night&Day one, and the Asylum, and even Omen that was such a huge place to fill with people, but you never failed, so I was wondering…were you ever doubtful or scared?

M: You remember it well, Usually who takes a challenge does not have doubts, but he knows he can fail too. I accepted to play in clubs that was closed for a few time due to a lack of audience and luckily I was able to succeed and the dancefloor was always packed.
The hardest challenge was with Omen Frankfurt, not even my fanbase thought it was possible to make it work there.
Before I came there, that club had about 20/30 people attending, and it was a huge place that could guest about 5000 people so the failure was around the corner. I’ve managed everything, from the promotion to the artistic direction,we opened in July ’95. The opening night counted more than 6000 people, and the rest is history.
If in the Venetian area someone talks about techno, it’s because of Asylum and Omen Frankfurt.

J: what do you do in your spare time?

M: I am extremely committed to my passion: the safeguard of animals, all animals.

J: Which is the colleague you esteem the most?

M: Frank De Wulf, un authentic genius.

J: Any new projects on the way?

M: Not really, but I created Versus Management, an agency always looking for talented djs.

J: what’s your source of inspiration?

M: Being humble.

J: what do you like the most about the dance scene and what you don’t?

M: If I am honest I can’t stand djs playing with traktor, with usb keys.
The vinyl, (coming back in fashion actually) is the only reliable technic for a dj, with a computer, anyone can be a dj…By the way, this is just my view.
We had big djs back in the 90ies and we have them today as well, times change but talent remains.


Waiting for Menno de Jong

Hello everyone, sorry for being away for quite a while but I had a very annoying flu last week that drained all my energy; luckily I have been better in time for an amazing Halloween party…but I will tell you about it later…

Now, the main event of this upcoming weekend: yes, Trance Gate 10th Birthday!!! I already wrote about it, but what about a little chat with Menno just before we can meet him at the party next Saturday? I bet you would love it, right?
So here for you, he took the time to stop by for a quick interview:

Menno de Jong 1

J: Hi there Menno,how and when did you start making music?

M: It started when I was really young, my dad had a keyboard and I would try to play things I heard on the radio on there. Eventually I started to take piano lessons and when I made my way to high school I had a classmate who was making music in an MS-DOS computer programme called Fasttracker. It was a very primitive bit of software but a fun way to start learning!

J: What are you working on at the moment?

M: I’m working on a new vocal single as well as a new collab with my friend Adam Ellis. I’m also collaborating with my management to bring In Trance We Trust and Menno Solo events to various new locations around the world.

J: Did it ever happen something funny or weird with fans during your gig?

M: Nothing weird really ever happens with fans (fortunately everybody is always very cool), however plenty of weird things happens when touring. One day I was accidentally dropped off at the wrong terminal in India, and because the driver was gone I had to take a Rickshaw to the other terminal. Because the person driving it did not understand a lot of English (and how much of a hurry I was in) he stopped to help someone with car trouble on the way over. I had to explain with sign language my flight was departing in 40! minutes.. Fortunately we got on our way and I made it to the terminal / gate seconds before cutoff time. Thank god I checked in online!

J: What are the ups and down of traveling so much?

M: The ups: playing the music you love for amazing crowds and meeting cool new people as well as seeing new places. The down: jetlag and missing your friends and family at home..

J: How was your ADE experience this year?

M: It was amazing, we organised the first In Trance We Trust ADE party and it was packed. The vibe was also awesome. Can’t wait to bring it back next year!

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A chat with the Trance Queen…Emma Hewitt

Emma Hewitt doesn’t need any introduction, her very recognizable voice and distinctive style, made me fall for her the very first time I heard her singing; after so many big collaborations (Cosmic Gate, Armin van Buuren, Dash name a few) and the great success of her album Burn the Sky Down, she is now back with another stunning tune in cooperation with Mark Sixma,called “Restless Hearts”.

I am so excited to share this interview with you guys,she’s not only an amazing trance singer and song writer, not only a beautiful woman, but also a wonderful soul, so kind-hearted and down to earth, and I am feeling really blessed she made the time to support my blog!!

J: Hello Emma,
thank you for supporting my blog with this interview 🙂

E: Hey Jess, it’s my pleasure! 🙂 Thanks for chatting with me 🙂

J: I know you started to sing when you were really young, so would you tell me
how did it all start?

E: It was never really a conscious decision, I just always wanted to sing and
be involved with music in some way. I started singing in bands when I was
still in school. As soon as I finished school my brother and I were saving
to record demos and send them to anyone who would listen. Through this
process, and constant writing and learning, we went in and out of different
record and publishing deals, different managers, many moves to different
countries and a lot of trial and error before we came to where we are now,
in electronic music.

J: What is the difference between being in a band and being a trance singer ?

E: The songs are all still written in the same way, on an acoustic guitar or
piano. The main difference for me is the freedom to travel around the
world either alone or with one other person and perform. With a band there
was always 6 of us and a sound guy, so travel and shows actually became
quite expensive. I must say it was a lot of fun having so many other
people to bounce off though. I really enjoy both worlds to be honest.

J: What inspires you the most when you write your lyrics?

E: Always life. The stories of the people around me. My own emotions.
Songwriting is a very therapeutic exercise and for me allows me to express
emotions and nostalgia that I probably wouldn’t otherwise express.

J: What is the most emotional gigs you remember?

E: Most of them actually become emotional in some way. There is often so much
energy from the crowd and I am always trying to give as much energy as I
can back. I think perhaps for me, the first solo sets I did at some of the
big festivals were kind of a milestone for me, as for a while people told
me only djs could do that.

J: Who would you like to work with in the next future ?

E: Anyone who writes a fantastic song and has a great sound…and of course is
a good person too 🙂

J: in your album Burn the sky down (that I adore) there is also a cover from
Placebo, This Picture, can you tell me why did you choose that tune ? (I am
a huge Placebo fan too)

E: Oh you are? Awesome! I am a huge fan of 90’s rock and industrial music.
I grew up with this darker kind of music, so I wanted to give a nod to that

J: What are the ups and downs of your job?

E: The ups of course are probably too many to list. I get to do what is
absolutely my passion, for this I count myself very lucky. Seeing places
all over the world that I would never otherwise have the chance to visit is
a wonderful perk, meeting people and making friends from other countries,
the crowds and energy of the shows…
Perhaps the only downside, which I would never complain about still as I am
grateful to do what I do…but I would have to say it would be missing out
on spending time with family and friends. Also perhaps the instability and
not particularly belonging anywhere. But I am happy to continue being a
traveling gypsy as the goods far out way the negatives!!

J: Any new project on the way?

E: Many! I have quite a few new collaborations lined up and I am also looking
at releasing a solo ep or album early next year. I took some time out from
releasing music for a while to gather fresh inspiration. Now I am fully
inspired and writing like crazy! 🙂

J: How did success affected your life ?

E: I guess it is difficult for any of us to really gauge our own success or
see ourselves as successful. For me I am always looking to the next
project or the next thing I want to achieve. I wouldn’t consider myself
successful until I have achieved all I want to. And I think if I ever
achieve all I want to I will become stagnant…there is so much more I want
to do before I would say I have reached success though.

J: You travel a lot, what are the things you always carry with you?

E: Always my kindle…I read a lot on flights. Black mascara is always a
must…without it I look like I have no eyes…if I stand in front of a
white wall you can’t see me. I always have my TC Helicon voice live vocal
effects so that I can create delays and reverbs for my live vocals,
ultimate ears in ear monitors so I can hear myself onstage…My
laptop…some giant shoes so I can pretend I am taller onstage :):)

J: Do you have a lucky charm?
E: Not a lucky charm so much, but I do travel with a few crystals that fit in
my pockets for good vibes and protection.

J: Are you coming back to Italy any soon?

E: I truly hope so! Italy is one of my favorite places in the world to
visit!! I absolutely LOVE the people…and the food!!!! Fingers crossed I
get to visit soon!

Thanks again Emma, really loved you find the time in your extra busy schedule for this lovely chat, and hope to see you again very soon 🙂

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Back to my roots…with Marco Bellini

Deciding to open a blog about music, shows your willing to share your passion with whoever is on line, it’s just like sharing a piece of yourself, this blog, is dedicated to electronic music, and to all the artists who affect my musical taste; today’s interview is with an eclectic guy, Marco Bellini, a dear friend of mine and someone I would call a living legend for whoever was clubbing in Italy during the 90ies, but Marco is not only a dj, but much more as you will find out in a while, and personally, one of the artist I like the most and who guided my musical choices and taste since when I was a kid.

J: Marco, you’ve been such an iconic person when I was a teen ( and you still are) and you really affected my musical “education” a kid in the club you used to tell me “you have a punk attitude, you must listen to punk rock” a suggestion that I followed..literally and I will always thank you for that!So, how did your style change from punk to the electronic music?

M: I started listening to music when I was very young (7/8 y.o.) all kind of rock during the early ’70ies (Bowie, Cooper, Iggy, Bolan) I felt that music deep inside in my unconscious and I grasped it while it got me shivering…I started understanding that a good tune, music in general would have satisfied most of my life.
I went through different stages, as my tastes in music were changing as the years went by,and so my sense of fashion changed with it: ’76/’78 hyppie style, ’79/’82 punk, ’82/’86 Dark/New Wave ’87/’89 Rock ‘n’ Roll L.A. ’90 House/Techno…if you love music you listen to a lot of stuff and when, in the 90ies the House music hit the climax, I didn’t think twice before jumping in it! I started listening to electronic music in the early ’80ies (Suicide, D.A.F., Nitzer Ebb, John Foxx, Kraftwerk…….) all bands who paved the way for all the future kind of electronic music genres.

J:Do you think being a dj changed lately?

M: Some time ago, who had a certain musical background, a vinyl collection and a true passione for the music had a chance to become a good dj, nowadays everyone can be a dj, more or less!
With the coming of new technologies (Traktor and sync button…) now mixing became easier ( but if a dj doesn’t need to care anymore about the beat matching because a device is doing it for him, where is the skill and the fun then??) and by the way, the main thing will always be the good taste and the good choices…

J: you’ve always been an eclectic artist, singer, musician, dj, model, performer, where did you take inspiration and passion?

M: From all the things I love,…from my world: music, cinema, books, comics, posters, cars, motorcycles, a word: ART!

J: What do you think about the taking over of EDM ?

M: Personally I don’t like it…maybe I am getting a bit old for that kind of music, it’s a sound that doesn’t touch me,…there is music I like and music I don’t….thanks God! And if it is true that music reflects the real essence of the human being, then everyone will get the music they deserve !!!

J: Can you tell me on what projects are you working on?

M: Lately I started building tunes again ( and I wasn’t doing it for years) and if I am honest I am really pumped about it…I wanna renew myself with some vinyl coming soon!

J: (Fan girl question) Romantic is my favorite tune of yours…will we ever see a follow up, or a new version?

M: Who knows, maybe yes…we remixed “Dirty” so releasing a remix of “Romantic” could be a good idea!

J: do you have more fun producing music or selecting tunes for the crowd in the clubs ?

M: An elating track you create in the studio gives me the same feeling of a super night in a club, they don’t always happen, obviously, but when it happens, you feel rewarded for all the job done! The studio and the club are the main ingredient of the picture!

J: How do you deal with social media?

M: Quite good, I’d say, I’m not a smartphone addicted, I check Facebook about 30 minutes daily more or less, you know, seeing all these young people always holding their phones…not for me, I am old school!

J: What would you say to young clubbers over there ?

M: I wish you have so much fun a s I did at your age!!!

Thank you Marco for taking the time and see you on the dance floor!!

Decidere di aprire un blog che tratta di musica, significa voler condividere la propria passione con chiunque sia on line, è un po’ come condividere una parte di se stessi,questo particolare blog è dedicato alla musica elettronica, e agli artisti che influenzano i miei gusti musicali, l’intervista di oggi è con un personaggio eclettico, Marco Bellini, un caro amico e quello che definirei una leggenda vivente per chi ha vissuto gli anni 90 nei clubs italiani,ma Marco non è solo un dj, ma molto altro…come scoprirete tra poco; e personalmente è uno degli artisti a cui sono più affezionata e che ha in qualche modo guidato le mie scelte e gusti in fatto di musica quando ero una ragazzina…

J: Sei stato un’icona di stile per me durante gli anni della mia adolescenza (e anche oggi) e hai avuto un’influenza importante nella mia “educazione” musicale…. da ragazzina in discoteca mi dicevi “tu sei sicuramente punk…devi ascoltare il punk ” 🙂 consiglio seguito alla lettera..e di questo ti ringrazierò sempre….
come sei passato dal punk alla musica elettronica ?

M: Iniziai da bambino (7/8 anni…) ad ascoltare/interessarmi di musica, tutto il rock primi ’70 (Bowie, Cooper, Iggy, Bolan…….)nel mio inconscio più profondo assorbivo come una spugna e sentivo dei brividi nella spina dorsale……iniziavo già a capire che una bella canzone, la musica in generale avrebbe soddisfatto gran parte della mia vita.
Le varie fasi della mia vita andavano sempre di pari passo con i gusti musicali del periodo e di conseguenza con i cambiamenti di look: ’76/’78 Hippie…….’79/’82 Punk…….’82/’86 Dark/New Wave………..’87/’89 Rock’n’Roll L.A………’90 House/Techno……se ami la musica ascolti un sacco di roba e quando, nel ’90, arrivò la grande piena del fiume “House” non ci pensai 2 volte a tuffarmi dentro!
Di musica elettronica ne ascoltavo già nei primi ’80 (Suicide, D.A.F., Nitzer Ebb, John Foxx, Kraftwerk…….), gruppi che spianavano la strada a tutta la musica elettronica futura…….

J: credi sia cambiata la figura, il ruolo, del dj ultimamente ?

M: Tempo fa, chi aveva un background musicale, una collezione di vinili ed un amore sviscerato x la musica poteva diventare un bravo DJ, adesso lo può fare chiunque, più o meno!
Con l’arrivo di nuove tecnologie (Traktor con sync….) è sicuramente più facile mixare (….ma se un DJ non si deve più preoccupare di cambiare i dischi manualmente a tempo perchè lo fà la macchina, allora il talento/divertimento dove stà ???) e cmq, quello che conta sarà sempre il buon gusto, le scelte musicali….

J: sei sempre stato un personaggio eclettico, cantante, musicista, dj, modello, performer, dove trovi entusiasmo e ispirazione?

M: Da tutte le cose che mi piacciono…….dal mio mondo: musica, cinema, libri, fumetti, posters, macchine, moto…….in una sola parola: ARTE!

J: cosa ne pensi del fenomeno dilagante che è diventato l’edm ?

M: A me personalmente non piace……forse stò diventando un pò vecchio x quel genere, un sound che non mi emoziona……..c’è musica che mi piace e musica che non mi piace, per fortuna!….e se la musica rispecchia la vera essenza dell’essere, allora ognuno avrà la musica che si merita!!!

J: a quali progetti stai lavorando?

M: Da qualche mese mi son rimesso a buttare giù tracce (…..cosa che non facevo da anni) e devo dire che mi stò gasando parecchio……..voglio reinventarmi con del vinile in uscita nel prossimo futuro!

J:(domanda da fan) Romantic resta una delle tue produzioni che preferisco… ci sarà un follow up, o una “rivisitazione” con un sound + attuale ?

M: Mah, chissà, anche si……. si era fatto un remix di “Dirty” per cui remixare “Romantic” potrebbe essere un’ idea!

J:ti diverti di + a produrre musica in studio o a selezionare le tracce nei clubs?

M: Una traccia esaltante che ti esce in studio è l’equivalente di una super serata in discoteca, non capitano sempre, ovviamente, ma quando succede ti senti ripagato di tutto il lavoro fatto! Studio e Club sono gli ingredienti del quadro generale!

J:il tuo rapporto con i social media?

M:Più che normale, direi……non sono un maniaco degli smartphones, FB lo vedo una mezzoretta al giorno, in media……vedere tutta questa gioventù alienata sempre con il cellulare in mano……..per me è diverso, io appartengo alla vecchia guardia!

J: cosa vorresti dire ai giovani clubbers?

M:Spero vi divertiate come mi sono divertito io quando avevo la vostra età!!!

Grazie Marco per il tuo tempo e ci vediamo in pista!!*it-unique/id265057388

La Trance italiana esportata nel mondo da Yves Delacroix

E oggi…ci occupiamo un po’ della trance di casa nostra….In particolare con uno dei personaggi che più stimo e ammiro da molti anni, Yves Delacroix, che pur essendo super impegnato, mi ha gentilmente concesso il suo tempo per un’intervista

J:Come è iniziata la tua carriera nella musica?

Y:Non mi sento di parlare di carriera se parliamo di inizi. In realtà il mio approccio alla musica fu un ripiego. Da piccolo ero minuto e soffrivo di asma. E mentre i miei coetanei giocavano a pallone i miei genitori mi mandarono a imparare a suonare uno strumento musicale. Avevo 7 anni e imparai a leggere e a suonare nella banda del paese. Da lì crescendo passai a fanfare militari poi rock band . Una evoluzione di pari passo con l’età.
Da grandicello Feci un album con un gruppo su cui puntavo molto e che poi invece si sciolse. Li iniziai a fare il dj seriamente. Ero stanco di fare musica dipendendo da altre persone. E non avevo più stimolo di comporre. Questa fase durò quasi 10 anni quando poi in una serata, fortuitamente incontrai Fabio XB (dj che sarebbe divenuto il mio attuale socio ). Me la butto lì di fare una collaborazione insieme. Io cercavo di differenziarmi e crescere nel mondo dei dj e accettai. E fu “close to the stars “.

J:L’ultimo anno è stato molto impegnativo e anche molto soddisfacente, mi parli un po di DestroYves e come è nata?

Y:Destroyves è l’esatta rappresentazione di una contraddizione in termini.
Faceva parte di un EP che poi alla fine per questioni di Schedulazione è stato splittato in due uscite singole. È nato dalla nostra esigenza di essere un po irriverenti nei confronti dei classicismi stilistici del genere Trance e dal desiderio di innovare e contaminare che credo ogni compositore dovrebbe avere. In realtà poi ci sono tantissime belle produzioni ma nella vita serve un pizzico di fortuna. È così è stato. Mando il pezzo in esclusiva ad Armin che se ne innamora e la suona in tutto il suo tour estivo.
nonostante il grande successo del pezzo non ho potuto godere per nulla del fortunato periodo a causa del brutto male che ha purtroppo colpito il mio socio e che abbiamo scoperto proprio in quei giorni. Ogni altra cosa è passata in secondo piano.

J:Come riesci a gestire la tua carriera , le produzioni e la tua scuola?

Y:Programmando, dando il 300% nella musica e non accontentandomi mai. Lavoro 7 giorni su 7 comprese le notti spesso. In realtà da quest’anno però ho calato molto le ore di lezione a scuola. E anche le produzioni da qualche mese vanno a rilento. Sono diventato papà e la cosa richiede molto spazio e nuova gestione dei tempi 🙂

J:Con quale artista ti piacerebbe realizzare una collaborazione?

Y:Mi piace molto lo stile di Sixma , e l ecletticità di Khoma. Anche David Gravell e Popov sono nomi a cui sarei incline.

J:Come credi si stia evolvendo la musica elettronica ?

Y:Nei prossimi mesi secondo me ci sarà un grande ritorno ancora una volta dei rimpasti degli anni passati. Avverto un’po’ di stallo sulla scena a livello creativo. Per questo io stesso cerco di essere eclettico nelle mie tracce seppur correndo il rischio di essere snobbato dai puristi del genere.

J:Prossimi progetti?

Y:Sto lavorando su un degno followup di destroyves. Che strizzi l’occhio all’elettronica ma che non tradisca le nostre origini Trance.

J:Tu non sei solo un dj ma anche un producer, com’è suonare la propria traccia davanti a un mare di persone x la prima volta?

Y:Suonarla e’ fantastico. Vedere che la gente la conosce e la canta invece è impagabile.

J:Quale consiglio daresti ad un dj oggi e quale ad un produttore?

Non voglio spaventare nessuno. Ma Per prima cosa gli consiglierei di chiedersi se è veramente quello che vuole fare. Perché spesso questo cammino richiede molti sacrifici sia a livello di tempo che a livello di investimento economico. Fare una traccia non significa affermarsi sul mercato discografico internazionale. Ci vuole costanza e continuità di uscita. E questo implica dedicare tutto il tempo che si ha a disposizione per questa missione. Io a 18 anni ero così innamorato della musica e del mondo della notte che ho fatto di tutto per farne parte. Da quel momento la mia vita sociale si è ridotta a zero.
Ho parlato anche di un aspetto economico. Le attrezzature professionali per produrre musica hanno un costo. Se uno ha anche la passione per i go-kart o il softair o di far tardi di notte per far festa, temo non abbia poi il tempo e i mezzi per fare il produttore.
Lo stesso David Guetta in una intervista diceva che il suo segreto per essersi affermato come dj era che mentre i suoi amici da adolescenti andavano in giro a far casino e a fare festa, lui era in studio a creare la propria musica…
Una volta stabilito che questa è la propria missione, il secondo consiglio che non mi stanco mai di dare anche a tutti ragazzi a lezione e quello di ascoltare, ascoltare ed ascoltare la musica con attenzione. Perché spesso la chiave per iniziare a produrre è già scritta. Non ci sono strutture astruse da inventare. Per capire come produrre una traccia che abbia una testa, un senso ed una coda spesso è semplicemente necessario saper ascoltare e codificare quello che normalmente sentiamo in giro. In radio, in televisione e sui nostri pc.
E Per ultima cosa, se veramente si ritiene che questo sia il nostro settore, seguire corsi specifici di preparazione alla produzione in modo da ottimizzare i tempi.
Mi spiego meglio: saper usare un software sequencer per un dj produttore , equivale a saper scrivere con una penna per uno scrittore …. Poi l’artista che sa scrivere, genera il romanzo vincente. Allo stesso modo il dj produttore Deve conoscere il proprio linguaggio e gli strumenti per poterlo manipolare con precisione e con semplicità se vuole arrivare a realizzare un brano. Se non so impiegare un software sequencer allora è impensabile riuscire a trasformare la musica che ho in testa in qualcosa di tangibile. A questo punto invece di sperimentare fino ad usurarsi le orecchie, meglio un corso formativo che dia le basi per poter iniziare a lavorare

Ringrazio Yves (Dave Pagani) per aver fatto 2 chiacchiere con me ed estendo il saluto al suo socio Fabio XB che spero presto avrò ospite nel mio blog 🙂


Catching up with Sied …for Riel!!!

Hi guys,

let’s celebrate my new born blog with a very special interview:

Today I’ve had the chance to catch up with one of my favorite trance djs and producer, Sied van Riel.

He is having a very busy schedule this summer and a whole lot of new projects on the way, so let’s see what he revealed to me…
Jess : How was your Ibiza’s experience this summer?
Sied : Quite interesting compared to other years, but It was extremely good to see Trance being represented in such a great way.
New events popping up and I was lucky to be part of the new “Connect” nights at Vista Club Privilege. I did the Pure Trance night and “Connect” night. Also the boat parties from Connect & Grotsque.. Very strong line ups through out the season. We’re close to selling out the last boat party so I’m very excited to return there one more time this summer.
Jess: How do you see the trance scene evolving ?
Sied: Without repeating myself, but I think it’s an ever growing scene on a world wide scale.
If there’s one thing about music that never has faded.. it’s melodies and the emotion it brings forward. Chart toping and perhaps gimmicks are just hypes.
They come and go, but Trance has been here since the early 90’s and huger then ever. Just a reminder for those who wonder =) People who say “trance is dead” ughhhh.. I can’t even let it bother me anymore.
You can’t define a way of living or true passion by judging it on it’s presence on mainstream media.
Jess: What are your plans for the next months?
Sied: Expanding my new label “Rielism” and there’s also new merchandise coming up. Besides that, continuing making music and doing gigs.
I’m also slowly starting to prepare “Rielism Vol.4” .. Aiming for a release in the first quarter of 2016.
Jess: When your are not busy touring, working on the studio, or on your radio show, what do you love to do ?


Sied: I enjoy nature, walking with my dogs and I’ve picked up bowling again 2 nights a week. If I’m home and I have time I’ll go there
and play league nights on Monday and Thursdays. On average I spend about 15 hours a day in the studio so
yeah, sometimes it’s good to have a little break and get your mind off of music for a few hours.
Jess: Will we see you in Italy any soon?
(Pizza is waiting )
Sied: Hahaha, I certainly hope so! The last time I was there it was an awesome night. b2b with Leon Bolier in Milan.. I hope I’ll be back again soon to collect that pizza you promised ^^
Jess: Let’s talk about Rielism, how and when did it all start?
Sied: It started out as “Rielalistic Sessions” But I couldn’t even pronounce that name hahahah. So from there it became “Rielalistic” .. still a tongue twister
so finally I came up with “Rielism”. Something that’s close to my heart and really shows people who I am, what I do and what I love about Trance music.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s now a label as well, since May. It’s going really really great and I’m signing more and more tracks now. Quality over quantity
so for now I’m aiming to have 1 single release per month.

Jess: Who would you like to cooperate with for a new tune?
Sied: Uhm, I’m not to sure about that. I am extremely focussed on my own productions again so I’m not really keen to do more collaborations.
I am finishing the new “Sied van Riel & Radion6” and working on a track with ReOrder, but these are the only ones I’m doing for now.

Jess: Many thanks for taking the time and see you soon on the dancefloor !
Sied: Thank you for doing this with me 2 =)