At first, we got an email from Armin (van Buuren) that he wanted us to do remix of his Embrace album, because he really like our works in the last couple of years. He allowed us to choose any song from his album. So we listened to the album very closely and carefully. At the end, we decided to do remix for “Off The Hook” because it has a lot of energy in the song. We decided to make it a little more mainstage, make it more pounding and aggressive. There was no inspiration but it was the right track for us to choose. I think we nailed it. It works for the dance floor.
Can you describe your music in 5 words?
In 5 words? Pounding. Sometimes aggressive. Always party. I have two left, right? Hmmmm energetic. Last one, hard? Something like that (laugh).
It’s a good mixture between a lot of different things, melodic as well. I think melodic is the better word. Combined with all the others. So melodic, energetic, sometimes aggressive, pounding, party.
You constantly touring. How to keep your mood between the tour and personal life?
Sometimes it can be a little bit hard. Especially I have two kids as well. Well I’m not away from home every day, but yeah it keeps busier in the last couple of months. I’m happy with that, because that’s what it’s all about and what I want to do. That’s my dream since I was sixteen. I’m happy to be able touring the world, but sometimes when I leave house I had to bite my lips. Especially when I see my kids, age 2 and 4 years, it’s difficult to leave the home. On the other hand, whenever I’m in another country and meet a lot of nice people and take care of me very well, the minute I go on stage I forget about the sadness. I enjoyed my time on stage. I had to be honest, it’s hard. However, the contrast of these feelings keeps me alive and keep doing it with passion.
Where do you get the inspiration for the track?
Rob (Koopmans) and I started early with DJ stuffs, around 16 years, probably. We started with Hardstyle. If you listened very carefully to our melodies, you maybe notice the influence of it. Most of the time we can be quite aggressive but with catchy melodies. Back in the day 2001 when we listened and played Hardstyle, the melodies were simple but very catchy. It made you humble and keep the melody in mind, even when you travel back from party.
That’s what inspired us the minute we started producing and came back to Trance, because it was our first love around 2005-2006. That was our main focus, to keep simple effective melody and catchy stuff combined with power. I think it’s a good combination and formula to set the dance floor on fire.
When you produce a track, what do you have in mind?
It depends. Whenever we started working on a track, the melodies always the main focus. We want to see those hands in the air, smile on people’s face when they recognized the sound. First, the melody. Then we build everything around it later on. I had to say that usually it doesn’t work for us to sit down in a studio to work from scratch.
What we do, most of the time I have melodies in my head. Sometimes when I’m sleeping and suddenly wake up, I’ve got this melody in my head. I have to get out of the bed and write it down or humming it to my phone. Next morning, I listen it back and go to the studio. That’s how we work most of the time. If we started from scratch in the studio, usually came out nothing.
I hope you got some inspiration from our chat with Isaac Vissers of Fisherman & Hawkins.