What’s your earliest ‘musical’ memory?
When I was little I used to watch TV with my brothers in the mornings. I can remember watching the videos on MTV. I didn’t understand them; the only thing that stuck was the music. It fascinated me how these people were able to make all kinds of sound with just a few strings attached to a piece of wood. My mother must have picked up on my interest and sent me to music lessons. I’ve not spent a day without music in my life since.
What was it that drove you to get into the music industry?
I used to watch DVDs of Armin van Buuren and Tiesto concerts. I was amazed how such a large concert hall could became one through the music. That’s what influenced me to get into it too. Also it was the production side of things – I always thought it would be cool to be able to press all the buttons backstage. Which is why I started training to become a stage technician. I never did finish my course though (read: expelled from school), because I spent all my time making music instead.
Who have been the most influential people in your musical development?
The people and friends around me. Somehow I’ve always surrounded myself with people who are all involved in music. It’s what motivated me to go for it too. And because my life was all music, all the time, I thought, why not make it my profession? There’s really nothing else I’d rather be doing.
Who inspires you outside of music?
My girlfriend. I know it’s a cliché, but in contrast to my chaos, she’s the most organised person I know. And she gets much more done in such a short time. Her hard work is what motivates me to get things done and to enjoy every moment. It’s easy to forget to enjoy all the things you have around you. She’s often the one who shows me how beautiful and fun it all is.
What are the biggest three challenges facing you at this moment in time?
Time and inspiration. I sometimes wish there were more hours in the day. I want to do so much in so little time. That’s when it can be good to step back and take a breather, but I find that hard to do. Inspiration is also an issue. Faced with deadlines it just doesn’t work. No inspiration or no idea what to do. Recently I’ve started working out more, and that helps clear my head.
What is the best event you’ve appeared at and why?
Nothing beats a good illegal rave. But seriously, it’s often the smaller, dirtier stages that win out. I have to say I really miss the 9.23 gigs. It was those parties with the boys that really shaped me into who I am today. Also: Awakenings festival. Everyone turned up to my Awakenings debut, even most of my family! It’s definitely a confidence boost to look out over the decks and see your mum and dad watching you with this big smile on their faces.
If you could collaborate with ANYONE in the world (past or present) who would it be and why?
FKA Twigs. Apparently she’s super weird to work with in the studio. Like, she’ll be producing while she dances and her moves will dictate the whole arrangement. She’s also a brilliant singer who is pushing the boundaries within the electronic indie scene (if I can call it that). I’ve got a lot of respect for her and enjoy listening to her music.
If you weren’t in the music game, what game would you be playing?
Woowww. That’s a tough question. I’ve never really thought about it. I think I’d probably do something with video and photography. I really like design and the way you can create certain atmospheres through photography.
Who gives you the most support in your life and work?
My parents, they’re always there for me and champion everything I do. At one point I told them I wanted to enrol at the Herman Brood Academie to study Dance Production. When you graduate you get a diploma that says you’re a musician. Which means absolutely nothing, but my parents got behind my enthusiasm and supported me nonetheless.
If you only had 3 months to live, what would you want to do with them?
I’d spend one month playing an absurd amount of festivals. Showing my parents what it’s all about. Then I’d take them on trip. We’d travel around the world and end up back in Deventer. Deventer is my city; it’s such a laid-back place to be. I always go there when I need a break. I grew up there and my parents love it too, so it would be a fitting place to end the journey.
Any messages for our readers?
Hope to see you all somewhere soon – we’ll have a beer!
De Sluwe Vos - Kontra Album (Part 3) is out on 20th May