The Dutch hardstyle explosion shows no sign of slowing down in 2013 — just ask one of the scene’s biggest players, Wildstylez, who took the sound to the masses this year when he remixed two of electro house’s biggest names, Hardwell and Nicky Romero.
But then, Wildstylez (Joram Metekohy) has always opted for a progressive take on the genre, making him a natural choice for crossover success. His is “a raw, edgy sound, but always with a lot of melodic elements”, says Metekohy. “I’d like to always move forward, to keep on developing my sound.” 2013 has been “a very good year with many highlights”, says the producer, including his sold-out X-Qlusive show in Amsterdam at the beginning of the year, his ‘Year of Summer’ single going platinum in the
Netherlands, and the launch of his label, Lose Control Music. The label has already released two Wildstylez singles — the dark, winding jitter of ‘Lose Control’, contrasted by the euphoric melodies of ‘Lights Go Out’. Asked what the wildest thing Wildstylez has done in 2013, Metekohy replies simply with “I’m not that wild!”, which is a shame in one sense, but considering that it allows him extra time for “more music, more touring” and concentrating on further musical plans for next year, we’ll forgive him.