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Richard Durand
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Position: 
59

Questions Top100 DJs 2011 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:09

Style: 
Techy, trance, trouse
Best known for: 
Albums 'Always The Sun' and 'Wide Awake'
Tune of the year: 
Rex Mundi 'Opera Of Northern Ocean (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2011: 
Estiva.
What's the future of DJing: 
I think there will be a lot of new developments incorporating visuals, VJ skills and 3D technology
Favourite app: 
Monopoly. Totally addictive during travelling and you can also play with a friend via Bluetooth.
Discovery of the year: 
For me it's definitely the iPad. I love to play games and watch movies, so this is perfect entertainment on tour!
Rediscovery of the year: 
Stephen JK 'Puristick', a very strong track that still works very well on the dancefloor
Awkward Moment: 
I was at a McDonald's, stumbled and dropped my food over somebody. Complete stress - and my food was gone.”
Style or substance: 
The style element has become more important in recent years
Pet Hate: 
People who call in and have massive arguments on talk radio stations - I find that difficult and frustrating to listen to!
Having been hotly tipped by Tiësto a few years ago, Richard Durand has done his trance forefather proud in the ensuing years. 2011 has been “an amazing year” and saw the Dutchman mix his second instalment of the Black Hole Recordings 'In Search Of Sunrise' compilation back in the summer. “It's always nice to work on that, and get in the summer vibe when putting it together before a busy few months of touring starts,” he says. Also on Black Hole this year was a second full-length Durand album. 'Wide Awake' included key singles like the title track featuring Ellie Lawson, and 'Explode' featuring Kash, all of which showcase the man's lucid trance/house (or “trouse”, as he prefers to call it) style… “A couple of years ago you couldn't start with house, then play trance,” says Richard, speaking on the phone from Australia during yet another tour. “But people are more open to new things now. It's been a good development in the scene this year and has influenced me as a DJ and a producer. It's been really exciting!” Gig-wise there have been stop-offs all across Europe, Asia and America, as well as huge festival appearances at Global Gathering (in two different countries), Ultra Music Festival and Godskitchen (again on two separate continents), plus some esteemed sets as part of the In Search Of Sunrise tour alongside the likes of Cosmic Gate and Gareth Emery. KRISTAN J CARYL

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