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Poll 2018: Blasterjaxx

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From: The Hague, Netherlands
DJ style: “Big room, electro-house.”
Best known for: “‘Snake’, ‘Mystica’, ’Rocket’, ’15’, ‘Bigroom Never Dies’, ‘Beautiful World’,‘Faith’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Armin van Buuren ‘Blah Blah Blah’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Will K and Ben Nicky.”

That Blasterjaxx finish their 2018 with studio work still unreleased, which will eventually appear on their highly-anticipated long-player, is surprising. After all, the Dutch duo have been a near constant presence in the global dance charts over the past 12 months.

Work has arrived via their own Maxximize Records and Hardwell’s imprint, Revealed — the latter a collaboration with the bossman himself, ‘Bigroom Never Dies’. Anything but an ironic title, the gargantuan tune could easily fill a stadium or three, and is typical of the pair’s approach to crafting tracks, explaining why they have risen to the top of the EDM scene over the last decade.

Also known as Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf, while the latter continues to avoid live performances after bravely opening up about mental health issues and backing away from touring in 2016, the former holds it down on stage for both, unleashing sets packed with energy and titanic drops, from European mega-festivals like Tomorrowland and Mysteryland, to Don’t Let Daddy Know in Chile. Look out for their debut album — coming soon.

Words: MARTIN GUTTRIDGE-HEWITT

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 12:48

Poll 2017: Blasterjaxx

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Dutch duo Blasterjaxx are currently winding down from a solid festival season that has seen them consolidate their longevity as big room favourites. They‘ve supported appearances at festivals like Tomorrowland and Dance Valley with several high-profile releases.

“Music-wise, we had a really productive year,” they tell DJ Mag. “We released lots of new music on our own Maxximize Records imprint, and the response of our fans has been great.” The label is doing really well, they add, with their next label event scheduled to take place at ADE. 

It’s approaching two years since Idir Makhlaf withdrew from touring due to mental health issues, leaving Thom Jongkind to assume DJing duties while they both continue to produce together. While they say it took some getting used to, it’s been a change for the best. “In the end we can both say it works better for us personally, as well as for Blasterjaxx in total.”

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:43

Poll 2015: Blasterjaxx

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“Turbulent” is Blasterjaxx’s adjective of choice to describe their year, speaking to DJ Mag all the way from Shanghai. “But we’re very happy to look back and say that we’ve really established our place in the dance scene.”

Debuting in the Top 100 in 2013, Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf met at the gym and, since that fateful workout, haven’t once looked back. Treating their fans (or “Blastersoldiers”) to their ‘Maxximize On Air’ podcast and an array of festival appearances (Tomorrowland, Ultra, Sziget) this year, the pair prove they're still going strong.

One project this year saw them teaming up with Electric Family to develop a bracelet, with all proceeds going towards helping millions of blind adults and children.

The trance, hardstyle and house producers have spent the past six months building their own studio and in there have been “raising the level compared to the years before. Not only as Blasterjaxx, as artists, have we grown but definitely have also matured on a personal level,” they say.

A recent Facebook post of theirs promised that for each ‘Like’, they’d do one push-up — meaning that by now they should have done 33,712. Good luck guys! 

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-12 15:13

Style: 
“Electro-house, Dirty Dutch.”
Best known for: 
“‘Fifteen’, ‘Mystica’, ‘Faith’.”
Tune of the year: 
“Major Lazer, DJ Snake and MØ 'Lean On'.”
From: 
The Hague, Holland
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“KSHMR! He’s doing an amazing job.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“To be creative! Creativity is the key to innovation; no matter if this is in the studio or on the dancefloor.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Please stop calling it EDM! It's house music and already existed over 30 years ago. As long as the clubs are still full and the festivals packed, there is definitely a bright future ahead.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Yes, absolutely. It's way heavier than we ever expected and if you are not in control of yourself and maintain some limitations, you'll lose it.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Our loved ones, our girlfriends, our friends, family and all the people who support us in good and bad times (read: fans!).”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“The Arches in Glasgow, what an amazing club with so many people willing to party every weekend.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“Because men rule! No, seriously, we've got no idea.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“As long as they really rock the dancefloor and still are involved in the creative process of the track, it's fine by us. If they suck behind the decks and bought their tunes onwww.ghostproducingforcheap.com, they failed in life.”