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Deadmau5's now legendary trolling of Martin Garrix, by altering the bleepy melody line of 'Animals' into 'Old MacDonald Had A Farm', has unexpectedly proved a big hit with EDM ravers the world over.
Deadmau5's new arrangement of Garrix's international hit, hastily prepared for when the mighty Mau5 stepped in for Avicii at Ultra Music Festival, was designed to be a dig at what he perceived as identikit EDM. Yet so popular did it prove at Ultra that it left festival-goers wanting more.
From: Eindhoven, Netherlands
DJ style: “A bit of everything with a lot of electronic.”
Best known for: “Being brothers.”
What’s the next new big track? “Party Favor & Dillon Francis ‘Shut It Down’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2016? “Brooks.”
A huge 15 years after their debut release, former hard dance icons Showtek have continued their transition into EDM megastars in 2016. Made up of brothers Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen, the Skink label they launched in 2013 has released massive main room tracks from Justin Prime and Eva Shaw, as well as the ‘Skinkilation Vol. 2’ EP, which featured high-octane weapons from David Guetta, Tom Ferro, Crossnaders, Jimmy Clash, The Dirty Code, Lenx & Denx and Rendo, as well as Showtek themselves.
The Janssen brothers also started their Crazy Collabs project in 2012, through which they’ve previously worked with Guetta, Tiësto, Hardwell and Bassjackers, amongst many others. “Every three to five years we feel like we want to do something new and add things to our profile,” Sjoerd tells DJ Mag. Although not part of the series, the duo added Major Lazer to their already impressive list of collaborations this year, with ‘Believer’ from the EDM giants’ forthcoming album ‘Music Is The Weapon’ set to establish them as a household name.
What have been the new frontiers for you this year?
“Developing a new live show, and our collaboration with Major Lazer.”
Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form?
“Any personally created piece is a form of art, and people will always debate that.”
What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?
“It’s so much easier to produce music nowadays, so people are getting more and more creative to sound unique — creating an amazing revolution.”
If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be?
“Even though we have a specific style, we are constantly trying to fuse different influences like reggae, hip-hop, old school house and indie.”
As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“We’d have to ask the promoters!”
What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?
“Educate, don’t ignore.”
How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“Things have to saturate before people want a change of palette. Creative people are determined to come up with new ideas, so eventually it will always evolve.”
WORDS: ROB McCALLUM
The past 12 months have seen brothers Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen, aka Showtek, capitalising on their hard work over the past few years, as they transitioned from their early dominance in the hardstyle scene into a broader main stage EDM act.
They've now worked with some of the industry’s biggest names, including their collaboration with David Guetta this year ‘Sun Goes Down’. They point to the launch of their 'Crazy Collabs' project a few years ago as the start of what pushed them towards where they are today.
“We started 'Crazy Collabs' back in 2012, because it was a great way to work with other artists from different genres in the studio,” they say. “It’s really cool to create an opportunity to work with artists like Tiesto or Hardwell, especially because a lot of people wouldn’t expect it from Showtek.”
The duo say the greatest compliment is that these artists want to work with them, and in 2015 they’re widely respected as elite studio magicians.
“Showtek has always been a music-driven act. Producing music made us who we are, and working with names like David Guetta allowed us a broader spectrum. Our music is well known throughout the industry, and looking back on the past, we've always been shifting styles and implementing different kinds of genres. We plan on continuing to surprise people with new ideas.”
“We can remember our first gig that we did as a duo very well! We were just 17 and 18-years-old when we first played together. After the release of one of our first tracks that became successful in the charts, 'Save the Day', we got more and more bookings throughout the country all of a sudden. The first gig was on a Saturday night at a very sketchy, small club somewhere in the south of The Netherlands. It is called The Pilot, and still exists actually.”
Gordon Phillips is the big cheese, top dog, club impresario behind the success story of BCM, also known as Planet Dance, on the Balearic isle of Mallorca. Formerly a DJ, his services to dance music go back far and beyond the call of duty, and as well as keeping things shipshape at the world-renowned club he is famous for being 'a friend to the stars' and booking some of the highest ranking talent.