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Poll 2018: Radical Redemption

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From: The Netherlands
DJ style: Hardstyle
Best known for: “‘The Brutal Saga’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “‘The Darkest Moment’.”

Master of “severe kick drums”, Radical Redemption is back in the Top 100 for the fifth year in a row. After last year’s chaotic touring schedule, 2018 was all about the studio, with Radical Redemption finishing his new album ‘Command & Conquer’ among his live shows, where according to his bio “all shades of commercialism are shunned into oblivion”. Launching at his own event with the same name this November, the album is the prolific hardstyle DJ’s seventh in only six years.

Alongside collaborations with Yellow Claw, Timmy Trumpet, Carnage and Moksi, he wrote his track ‘The Darkest Moment’ as a reference to the struggles DJs with relentless touring schedules can encounter on the road. With Radical Redemption’s high-energy, high-production shows, it’s no surprise it can take its toll — regardless, his dedication to the sound means he remains one of hardstyle’s biggest stars.

Words: DECLAN MCGLYNN

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 15:20

Poll 2017: Radical Redemption

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You know it’s been a good year when you have to charter a helicopter to take you across three gigs in six hours spanning festivals in Belgium and Holland. Then again, if you play 51 shows across three months as hardstyle DJ Radical Redemption (aka Joey Van Ingen) did, then you’re going to need all the help you can get. 

The summer’s festivities were just the warm-up for his Road To Redemption show. “After doing two sold-out shows in the Heineken Music Hall for 5500 people over the past two years, we will now do my new show in 'The Radical Dome' that can hold 12,000 souls,” says the Dutch DJ, proudly.

With a new album to celebrate — with the on-brand title of 'The Road To Redemption' – he’ll be bringing his live show to the party alongside support from Minus Militia, Warface, Digital Punk and more, a celebration of the best in hardstyle headlined by one of the scene’s true stars. 

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

Poll 2015: Radical Redemption

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Hardstyle has never been more popular than it is right now. One man who’s helped bring the genre to unforeseen heights is the inventively named Radical Redemption.

Still only 25 years old, 2015 is the second year in a row the burgeoning Dutchman has made the Top 100. With his own show coming up in November at Amsterdam’s infamous Heineken Music Hall, it seems the only way is up for the “Prostitute” producer…

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:34

Style: 
Hardstyle
Best known for: 
The Spell of Sin/The Brutal saga.
Tune of the year: 
Piece of Shit
From: 
The Netherlands
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
The ability to feel the crowd.
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
I don't know about EDM, but the future is bright for hardstyle. The market is really growing right now, and in 2015 I had way more bookings abroad than 2014. It's also up to the producers to keep producing awesome stuff and keep the scene alive!
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
Personally I never suffer from things like jetlag or whatever. Sometimes you're tired after travelling, but nothing I can't handle, that's for sure.
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
That's a difficult one. The only thing I can say is that I live for the music and everything around it.
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
Well, I really miss the parties in The Matrixx in Nijmegen, that's for sure. Those nights were always awesome, packed, and the crowd went totally mental.
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
I really don't know.
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
Sometimes a producer is just a producer. That's when you will search for a face, to do the performances. There's nothing wrong with that. Besides, I don't think Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Madonna or Katy Perry write all their songs themselves. Nobody cares about that. So basically, I've got no problem with the whole ghost producer thing.