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Poll 2018: Bassjackers

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From: Netherlands
DJ style: “Big room.”
Best known for: “Energetic music and sets.” 
Fave tune of 2018: “Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Julian Banks and Bassjackers feat. Snoop Dogg ‘The Bounce’.” 
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Belgium’s D’Angello & Francis.”

The appearance of big room botherers Bassjackers in this year’s Top 100 DJs is not at all surprising given the year they’ve had, not to mention all the work they’ve been putting in to make their shows are extra-special. “We worked extra-hard on making our sets even more well-balanced,” Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst explain from their base in the Netherlands. “There’s new visuals and we wanted to make interactivity and energy work hand in hand to create an awesome, all-round experience.”

One of the first times their new show was performed was at Tomorrowland, where the popular duo used a headline main stage appearance to debut a raft of new tracks and collaborations. These included a slew of cuts created alongside regular studio partners Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, as well as a hook-up with the one and only Snoop Dogg. They say we’ll be able to grab those soon, with a swathe of singles and a new album scheduled for release in the months ahead.

Words: MATT ANNISS

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 16:38

Poll 2017: Bassjackers

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Nearly 20 tracks and remixes released, headlining huge festivals and sell out gigs across the world — fair to say 2017 has been pretty large for the Dutch duo. Oh, and there was the small matter of appearing in one of the biggest games of all time. “Our track was featured in the video game ‘Destiny’. This made playing the game even more special,” the Bassjackers tell DJ Mag. 

The highlight of their live season was playing the mainstage of Tomorrowland — “the cherry on the top”, says one-half of the duo, Ralph Van Hilst — but they were busy in the studio as well, creating their ‘Signed By Bassjackers’ music production series, “in which we gave away our project files and released a studio session online where we explained what we did and why,” says the other half of the duo, Marlon Flohr. Invaluable to any fans of their big room sound.

And 2018 plans? “We already have releases lined up deep into 2018 — which include our collabs with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike — that have been making waves on the internet for quite some time now.” News to our ears! 

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:45

Poll 2015: Bassjackers

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2015 has been a sensational year for fun-loving Dutch duo, Bassjackers. They've toured the globe, released Beatport number ones and even indulged in philanthropy; the duo support The Zoëzo Foundation who help children suffering with Leukaemia.

Music-wise they've collaborated with EDM heavyweights like Afrojack and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, plus hot-tipped up-and-comer KSHMR. They've also teamed up with the best EDM imprints on the block — cue Spinnin', Ministry Of Sound, Revealed and more. It's in America that the duo's sound has translated best — they've charted record crowds at their weekly club residency at The Light in Las Vegas.

For next year, the duo say they'll “be experimenting with some new styles” on their upcoming release and have another gigantic tour in the pipeline for 2016.

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 15:57

Style: 
“EDM.”
Best known for: 
“Big drops and high-energy DJ sets.”
Tune of the year: 
“'Memories'.”
From: 
The Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“KSHMR.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Being able to adjust while still staying true to your own sound.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“EDM will never die!”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“It's hard from time to time, but we have an amazing team who make life on the road easier and make sure we can focus on what we do best; performing and making music.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Children.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Now & Wow, Rotterdam. That’s where we started clubbing and got inspired to become DJs.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“We think it’s always been a male-dominated scene but we do see a lot more female DJ/producers coming up lately, so who knows next year. Come on, ladies!”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“As an artist, you should be upfront about where your music is from and give credit to those who deserve it.”