"I've played for eight or nine years in Holland," says Dutchman Richard Durand of his career before 2007. "And Holland's not so big! Now I can play my music all round the world and that's really nice."
Breaking free from the confines of his homeland after remixing trance superstar TiÃ«sto, a former Top 100 Winner, the last 12 months have seen a huge upswing in his career with a newfound international status to boot.
"I couldn't believe that everyone knows me and my tracks," beams Richard
With a wave of bookings, crowds have been going crazy for his sets, which consist almost entirely of his own productions, remixes and re-edits.
"I think it's better to play my own tracks," explains Richard. "It's not necessarily that they're better, but it's a more personal experience. And you're really sure that you're playing something different to the DJ before or after. I just do my own thing."