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Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 11:12

Best known for: 
“Tracks like 'Lose My Mind' and 'Imaginary'.”
Tune of the year: 
“Blademasterz 'Still Here'.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Sub Sonik.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“To analyse how people react to a variety of tracks. In some places hardstyle is pretty new to the audience, so I play different tracks and remixes than when I’m playing Benelux.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Electronic music still is a very young genre and constantly evolving. That's what I like about music: it's dynamic and renewing itself, and I'm still stoked when I hear a great sound or a catchy melody.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Sure thing. Travelling is demanding for everyone, but it's part of a great job. You can make a fuss about each delay, but it won’t change anything.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“The refugee situation is tearing me apart. It's really hard to find good and permanent solutions for people that are forced to leave their homes.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“I'd like to bring back some smaller clubs from when I started, as I find it important that there are clubs that offer opportunities for new talent to play.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“That’s a question for the DJ Mag readers. They are the voters! I think it's just a matter of numbers. If you calculate the total number of female DJs compared to male, it's only a few percent...”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“It's a kick when you create something new, and you can't wait to play it for other people. It can create the same goosebumps as going out on the main stage of Defqon.1 or EDC with 60,000 fans in front of you.”

 Dutch hardstyle producer Brennan Heart has had one of those years. “I thought 2014 was madness, but 2015 topped it… crazy”, he sighs. “At the beginning of the year I took one and a half months break in Bali... to recharge myself, regarding my future, plans and ambitions.”

That rest was warranted, surely. In between broadcasting his radio show on SlamFM (‘WE R Hardstyle’) and manning stages at EDC and Defqon.1, the producer’s been heading up his own WE R Music label, and is revered by his fans for arena smashers such as ‘Follow The Light’ and ‘FIFO’ (standing for “fit in or fuck off”).

To get away from the madness of the jetsetting lifestyle of an international DJ, he’s just treated himself to a new crib: a “beautiful cottage in the countryside, enjoying life with my girlfriend. But no worries for the fans: there will also be a new studio next to the house!” he assures DJ Mag.

“My passion for music is the thing that keeps me going, but I need to make sure that any spare time I have is spent with family and friends.”