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Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 10:58

Style: 
“Euphoric hardstyle with catchy vocals.”
Best known for: 
“Globalizing hardstyle.”
Tune of the year: 
“Coone ‘Love For The Game’.”
From: 
Belgium
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Cesqeaux.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“I gotta feel the crowd, every country is different. So pre-recorded sets are never gonna do the trick.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“I hear lots of evolution and fresh talents in each style. Yes, the future is still bright.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“I must say, if you don’t take a break now and then, it can definitely affect your private life.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“My girlfriend, my daughter, my passion for music, my family, my friends, my fans.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“’Club Bizarre (Headhunterz & Noisecontrollers Remix)’ - Brooklyn Bounce, ha ha (hardstyle in-joke – Ed).
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“I’m getting the idea that a lot of girls are not in it for the love of the music. That does not work.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“If you’re a good businessman, a good entertainer, up to date with the latest trends in music and most of all a good DJ, then I don’t have a problem with it, although it would not work for me.”

Koen Bauweraerts, better known as Belgian producer Coone, is one of the elder statesmen of hardstyle. It’s been over a decade since Bauweraerts put out his first single, ‘Protect The Innocent’ on Hardball Records, making him one of the longest-running DJs in the scene.

In 2006, Bauweraerts launched label Dirty Workz, which has since become one of the foremost outlets for jumpstyle and hardstyle in Europe. By the age of 24, he was already commanding a devoted following in his home country, drawing a crowd of several thousand fans to his Coone & The Gang events.

He’s since become an evangelist for hardstyle, helping to spread the genre around the globe — his last album, released in 2013, was aptly titled ‘Global Dedication’.

“Every year I’m trying to convince more people of my style. And it’s working, I’m playing at the world’s best clubs and festivals this year,” he tells DJ Mag. Recent collaborations with Steve Aoki and remixes of Linkin Park have no doubt exposed new audiences to hardstyle and won him new fans in the US and further abroad.

ADAM BYCHAWSKI

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