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Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:10

Style: 
“EDM and beyond.”
Best known for: 
“Lover of the art of DJing, fast producing, helping talents. Love for superheroes.”
Tune of the year: 
“Galantis 'U&I'.”
From: 
The Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“KANDY.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“To be able to adapt to the crowd and feel what a room needs.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Absolutely! EDM will just morph into something else, like it did with the coming of future house last year.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“It sure does! All the time, actually. It's been a real good practice to try and stay healthy both mentally as well as physically on tour.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“With Electric Family, we've done the 'Fuck Cancer' bracelets this year. It's very rare you come across someone who didn't lose someone to cancer. It's crazy we're still losing loved ones to cancer in 2015.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“The Arches in Glasgow. It's such a shame that closed down this year!”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“Why aren't there more technical DJs in the Top 100 DJs poll?”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“I'm absolutely fine with that. The mailman might be able to deliver the most wonderful packages on time, but that doesn't mean he's responsible for the products in there.”

He’s been sliding around the Top 100 for some time now, but Laidback Luke wasn’t about to let himself be phased by last year’s results. “Funnily enough, after dropping to position 50 last year, this year seemed to be my busiest year ever,” recalls the big room house producer — Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, as he’s known off stage. 

He’s been on more than one of those this summer — Tomorrowland, Ultra, EDC, to name a few — and produces incessantly for labels like Size, Fool's Gold as well as his own Mixmash. Having also just announced his first album in ten years, ‘Focus’, we’re questioning whether the first half of his name is really necessary. 

Despite his status as successful DJ and producer in his own right, the Philippines-born, Holland-raised artist doesn’t look down on those who use ghost producers. “DJing and producing are two totally separate entities,” he goes on to say. “Just because you're a good producer with big hits, doesn't mean you know how to work a crowd properly and that you're able to take the crowd on a musical journey. And vice versa, just because you're a great DJ, doesn't mean you'll be an amazing producer.”

You heard it here first.

FELICITY MARTIN

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