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Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-11 17:01

Style: 
“A mixture of electro-house, progressive, trance and hard dance.
Best known for: 
“Our music, our Mainstage Radioshow and record label and our live sets.”
Tune of the year: 
“Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Ummet Ozcan ‘The Hum’.”
From: 
Haarlem, The Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Keep an eye out for these guys: Kenneth G, Maestro Harrell and Maurice West.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“To be able to adjust to a crowd while still staying true to your own sound.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“The future is definitely still bright. More styles will develop within the genre, which causes dance music to approach an even broader audience than ever.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Sometimes you get a bit exhausted physically as well as mentally, especially when you travel between different continents and time-zones all the time.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“The most important thing in this world is the world itself, so we think it's extremely important that we make sure we treat our planet with great care.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“There are quite a few clubs we used to play that we absolutely loved. Like The Guvernment in Toronto or The Arches in Glasgow, it's a shame they had to close.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“Because there are a lot more male DJs than female DJs.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“Mixed feelings. Of course it kind of takes away some integrity of an artist, but being a good producer is by far not the only aspect of being a great artist or a great DJ.”

Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst's mix-up of trance, electro and progressive house elements have seen them reach out and connect to a wide audience of dance music fans across the world.

“There are not a lot of people who mix different genres the way that we do,” they tell DJ Mag, before modestly adding “we can imagine that for someone who isn't into dance music so much it sounds similar to other artists’ music, but then again that goes for any artist in any genre.”

As well as having a fierce live DJing reputation, the duo also host their own popular radio show. “Our radio show and our live sets are two completely different worlds,” they explain. “In our radio show we play all the new music we like that came out during that week.”

Next year they plan “to enjoy more of what we do!” and with a gig rider that includes “champagne, a bottle of vodka for our agent, some beers and coconut water, ever since Tiesto told us it's the best cure against hangovers”, W&W look like they're enjoying themselves quite a bit already. 

DAVID McCARTHY

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