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Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:42

Style: 
“No mercy.”
Best known for: 
“Creating mayhem at your local festival.”
Tune of the year: 
“Jack U feat. Justin Bieber ‘Where Are U Now’.”
From: 
Amsterdam
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Cesqeaux.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Mixing business with pleasure.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“As long as we have electricity we will have electronic dance music. Trends will come and go. Music will stay.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“No.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Children.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Every club we played in the last six months.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“We are not that familiar with the list. We hope there are a lot this year. We personally know a few good ones.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“We hope Meek Mill will become a DJ and produce a 16-minute minimal tekno diss track against them to set them straight.”

Together Bizzey (Leonardo Roelandschap), Nizzle (Nils Rondhuis) and Jim Aasgier make up Yellow Claw, a grouping whose sonic output is a diverse reflection of the trio's own personalities. However, their method of working doesn't always see them agree on issues of musical taste, but fortunately they have a simple way of reaching a final decision — “paper/rock/scissors get you through a lot,” they tell DJ Mag.

After successful singles in their Dutch homeland's national charts, Yellow Claw's reputation spread internationally and they signed to Diplo's Mad Decent. Now they regularly travel the globe, citing Indonesia as the most interesting new place they've visited this year and Bootshaus in Cologne as the best venue. 

We asked the guys how they feel about their recent progress. “Last year was great but this year was just better because everything was bigger, better, faster, harder,” they explain, before enigmatically adding: “and we get to share it with our barong family.”

With an unshakeable faith in the future of electronic dance music and an ever-evolving palette of sounds that they are only too happy to work with, Yellow Claw's ambition for 2016 is quite straightforward — “World domination!” 

DAVID McCARTHY

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