2019 has been another big year for Bassjackers. If their debut album title is anything to go by, you might say 2019 has been ‘The Biggest’ year for Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst. Set for release in November, the album sums up just why they’ve been voted by fans consistently into the poll year on year since 2015; it’s full of straight-up, no-nonsense big room bangers with no excursions into the saccharin pop trap that many of their peers fall into. Their recent release, ‘Primal’ with Dr Funk, is proof of the high-octane EDM theatrics the album will bring.
The secret to this, we reckon, is Flohr and Hilst’s unique dynamic. The former represents their DJ side, the latter is happiest deep in the studio. The pair complement each other and mean both sides of the Bassjackers operations are firing at all times in all the right spaces — whether that’s some of the biggest mainstream festivals imaginable or consistently denting the Beatport big room top 10, these guys have it covered. Big.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
“We think our management does that.”
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Listen to your body, know your limits and take a step back when you need to.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“Well, we once participated in a TV show that was in search of the next female DJ. So yes!”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“There is a brand new Tesla standing in the driveway of our house/studio that is self-sustained by solar panels.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“SNES [Super Nintendo Entertainment System].”
What’s your guilty pleasure?