Submitted by Becca Antoon on Tue, 2020-10-20 23:12
“Bigroom / EDM.”
Best known for:
“Maxximize Records, Maxximize On Air.”
Tune of the year:
“SAINt JHN ‘Roses (Imanbek Remix)’, Gentleman ‘Rise Up’.”
Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf, better known as Blasterjaxx, have spent the best part of a decade in the Top 100 DJs poll. Best known for their larger-than-life EDM anthems, which usually land via their own Maxximize Records and legacy label Spinnin’, the duo hasn’t let a lack of festival appearances slow them down.
The last 12 months have seen a huge influx of material from Blasterjaxx; dropping no less than five brand new tracks in 2020, the duo also dropped their highly-anticipated remix of Armin van Buuren. They’ve still managed to perform some live stream gigs too, launching their own United We Stand stream series, as well as joining Dr Phunk and SICK INDIVIDUALS to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings earlier this year. They even performed a set at Rotterdam Airport for SLAM! Quarantine Festival.
Blasterjaxx’s mission for the year ahead, they say, is to “keep big room music present”. And with the pace the duo is moving at - they're likely to be successful.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Our family/girlfriend/friends; music/producing; video games.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“That we shouldn’t take our lifestyle and all the amazing places we’ve been for granted.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“Music is universal. In the end, good music is good, no matter who made it. Racism shouldn’t even be a topic related to (dance) music.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Avicii ‘Bromance’. Tiësto ‘Lethal Industry’.”