From: The Netherlands
DJ style: “EDM.”
Best known for: “‘Narco’, Maxximize Records.”
Fave tune of 2022: “David Guetta & Bebe Rexha ‘I'm Good (Blue)’.”
Rising star DJ/producer of 2022: “James Hype and Mau P.”
It’s hard to guess what Blasterjaxx might do next. The duo from the Hague have quickly made themselves ubiquitous in the EDM circuit, thanks to their trademark brand of melodic and technicolour dance music sweetened with just the right amount of vocal syrup. But that doesn't mean they are ones to be pigeonholed.
It's been five years since the two broke out with their world-conquering calling card, ‘Narco’ (with Timmy Trumpet). Over the course of the last two years, the two have released over 40 tracks, including ‘God Mode’, a soaring, building track that was Futsal's official 2022 theme song, and the bouncy, hyperpop-referencing ‘Hurricane’ alongside vocalist SHIBUI. With each of these releases moving from strength-to-strength, it's hard to imagine they have time to do much else, but the two are tireless champions of other producers as they head their label Maxximize. The only thing that can match their staggering output in the studio is their touring schedule, as the duo have been travelling the world with their energetic live sets.
What’s the best DJ set you’ve seen this year?
“Really enjoyed Hardwell’s comeback set!”
Name one great festival you played for the first time this year…
“Played a lot of new festivals last summer, they were all great — so happy to be in front of so many people.”
What’s the longest DJ set you’ve ever played?
“Probably a five-hour session.”
What’s one piece of studio hardware you wish you owned?
“For some reason we didn’t have a CLA-2A compressor, but just ordered one.”
What’s the last tune you bought?
“‘Bed’ by Henri PFR (with KSHMR).”
What’s the next big sound?
“That’s the big question, isn’t it? Energetic music.”