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Poll 2020: Angerfist

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It seems as though nothing can stop Angerfist, so it’s no surprise that he’s found plenty of ways to keep the hardcore fire burning in 2020. Coming in at No.36 in this year’s poll, the Dutch DJ — real name Danny Masseling — kicked off 2020 with a typically stacked tour calendar, ringing it in in Seoul, before traversing across Europe between January and February. 
 
The COVID-19 pandemic quickly put a stop to tour plans, but it hasn’t stopped the masked producer from releasing a ton of music throughout the year. He teamed up with regular collaborator, and fellow Top 100 DJ Miss K8, for the ‘Immortality’ EP in May, as well as singles ‘Mighty Methods’, ‘Born To Rule’, ‘Virtual Disaster’ and ‘Reprogrammer’ over the summer. He even released some animated video game inspired visuals for recent single, ‘R3VOLUTION’. 
 
While he’s managed to play some special socially distanced shows in recent months, fans will be looking forward to catching Angerfist live again once it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, check out his set from DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Virtual Festival on YouTube.
 
 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
 
"Being father to a newborn, drinking beer and a lot of BBQ kept me sane. Oh yeah, and I've been making a ton of new music."
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
 
"Person, woman, man, camera, TV."
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
 
"Public Energy 'Three O’ Three’.”
 
 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 12:33

Style: 
"Hardcore Techno"
Best known for: 
"Raise your fist for Angerfist.”
Tune of the year: 
"Nosferatu 'The Hood’.”

Poll 2019: Angerfist

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The success of Angerfist in the Top 100 DJs poll is not only a testament to the skills of this world-conquering Dutch DJ and producer, but to the continual power of hardcore. The masked DJ is a regular at events like Tomorrowland, Defqon.1, EDC Las Vegas, Hardraise and many more, with dates in Germany, Spain, Estonia, France, the Czech Republic, and Australia still on the horizon for his 2019. 

Though this year Angerfist — real name Danny Masseling — has also been working on a very special solo performance called Angerfist – Diabolic Dice. Taking place this November at the AFAS Live in Amsterdam, Masseling will play alongside a massive line-up of hardcore’s elite, including Miss K8, Dr. Peacock, Deadly Guns, Mad Dog, N-Vitral and D-Fence. Not only that, but he’ll be releasing a mini-album just for the occasion, which follows another huge year of productions, including ‘Bare Knuckle Fist’ (with N-Vitral), ‘Impact & Get It Lit’ (with Miss K8), ‘Rally Of Retribution (Official Dominator 2019 Anthem)’ (with Nolz), and ‘Primal Instinct’ (with Stereotype). 

With that kind of dedicated work ethic, it’s no surprise that Masseling has remained a fixture in the Top 100 DJs charts for nearly a decade. 

 

Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“Yes, I do that, although always as last minute as I possibly can.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“It’s simple, artists just need to take more time off. I think that’s without a doubt the best solution.” 

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“I don’t program line-ups, so not really.” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“I’ve been focusing hard on not burning thousands of square kilometres of rainforest.” 

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“Lego and He-Man action figures.” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Jägermeister.” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-17 14:12

Style: 
“Hardcore techno.”
Best known for: 
“‘Raise Your Fist For Angerfist’.”
Tune of the year: 
“Furyan ‘Kokeen’.”

Poll 2018: Angerfist

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From: The Netherlands
DJ style: “Hardcore.”
Best known for: “‘Raise Your Fist For Angerfist’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Little Jon x Skellism feat. Terror Bass ‘In The Pit (Angerfist Remix)’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Sefa.”

Up 11 places from last year to No.29, it’s fair to say that hardcore stalwart Angerfist is having a pretty exciting 2018. At the end of 2017, the masked Dutchman released his highly anticipated sixth LP ‘Creed Of Chaos’ to scene-wide acclaim. Tracks like ‘Pennywise’, ‘The Promqueen’s Finest Drug’ and the Breaking Bad-referencing ‘Knock Knock’ showcased a producer at the helm of his genre’s animated identity.

Since, the DJ/producer — real name Danny Masseling — has practically been on a non-stop tour, playing to huge crowds at clubs and festivals around the globe, including Tomorrowland, Defqon. 1, EDC Las Vegas, Hardraise and many more. He’s showing no sign of slowing down either, with a pretty full schedule lined up for the remainder of the year, featuring shows in Sweden, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and California. Angerfist also has new music in the pipeline after a brief break. With the promise of “several solo tracks, remixes and collabs” on the way, it appears to be full steam ahead for the hardcore don.

Words: EOIN MURRAY

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 16:41

Poll 2017: Angerfist

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“I’m proud to be back in the list, and it’s a good thing to get a global spotlight on hardcore music again,” Angerfist tells DJ Mag. 2017 has been a great year for him and he's played a lot of new festivals that have recently introduced hard stages. It something he's clearly passionate about. “In the past few years hard music has grown a lot. I can see that the crowds at events are growing and the people are getting more into it than before,” he says.

This year he collaborated with Furyan, Bodyshock and most recently Radical Redemption. “I’m proud of the remix I did this year of Tha Playah’s 'Why So Serious' as well,” he goes on to say. But right now it's all about his new solo album 'Creed Of Chaos’, which will feature collabs with several artists that he hasn't worked with before.

His highly anticipated album release will be presented at a special no-holds-barred Angerfist event on the 2nd of December at AFAS Live in Amsterdam, which in turn will launch the Creed Of Chaos 2018 World tour. As his fans would say, ‘Raise your fist for Angerfist'!

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:33

Poll 2015: Angerfist

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Angerfist makes music that matches his name. Known for crafting fast, brutal and, well, angry beats, Angerfist's music sits somewhere between hardcore, raw-edged techno and old school gabba.

He released his fourth LP 'The Deadfaced Dimension' at the close of 2014, and has spent much of this year working on his upcoming world tour for his popular event Raise & Revolt, where he'll debut a bunch of new slammers and collabs, plus some new visuals.

He's also dropped full-throttle mixes for Defqon.1 and Masters Of Hardcore, plus spun at mega-fests including Dominator, Partyraiser and Las Vegas's EDC over the last 12 months. A big fan of Jaegermeister and “his morning omelette”, it seems Angerfist's sonic (if slightly aggressive) boom is here to stay. 

From: The Netherlands

Style: “Hardcore techno.”

Best known for: “'Raise Your Fist For Angerfist'.”

Tune of 2015: “Furyan 'For What?!'”

Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: “Furyan.”

What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?
“The ability to adapt to the atmosphere.”

Is the future still bright for EDM?
“Sure, it might shift shapes a bit but it’s definitely here to stay.”

Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?
“I can feel that the weekends sometimes take longer to recover from. Maybe I should cut down on the Jaegermeister a bit, who knows?”

What cause is closest to your heart?
“Well, I take my morning omelette quite seriously.”

Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?
“I can’t really think of any club that has died that didn’t have it coming, and the clubs that I really like are still there.”

Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?
“I’m not sure. The amount of female DJs is definitely growing. It’s probably a matter of time.”

What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?
“It’s so integrated in the music business. Who cares?”

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 15:55

Style: 
“Hardcore techno.”
Best known for: 
“'Raise Your Fist For Angerfist'.”
Tune of the year: 
“Furyan 'For What?!'”
From: 
The Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Furyan.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“The ability to adapt to the atmosphere.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Sure, it might shift shapes a bit but it’s definitely here to stay.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“I can feel that the weekends sometimes take longer to recover from. Maybe I should cut down on the Jaegermeister a bit, who knows?”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Well, I take my morning omelette quite seriously.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“I can’t really think of any club that has died that didn’t have it coming, and the clubs that I really like are still there.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“I’m not sure. The amount of female DJs is definitely growing. It’s probably a matter of time.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“It’s so integrated in the music business. Who cares?”