Is he the fountain of all knowledge or just a really good DJ? We ask the man himself to tell us more
Tell us about your upcoming set. Well, mostly I start out with deep house tracks – I love the instrumental side, so that’s what you can expect for the first part of the set. And then I build up to more tech and progressive house, maybe a bit more uptempo, but it depends on the crowd. Even though there’s no roof, I plan to blow it off!
So you’re not into trace, like your fellow Dutchmen Tiësto and Paul van Dyk? No, that’s absolutely not my style. I know there are a lot of DJs worldwide who do good jobs, but that’s not my thing. I respect that they brought themselves to the top, but trance is mass music for the masses. I like music to be more intimate. I think it’s better music if it takes more work to make it. I want something with more soul than just one melody line with strings. That’s not my style. I don’t get a warm feeling from that kind of music.
Do you produce? I’m not a producer any more – I run a label, Epiqurus, now. I started off as a DJ 15 years ago and I saw that all the people who were rising were working as producers. I bought equipment in 2005 and spent a lot of money and time on studio work, but I realised I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in a studio. I’m more of a people person, so I took what I’d learned on management courses and moved into the label and development part. Now I just play DJ sets for fun.
How do you find new stuff? The first way is through tracks that are submitted to us – we listen to their stuff and decide whether we can release it. If it works out we can do a second release, and from there deal with bookings and promoters. The other way is to find out about people through artists and friends. Can you give us an example of a new producer that you’ve helped out recently? There’s a 20-year-old Dutch guy called Applescal. We released his first track at the end of 2007 and last year he did some more tracks for us. And then he won the Dutch Talent Award for best new producer award in the dance category, so that was great.
One last thing – why ‘Epiqurus’ for your label’s title? Epicurus [normally spelled with a ‘c’] was a Greek philosopher who lived around 300BC. He said that whatever you do in life, you must find joy in it. Whether it’s cooking or work or being with your friends – you should find joy and passion in everything.