Everybody loves him. He’s kind, energetic and handsome, he’d be the cute one if he was in a boyband. But all those things aside: he’s astoundingly good at what he does. Tonight, he will headline the Mainstage at Tomorrowland.
Read the interview with Tomorrowland Live below:
FIRST OF ALL: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WELL-DESERVED FIRST PLACE IN THE DJ MAG TOP 100! FROM WHOM DID YOU RECEIVE THE MESSAGE AFTER YOU’VE WON?
“The first message… good question. My phone nearly exploded so it’s pretty hard to tell who was first. Anyway, I did get a tremendous amount of congratulations from my family, friends and even my colleagues. On the evening when I first heard about it, I was together with my parents, my friends and my whole team. We celebrated well, of course.”
DO YOU FEEL AS THOUGH EITHER YOU OR YOUR CAREER CHANGED BECAUSE OF YOUR NEW #1 TITLE?
“I did take a moment to reflect upon it, of course, but so much has happened in my career last year. Anyways, I would never put myself above, let’s say, Tiësto in a list like that. I would never see myself as a better DJ than he is. The most important thing is that I still do what I love so much. I still work hard together with the same team, trying to put on the best possible show and sharing my music with the world.”
YOU’VE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN TODAY’S MUSIC SCENE. HAS YOUR RECENTLY-UPGRADED SUPERSTAR STATUS HAD THE EFFECT THAT SOME OF THOSE ARTISTS OFFERED TO COLLABORATE?
“I work together with the artists I love and then it doesn’t matter how big or famous they are. All I want is to make a connection in the studio, because that’s the one and only crucial ingredient for the coolest of tracks. But if I had the chance to choose one artist to work with, dead or alive, it would be Pharell Williams, without a doubt. He’s the bossest of ‘em all.”
YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY CLOSE TO YOUR FAMILY. AS A MUSICIAN, WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS? WERE THEY A BIG INFLUENCE ON YOUR DEVELOPMENT AS AN ARTIST?
“My parents were always a big influence on everything and have been super supportive and helpful in everything I ever did. They still are today, without them, none of this would’ve been possible. After seeing Tiësto’s set at the Olympics in 2004, the feeling got to me. At that exact time, my love for electronic music was born. As a kid, I started out as DJ Marty, and back then, it was my parents who helped me getting things done. I might not have had the most standard childhood, but the amazing experiences it gained me made it totally worth the experience.”
YOU’VE HOSTED YOUR OWN STMPD RCRDS STAGE LAST WEEKEND; WHAT WAS THAT LIKE FOR YOU?
“We had some really great artists on stage, like Cassius, CMC$, Don Diablo, Dyro, Estaw, Justin Mylo, Steve Angello and more. I was really, really happy with our line-up, it was a great mix of artists. My own set – or should I say sets? – were overflowing with energy. I’m planning something even better on the Mainstage tonight!!”
Source: Tomorrowland Live