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03 January 2011

W&W Interview

W&W Interview

In just a few short years this Dutch duo has broke through the top ranks being voted at #71 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs. Known for their big room sound, bangin’ basslines, euphoric melodies, and their innovative production quality, they found some time in their busy schedules to sit down with us at Nonstop2k. Hey guys, where are you right now?

W&W: We just got back home. We played in Montreal last weekend, which was really amazing! How long have you been coming to

W&W: We always get all our MIDI files from there if we want to do a bootleg or just want to know the exact chords or rhythm of a melody. We probably have an account for about 4 years now already. You just played at Circus for their 10 year anniversary with Sean Tyas and Tritonal. What was it like?

W&W: Circus in Los Angeles is a great club; it's full of music-loving people who are really up for a party. They know most of the music that you're playing, but they are also very open minded if you test out new material. When, where and how did you two meet and form a group together?

W&W: We first met at Trance Energy back in 2007. After that we started hanging out a lot, we didn't really make music, we just went to parties and hung out. When we got back from the ASOT 300 party we were both up for producing so we decided to make a tune together and that's how Mustang and the entire W&W project was born. You guys have a very unique sound in your productions. How did you come across it?

W&W: We really love that big room sound, so what we do to create it is we layer a lot of different synths, each having its own function and then melt them together to get our typical big lead, sounding as one wall of sound. Our sound is a combination of a lot of tricks we learned over the past couple of years to get your tune sounding big and in your face. How do you typically begin a new production? Who focuses on what part?

W&W: Mostly we start with a melody or a sound, and from there on we build the track. The sounddesign part is Willem’s task same a starting a melody or main part to a new tune while Ward mostly finishes the particular melody and does the beats plus overall equalizing. While we both do the things we’re good at, the other is there to assist which creates a very effective working environment. We usually start making the main part first, but sometimes we just make beats or synth sounds and put them aside. Then we can always use a particular beat or synth sound in one of the new setups we made. What are your top three synths you use in the studio?

W&W: That would probably be the Lennar Digital Sylenth 1, AccessVirus TI and the ArturiaMinimoog. They all have a different function in our productions. For example the Virus sounds very big , has a lot of body and great filtering/releasing and with a punchy Sylenth 1 on top it can create a huge sound. You guys are building a hectic DJ diary. With all that time in planes and airports, how do you make the most of it? Do you work on productions on the go?

W&W: No we only make music in the studio at home because we want to be able to listen to it loud to get in that enthusiastic and inspirational mood, and we want to use our equipment. If we're producing on a laptop with headphones we feel kind of limited. There’s no question you have to work hard to get where you’re at. Could you tell us a little about your worth ethic and mindset that got you where you are today?

W&W: We always want to improve on every aspect. As soon as we have done something, like made a tune or did a DJ set, we're already looking forward to the next thing we're working on. We always set goals, and then do everything that is possible to reach that goal. If you never had a musical influence growing up, what do you think you'd be doing with your life?

Willem: Wow difficult one, if I was good enough maybe a soccer player. If not I studied economics so maybe would have started my own business in something I would like when I didn’t do music.
Ward: It’s hard for me to imagine a life without music, but I like cooking so maybe I would have become a cook. What genre of music can you not stand to listen to?

W&W: We're both not really big fans of Jazz, but even in that genre there are certain songs that we do like.We listen to a lot of different music genres to get inspiration,like all possible kinds of EDM or pop, rock, hip-hop and sometimes even classical music. How important is it to have a unique sound in electronic dance music?
W&W: It is probably the most important thing there is. It's the thing that makes you stand out from the rest; if you sound exactly like someone else people won't notice you. What goes through your mind when you are performing in front of thousands of people? [Have you ever messed up a transition while DJing?]

W&W: Playing in front of a huge crowd is one of the most exciting things there is, so much adrenaline involved. It goes by really fast and it’s almost like you don’t even know what’s going on. We actually never had a major mess-up so far (fingers crossed) so let's hope it stays that way in the future. How does it feel for Armin van Buuren to claim you two the future of trance music?

W&W: Well of course it's amazing that someone so big and influential as Armin van Buuren, who has done so much for trance music saying things like that. He helps us a lot with our career and we are very grateful for that! Do you produce any other genres of music?

W&W: We produce a lot of different genres, for other artists as well as just for fun. We want to be able to do any kind of music, so producing other genres is a good learning process. For instance we make house, electro, progressive, ambient and sometimes pop stuff. Any advice for the youngsters and upcoming producers?

W&W: Try not to copy other artists, try to find the things in music you like and the particular elements used in it, and try to usethe foundingredients in your own concept.

Also don't try to release a track which you're not 100% satisfied about, just for the sake of releasing it. Better wait till you have something really good, so your debut release immediately gets good response and gets played by big DJ'sas well as noticed by a lot of people. Where do you see yourselves in five years?

W&W: Hopefully still making the music we love to make and DJ all around the globe. The Netherlands has currently some of the biggest DJ names such as AvB, Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, SVD, Afrojack, etc. How does it feel to be among them, being voted to spot #71 in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100?

W&W: We actually didn't expect to enter at all, but being voted into the DJ Mag top 100 means a lot to us. The fact that so many people around the world voted for us feels like a big appreciation for everythingthat we've done the last couple of years. Any new collaborations, productions and remixes to look forward to within the next few months?

W&W: First up is the remix we did for Sean Tyas - Banshee, coming out on A State Of Trance Recordings. After that the first single “Impact” of our upcoming debut artist album will be out in February.
On the album some collaborations will be featured, one of them will be the track we did with Dutch talent WezzDevall. The coming weeks we will be planning more collaborations, so stay tuned for that. We're very excited about the album, and we're looking forward to the release the coming summer. What new things can we expect from you two in 2011?

W&W: There are a lot of good things coming up in 2011. We will do a lot of gigs, so keep checking out our website every now and then if you wantto know where to find us. Due to our huge amount of homemade presets in different synths, we might release some sound banks for all the upcoming producers to use. Besides that a lot of cool things we unfortunately can’t talk about. Awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us!

W&W: No problem! Thanks for having us and all the best with the website!

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