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03 March 2011

Bassjackers Interview


Nonstop2k.com: Hi guys, how are you doing right now?

M&R: We are doing great! Just came back from our Australia Tour and since we’re back we are fully up and running, working on new tracks remixes, radio mixes and of course… interviews;)

Nonstop2k.com: So how did the madness start, how did you get started producing and DJing?

Ralph: About 14 yrs ago, with fasttracker at the time, I was already playing with sounds and stuff. Nothing serious though, even stopped with it a few years later...I got into online gaming haha.
Got back on track when Marlon started DJ-ing about 5 yrs ago. That was a big help, finally a friend who had the same interest as I did: Music!

Marlon: I started Dj-ing in 2006, just playing around and beatmatching on turntables at my friends place, I got hooked immediately and bought Cd players to practice day n nite. I wanted to take my dj-ing from my bedroom to the clubs and realised the best way to do that is to produce your own music, that’s were Ralph came in! Bassjackers was born :)

Nonstop2k.com: If we walked into your studio what would we find? How much time do you both spend there on any given day?

M&R: A laptop, soundcard, monitor speakers and probably some empty beer bottles.

Ralph: I'm in there for about 8 hours a day on average.

Marlon: While Ralph is working in the studio I am usually looking for new music, inspiration, editing tracks, etc. I barge in a few times a day to provide feedback and ideas.. this works well for us.

Nonstop2k.com: How would you define your sound?
M&R: Energetic, & Bass driven. It can go anywhere from there, but those two aspects have to be in there.

Nonstop2k.com: What inspires and influences you to make music?

M&R: There is a lot of great music out there, we try to listen music in all genres from pop to rock, from hiphop to drum n bass which can all contain certain elements that trigger ideas for our new tracks. Also when we test tracks in the club and see the crowds reaction, ralph often wants to hit the studio to finish the track or sketch new ideas.

Nonstop2k.com: So how many weekends of the year are you DJing?

M&R: Every weekend, when we're not abroad, we always have gigs in Holland, sometimes even multiple gigs in one night since Holland has a lot of parties/clubs in proximity to each other.

Nonstop2k.com: To date, what have been your best & worst gigs?

Marlon: We had some great gigs last summer, nice festivals and its always nice to play abroad, the people go totally crazyyy! I actually enjoy every gig because I just love to Dj, but some downsides can be a terrible sound system or broken equipment.

Nonstop2k.com: What do you enjoy most about DJing?

Marlon: I love to receive energy from the crowd and immediately give it back to them.. Sometimes just everything comes together perfectly, you think like 4 records ahead and everything works out just the way you plan it. I love that feeling!

Nonstop2k: Are you guys now doing music full time?

M&R: Yes, Ralph chose music instead of a career in financial management and I “postponed” getting my master degree in business because we were too busy with Bassjackers.

Nonstop2k.com: What are some of your hobbies outside of music?

Marlon: hanging with friends which usually ends up in playing videoganes (PES) and for sports I like to go surfing, xtreme inline skating or working out once in a while.

Ralph: Pro evolution soccer and surfing.

Nonstop2k.com: What do you enjoy most about music production?

Ralph: Everything really, being creative is the best. Trying and eventually succeeding in getting ideas out of your head and translate them into music is a cool process. The best part is when the crowd loves it of course.

Nonstop2k.com: Do you feel that you are evolving in producing? And on which aspect do you feel that you really progressed the past year?

Ralph: If you compare our older productions with our latest we hear a huge improvement in overall sound. Of course you get more handy and faster in the whole process as well, new ideas are much faster translated into a cool tune compared to when we just started. The millions of presets we saved along the way help with that off course ;)

Nonstop2k.com: What are your top three synths you couldn’t live without?

Ralph: Sylenth1 and some of the standard Fruity synths like Wasp & 3xOSC.

Nonstop2k.com: What advice can you offer aspiring producers within the electronic genre?

M&R: First: enjoy what you're doing and then work hard.

Nonstop2k.com: What can we expect from you on the production front this year? Any new productions in the pipelines at the moment?

M&R: There is a lot in the pipeline. A few collabs with Apster, Ralvero and Flexican (eclectic DJ from Holland, in our opinion one of the best) and of course also some Bassjackers originals, of which the first will be 'Mush Mush'.
The sound is a bit more divers as well. It has more electro, progressive and even dubstep influence, but always with that Dutchy topping, which we always do.

Nonstop2k.com: Any specific goals for 2011 you would like to share with us?
M&R: Not really specific but we just want to play at as many different locations all around the world and just keep on dropping those bassjackers bombs.

Nonstop2k.com: Any final words to fans, friends and followers?

M&R: Thanks for the massive support, we love you all!!

Nonstop2k.com: Thanks again for doing this interview with Nonstop2k, we wish you best of luck with your future career!

M&R: thanks for having us! Keep up the good work with the website, it rocks!

2 comments:

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  2. Cool love bassjackers and Nonstop2k! Great interview

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