Funrazors, Damien q and a

  • He knows how to get a party started!

    When did you decide you wanted to be a DJ and why?
    That was four years ago, in 2006. I actually was inspired by a friend of mine who is an MC. He asked me to come to a party which he organized together with Koen, my Funrazors partner now. So I did and I got to know Koen there. I found it so cool what they did, that I decided on the spot I also wanted to that, both spinning the decks and being an MC. On their second party I attended, I just grabbed the microphone and started MCing. In that time, Koen also brought two turntables and some records to my place so I could practice. He taught me the basics and I practiced a few hours every day. Koen came by every week to check my progress and to give me tips and hints. Over several months I learned more and more and eventually Koen asked me to join him to spin the turntables at a party. One year later we officially started to work as the Funrazors.

    Which was the first single you have ever bought?
    Well, that was One More Time from Britney Spears. Not really because of the song though; I was young and found her a very hot chick so I just wanted to have that single ;-)

    Which was the first album you have ever bought?
    That was an album by UB40, as young as I was. My father had a jukebox with old records and occasionally he played UB40 on that thing. So I heard it really often and after I also saw a live performance on DVD, I bought an album of them: Labour of Love. I sometimes still listen to it.

    Who are your heroes in the music industry?
    I find Amy Winehouse totally awesome! She is so nice to listen to when I'm at home or on my way to or after a gig! Her blues, her soul, amazing! In the dance scene I find The Prodigy and Daft Punk awesome because their live performances are so insanely good. And if I have to mention DJs, then I say without doubt Chuckie and Gregor Salto because of their style, the same as we do: Dirty Dutch.

    With which DJ would you like to do a set together?
    Well, I always play with Koen but if I really have to choose for someone, then it certainly will be Gregor Salto!

    What's your dream in the music industry?
    I want to travel the whole world as the Funrazors. It would be really cool to do tours in the United States, Australia, Japan, etc. And I would like to play at major festivals, both nationally and internationally.

    When did you make your first mix?
    That was together with Koen, about three years ago. It was a one hour mix. There were some mistakes here and there but in itself it went really well. It was really fun to do something like that and it tasted for more… And so it happened… After that first one we made a butt load of mixes!

    What was your first very own single?
    We don't have released our own tracks yet but we're working on it at the moment! We already have some cool tracks in pre-production. They will be released very soon!

    What was your first very own album?
    We don't have an album yet, but we're working on it!

    What record you think is the best ever?
    Personally I find the song You Sent Me Flying from Amy Winehouse wonderful to listen to. It is so jazzy and soulful. As for dance, I think at this time We No Speak Americano from Yolanda Be Cool and Dcup is a super fun record. It has a cheerful melody. The nice thing is that it is an old record from 1956, many people don't know that. I really like the way they remixed it.

    What album you think is the best ever?
    Definitely Back to Black from Amy Winehouse, I think it needs no explanation. And in the dance scene it surely is Mirage, the latest album of Armin van Buuren. For a trance DJ, he really pushed it to the max on this album.

    What's your favorite record label?
    Duplo is very good. He's an artist and his label has the same name. He produces really well. The sounds, the beats, the tracks, everything works. They mainly release Dirty Dutch on the label but also a bit of electro.

    When was your first DJ set and where was it?
    My first set was in 2006 together with Koen. I've played some records along with him but I was mainly MCing then. My own first real DJ gig was at a party that I had organized in 2006. I did my set first, then Koen played and a set and we played together as the closing act.

    When was your first international gig and where was it?
    That was in Benidorm in Spain. Koen was doing a tour in Southeast Asia, so when I was asked to come to Spain I didn't hesitate at all! It was a dinner show which they transformed into a club after the show. At that first club night I played a two hour set with mostly electro house and mixed with some old school. I stayed there for a month as a resident and played four nights per week.

    What was your most favorite gig ever?
    That was also Benidorm. Especially because it was the first time that I went to another country on my own. So that was very exciting, fun and new to me. Delicious summer moods, happy people, good vibes... Recently we played at a festival as the Funrazors and I also found that amazing. All those party peeps that were totally going crazy!

    Of which party or event do you dream to perform at?
    Al major festivals in The Netherlands, so Mysteryland, Lowlands, Dance Valley, Defcon and more. And then playing on the main stages on the best times. The same applies for major festivals in other countries, like Glastonbury in the UK and Burning Man in de US.

    What is/are your favorite national club(s)?
    The Escape in Amsterdam is amazing. I like the audience that comes there to party, but also because they have a very good sound and lighting system there. And many well-known DJs play there often. I also like the Lexion in Westzaan. They often organize slightly erotic parties, the music is usually very good, there's a good vibe and the audience is a bit older. I really like to spin the decks for a somewhat older audience because those people are more sensible with the things they do. They really come to enjoy the music and having a great time, not to use drugs and making trouble. They are nice to each other and that reflects on the atmosphere too.

    What is/are your favorite international club(s)?
    Zak, just across the border in Germany near Uelsen, is awesome. A beautiful, mega-sized club with many different areas. They throw big parties every weekend and often well-known DJs spin there. And their sound system and light shows are great! And not to forget the Pacha and Amnesia in Ibiza, which is self-explanatory I think…

    What are your favorite parties and festivals?
    Actually the same festivals as where I like to play. Festivals are getting bigger and bigger and indoor events become less visited. Many party people are a bit fed-up with indoor parties with one music style. At festivals they have a lot more space to dance and they can choose from several dance genres. People no longer come for one style. Those parties aren't sold out anymore. Furthermore, I find Q-Base festival in Germany fun, and I also like to go to Pleasure Island and Wasteland because of the older audience and the erotic atmosphere. In the club scene, I like to go to Sneakerz and Nope is Dope.

    How do you prefer to spend your leisure time?
    I play the guitar, electric and acoustic, mostly easy music. Furthermore, I do DJ lessons for kids, which is so much fun to do! I also did judo on a very high level, I have about 187 prizes, but I had to stop because of an injury. Moreover I was also a bit done with it. I still give judo lessons to two Spaniards and a Portuguese but that's more for fun and it keeps me fit. And sometimes they give me the most delicious Spanish and Portuguese food, which is always nice!

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