Funrazors, DJ Treblelizer q and a

  • Rocking your world with his own style!

    When did you decide you wanted to be a DJ and why?
    I was about 10-years old. In that time MTV was the only music channel on TV in The Netherlands, but it couldn't be received everywhere. But then came the Dutch music channel TMF, which could be received everywhere. So I saw video clips and music shows and decided instantly that I wanted to do something in the music industry. I've listened to en watched TMF a lot and in that time DJs also became very popular. They were often to be seen on TV. That inspired me enormously.

    Which was the first single you have ever bought?
    I bought my first single at the flea market on the Dutch Queensday. It was Bad from Michael Jackson. At that same flea market I also bought my first record player, which didn't have pitch control. I was still a youngster then, so for me it was very special.

    Which was the first album you have ever bought?
    It was Michael Jackson's History. Unfortunately he's gone, but I still find his music great. I still listen to his music occasionally.

    Who are your heroes in the music industry?
    I love Joss Stone and also Bob Marley. He's no longer among us but he still lives on. I also still like listening to Michael Jackson. As for dance, I think Daft Punk and The Prodigy are really great and among the DJs I like Afro Jack and Carl Cox. Carl Cox I think is amazing because of the way he plays and his connection with the audience. He always goes crazy behind his decks and drags his audience into it as well. Some DJs are like lifeless behind the decks and he is not.

    With which DJ would you like to do a set together?
    To be honest… I can't think of anyone except my Funrazors partner Damien. But we always play together. It's not that I don't like other DJs, but more because my style is a bit different and Damien is adapted to it. I used to like many DJs but I was younger then and everything was quite new to me. Now it's just a handful of DJs I like. Of course I have observed many DJs, but when I started playing myself, I developed my own style. I often mix in the break while most DJs mix after the break or at the end of a track. My style became a hit at parties and even other DJs asked me how I did that. It's not possible with all styles though, with club and trance it doesn't work. Then people think they're listening to a remix while I'm doing my tricks live.

    What's your dream in the music industry?
    I want to do tours in America, Japan, Australia, etc. I want to perform all over the world for huge audiences, like 20,000 plus. To see people partying as far as your eyes can see! I also want to play in club Rio in Budapest, Hungary. You will see only really beautiful women there, hahahaha. I've seen pictures and videos of that club and it looks just wonderful inside! Also many well-known DJs play there, like Armin van Buuren and Laidback Luke. And not to mention playing in Ibiza of course, and I want to conquer London! Furthermore, a guest set on BBC Radio 1 is on my wish list.

    When did you make your first mix?
    When I was about 12-years old. I had gleaned some money and I bought a very simple mixer. With my record player (no pitch control) and a small stereo set with double cassette deck I made my first mix. I played records, mixed them with music from a cassette tape and recorded that on the second cassette deck.

    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?
    Johnny Was from Bob Marley, so nice and quiet and relaxing. As for dance, I find Born Slippy by Underworld still a very cool track, especially when the beat comes in. It rolls very nicely. And that track is always popular, no matter at what party it's played. The techno track The First Rebirth in the original 1993 version from Jones & Stephenson I also still like. Very old school but it has a great melody.

    What album you think is the best ever?
    Legend by Bob Marley, a compilation of his best songs. When I was a bit younger than I am now, I listened a lot to Bob Marley. His music is really relaxing. Also nice to listen to when I drive home in the middle of the night after a gig.

    What's your favorite record label?
    The Sneakerz label and of course the Dirty Dutch label because they are completely my style!

    When was your first DJ set and where was it?
    My first official gig was in 2002 in a Dutch club which no longer exists. But my real first set was actually at high school party. With a tape deck, a CD player and a simple mixer. In that time I could play the Macarena ten times in a row and ten times everyone got totally crazy. It was really funny!

    When was your first international gig and where was it?
    That was in Saigon in Vietnam, two years ago. Because I am from there and go back regularly, I have gained many contacts in the dance scene. I was asked to come to Saigon to start a tour through Southeast Asia. I have played in almost all major clubs in Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand for two months. It was really amazing!

    What was your most favorite gig ever?
    That was in the Escape in Amsterdam in 2002, shortly after my first real gig. The venue was completely packed. I was booked for the closing set but I was already there at 11pm. And then someone came to me and said that if I wanted, I could do my set between half past twelve and half past one. That was absolutely perfect, the best time to spin the decks. At that time, two-step was very popular but I didn't liked it at all so I played a bit harder styles. I put my first record on and everyone just thought 'what the f *ck ", but within a few seconds the party went absolutely wild! I have very good memories of that party. It's one of the best gigs I have done!

    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 Pukkelpop in Belgium.

    What is/are your favorite national club(s)?
    The Escape in Amsterdam and the Lexion in Westzaan. And I like Dynamo in Eindhoven. It is not a club but a music and performing arts venue. But I like it there because they have such a great sound system. I was there at a party one time and even walked out because I just had palpitations because of the heavy beat! I've never seen it anywhere else. I also like the Danssalon in Eindhoven by the way.

    What is/are your favorite international club(s)?
    Rio in Budapest, I've already told why, Ministry of Sound in London, Gossip in Saigon, Club Marquee in New York and the Pacha and Amnesia in Ibiza. One by one just great clubs to be but also to play!

    What are your favorite parties and festivals?
    I prefer to go to festivals, like Mysteryland, Dance Valley, Defcon, Extrema, Lowlands etc. Especially because you can choose from different dance styles. And I always find the Nope is Dope and Sneakerz parties fun to go to and even more fun to play there!

    How do you prefer to spend your leisure time?
    Making music but that is actually work. If I have time, I like to game on the Nintendo Wii. Especially Mario Kart, I haven't been beaten for two years now! I also like photography. I was in New York recently and shot loads of pics op people's (fat) asses. Those pics are really cool! But I also like nature photography, especially macro photography of flowers and bugs and stuff. And I like working with a long-focus lens. Recently I have visited several zoos to take close-up pics of animals. I would like to do the same during a Big Five safari in Africa!

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