Happy belated birthday Wouter, did you get a chance to celebrate in style? Any cool presents or special ways you like to mark the occasion?
Wouter: Haha thanks, it was just me and my fiancé since we had a weekend off. We went for dinner and enjoyed the fact that we could relax! I am not really into celebrating my birthday to be honest. Just some good food and a bottle is wine is the perfect setting for me.
The SHOWTEK sound is an evolving quest for perfection. Will this evolve as long as you continue to produce, what is it about music that speaks to you?
In our opinion, music kind of grows with you as you get older. It’s almost the same as the way we eat food, that also changes.
Sjoerd: A good example is that I turned Vegetarian/Vegan a few years ago, but I could have never imaged that when I was a bit younger, I used to eat so much meat. LOL. This is the same with music, it’s an outcome of our creativity. As artists we kind of want to evolve, that’s the reason why we are doing this, to find and re-discover ourselves in music. It is a translation of who we are. We will always look for something new, which doesn’t mean that we we will always keep changing our styles, we just are looking for new elements that can change the perspective on how we produce music.
Music is a way to express our selves, like sport is to people. It’s just inside us and it needs to come out. It’s very important to find out who you are in life and what your talent of gift is. You still need to work hard for it to become successful, hustle like you are broke. But there is nothing more satisfying than to be able what we love to do in life, make music, perform and travel, that’s what music brought us and we are very aware about the fact that we are blessed to do this.
For all the budding producers out there, what’s your latest tip or tool that is inspiring your sound?
We might have said this before, but the most important thing is to not to be afraid to be different. That’s not only in music, that is in general. But since music can be such a translation of yourself, do what you think is good. This doesn’t mean you should not be open for criticism of advice, but be pure and don’t try to be or sound like someone else. As SHOWTEK we got very inspired by a lot of other artist, but you need to find a way to create your own signature in your work.
Is there a track that you adore that has been undervalued in the past, but you think should go into the EDM hall of fame?
U96 – DAS BOOT!!! Classic!!
You’re coming back to Australia in November for a show with MaRLo, is there a story behind how you met the trance hero?
We met Marlo a few years ago on Stereosonic, he is also Dutch but moved to Australia. We had a good connection and when we decided to do “ SHOWTEK Past to Present “ we thought he would be a good support act since he is very respected in Australia. We think he is a good fit for the night!
How do you choose who to collaborate or tour with? Is it a style of production, technique, sheer coincidence or someone you’ve been a fan of for years?
You got to hit it off with someone. For example; We were hanging out with David Guetta in Australia and we had such a good vibe on and off stage. He told us he had a cool vocal from VASSY and he wanted us to work on this song together with him. A few days after our tour we went to The Whitsunday islands, to relax a bit after the crazy schedule. We started working on this song and that was the beginning of the collaboration of BAD. We became good friends over the years and this is the beautiful side of music, it brings people together!
What are the top 5 essential tracks on rotation right now for you personally? What do you love about them?
Kanye West & Lil Pump – I Love It.
Don’t take the lyrics to literally, but the song has a good flow and it’s just so cool.
Lil Wayne – Uproar
This beat is just a killer, good lyrics and one of his best songs on his new album.
Armin Van Buuren – Blah Blah Blah
One the best EDM songs of this year, just a very catchy hook!
Lartiste – Mafiosa
It might not be on the radio everywhere, but it’s huge in France. Love this song!
Juice Dreams – Lucid Dreams
Such an emotional song
You’ve been blessed with awesome success; a rollercoaster of international travel and tonnes of interviews; are there any question that you get tired of being asked?
Haha, LOL but YES! The worst is; what does SHOWTEK come from. We like more indepth interviews, sometimes is nice to really think about how to answer a question or where the answers reveal some information that fans didn’t really knew about us yet. The question: how is it to work with your brother has been asked also A LOT!! HAHA
Aussie fans are crazy excited for your Past to Present show in November, can you give us a sneak peak into what they can look forward to?
It will be melting pot from the Showtek rollercoaster. We will bring the full spectrum of the Showtek Sound. Basically the best of the best from when we started until where we are now and what is coming!! So for some of our hardstyle fans; YES we will play hardstyle!!! A lot of it hahahah!
With an intense tour schedule, have you had a chance to be a tourist and see the sites when you have visited Australia? Anything strange about the Australian culture?
Unfortunately, this tour we will not be able to really see our friends! If they want to come and see us they have to come to the show basically because we have 8 shows in 9 days! Australia is one of our favourite countries to tour and this will not be the last time we are here, so next time we will! We have seen a lot in Australia, we have been coming here since 2009 but tbh, it’s never enough! We love this country for it’s people, culture, food and nature. The spiders and snakes scare the shit out of us tho! Haha. Oh; and what the fuck is vegemite?? That stuff is disgusting!
We’re quickly getting to the end of 2018, what’s on the cards for 2019? Are there any special projects or collaborations?
Yes, we are! We worked on our collaboration with Yellowclaw earlier this year and hopefully we will be able to release this in the beginning of 2019! We are also working with another hardstyle DJ to do another collab, but that will be a surpise !!!! We are trying to release another album ep next year and this will be full of new Showtek Music! We are working on 25 songs at the moment! So enough to everybody happy!
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