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Hey Wouter and Sjoerd! Thanks for chatting with OzClubbers. Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer some questions for us.
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!
CARL COX’S FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN AUSTRALIA & NZ
Carl Cox & Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco’ feat Cece Peniston & Robin S – taking place at a few wineries around Australia & New Zealand this November (Music: Disco/Funk/Soul).
Cece Peniston chatted with TODAY (Sonia & David yesterday), watch here: https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/clips/clip-cjmsdkrgp000b0ho31nrfbe32.
CARL COX & ERIC POWELL ANNOUNCE ‘MOBILE DISCO’ 2018
After the success of the very first overseas ‘Mobile Disco’ in Bali recently, Carl and Eric are excited toannounce the Australian & New Zealand tour dates for November 2018:
Carl Cox and Eric Powell's Mobile Disco 2018! Featuring special guests: Cece Peniston (Finally) & Robin S (Show Me Love)
Mobile Disco Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates:
17 November 2018 – Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane
18 November 2018 – Waitiri Creek Winery, Gibbston Highway, NZ
24 November 2018 – Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
25 November 2018 – Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa Valley
Music Policy: Funk, Disco, Soul Grooves
About event: Carl & Eric will be doing what they do best! Digging deep through their extensive record collections and picking out their favourite soul, funk and disco tracks that they were brought up with and tracks that have influenced them over the years. It’s a known fact that they have many gems in the archives!
‘Mobile Disco’ began in Melbourne, Australia with 150 of Carl & Eric’s closest friends. It’s gotten bigger each year with more friends & jazz, funk and disco loving fans coming along for the ride. ‘Mobile Disco’ is now a ‘Must Attend’ national tour playing to sold out boutique shows at some of the most picturesque locations across Australia. They embarked overseas for the first time, grooving Bali in fine form only a couple of weeks ago and will be also heading to New Zealand this November.
Both Carl & Eric will be entertaining the crowd from the start of the day til the end and are also excited to announce that special guests: Cece Peniston & Robin S will be performing live on stage. Cece Peniston and Robin S come from that amazing house music sweet spot of the 90s. These diva vocalists arguably have the two most iconic / classic genre defining vocal house tracks ever written.
So get those disco shoes ready, this is one Mobile Disco you won’t want to miss!!
Cece Peniston is an international icon having won numerous awards across her 25 year history in the Music Industry, including: ‘Best Artist,’ ‘Songwriter of the Year,’ & ‘Urban Award of Achievement’ to name a few. As an Artist, Performer & Songwriter, she is considered one of the most successful dance/club artists in the history of U.S Billboard Dance / Club charts. Her hit single ‘Finally’ is one of the biggest dance records in history, selling over 3 million copies worldwide. Cece also has a very special connection to Australia with ‘Finally’ heavily featured in Australia’s most loved musical ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert.’
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Robin S is a chart-topping successful Singer & Songwriter behind the hit singles: ‘Show Me Love’ & ‘Luv 4 Love.’ ‘Show Me Love’ is one of the most recognized dance records of the 90s, Robin S went on to achieve ‘Best Dance Artist’ and ‘Best Dance Single’ at the Billboard Awards. Having worked with some of the biggest producers including Todd Terry and Dave Morales, Robin S is sure to get the crowd dancing once that keyboard riff from ‘Show Me Love’ kicks off!
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After John Digweed played his first ever B2B set without Sasha (can you believe it?) - with Nicole Moudaber at Japan's Ultra Festival, they spoke to Magnetic Magazine, in what was a very frank, open and witty chat. They talked about tequila, 'doing the bins' and of course, the stresses and strengths of DJ life.
Around this time last week was a very special day for the attendees of Ultra Japan. On day one of the festival, the headliners of the off-beat Ultra Resistance stage were treated to the first ever B2B set from industry greats Nicole Moudaber and JohnDigweed. Not only was this their first time playing together, but this was in fact the first B2B set that John Digweed has ever done without Sasha. Digweed's expertly curated hard-hitting techno blended expertly with Moudaber's hypnotic, melodic style. The end result was skin crawlingly good; as Nicole strung the crowd out on blissed out chord progressions, John would drop a hammer and pull everyone back to earth.
Just after this electric, one of a kind set, we sat down with the two of them to fire off a smattering of questions. Between Nicole's no-bullshit, ultra sweet personality and John's dry humor, it was enormously good time. The chemistry continued to impress as we dove into the human side of these two titans of industry.
Magnetic Magazine: What puts the biggest smile on your face?
Nicole Moudaber: What puts a smile on my face? Honestly, endearment. Endearment and also cheekiness. I'm a bit of both. I'm twisted and dirty or super, super soft. Nothing in between, that's it.
John Digweed: What puts a smile on my face would be that I’m still doing what I do after 30 years. There's people on the dance floor from 18 to whatever age having a great time. That's why I started and that's why I still love doing it now.
MM: What's your favorite part about your job?
John Digweed: Every weekend is different. A lot of people have jobs that they love but they don’t get to experience different things every day. They do the same job, go to the same office, the same commute. Whereas, Tuesday I was in Ibiza, Thursday I was flying out to Japan, tomorrow I’m flying to Beijing. I go back to Europe then to Belgrade, then I go to San Francisco. Every few days there’s a different place, a different country, and a different culture. That’s an incredible life to live. In another world if I took a month slice of my current life and decided “Alright, I’m gonna tour these places” it would be incredible. But I’ve been traveling this way since probably 1994. Traveling opens my mind to how people live outside of my world.
Nicole Moudaber: I do agree with everything that John says. For me on a personal level, what I love the most is the love that I get from the people. Maybe because I didn't get enough of it when I was growing up, or something like that. But when I get the energy from the crowd, that, for me, is what I live for. Music is my salvation and DJing is my prayer.
MM: What do you do to stay grounded as you travel all across the world?
John Digweed: When I get home on Sunday, I’ve got to put the bins out. That's pretty great. I'm not an international DJ in those moments.
Nicole Moudaber: For me what keeps me grounded is motivation and drive, really. Also, I generally don't drink too much. Actually I need to be honest, for the last six months I've been cheating. I've been letting my hair down.
John Digweed: Well you've got lots of it.
Nicole Moudaber: Ha! I am quite proud of this because the last six months I can do this and still travel the next day without feeling too whacked. Do you know what the secret is? Don Julio tequila. It doesn't have any sugar and you don't wake up with a hangover. Try it.
John Digweed: She’s got an endorsement deal.
MM: What's your least favorite part?
Nicole Moudaber: The intense traveling without any sleep. Sleeping is a luxury honestly. I think the last time I slept properly was back in January when I was in Thailand. But you know what, it all disappears once I get on stage. Once you get that whole flow of energy from the crowd, the pain goes away immediately. The tiredness in between gigs is fine, I can live with that.
John Digweed: I think everyone has to travel to go to work. Someone at Virgin Trains has got far more to complain about with traveling than I do. For me, the hardest part is being away from my family. Traveling is part and parcel of everyone’s job, but this job takes me away from my family at special times.
MM: Nicole, you closed a recent “In The Mood” podcast with a very interesting statement. “Hold your head high, and your middle finger higher! Most importantly, keep smiling baby!” Where do thoughts like that come from? It was very sweet.
Nicole Moudaber: I know. Recently I've been showing my softer side. Sometimes people think I'm this animalian, insensitive person because of the way I look or because of the way I say things. Which I get, because I'm quite blunt. But recently I'm learning to be a bit softer.
John Digweed: That's the Don Julio for you.
Nicole Moudaber: He’s a good influence in my life. John you're so funny. The things that you were throwing on stage and before we got on, you’re actually funny and I didn't know this.
John Digweed: I know. It's a hobby of mine. I'm doing stand up on the side.
MM: Both of you are very high profile figures in the music industry and as high profile figures you have a lot of expectations placed on you. How do you handle these expectations?
John Digweed: I think the expectations are deserved because if you're on top of the bill at a club or a festival, people are paying money to come see you. You have to give 110% every gig. You should carry those expectations because it's important to deliver on them. I've always been very focused on what I do in the music world. If I’m giving my best and criticism comes, I can analyze it and go “well, I did my best and there’s nothing I can say about that.” I think, like with every public figure, we’re here for a reason. We’re only going to stay here as long as we continue to deliver and play our best all the time. If we slip below our standards we’re not going stay in our position.
Nicole Moudaber: I can learn from him obviously because with my ups and downs, I'm very critical about myself. I'm not always at my best, because I have my own personal issues. It’s very difficult because I psych myself out. Sometimes I don’t want to get up there because I have emotional problems, or some other personal issue, but I’ve got to put on the face and the show must go on. So it’s a difficult job but sometimes getting up there is incredibly healing when you’re at your lowest. You see yourself in the way the crowd sees you.
MM: What advice do you both have for people who are having a difficult time keeping their heads up?
Nicole Moudaber: My first piece of advice is to have good friends around you. Good friends who don't judge you and who tell you like it is. My second piece of advice is to learn how to be by yourself once in a while. That way you can look at yourself and see why you’re obsessed with this, or bugging out about that, and figure out whatever is bothering you. Lastly, I recommend reading other people’s writing and listening to other people speak about their problems; so that you can learn that you’re not alone.
REE FOR © 2018 Magnetic Magazine
Alpha Booking Agency is Australia's first all female and LGBTQI+ inclusive booking agency, run by female agents with the mission to support, empower and navigate a positive and successful career for women in music.
Founded by Kailei Ginman in 2018, Alpha was the brainchild of a female music industry worker who had not only faced adversity as a woman in music herself, but also saw the struggles her female talent had faced over the years.
"Our goal is to see social change, not only for women in music, but for women in Australia and globally." – Kailei Ginman
Alpha will work with a roster of female and identifying artists including Australian DJs: Ayebatonye, Feline, Rosie Kate, Sara T, Stacie Fields and Stara and will work closely with charities and other female focused businesses for women's rights and other marginalised communities.
About Kailei Ginman ‘Alpha Booking Agency’ Founder & Director
Kailei’s calling into the Australian music industry originated in 2007, unfolding inside the walls of an artist management company with a roster nurturing remarkable Australian talent including: Evermore, Lisa Mitchell and Operator Please.
Armed with a plethora of skills, Kailei then went into a diverse range of roles within the music industry working as a booking agent and promoter with Platinum One Entertainment, a publicist and radio plugger with Shake Appeal, a merchandise-marketing manager with Araca Australia and most recently as a booking agent with Ministry of Sound, harnessing her talents in corporate event bookings and brand partnerships for her roster of over 80 electronic acts.
Kailei’s artist relationships are home grown working with household name including: Havana Brown, The Potbelleez, Stafford Brothers, The Vines, Gang of Youths, Peking Duk and Australia’s leading electronic artists at Ministry of Sound Australia just to name a few. Spanning across her time in the industry, Kailei has worked on international tours with R&B legends Salt N Pepa, Coolio, Sean Paul, Fatman Scoop and 112.
In 2016, Kailei’s own personal mission, goals and experience as a female in the music industry, ignited the idea of the need for a female-focused agency because her musical roster was filled will an extraordinary tribe of female talent. It was through this moment in time when Kailei conceptualized and launched ‘Alpha Booking Agency’ with the mission to nurture successful careers with longevity plus to understand and protect the needs of women in touring especially for the female talent Kailei represented.
Kailei is extremely proud to launch Australia’s first all female and LGBTQ+ inclusive booking agency, representing females and fem-identifying artists, run by females, who employs females in all areas of the company including closely working with women’s and the LGBTQ+ community charities.
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Named Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, a favourite with BBC Radio 1 tastemakers Pete Tong, Danny Howard and MistaJam racking up over 50 plays on the station, as well the official song of Gay Pride 2018, Too Many Zooz & KDA’s Warriors is an empowerment anthem that’s branched out from the clubs into the public consciousness. Now, Grammy award winner Jess Glynne adds fresh vocals to the record on So Real (Warriors).
So Real (Warriors) is the perfect crossover and looks to be the latest success story from Ministry of Sound, renowned for their ability to match the hottest dance music producers with the world’s biggest pop stars. Here, Jess Glynne’s vibrant vocals are matched effortlessly with the energetic Too Many Zooz vs KDA instrumental version, creating a sure-fire pop-dance hit that’s built on a brass house backbone.
New York three-piece Too Many Zooz are no strangers to working with the most powerful women in music, being seen by Beyoncé, who drafted them in to collaborate on her Lemonade album thanks to their viral busking videos. Taking their “brass house” sound from the subway to the world, they also caught the ear of London-based record producer KDA who reworked their track Warriors.
KDA has a history of crafting club records that go on to be pop hits. His previous dance anthem Turn The Music Louder (Rumble) with Tinie Tempah & Katy became a Platinum certified UK #1 single. Seeing an opportunity to blend Too Many Zooz’s incredible energy with his unique take on dance music, KDA’s version of Warriors was born and now looks to follow in the footsteps of his previous crossover success.
Jess Glynne’s involvement simply underlines the power of this collaborative record. An artist who’s not afraid to be herself, and in doing so has achieved 7 UK #1 singles - more than any other British woman - Jess Glynne has her pick of projects. On So Real (Warriors) she draws on her previous pop-dance hits to create an uplifting record that’s set to bring people together as it conquers the charts.
Too Many Zooz vs KDA feat Jess Glynne - So Real (Warriors) is out now.
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