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Interview wit DJ The Prophet
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Good question! When I was young I always wanted to be cancer surgeon because my lovely grandmother died from cancer after ten months living in our home, so probably a cancer surgeon!
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
To play with camera’s and designing stuff, just being creative in one way or another.
How long have you been making music?
It all started when I was like 7 years old with drums, but as many kids I never had the patience to finish any study or practice, hahahaha!
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Amsterdam is my hometown, and I am definitely sure that influenced my music.
The beginning of the 80’s is when the synthesizers and drum computers came to my attention.
As you might know. Amsterdam is well known for being very openminded, so yeah, that must have had a huge impact on my productions!
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
Many shows are memorable, I speak about Qlimax, EDC Las Vegas, Defqon.1, Thunderdome, etc, etc…
A live show is even more work for me at this moment, I am not only a DJ and a producer, I own Scantraxx Recordz, my record label, and Hardstyle.com and I am involved in many other businesses. My family is also very, very important for me so a live show is not an option for me as I always want to give my best and that is not possible right now.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I do have a few favorite venues to be honest: Hemkade Zaandam (NL), MaSiF Sydney (AUS), Bootshaus (GER), Fabrik Madrid (SPAIN), Gelredome (NL), etc, etc..
And I would love to visit South America and more countries in Asia.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Deadmau5, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Bob Marley, Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Daft Punk, The Prophet.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Please keep on doing what you like best in life, only then you will be a happy person!
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
‘One Moment’, because that one particular moment can change your life instantly!
‘Wanna Play?’cause this track brings out the best in the crowd and myself!
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Wanna Play? Recession, One Moment, Killing Scum, Caramba!, Wake Up!, Stampuhh!!, Summer Of Hardstyle and Listen To Your Heart.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
Depends every time on my mood; when I feel hyped, I tend to produce harder or more rough music, and when I feel emotional, then the more soft music comes out of me.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
Sometimes I do, for example. When I released ‘Listen To Your Heart’ (original lyrics are from from Roxette), I wanted to let everybody know that ‘listening to your heart’ is the most important in life. You always know what to do when you listen to that first feeling or vibe you had or have, because after that feeling or vibe the mind takes over. And almost every time that you will do what first came up, you will become the person you want to be.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I needed to create some space in the studio musicwise: In the studio, I need to enjoy the freedom and space to explore fresh new ideas, experiment with music in creative new ways and do whatever feels right and comfortable for me.
I just see it as a new start in life.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?