Ever wanted to know how a producer-DJ duo performs live sets?
Then you’d want to jump in on the dynamic duo behind Bassjackers, ranked this year as number 35 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs, who will be coming down to Singapore over new year’s weekend to headline Sentosa’s Siloso Beach Party – and show you exactly how it’s done.
Producers and DJs go hand-in-hand in the creation and curation of the eventual live music sets, but this pairing of one producer-one DJ on stage is still rare in the EDM industry. Other artists known for their DJ-producer pairing include Two Friends and GTA.
Best friends since high school, DJ, Marlon Flohr, and producer, Ralph van Hilst came together in 2007 to create the Dutch duo Bassjackers. They exploded onto the scene and in 2011, their dancefloor bomb “Mush Mush” was picked up by Tiësto and released on his label Musical Freedom.
Since then, Bassjackers have reached massive new heights in their career with numerous chart-topping bangers and hit collaborations with the likes of Martin Garrix, Afrojack, KSHMR, Dyro, R3hab, and Showtek, as well as remixes for A-list artists including Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Moby, and Ne-Yo.
In light of their headlining act, POPSPOKEN speaks with the Dutch electronic music production/DJ duo Bassjackers on their music and aspirations.
POPSPOKEN: What have you guys been up to this week?
Bassjackers: Last weekend we had a big show in Jakarta. Been working on a lot of new music and also the next episode of ‘Signed by Bassjackers’ where Ralph records youtube videos in which he explains how he produced our tracks and gives away handy tips and tricks for upcoming producers.
What is the story behind your latest release, “Ready”?
We came across this track on the internet by a guy called L3N. We loved it and it really had a Bassjackers sound, but it wasn’t there yet. We contacted him and finished the track together. Ready was the result.
Name one DJ / producer you would love to collaborate with next.
We actually have a few cool collaborations coming up with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Crossnaders & Bali Bandits. Not sure who is gonna be next.
If you could choose one problem to solve in the EDM industry today, what would it be? How would you go about solving it?
Honestly, we don’t see any real problems here. We focus on ourselves and our music and we are super happy that we can do the thing we love most.
Bassjackers has a unique combination of a DJ-producer duo. What was the story behind starting Bassjackers, and what’s the best part about this DJ-producer dynamic?
We were already friends before we started working together on music. At some point, Marlon started DJing and Ralph was already producing for a while. We decided to try to make some music together that Marlon could play out in his DJ sets and Bassjackers was born.
Is this your first time headlining a new year countdown event, and what can we expect from your Singapore show?
We have been playing new years events for quite a while. It always has something special about it. The show is gonna be a lot of new music and of course what we stand for; ENERGY!
How would you want Bassjackers to be remembered?
We are mostly known for our High energy big room music and sets!
Bassjackers is headlining Siloso Beach Party 2017.
Siloso Beach Party 2017
Date: 31 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Time: 6pm – 6am
Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Price: From $48
Minimum age for entry: 18 years old
For updates on Siloso Beach Party 2017, you can also visit www.sentosa.com.sg/silosobeachparty.
Cover Photo: Spotify