Behind the Beat: Bassjackers

Bassjackers rose to the ranks in 2011 with their track “Mush Mush”, which was picked up by Tiesto and his label, Musical Freedom. Over the years, Bassjackers have been supported by top artists, collaborated with them and produced their own tracks including many on Spinnin’ Records. The clashing personalities of the wild main stage DJ, Marlon Flohr and the subdued producer, Ralph van Hilst are certainly complimentary traits that have resulted in hit after hit. The Dutch duo went Behind the Beat with us for an exclusive interview.

Only The Beat: Take us back. Where was your first official gig together?

Bassjackers: Our first gig as Bassjackers was in Arnhem in the Netherlands. It was a small club and I (Marlon) was really nervous. Ralph was driving and I got drunk to get rid of the nerves. This is also the night Ralph decided he was never going to DJ.

OTB: Who or what has been most inspirational or helpful in your music career?

B: We’ve had a bunch of people helping us along the way. Sidney Samson was always a mentor from the start and we got a lot of inspiration from guys like Afrojack.

OTB: If you both had to pick another career…?

B: Ralph would probably be in finance because he has a masters in financial management. I studied business studies but I honestly don’t have a clue what I would’ve been doing if it wasn’t for music.

OTB: Is it harder to get discovered in the industry or maintain the status of being one of the top DJs/producers?

B: It’s definitely hard to get discovered especially nowadays because there’s so many people trying to right now. This doesn’t mean it’s easy to stay on top. It takes really, hard work to keep up with everything and everyone! Both getting discovered and staying there takes dedication and hard work.

OTB: What advice do you have for an aspiring DJ that is trying to get a shot in the industry?

B: Try to create your own unique sound and style. Have fun with it, work hard and don’t give up.

OTB: What advice do you have for a solo artist considering teaming up to become a duo? How do you manage creative differences?

B: Well, we started as a duo and it works well for us. The creative differences are always point for discussion and at the end we always find a way in between which we believe makes it a better end product.

OTB: You guys are working the festival circuit pretty hard lately. What are some festival experiences that are interesting from your recent travels?

B: It’s amazing to play the big festivals. The amount of energy is just insane. We just played some big festivals in Mexico and Europe and the summer has just started! This year will be playing the main stage of Tomorrowland for the first time. Thats going to be so sick!

OTB: Where do you see the dance music industry going in the next five years? New technology? Changes?

B: The music is always evolving which is great. You never really know what’s gonna happen but it’s always exciting when a new style or genre just pops up!

OTB: What is the top personal milestone in your career so far?

B: Closing the EDC main stage was cool. This year Tomorrowland main stage is going to be a big one. Also, our music being played by the biggest DJs at all the festivals is still unreal for us to this day.

OTB: What can we expect from you the rest the year? Any big releases, collaborations, shows?

B: We have a lot of new releases in the pipeline. Our latest track is a collaboration with Lucas & Steve and we have collaborations coming up with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Also, this summer we will release a brand new EP with all bangers!!!

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Josh Habursky

Josh Habursky

I live in Washington, DC and cover the electronic dance music and club scene in the District.
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