Exclusive Interview with Kill The Buzz
As part of the "Asian Club Tour" of Hardwell's record label Revealed Recordings the Dutch DJ & Producer Kill The Buzz returns to Bangkok to play alongside Thomas Newson, Joey Dale, Julian Calor and Manse at Ztudio Live Hall RCA. He is best known for his tracks “Party Hard”, “Life Is Calling” (with JoeySuki) and “Rise Up” (with Mark Sixma).
Siam2nite had the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with Kill The Buzz, shortly before his performance at Ztudio Live Hall on 10th September.
Where are you answering these questions?
Right now I am in the Airplane from Atlanta To Amsterdam.
You are an up-and-coming Dutch DJ & Producer, signed to Hardwell’s “Revealed Recordings” record label. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place and how did you get into DJing and music production?
Well my first touch with electronic dance music was back in 2000 / 2001 when I heard “One More Time” by Daft Punk. Before that I used to listen to all kinds of music on compilation CD’s but back then I wasn’t really into Electronic music. After hearing Daft Punk’s music I started to get more familiar with more genre’s and became fond of Trance. Tiësto in Concert was the first live performance DVD that I got for my birthday and also a couple of Trance Energy compilations which I still have somewhere in a box. Those Trance guys were a true inspiration for me to get me into wanting to become part of the music industry in general.
During the time that I was learning how to play piano, my piano teacher showed and introduced me to early versions of Fruityloops, Rebirth and Reason. By that time I wasn’t really interested in becoming a music producer so I basically left the introduction for what it was and focused more on playing the Piano.
When I met Robbert Hardwell about 10 years ago he invited me going with him to his shows. We became friends and I was sort of tour managing him for about 2 / 3 years. It wasn’t really like what tour managers do these days, but I was driving him around to his shows in The Netherlands and even some shows in Germany and Belgium. We used to hang out a lot even in the studio, listening to music and making stuff. So about 3,5 years ago he gave me his cubase software and a couple of samples and synths just to have fun with it. I made 2 bootlegs which hit the national radio station and one which became demo of the week on ‘Hardwell on air’. A couple of tracks later I had my first track signed on Revealed Recordings and premiered on Tomorrowland 2012. Round that time I started DJ’ing in a club Brooklyn in Breda and the rest is history.
You produce Electro House & Progressive House and Big Room. How would you describe your own music in just a few words?
Groovy & Melodic with Euphoric Harmonies.
You are best known for your tracks “Party Hard”, “Life Is Calling” (with JoeySuki) and “Rise Up” (with Mark Sixma). What other tracks, remixes or mix-sets would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
"Don’t Give Up" with David Spekter, and My Remix of "Jason Derulo - Want to Want me" and "Mason - Exceeder"
What is on your agenda for the near future and what are you currently working and focusing on?
Right now I’m on my way from Atlanta To Amsterdam. I played Hakkasan and Wet Republic and joined Hardwell and the crew for Sun City Music Festival in El Paso. Today is the closing of Hardwell’s Carnival at Ushuaia Ibiza. And on Wednesday I’m touring Asia for the Revealed Recordings Asia Club Tour!
Music wise my focus will be more to do radio friendly tracks with vocals. I wanna get more into making Songs besides making just club tracks. It doesn’t mean that I won’t make any big room anymore, but I want to do more than just that. I think it’s the right thing to do for now and I’ve always been fond of guys like Alesso.
Looking back on eventful and equally successful years, what were the best and the worst gigs you ever played and what were the funniest things that occurred during any of your performances?
That’s a tough one.. I can’t really name 1 best gig cause there are so many. The I Am Hardwell shows in Delhi and at Ho Chi Min City were amazing. But also Chile was one of the most insane crowds I’ve experienced so far. But then again I also like small shows like Tomorrowland where I had to play at B-Eat where people could dine and drink and dance while I was playing. It became a very intimate session where I really was in touch with the crowd.
One of the most funny moments I experienced during my sets, was a non stop moshpit in Bootshaus Germany. People were so into partying that they couldn’t stop making moshpits which eventually led to a sit down without me asking for one haha.
You made your Thailand Debut at the recent S2O Festival. On 10th September you will return to Thailand to perform at Ztudio as part of the Revealed Asian Club Tour. Did you keep your debut performance, and Thailand in general, in good memory? What can people expect from your upcoming performance?
Well, I’m gonna play a lot of new music and hope to bring the energy of all my good memories of Thailand to the people at Ztudio. Thailand in general was a great experience when I was performing on S2O Festival. The Festival and the energy of the people was great! Luckily I had some friends over there when I was playing there. During the day a friend of my shows me some typical tourist spots and after the show a couple of other friends Invited me to go out with them. We went to pubs and bars and ended up in a club. The day after they took me out for sight seeing at shopping malls and on the last day we went out having lunch.
It’s a beautiful country with great food and I can really recommend everyone to go to see Thailand when they get the opportunity.