2018 Rewind: H.I.M.W.O.L.

H.I.M.W.O.L.

How was 2018 for you?

H.I.M.W.O.L.: It was a huge year for myself in many ways, and it still feels very surreal. I actually don’t think I’ve fully realized it yet. I worked really hard in the studio and somehow managed to have a single release, DJ mix and LP all of which happened this year. It’s kept me extremely busy but at the same time has proved that with hard work a lot can be accomplished.

Highlights?

Being asked to do a DJ mix for Unquantize Recordings has always been a goal of mine. I feel very proud and honored to have been asked to do so. I’ve never released a mixed cd before. DJ Spen and Tommy Davis have always supported and kept the faith in me.

Lowlights?

I feel very fortunate to be honest, and I think this year has been a really positive one. I’ve always had the attitude of not trying to get too far ahead of myself and when there may have been setbacks. I’ve always tried to keep pushing on and put as much positive energy into my production as possible.

Song of the year?

So many tracks to choose from, but the one track that caught my ears was Selace – So Hooked On Your Lovin (Mousse T.’s Extended Disco Shizzle).

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I’ve never been one to have new year’s resolutions, but I’d like to keep backing myself and to continue pushing the boundaries in the studio.I’d love to just keep producing songs that give me enjoyment but most of all hopefully give my fan lots of enjoyment through my music as well.

@H.I.M.W.O.L.

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2018 Rewind: Agent Orange

Agent Orange

How was 2018 for you?

Agent Orange: 2018 was really great for my Agent Orange project. I got to play some gigs in countries I’ve never been to before like Malta, Chile and Peru along with some of my more mainstays Holland and across the USA. Playing Ultra Miami for the second time and Electric Zoo for the third time was also fantastic for me.

Three of my music projects Agent Orange – “I’m Free,” my Armand Van Helden – “Witch Doktor” (Agent Orange DJ 2018 rework) and my DHS – House Of God (AzzidoDaBass remix vs Agent Orange update) — got some huge spins from the industry’s top players including Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Nicole Moudaber, Thomas Schumacher, UMEK, Christian Smith, Pagano, Paco Osuna, Pig&Dan, Monika Kruse, Loco&Jam, Spektre, D-Unity, Durtysoxxx and many more! A really proud moment for me.

Highlights?

Signing my Armand Van Helden – Witch Doktor (Agent Orange DJ 2018 rework) to Pig&Dan’s awesome Elevate label! And meeting the guys at ADE. I respect what the are doing so much, and they are great guys. I feel this project is just right for their label

The Drumcode party at Gashouder during ADE. ADE in general is always so much [about] seeing old and new friends and going to the techno temple is always next level. It really doesn’t get any better than that. Also playing at the Subtek party in Miami. Ultra Miami again was super fun and debuting my hybrid live set at Techno Tuesday Amsterdam was great.

Lowlights?

The passing of Anthony Bourdain was hard since I felt he was a voice for us “underground” people.

Song of the year?

The Advent – High Horse (Klockworks). Hearing Ben Klock play the promo of this track during his Klockworks night in the Gashouder at ADE 2017 totally blew my mind!! It really reminded me why I love techno so much. It really bangs. Happy to see it in full swing since it came out this year.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To keep living my motto “Stay Young. Love Techno.” to the fullest! Also to keep working my best at being a good Dad to the best daughter in the world, Violet, and good husband to my awesome wife and talented DJ, Becka.

@DJAgentOrange

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2018 Rewind: DJs from Mars

DJs from Mars

How was 2018 for you?

DJs from Mars: It was great! We toured a lot and discovered new areas in Asia, and we received some huge support by top DJs like Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Oliver Heldens and more!! We are super happy about 2018.

Highlights?

Tiësto asking us to create a “Tiesto Greatest Hits Megamashup” was unreal and totally unexpected!! We believe that this is probably one of the best achievements if you focus your DJ career on bootlegs and mashups (like we do). But also, speaking about original releases, we were climbing the Billboard Chart up to #15 and this was also a big moment for us in 2018!

Lowlights?

Hmmm, nothing to mention here. Actually we are so happy about last year that we cant find any lowlights.

Song of the year?

Speaking of big hits, definitely Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone – Jackie Chan

In the underground, we’d pick “Impulse” by Oliver Heldens and Mike Cervello as one of the best club tracks (also the video is hilarious!).

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

More good music, more great shows, more fun!!!

@DJsFromMars

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2018 Rewind: Noha

noha

How was 2018 for you?

Noha: 2018 was an amazing year for me. After spending the past three years traveling and working on many different activities, I decided to relocate to Berlin to focus solely on music. I had no big expectations, just a lot of energy to invest. I was very lucky to meet amazing artists that became my closest friends. For the first time I feel that I belong to a community that I love and hope to give something back to it.

Highlights?

There have been so many special moments that is hard to pick just one. Just recently me and my best friends S.A.M, Matthew Dekay and Per Hammar played all together at Hoppettose for our new party called Anonymous Souls. The mind behind this was Amy, a friend we all had in common. She had the amazing idea to pull us together and celebrate our common friendship. It has been for sure one of the best party ever for me.

Lowlights?

Honestly speaking, this year was also very, very tough. Relocating and constantly working on new music took a toll on me more than once. But I can’t really recall any particular bad episode.

Song of the year?

This question is impossible to answer for me. What I heard the most, by the way, is for sure this track:

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To take more care of my body and trying to spend more time with my family!

@Noha

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