DJ Wildstylez has been at the forefront of hardstyle for over a decade. We had a chance to catch up with him before his performance this weekend at Basscon Wasteland!
Joram, thank you so much for taking the time to interview with me! Tell us, when and how did you first become interested in music?
Music has always been important to me. When I was young I played guitar in several small bands. After that I
started producing music myself and left the Rock Academy. I had a new passion and was determined to become a professional DJ/producer!
Were you influenced by other artists or genres? If so, which ones?
As a beginner, it is hard to give your productions your own sound, so I listened to the music of older producers like The Prophet a lot. Through the years, I started to develop my own sound and had the guts to create something I like instead of pleasing others. My first track had typical hardstyle sounds, but also some different unusual elements. These were my first steps to the real Wildstylez sound.
How do you balance your life with other obligations?
My life as a DJ is very unbalanced because I travel a lot. For example, this month I have 14 gigs in 9 countries and 3 continents. Yes, that also means a lot of hotels and a major jetlag from time to time haha! When I’m in Holland I’m working in the studio as much as possible during the week. When I get home it’s time to relax!
How do you prepare for a big show? Do you have any pre-show rituals that you follow?
I don’t really have a pre-show ritual. Most of the time I relax a bit in my hotel when I’m abroad. I always make sure to take time to do some research on the events I play at. Therefore, I know some practical things like the capacity and line up. Of course, every country has a different audience. It never gets boring!
Bringing back Project One at Qlimax this year was one of the highlights of my career! It felt great to share one stage with Headhunterz again and to produce new music for this act.
Can you give us any hints on upcoming releases by either yourself or on Lose Control Music?
I have a lot of new music coming up! Currently I’m working with Hard Driver in the studio and I recently finished two solo tracks. In May I will release my collab with Noisecontrollers and Bass Modulators at Lose Control Music. Of course I’m going to play some new material at Wasteland as well!
Are you excited to be back in the US for Basscon: Wastelend? Do you have anything special planned for the party?
I am crazy excited to be back in the US again because it has been awhile! I am really looking forward meeting my American fans again! Let’s make this crowd move. ☺
Wildstylez is guaranteed to make the crowd go crazy! Make sure you don’t miss his set at Basscon Wasteland on Friday, April 28!