You started out really young, especially when you got your first residency at Motion in Amsterdam back in 2003. How did you manage the weight of that experience at that stage?
When I started I didn’t really expect it would go as well as it did. The good thing was that Motion booked the biggest djs in the world so I got to watch closely how they performed. You take out the things you really like and make them your own. So the during the Motion years, I had the best possible teachers around me every week. I am very lucky that my career start off like that.
What is it about Progressive House that just speaks to you?
In 2003 I started with a more club kind of sound but when I had the chance to see what Sister Bliss played at one of the Motion parties, I feel in love with that sound which I later found out was progressive house. Since then I changed my style and tried to give it a Miss Nine twist. Nowadays while it is still progressive house, it is more commercial than before as the whole EDM is changing and changing in a fast way. The different genres are coming together so as a deejay you have to reinvent yourself over and over again, I believe you can’t do the same trick for many years. You have to go with the waves.
Quite a lot of artists are doing this, just to have their names out there and to have regular fresh mixes. People just love to listen to music and this is a good way to keep your fans interested and to gain more fans. But it is a lot of work too, and as a traveling dj there is not always much time left to squeeze everything in. But I like it when I can make my fans happy, and in a free way too, so I intend to keep doing my Nine Sessions show.
The Ultra Music Festival in Miami is one of the biggest music festivals in the world it must have been such an honour to get to play there. What is your best ‘memory-in-a-moment’ from when you were there?
That is a wonderful festival with the best line up you will ever see on one festival. The biggest dj’s of the world all under the Miami sun in between skyscrapers; it is just an amazing experience! My best memory was from last year, when I saw Steve Aoki playing with the crowd in his own very unique way. The reaction from the crowd was just nuts, he’s an amazing DJ to go and watch.
Your latest release Fantasia (2010) is only available for purchase in Asia. Would you say that a larger part of your fan base is Asian and what do you accredit this to?
While it is going very well for me in Asia, the same can be said about America and South America. I’m very fortunate to get to play regular in all of those parts of the world and love them all. For me India is a very upcoming market. I just did a tour there together with Avicii, which went very well and certainly raised my profile more there. The people in India are starting to love house music more and more and you can feel this when you are on stage as their reactions were incredible. I expect a lot from India over the next decade.
Well the label is going really well at the moment, which I am proud of as I think we’ve signed some great tracks recently. I’m very excited about the future of the label as we have some big tunes ready to release. We have 925 Music as the main label, which is diverted in two sub labels, 925 Digital, for more underground / club tracks and 925 Global, where we are signing more commercial and radio friendly kind of tracks. The compilations will be on 925 Music. Hopefully we will be doing another one in the summer as the current one ‘Around the World’ has been a great debut release.
Any interesting collaborations and remixes we should look out for?
I am working on quite a lot of tracks now and investigating some collaborations. My new single will be out on Zouk Recordings and this is a cooperation with Baggi Begovic, a good dj friend. The track is progressive but with a housey vibe and featuring a warm male vocal, which I love. The record will be out in February.
I get inspiration from a lot of things. From my travels around the world, from speaking to other people, listening to different kinds of music, playing tennis, running in the forest, watching movies. Most of my ideas comes to mind when I am not busy thinking of being creative. Once they come, I then need to work on them and explore what can be done and where I can go with it.