A Sit Down With DJ Frontliner

Frontliner’s career has been marked with success since he started in 2006, when he (at that time known as ‘Abject’) and Headhunterz joined forces to create two instant hits that were released under the Scantraxx Recordz Label; Scantraxx Rootz (2006) and End of my Existence (2006). From there he build on an impressive discography both as a solo artist and together with various fellow artists who were happy to work with his creative approach. ‘Spacer’ eventually became the most played hardstyle track of 2008 and can still be considered one of the most popular tracks in the genre.

 

“Fortunately is my job the same thing I would love to do in my spare time.”

 

What is your personal connection with Hardstyle? What drives you to continue in this lifestyle?

For me it’s just the only kind of music where I can place all my creativity in, powerful build ups and amazing drops. It just feels right! The love for this music is the only reason to walk down this path.

Did you have to sacrifice a lot to get where you are now?

I never have a day off, because I’m always working. Fortunately is my job the same thing I would love to do in my spare time. I used to be practice sports a lot. I kind of miss that, because I’ve played volleyball for a long time. So if anyone wants to play beach volleyball with me sometimes .I did however get to buy a small boat this year, which had been a dream of mine for a very long time. So actually my career gave me more in return than that it took away from me. I’m absolutely happy where I am now and couldn’t have pictured myself having a better job.

Your track “I`m the melody man has earned you a nickname in the hard dance community. What`s the story dehind this tune?
It’s just something that came together in the studio. Like most of my tracks, I was playing around with the lead sound, and the melody line soon followed. I wanted to create something that tells a story. That was my goal, and I think I succeeded.

Are there any artists outside of the Hardstyle scene that you admire?

Yes of course, I’m a huge fan of Timberland, so I would love to dive into the studio with him someday.

Had this career not worked out for you, what would you be doing? What was your plan B?

A year ago I would have said I would go back to being a webdesigner. Hardstyle is one of the most difficult genre’s to produce. I like to help all the producers by giving them guidance through the difficult aspects of the genre; i.e. the well known ‘kick-drum’. Everything, so if my career did not work out I would probably have to start out on the less appealing genre, in the end.

What are the biggest changes that you’ve noticed with your new studio compared to the old one?

Well I used to sit in a small glass room and now I’m stationed in an acoustically optimized control room where I can roll around in my chair without falling through the glass! Haha, I love it. I can move freely and make music.

If there was one thing you could change in the World, what would be? Why?

I wish for the world to treat animals with respect, eating them or exploiting them isn’t respectful. If people would pay more respect to animals, they will most definitely pay more respect to each other too.

In your opinion, which DJ is the best “Torchbearer” Hardstyle Internationally?
I can’t say for sure. Noisecontrollers are coming out with a new album. They’re such strong producers, and I have to give them credit for that. Hardstyle is also at a point where it’s changing. For example, Wildstylez is doing something different from what I do. Rawstyle is getting pretty popular. The hardstyle genre is getting wider. Everyone has their own opinion and feelings about the music. This makes it hard to say who is the best if everyone is doing something different with it.

You’re an vegan. In what way is this an influence on your life?

I’m almost vegan. I do eat eggs (from a chicken that I ‘know’) and I eat honey. Besides that I don’t eat products produced by animals and I can tell you that it’s very hard. At home you know where you need to be for good and tasty biological food. But it’s a real problem when you’re in Australia of Chile. So I just bring along a big suitcase filled with cookies. I feel better when I’m accounting to the world around me. It may seem a bit fuzzy, I get that… But when I feel good, I also work good!

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