Paul, Maarten welcome back to DMCWORLD towers. Where are you in the world right now?
“Hello, we are very happy to be speaking with DMCWOLRD! Our locations are always changing based on our gigs as you know, at the moment we are in Australia for the STEREOSONIC Tour.”
Had you any idea what a monster you had created when laying down RATTLE a year ago?
“When we both get into the studio our goal is always to create something new and fresh. When we worked on this record we heard it so many times, making tweaks, edits, adding production elements, by the time the process was complete it was hard to tell what people would think honestly. We knew it was a good track but we weren’t really sure what to expect. Thankfully the dance community embraced the record.”
A lot of today’s producers were brought up on a diet of hip hop in the early days – were you, I know Daft Punk and The Prodigy were quite important to you in the early days…
“We are huge Daft Punk and Prodigy fans but we also love classic rock bands like KISS, Iron Maiden and old school hip hop. One thing that hasn’t changed throughout the years is our love for great music, back then and now still; we really don’t care about the genre as long as the music moves us. The artists we listen to today aren’t just dance and we think this is what keeps us inspired and our records sounding fresh.”
You started Bingo Players back in 2006, two mates who shared a passion for music who decided to form a DJ/production duo. So what were those early days like, what were your DJ skills like back then, how long did it take to set up a studio?
“Well actually, we started out as producers. Our studio back then, was our attic, a computer with a soundcard and some software (we started with software like Cubase on the Atari ST and Screamtracker for the PC). And we still work at home. No fancy big studio with a lot of gear, which is obsolete. It’s all about being comfortable. When we started producing, we didn’t think about DJ’ing that much until our tracks started to become successful. Suddenly we were asked to play shows. During the first shows we had our share of stage freight, but we loved it! The great thing about being a DJ is that we can test out new tracks and see how the crowd reacts. We think we have improved our productions thanks to being DJ’s as well.”
Favorite festival story of 2012?
“This is a really hard question. We play all over the world and each festival has a special moment for each of us. I think one of the best festival moments of 2012 was playing the Super You and Me stage at Electric Daisy Carnival (Vegas), dressed up as members of Kiss. The crowd was really nuts and the energy of the night was really unforgettable. We can’t wait to have 2013 festival stories! Also, Electric Zoo NY was amazing!”
Tell us about the studio set up, who brings what to the production process?
“This information is classified! Ha Ha Really it depends on the track. Sometimes one of us will have a melodic idea and the other will finish it. Other times, the initial idea will be scrapped for something better. We are lucky to both be pretty proficient in the studio and to be able to bounce ideas off of one another and be on the same page.”
What is the current top 10 you are spinning?
“It changes for us every night. We don’t show up to our gigs with a set ten records that we will play that night. We generally get to the club a little early, check out the crowd and then choose music from our library that will get them moving. Some records that we love playing live besides our own releases that everyone knows are…
1. Out Of My Mind, our new single just dropped but we had been playing parts of it all summer
2. Carl Tricks – Poundcake
3. Showtek & Justin Prime – Cannonball
4. Tommy Trash – Truffle Pig
5. Swanky Tunes – Blood Rush
6. Hardwell – Apolllo
7. Icona Pop – I Love It (Sick Individuals Remix).
8. Mike Hawkins & Pablo Oliveros – Bangover
9. Tom Staar – Cheyenne
10. Dannic – Flare
Who are the producers from around the world you are giving high fives to at the moment?
“There are too many to choose! At the moment guys like Dada Life, Hardwell, Zedd and Madeon are killing it!”
You love all genres of music – Maarten you have John Denver on your iPod, Paul you are a sucker for Duran Duran. So who are the new artists or maybe big artists with new stuff out now that you are listening to away from the studio?
“Haha, yeah we love to listen to something completely different than dance music when we are not DJ’ing or producing. At this moment, we love the new Bruno Mars single “Locked Out Of Heaven”, the latest Band Of Horses album and also this new act called Staygold with their track “Wallpaper”.”
Craziest request you have ever had from a clubber whilst DJing?
“Vinzzent – Dromendans. It’s a Dutch thing, google it. You will be surprised.”
You spend so much time travelling and working together. If you could change one thing about each other what would it be?
“We would change it so we both had super powers and could fly ourselves to each city instead of taking planes!”
Apart from your own tunes – what was your summer anthem?
“Wow, so hard to choose. Let’s go for Zedd – Spectrum.”
You played at a couple of Tiesto parties in the summer at Pacha in Ibiza. What were those nights like?
“Great! Being in Ibiza is special to begin with; there is an incredible energy there. DJing before Tiësto was not only fun but also an honor. We have much respect for him!”
Ibiza or Las Vegas?
“Depends on the time of year. Ibiza in the summer, Vegas any other time!”
And finally, have you already chosen each other’s Christmas gifts yet…?
“Yes! More audio plug ins for the studio and 2 days off on Christmas!”
Bingo Players feat. Far East Movement ‘Get Up (Rattle)’ is out January 13th