Known for his hard-hitting beats, Willem Rebergen, better known as Headhunterz sat down with us to answer a few questions about his introduction into the industry, Hardstyle, and his thoughts on the “mainstream”.
Amplified Access: It’s a new year so assumedly you have new goals to accomplish… What would they be?
Headhunterz: To follow my musical instincts and enjoy my creative freedom.
AA: How did you officially get into the industry?
HH: After I visited my first ever dance event, Qlimax 2003, I knew this was what I wanted to do: create my own tracks. So I started to practice dj’ing and producing and finally applied to study at the Rockacademy. At that time, when I was about 16, hardstyle was very popular in the discotheques and clubs, so I automatically chose to go for that style. At the Academy they couldn’t teach me much about hardstyle though, so I quit. I followed my own path and sent demo’s to The Prophet and Scantraxx, where I got signed. Big things have happened since, but that’s basically how I got in the industry.
AA: What’s would have been your career path if it were not for dance music?
HH: I’d probably would have been a monk, I love to meditate and spirituality is very important to me.
AA: Recently you have been posting a lot of inspirational sayings. What advice would you give, and what are you hoping to do?
HH: To always follow your heart, stay true to your own feelings and freedom. Let go of negativity and focus on your inner self. It’s a lesson that applies to everyone, and for me right now it helps me in my career, to follow my own path. It’s a path in itself for an artist to break free from the imaginary prison that is built around him.
AA: How does dance music make you feel?
HH: Music moves me, on the in and outside. It can calm me down, or energize me.
AA: What are your thoughts on the raves/festivals becoming so mainstream now? Could it be a blessing or a mistake?
HH: It’s a natural process, a normal thing to happen. I think nowadays, now that the mainstream hype is at its peak, more events will diversify – same thing with people’s taste. With such a big offer and choice in acts and DJ’s, people will discover different styles and new favorites. Mainstream doesn’t have to be a bad thing, not at all. For many people, it’s where their passion for music starts.
AA: You recently threw Hard With Style here in southern California. Can we expect any more Hard With Style shows here, or more locations?
HH: That was a great night, I really enjoyed it. I can’t make any promises on future HWS shows, so keep an eye on the website.
AA: What are some detrimental changes you have seen happen in the industry within the past 5 years?
HH: A lot has changed and it keeps changing as we speak. I once said in my podcast that adaptation to change is a key to happiness and so that is my practice. I try to take things as they come while I continue to do the very best I can.
AA: What are you looking to do with Orgins project? Anything deeper behind it?
HH: Origins is an ode to my roots, a way of honoring that path that I’ve followed. It’s the story behind the music and a way of showing everyone where it all started for me. I’ll never forget my roots, but I always need to keep challenging myself and I really want to use my creative potential.
AA: If you had to enjoy any set as a fan in the crowd who would you see?
HH: I’d definitely check out Tchami, and party hard on Oliver Heldens’ set.
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