R3hab is known for his chainsaw electro sound that has rocked thousands upon thousands. The man has made a huge name for himself in a short amount of time. He has the hardest, most electrifying sound in the house music genre. R3hab brought his music madness to Beta Nightclub and Techibeats reporter Alex Nikas got a chance to catch up with him and ask him a few questions.
Fist I would just like to say thank you for giving us an interview, I am sure you are very busy.
No problem at all.
What and when was the initial interest in house music that led you to start producing?
When I was 16, 17 I went clubbing and heard some dance tracks and was like ‘wow, what is this sort of music’. Those djs I was listening to back in the day, for example like Tocadisco, they made some great stuff that I love a lot, and I wanted to wanted to make music like them and it slowly started to evolve from their.
If you weren’t producing/djing what would do you think you would be doing?
I have a degree in commercial economics so probably a desk job.
What do you like to do in your free time when you not producing/djing?
Rest up, watch movies and shows, chill with friends but lately it has just been crazy. Like today, wake at 7 in the morning, fly to Denver, get to the hotel, eat something, prepare a little bit, go to the show, then off again in the morning.
How does the name R3hab reflect your style? How did that name come about?
I can’t really explain it, I was just thinking about a cool name that would fit me. I thought it was a really cool name and I wanted to change the E to a 3 so I could make my logo really cool
Do you prefer playing big festivals or smaller clubs?
I like both. Big festivals are nice because there are a lot of people, but I love intimate clubs because you can feel the crowd and touch the crowd and the energy is really directed towards you. A club show is usually based around one or two artists and the big festivals are a lot of stages. I love both but I would prefer to play a festival during the day and a club show that night [laughs]
What production software do you work with the most? Why?
I use Cubase, because I started with it. Lately I have been using Ableton more and more because it’s easier to handle on one screen, where Cubase is difficult. Those are the two programs I like to work with but I can get around on all of them from Logic to FL Studio, etc…
EDM has exploded in America, especially in the past year. How would you say an American crowd is different from a European crowd?
I would say the American crowd is very musical. I feel like they grew up with making music and listening to music, and I don’t know about the rest of Europe but in Holland we didn’t grow up playing music and here [America] you go into a rock band or a punk so that is very different.
What artists are currently standing out to you right? Who do you see getting big in 2012?
Wow, there are so many good ones right now. I like Zedd a lot, Nicky Romero has been killing it lately.
What advice would you give to producers just starting out? What would you tell them to avoid?
Find your own sound. Also quality is very important because when your new you just want to put out stuff but I don’t think you will get noticed if it’s not quality. You have to find that high level of production and quality to be successful.
Thank very much for your time, and good luck on your IMDA nominations.
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