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Exclusive Interview with DJ Isaac

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We sat down with harder style DJ and producer DJ Isaac fresh off the release of his Creeds – Push It remix ‘Feel So Good’! See what he had to say about the remix and what he has planned for the rest of 2024!

You have been in the industry for some time now, how would you describe the main changes in the industry that you have seen?

The scene is a lot more open-minded than it was back in the day. The new trend is to play whatever style, as long as the crowd has a good time, which is the essence of DJing in my opinion. Back in the day, it was rare for, for example, trance DJs to play Hardstyle, and now it’s a normal thing.Another big change is social media, which helps music spread worldwide and connect with fans. However, it also distracts from producing, so I have to find my own balance.

Can you name some of your early influences in dance music?

When dance music became a thing in the late ’80s, I became a fan of a DJ called ‘Ben Liebrand.’ Every week, he remixed an, at that time, popular tune which was broadcasted on Dutch radio. I was fascinated by this, and he was the main reason for me to start producing and deejaying. Another big influence for me was Cosmic Gate. They released a track called ‘The Drums’ in 1999, and I knew this was the direction for me to go. It was the beginning of something that was later called Hardstyle.

How would you describe your sound in a few words to someone who isn’t aware?

Energetic, uplifting music with balls;)

Can you tell us a little bit about your new release ‘Feels So Good’, how did this remix come about?

We all know ‘Push Up’, the track that Creeds went viral with on social media last year. I sent him a direct message, asking if he could send me the individual stems of the song. I wanted to make a remix of the track. Creeds was just as excited as I was, because Creeds often plays tracks my tracks during his techno performances. We made a deal: I could make a remix of ‘Push Up’, and Creeds chose to make a remix of ‘Feel So Good.’

You also run one the longest running Hardstyle podcast, what have been some of the highlights of hosting this over the years?

I started the show on Q-Dance Radio in 2009 and I have never missed an episode ever since. There wasn’t a hardstyle podcast yet, so I decided to give it a try. I never expected it to reach so many people, and it feels good to keep everyone, including myself, up-to-date with the latest tunes. A significant highlight for both listeners and myself are my yearmixes. Ben Liebrand used to create a yearmix every year, and I remember how much I looked forward to it as a kid. That’s why I dedicate so much time to it every year.

If you could remix another song from any era, which would it be and why?

I made an unofficial remix of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ back in 2002. I would love to officially remix any Michael Jackson song; it would be the pinnacle of my career.

What does hardstyle mean to you?

I believe no other genre combines emotion, energy, and unity like Hardstyle. I’m proud to have contributed to its development and to see the scene where it is today.

What else do you have in store for the rest of 2024?

On the music front, besides my new track ‘Rise’ I have some collaborations lined up, including ones with TNT, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Showtek, and Boray. I’m even speaking with Hardwell for a special project.

 

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