2013 has been wild year so far for Willem van Hanegem & Ward van der Harst aka W&W: A new collaboration with Armin van Buuren is on the way and the ASOT600 tour that kicked off last month. Of course W&W have been killing it! There is no sign of slowing down with new tracks on the horizon and Mainstage label having just luanched as well. Somehow in between their intense schedule & workload they had a chance to chat with Undrgrnd Sound.
Voices from the Undrgrnd: Catching Up With W&W
Undrgrnd Sound: 2013 has just begun but you guys are already on a roll: Code , ASOT 600, collaboration with Armin etc. Will fans see this much energy continuing after March?
W&W: Definitely! We’re constantly on the look for new things to do and always working on new productions! We have a few exiting solo releases coming up as well as a collaboration with Hardwell, which we’re still working on. Besides that we’re going to tour a lot, playing loads of big festivals and great clubs!
It seems like ‘Lift Off’ is playing at all the best EDM events; whether it is Trance night or not! Did you expect this sort of response? What was the inspiration for this piece?
No we didn’t expect this at all! We were even a bit concerned that DJs might not play it cause it’s such an in-between-genres track. Apparently we were wrong haha. We just wanted to make a banging track which still has the atmosphere and emotion that trance has.
Speaking of which your recent release, “The Code” with Ummet Ozcan has certainly become a club banger. How did this collaboration come about and lead to this track?
We’re good friends with Ummet and think he’s very talented, that’s why we love working with him. We send him a little idea we had, he loved it, so from there on we sent it over and over to each other until it was finished. It was circulating as an ID on the internet for months after Hardwell dropped it the first time back in October. Again, we didn’t expect it to be doing so well! So many different kind of DJs are playing it!
Artists are always evolving their sound and branching out into new musical territories. Do you see yourselves maybe expanding your sound into other genres?
Definitely! Our sound has developed a lot since we first started, which is a a good thing in our opinion. We love to take certain elements of different styles and blend them all together. That way you get original sounding music. If you don’t innovate yourself, you’ll get stuck.
Mainstage Music has really grown… label, radio show, is there an upcoming tour in the works? Any tours in North America?
Yeah we’re touring a lot lately!! We just played ASOT 600 in Mexico City, we’re on our way now to play Liv in Miami and Ultra Music Festival in Buenos Aires.. After that we’re doing the Future Music Festival tour in Australia, ASOT 600 in Kuala Lumpur, Beyond Wonderland in LA, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Madison Square Garden in NYC, Bal en Blanc in Montreal as well as a lot of club shows spread all over the North American continent.