Tuneboy is one out of a handful of hardstyle DJs still around that has seen the evolution of the genre from it’s beginnings in the late 80s-early 90s. As such, he remains a primary influence and inspiration for the newcomers today. He is also known as being one half of the super duo TnT – Technoboy N’ Tuneboy. Over the years his tracks as a solo artist and as a duo have been bangers and can always be heard on various mixes and at clubs all over the world. Undrgrnd Sound was given a chance to sit down and chat with one of the major forces in hardstyle after his first set in NYC. Here’s what went down:
Voices from the Undrgrnd:
UGS: What brought you and Technoboy together to form TnT?
Tuneboy: Well, we have been business partners since 2001, we also work in the same studio. So, we’ve grown up together musically and personally. We’re also good friends which is why we decided to perform together. Music is our first passion so it was only right for us to form TnT.
Do you have any special plans this year for TnT?
Luckily, we have a lot of club dates planned in Europe and maybe in America (hopefully). So, we’re focusing our summer season on playing as many venues as possible.
What’s your favorite thing about being a DJ/producer?
First off, my passion for music started with production – I became a DJ later on – so being in the studio really does it for me. The great thing about DJing is you can see what your music does to people; the feelings it brings out in them. To see the love and passion you put into your production reciprocated by your fans is so nice!
So, your track “Musick” how did it come about?
Technoboy and I truly love the kick and reverse bass in the hardstyle world! So, we wanted to create a new track that featured some “old aspects” like those and of course we added the screetches because that’s essential too. The track sort of brought us back to our roots!
What makes Italian hardstyle unique?
It’s very easy to understand and can appeal to people worldwide, I think. We create music while thinking about the dance floor and how people can react to certain parts, so we are very picky during production. I think Italian hardstyle is awesome because we put forth a lot of effort and passion into our music and of course because we are Italian. [chuckles]
What were you expecting for your first NYC performance?
I was super excited! It always is when you’re playing for a new city! New York is…New York so, I was really looking forward to tonight and the crowd reacted in such a great way. I am very happy about this gig and how the night went. Wow!
How would rate your set?
I can’t say 10 because perfection doesn’t exist. I will say 8.5.
What made you want to produce hardstyle?
Cristiano and I were two of the first producers in the scene so, we saw hardstyle grow from its beginnings to today. It didn’t really exist back then. The best years were 2008-2009 in my opinion. It doesn’t really exist today but, there are some of us that still love it of course.
What would you say characterized that sound?
There was more freedom with production so, a track could draw on many influence from other genres like trance or hardcore or Italian progressive. You could do whatever you wanted. It was much easier to make music then. Today, 90% of the job involves a sound designer and it gets kind of boring.
History repeats itself so, who knows? Maybe the 2008-9 hardstyle will come back!
That would be awesome! Some of my fans have asked me to make tracks with artists such as Builder or the KGBs. They mention people that were around at that time. Their tracks were milestones for hardstyle.
Describe YOUR sound in 5 words or less…GO!
Energetic, easy to understand, danceable
We’re Undrgrnd Sound and we would like to know what comes to your mind when you hear those words?
To me it’s what hardstyle used to be. It’s getting popular now which is good for us because we get to travel the world and play the music we love. Underground stuff may not be as popular but it’s still great, it’s where you start from.
Who would you like to collaborate with the most and why?
There are so many people! We just collaborated with Headhunterz and we’re really happy about it. We are also making two new tracks with relatively new Dutch artists called Audiotricz. They are really nice and very talented. In the future I would love to make a track with Frontliner, Wildstylez or Brennan Heart.
Since it’s your first time here what fun things do you want to do while you’re in town?
Tomorrow I’m going to sleep because I’ve been up for almost 26 hours but, if I have some time before I leave I want to walk around and see one of the best cities in the world.
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