Since there formation in 2008, Psyko Punkz experienced a quick rise to fame and are now one of the top hardstyle acts in Europe. They are known for their heavy-hitting bass kicks and their use of catchy hip hop influenced vocals. There is no doubt that whenever a fan hears one of their songs, it is easily recognized. In recent times they finally made their debut in the United States and just last weekend they finally played at NYC’s most popular hardstyle warehouse venues. Undrgrnd Sound was given the awesome opportunity to speak with them just before their debut set. Here’s what went down:
UGS: What captivated you most about hardstyle that made you want to produce it yourselves?
Psyko Punkz (Wietse): Probably the energy that characterizes it. About 12-13 years ago we went to a hard dance party that was mostly hard house and we were really intrigued. We thought “damn! This is something we have to do,” then we began producing separately around the same time and eventually we met and joined forces!
What would you say was the most difficult track to produce so far?
Sven: Depends on how long it takes; there are some that took a while. I think “Love This Life” was pretty hard because of all the different elements in it. There are some slower parts that aren’t typical for our genre and that took some time to get right.
Wietse: Most tracks take some time, there are a few that were done really fast. The ones that take almost four days are the best though!
You have played in the US recently; we actually saw you at TSOQ 3 last year. That said, what would you say is different between your American and European audiences?
Sven: From what we’ve seen, Americans really appreciate us being here, maybe even more so than Europeans because they don’t get to experience this type of music that often. You guys party like hell that’s for sure!
Wietse: In Europe, everyone may be a bit more “spoiled” because hardstyle is everywhere. Here, everyone is so anxious and excited! The party in LA was nuts, TomorrowWorld was also crazy. We love playing in the states and we’re really happy to be here tonight!
Sven: Americans also dress up like real ravers. They don’t do that anymore at home- it’s a really cool thing to see!
Describe your career so far in 5 words or less…GO!
Wietse: Fucking awesome! I love it!
Sven: Fuck Yea!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen at one of your gigs?
Wietse: We were in Scotland and a fan came up to us saying he brought his mom to the show. Then his mom hit on us! The guy was also encouraging her but, of course we did not act on this. It was pretty funny and surprising though.
Do you prefer playing at festivals or smaller venues like this one [Amazura]?
Sven: It depends. The larger venues and events usually give us the craziest view of the crowd one could ever dream of, especially when everyone is partying. The smaller shows are more intimate and we get to interact with the crowd more so it’s really nice. We get to feed off of everyone’s energy more in that type of setting.
What is a weird fact that your fans may not know about you?
Wietse: Sometimes I can sit on the couch and do absolutely nothing rather than jumping around being silly.
Sven: I still need to wake up for this gig! [laughs] We just got here and took a short nap and I’m still trying to get energized.
What are your plans and goals for 2015 since it’s right around the corner?
Wietse: We are in the process of setting up a worldwide tour with some stops in America hopefully. We also want to go to Asia and South America. Of course we’re going to be working on loads of tracks too!
What expectations do you have for the crowd here?
Sven: This is our first time in NYC so we’re not too sure just yet.
Wietse: Since this is one of the liveliest cities in the US, I think it’s going to be fucking crazy!
What is your impression of Times Square since you arrived?
Wietse: It looked really nice! It was fun!
Sven: It’s a tourist thing so we had to go. It was a bit crazy.
[After the set]
So, how did it go?
Playing in NYC for our first time was a huge honour! Despite some technically difficulties in the beginning, the crowd was still awesome! We loved you all and we cannot wait to come back. Thank you so much and we hope to see NYC soon!
Be sure to check out their next release on Thursday, October 23th called “We Stay Up” on their label Shadow Mask Music.
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