The always fun and amazing Drum n’ Bass artist Boris Daenen, otherwise known as Netsky is in Los Angeles working on his fourth studio album, which is expected to be yet another hit. Coming off his highly anticipated third studio album ‘3’, it is very exciting to see what Netsky will bring with his new music.
The Belgian artist has hit us with many remixes over the years ranging from artists like Madeon, Swedish House Mafia, Rusko and so many others. Netsky is an artist who seemingly never misses the mark with his music, which only creates more anticipation in this fascinating time in Electronic music. The Drum n’ Bass artist has shown us time and time again that he is not limited to any genre, which makes him such an amazing live performer. When he is not touring, Netsky splits his time between LA and Europe where he finds himself working with some of the world’s most notable and renowned artists. With his new music ready to drop, I am excited to see the new ceiling that Netsky will hit in the world of electronic music.
I recently had the opportunity interview Netsky ahead of his headlining show at Exchange LA where we dive into his connection to his music, his inspiration, Tomorrowland, and so much more!
DB: At what age did you realize that you had a deeper connection with Music and wanted to actually make music?
I loved music all my life. Grew up in a musical family and played instruments since I was 8. I think I decided I wanted to start making music myself when I was 12.
DB: Who were your biggest music inspirations both in electronic music and outside of electronic music?
Michael Jackson and Prince left the biggest impression on me as a kid. Outside of music I was always really interested in technology and programming.
DB: Having started so young, did you always feel like you would expand outside of Drum and Bass music? Or was it something that came as you grew as an artist.
DnB has always been a great platform for the music I wanted to make. It gives space for soulful elements while it brings great energy. But I love experimenting with other tempo’s to recreate that feeling dnb gave me from the beginning.
DB: Do you prefer performing live, or to DJ? Or does it simply depend on the setting/ performance itself?
I love both. In a club setting I prefer dj’ing but on a big festival stage I love building a show and taking it further with the live concept.
DB: You’re bringing back Netsky and Friends at Tomorrowland this year, what should fans expect?
NaF is a really fun project. I try to be as eclectic as possible when it comes to booking the acts. I think we have an insane line up this year. We have big American djs like Alison Wonderland, Jauz, and Ookay but I also wanted upcoming talent like Qrion and Holy goof.
DB: Most recently you did a remix on Elias’s song ‘Focus’. What drew you to remix that song? And how do you usually determine what songs to remix?
I fell in love with the song. I had it on repeat for weeks and wanted to do an edit. I love Elias’s voice and his use of vocoder and vocal effects in this song.
All of the remixes I’ve done in the past 4 years are remixes I wanted to do for the artist. I like it this way around, rather than label’s asking you to remix a song you haven’t previously connected with.
DB: With your performance at Exchange in Los Angeles coming up, what is your favorite setting to perform? The club scene? Festivals? Or your own intimate shows.
Exchange is a great example of what a club should look like IMO. It’s got history, great production and a loyal crowd. I can’t wait!
DB: What should fans expect at Exchange? Any new music to tell us about?
I’ve been working hard on new music this past year. I have tons of new stuff to play and test out so expect lots of new vibes!
Grab tickets for Netsky at Exchange here.
Written by Kareem Zeenni