Interview: Misja Helsloot
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. Seems like you've been keeping busy lately. You have a new album coming out soon. What can you tell us about that?
Basically it’s a compilation of my latest 2018 and 2019 releases in 2019, completed with some brand new and fresh tunes and remixes. And because an album can’t be 80 minutes filled with 138 bangers, I also wanted to explore the deeper sound a bit more, which can be heard in the 2 opening tracks. 1 is my first track ever made in a deep remix, DJ-Misja - E-mocean - of which the original was made with Tijs/Tiësto back in 1998. The other one is a remix of a track I started most of my sets with, back in the days right after In Trance We Trust 001, so that track means a lot to me; Sean Dexter - Synthethica. I did a deep remix and an Uplifting remix for that track - both will be released on Black Hole as a single as well.
What was the inspiration behind your new track, The Power of Love, with XiJaro & Pitch and Cari?
Well I can tell you a wonderful love story about a couple that were meant to be together but their different religion did not let them…. but that would be a lie :) We just made a theme, sent it back and forward over the internet, Cari wrote lyrics and a track was born. Maybe it was the Power of Love that brought us together :)
You've been in the scene for quite some time now and have played all over the world. Is there anywhere, or any particular show, you haven't played that you'd really like to play?
Would love to play in South America. I keep hearing great stories about the fanatic trance crowd over there and I would love to show them my passion for trance.
What is one (or some) of the most memorable moments you've experienced while performing?
First, of course, playing main stage Trance Energy back in the days. That entire set had become a ‘moment’ - playing 2 hours in a packed JaarBeurs will never leave my mind.
A funny memory was last year during my Open To Close night in The Hague. I did a 7 hour set, and sometime after 5 hours my calves got cramped and I could barely stand at that moment. So while playing, I got a massage from a friend and it must have looked pretty funny - with someone giving me a massage below the decks…
You recently became the new A&R manager of Grotesque Music, which I'm sure is keeping you busy as well. How are you enjoying that, and what can you tell us about some of the new talent and new releases you've been sent so far?
Being an A&R isn’t new to me, but the business has changed over the years. I still love to get send tracks by mostly new artists trying their luck though. And so far so good. I love the variety so far, and we signed like 4 to 6 new tracks and artists. Hopefully, we can share previews on our socials soon.
How did the opportunity for the A&R manager position come about?
Basically because the guy that did it before me left for some reason. I already had some connection with the label and the events and thought it would be a good opportunity to be get back in the A&R saddle again. So far so good.
Do you have any tips or advice for someone who aspires to become a DJ/producer, or anything you wish you had known when you were first starting?
For a long time, I’ve had the feeling I had to do everything myself, but I’ve learned that it’s not a shame to ask for help, in any way. It’s always good to have a couple of colleagues / friends around you that can help you in any way - production wise, advice, basically anything. I didn’t do that until like 4-5 years ago, that was a game changer for me!
Besides your solo set at the Paard in The Hague on the 8th of November, what else do you have in store for us in the near future?
I am planning an Album Tour at the moment for the months November to May. Just smaller clubs where I will do an Album Showcase set - the schedule will be announced soon. And I’m really looking forward to Grotesque Indoor the 14th of December, where I will do a back 2 back hard classics set with my buddy Signum.
Thank you so much again for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us! Did you have anything else you'd like to say to your fans before we go?
I want to thank everybody for all the laughs and support over the years, would not have been here without you!