MAYDAY Twenty Five marks a quarter of a century for one of Germany's most important techno scene-shapers.
But with an expanded lineup that takes in a wider cross-section of the electronic music world, we caught up with dance duo Blasterjaxx to find out what the rest of 2016 has in store, and who they're most looking forward to seeing on 30 April in Dortmund.
2016 has already been a massive year for you guys. What are you most looking forward between now and December 31?
Oh wow, there are so many great things coming up, we don't even know where to start. The festival season is about to start, which is going to be great. In a couple weeks we are at Tomorrowland Brasil which is one of our favourites. But also a lot of new music and collaborations coming out, so stay tuned!
Your new track Soldier with Breathe Carolina is a shift towards Progressive House, a little away from your usual Big Room style. Is this a new direction for Blasterjaxx or more of a one-off?
Well, it’s just a tune which we thought would be really cool to do! We are extending the range of diverse sounds to keep both ourselves as the fans happy with new fresh music. We have got a couple of waaaay deeper and more progressive sounds coming up, which will be more different than fans would expect, and we also have some real hard Big Room bangers set to be released!
Can we expect more collaborations over the summer?
Yes definitely! We finished a lot of new originals but also some big collaborations!
Tell us a bit more about your new label, Maxximize, and the plans you have for it over the next few years.
Growing it big! And bringing music to the market that we believe in, which sounds different from everything else around there. Plus we are building our Maxximize events. We recently had our second Maxximize event in New York and we had our own very successfull Maxximize Poolparty during the Miami Music Week in March.
So you’re going to be part of the 25th birthday celebrations at MAYDAY Twenty Five – what do you know about one of Europe’s most legendary raves?
We checked some of the aftermovies online and it looks SICK! We always love playing in Germany so we are really looking forward to this one!
How important do you think German rave culture has been in the wider electronic music world over the last two or three decades?
Very important! For us it all started with Scooter, and still today they are a big inspiration for us.
Do you take any influence or inspiration from the techno side of electronic music?
We take influences and inspiration from every kind of music, most of it from the more exotic music from South America and the Caribbean.
Which other artists will you make sure you see at MAYDAY Twenty Five?
We are looking forward to seeing Robin Schulz, Showtek and Twoloud!
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