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Mike Williams On Track: An Artist Interview

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We’re bringing a new DJ to rBeatzRadioHis name is Mike Williams and he’s from Kortenhoef, North Holland. You might have heard the name before. He’s best known for his work on with Tiësto and as an artist of Spinnin’ Records. The Dutch record label was recently purchased by Warner Music Group. They recognized Mike Williams as an artist of the future, pioneering such genres as future house and future bounce.

His show, Mike Williams On Track, will air on rBeatzRadio Saturdays at 9pm ET, and Thursdays at 11PM ET. We currently have Mike’s new collaboration with R3HAB, Lullaby, in rotation so…


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I had a chance to interview the up-and-coming star below. I have his most recent rendition of Mike Williams On Track below so you can get a taste of what’s to come on rBeatzRadio. You know the drill. Click play on the Soundcloud embed and read the full interview below for the complete Mike Williams experience.

INTERVIEW:

Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?

The Netherlands! Of course a lot of DJ’s are from the Netherlands, so maybe that had an influence on me when I was young.


What instruments did you all play when you were younger?

Piano!


Are there an instruments that you currently wish you COULD play?

I would love to be able to play the guitar.


Tell us the story of how you started creating music on the computer?

I got an old laptop and speakers from my dad. At that time, I started producing in FL studio, and a couple of months later, I bought a really cheap DJ setup. Then it was just a matter of practicing a lot!


What was your favorite studio moment when producing your newest single, Lullaby?

It was cool when we decided to make a new drop, replacing the old one. Suddenly, we created this new cool drop which fitted perfectly with the break.


How did you and R3HAB compliment each other?

R3hab really knew what he wanted, so it was super clear what we wanted to make. He came with the great vocal, and I started working on the idea for the drop. So, the collaboration between each other went really well.


What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?

I like to just hang out with friends, playing games, going out! Just doing normal things:)


Who are your musical influences?

I don’t really have a couple of particular artist that influence me. I listen to a lot of different electronic music!


Who is one of your favorite acts right now to watch live?

I love to see Axwell and Ingrosso live, because they have these incredible show elements!


Do you have a favorite NEW artists that doesn’t have much of a following?

Brooks is doing really well at the moment!


Who has been one of your favorite artists to collab with?

Collabing with Tiesto, Brooks, and R3hab was great!


What are some of your favorite venues to play and why?

Some clubs in Asia are crazy. A couple of weeks ago, I played at Ministry of Sound in London which was great too.


What has been one of your favorite festivals to play at and why?

I did Creamfields last year and it was amazing! Just heard I’m playing this year again. Of course Tomorrowland is fantastic, and there are so many others.


What DAW do you use and why?

Logic X. It’s easy to use and I like to work on Apple. It fits perfectly.


What is your favorite MIDI Controller or instrument to produce with right now?

Just a midi keyboard 🙂


What is one of your favorite or go-to VST Plugin?

I love to use Sylenth1 and Nexus.


Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?

Don’t give up too early on projects, keep going and going and eventually you’ll see it works out 🙂


Do you have a special organization process for production?

I’m the worst in organizing and naming my projects!


Where has been one of your favorite places in the world to travel to?

South Africa and Thailand!


Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?

Sushi 🙂


What is your favorite social media platform and why?

Instagram! It’s getting more personal than Facebook in my opinion.


If you were a Spotify playlist, which one would you be?

Mint playlist! They support me a lot!


What is next for Mike Williams?

A lot of new music, collabs, and doing some really cool shows this year!

Chris Stack

After graduating from Kenyon College, Chris Stack joined a branding and marketing startup, BrandYourself (as seen on SharkTank), in New York City. After leading the company to grow past profitability as a leading account manager, Chris set his sights on his passion: music. He currently runs his own LLC in New York City, helping musicians in the city with their online presence and marketability. A native of the Washington DC area, Chris Stack's passions and hobbies include music production (8 years on Ableton), marketing, baseball (Mets), football (Ravens), Netflix n chillin, and the experience economy.

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