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Learn more about Stormerz: we talk about his new track, inspiration and more

Stormerz es uno de los grandes productores que tenemos en nuestro país, uno de los más queridos y apoyados por su gran carrera como artista hasta alcanzar los más grande sellos y festivales por su calidad musical. Hoy, Stormerz lanzó su más reciente track llamado «Losing it» el cual salió por NEXT de Q-dance Records.

Losing it is an impressive track in terms of its sound design since, although it has the Stormerz stamp, it is a quite pregnant track, with a very energetic melody as their tracks usually are and also a very clean vocal. The video clip contains the great records of Stormerz in important international festivals and also national events where we see him in his environment on stage, enjoying the music with his fans dancing non-stop. How the events are missed!

About this latest release, we did a short interview with Stormerz to find out where he gets his inspiration from as well as some other interesting questions that we share with you below.

1. Hello Stormerz! We know that in these times of pandemic inspiration is somewhat lost. However, for others it has been a time of reflection and where they find more inspiration to create new tracks, experience sounds, etc. In your case, how to get inspired to make new songs in 2020?

Ciertamente, ha sido muy fácil perder la inspiración o nublarse mucho en ese sentido; la pandemia creo que nos ha hecho reflexionar a todos, por supuesto. En mi caso, me costó un poco asimilar todo esto; todos los eventos y planes que tenía para 2020, cancelados y quedando básicamente a la deriva, sin poder hacer mucho más que producir y lanzar música. Me afectó mucho porque justamente este año 2020 prometía ser muy bueno; iba a tocar en Defqon.1 nuevamente, y grandes festivales como Rebirth y Ultrasonic en Holanda, además de otros alrededor de Europa que no alcanzaron a anunciarse. Tenía muchas ambiciones y de un día para otro, todo cancelado, entonces obviamente fue difícil. Al pasar un poco el tiempo simplemente hay que aprender a aceptar las cosas y adaptarse a las nuevas condiciones. Una vez acepté todo esto, comencé a motivarme un poco más nuevamente con la producción y a hacer nuevas canciones. De hecho, este nuevo release, Losing It, fue la primera canción que escribí durante la pandemia.

2. En tu proceso de producción musical, sabemos que el Hardstyle se compone de muchos elementos como kick, bass, snare, screetch, leads etc. ¿Cuál es el más relevante para ti?

Lo más relevante para mí siempre será la “vibra” del track; los sentimientos que provoca y el ambiente al que te transporta. Más que los detalles técnicos, como kicks, screeches y los que mencionas, creo que es más importante la parte creativa de un track. A lo que voy es que, perfectamente podría escuchar una canción que no suene “técnicamente bien” en cuanto a mezcla y diseño de sonido pero que sí me provoque emociones y tenga buenas melodías. En esos casos, creo que lo técnico pasa a un segundo plano. En caso contrario, una canción que suene perfecta en cuanto a mezcla y sonido, pero que sea aburrida creativamente, no me llama mucho la atención.

3. El video clip de tu reciente canción cuenta con muchos registros de tus presentaciones en Chile y alrededor del mundo. ¿Qué es lo que más extrañas de esos recuerdos?

Sí! Losing It, de hecho, se trata de recordar quien eres y volver a encontrar tu camino cuando éste se nubla. Algo con lo que luché un poco durante la pandemia, y supongo que todos nosotros. Por lo mismo, el videoclip cuenta con todos esos registros de diferentes presentaciones, algunas antiguas y otras no tanto. Aparte de la escena inicial donde se da a entender que estoy mirando “mis recuerdos”. Creo que lo que más extraño es poder tocar mis nuevas canciones en vivo frente a un público, además de toda la inspiración que generan esas experiencias, claro. A este paso, cuando vuelvan los eventos, tal vez pueda tocar un set 100% con canciones nuevas que jamás haya tocado en público jajaja.

4. What did you think of the experience of playing at our online event We Wanna Rock at Home with great national and international artists? Did you enjoy it? Would you repeat it again?

It was very very good! I congratulate you again for the tremendous work you did on We Wanna Rock, both in the first and second versions. I really enjoyed playing, even if it's from home and looking at a camera haha. Of course I would repeat it again, so feel free to invite me haha!

5. We know that it is difficult to play an event this year, but for 2021 what are your plans? Where would you like to play or play again?

I think that for now, I have not thought about events nor have I had them in my plans, because let's face it, nobody knows when we will be able to have events "normal" again. Instead of thinking about it a lot, I've tried to focus more on my music, learn new techniques, try to innovate with my songs, and things like that. Basically, preparing for when we have events again, whenever it is.

6. Thinking about collaborations With which national and international artist would you like to work?

I don't usually think about collaborations a lot, especially in recent times, but obviously I'm never closed to them. If we talk about Hardstyle artists, it would be an honor to work with Wildstylez sometime. But I would also very much like to collaborate with artists of other genres; I think in those cases it is much more fun since you can exchange fresh ideas and create something more innovative. Regarding a national artist, it would be nice to do a collaboration with Horyzon, he has been doing a very good job lately.

7. Musically speaking, which artist do you admire? (Independent of musical genre)

Difficult question. I admire many artists, I think I could not say only one, but deadmau5 is definitely one of them. I also really like Madeon and Porter Robinson.

8. Not everything is hardstyle. What other musical style do you like to listen to?

Many! I actually produce hardstyle, but I hardly ever listen to it in my spare time. Lately I've been very hooked on indie pop bands like Men I Trust. I've also been listening to Daft Punk and Joji a lot.

9. If we could travel back in time, to what point in your career would you like to return to relive it?

This question got me thinking for a moment haha. I think I would not return to any. I'm more about trying to enjoy the present, which doesn't mean that I really like looking back and remembering beautiful moments, obviously. What has been lived is lived and that is its place; there is nothing wrong with the past.

10. What has been your most important decision in life? Do you regret any decision you have made throughout your career?

Hmm, I think the most important decision regarding my career was to have dropped out of college to pursue a career in music. I do not regret it, if I had not continued on this path, I would not have created as many beautiful memories as those I have lived, visited countries that otherwise I would not have known, surround myself with such incredible people, etc. Music has given me the most beautiful things in my life, so I don't regret any decision, good or bad, because I think everything leads to where we are now.

11. For these times of pandemic. Any good series or movie that you recommend us?

One of my favorite series is The 100! Totally recommended 🙂 I think the last series I saw was The Haunting Of Bly Manor, it is also very good, for those who like "horror" (in quotes because it is not so horror, but rather drama / suspense). And if you haven't seen The Haunting Of Hill House, you must see it too haha.

Thank you very much Stormerz for answering our questions and for recommending us tremendous series to enjoy in these times. A big hug, much success and congratulations again for your new release on Next by Q-Dance Records!

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Marco Hammer
CEO, Founder & Graphic designer who has been working on the hard dance scene since the 2007 till now.

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