DJ Casketkrusher – New Years Mix 2016: Ultimate Gabber Mix

DJ Casketkrusher - New Years Mix 2016: Ultimate Gabber Mix

DJ Casketkrusher – New Years Mix 2016: Ultimate Gabber Mix

DJ: Casketkrusher
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Gabber, Happy Hardcore, Early Hardcore, Terror
Mix Info: New Years Mix 2016: Ultimate Gabber Mix
Length Mix: 00:57:53
Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Casketkrusher – Facebook Fanpage

As you all know, I am a HUGE fan of the early Hardcore/Gabber/Happy Hardcore stuff. My music collection is quite impressive when it comes to that kind of music, and I adore everyone who makes mixes, keeping the music alive and kicking. And recently I’ve discovered a DJ called Casketkrusher, who keeps the music alive and kicking like no-one else. When you do adore the music as much as I do, and grew up with it, this new DJ is the one to follow. His passion and dedication is tremendous, and for those who are unaware of what he’s capable of, here’s one of his mixes.

Released last month, I could have reviewed this much earlier, but sadly there was no tracklist. I really needed a tracklist, because I did not know all tracks by name. Thankfully yesterday he replied with a tracklist, which you can also find underneath the mix. And this mix is dope, seriously dope. Yes, the majority of DJs keep on mixing stuff which we’ve heard a billion times before, but not these tracks. You won’t know what hit you once you’ve pressed the precious ‘play’ button. This is insane, this is impressive, and above all: this is my kind of Hardcore.

The tracklist, I’ve waited for this quite a while, but it was worth it. Check this beast out!

tracklist

01. Dougal & Mickey Skeedale – New Generation (Hard Mix) 
02. Da Pumping Universe – The Northstar
03. Ultimate Buzz feat MC Bee – Rofo’s Theme (El Bruto Remix) 
04. Uranium – Rippin’ Off Wax
05. The Prophet – Housetime! (3 Steps Ahead Remix) 
06. The Stunned Guys – Beats Time
07. DJ Ruffneck vs Juggernaut – I’m A Ruffneck!!!
08. Matrix + Wargroover – Energy
09. Kool Killers – Amerikaaaaah! (DJ Dano Amsterdam ’96 Remix) 
10. DJ Dano – Fuckem All (Original Mix) 
11. DJ Sim – Horras ’94
12. The Propher – The Sound He Makes
13. Pineapple Jack – Do That Dance!
14. Frank E & Mars-L – Spliffs ‘N Niffs
15. DJ Waxweazle – I Like This World
16. Urban Menace – The Wrong Nigga To Fuck With
17. Dance Overdose – Portant
18. R. Wagner – My Dominion
19. Evil Maniax – Psychopath
20. Trickster – Emphasis On Hardcore
21. The Thundergods Of Asgard – Bustin’ Walls
22. DJ Dano – 120-9000 BPM

Come on, if this doesn’t cause tingling sensation down in your underpants, you ain’t Hardcore. You might like the new generation Hardcore, but never call yourself a true Hardcore fan, because you aren’t. Like your roots, like this. This is the music that defined a generation, and created the path for future projects. This is the reason why Hardcore is still alive: because it was banging, fresh, new, uplifting, different, and above all: it was f**king ace!

This mix has got everything you need: Gabber, Happy Hardcore, a tiny amount of Terror (c.q. last track), early Hardcore and more. This brings back good memories, and this is the kind of music I miss. Only a handful of producers keep this sound alive, but I prefer this above the new Hardcore. Not saying that the new is crap of bad, but this was so much different. This is the music that came from the soul, and dedication lead to these tracks. On basic materials they made this, not being helped by soft- and hardware that we’ve got nowadays.

The music was so good. And this mix is going straight into my top 10 ‘all time greatest mixes’. I’m truly in love with Casketkrusher’s mix. What can I mention about the tracks? Well, the only track I don’t like is the ‘Amerikaaah!’ track. Not my cup of tea. But if that’s all… nothing bad in all fairness, eh? 1 out of 22 tracks ain’t bad?

The mixing side of it is just spot on. I can’t name a single bad thing, I simply can’t. I’m truly in love with this mix. Please Casketkrusher, keep providing us with mixes such as this one, we need more. We are desperate. This is what keeps me and others alive!

One of the greatest mixes of all time. Fantastic tunes.

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Drokz Dynamite Promo Mix (2016)

Drokz Dynamite Promo Mix (2016)

Drokz Dynamite Promo Mix (2016)

DJ: Drokz
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Gabber, Terror, Drokzcore
Mix Info: Drokz Dynamite Promo Mix
Length Mix: 00:33:03
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Drokz – Facebook Fanpage

Godverdomme, am I late again with yet another promo mix? I keep on finding mixes for events which have already taken place! And this event would have been one of those events I would have put money aside for, even though it’s not a huge event, but the line-up was just picture perfect: Partyraiser, Nosferatu, N-Vitral, D-Fence, Amada, and ofcourse grandad Drokz, or as we Dutchies like to call him ‘Opa Drokz’, the voice behind the legendary scream ‘Thunderdome’. The most well known Terror DJ in the whole wide world, and the most loved too.

Normally you find weird studio mixes or free EPs on his Soundcloud, and with this mix I thought I was going to listen to a mix he made at home, just showcasing his skills. But I was wrong, this was for the event ‘Dynamite Hardcore’. Well, it could have been a showcase mix, because Drokz is Dynamite and he plays Hardcore. Anyhow, to promote this event he made an awesome mix, only 33 minutes long. And as you would expect it’s too damn hard for the weakest of heart. You can not listen to this if you think 130BPMs are the right level. If you do, please leave and never come back to this page, because this Dutchman likes it hard and rough (that sounded wrong?!), just as hard as Drokz!

Let’s see the tracklist. It’s something you should open your eyes for.

tracklist

01. Dione – Pain Till I Die (SRB Remix) 
02. Drokz – Bloodbath
03. Drokz – On To The Next One
04. Mithridate & Paranoizer – Crystal Shit
05. Drokz – The Groove Of The Electronic Music
06. Detest – My Porn
07. Striker – Know Your Enemy
08. Coffeecore – Snares DJ Tool
09. Hardbouncer – Bambola Assassina
10. Drokz, Akira & MC Michel a.k.a. Hentaiboy #1 – Hentai Hardcore
11. Angernoizer & Tripped – Beats Can’t Handle It
12. Kurwastyle vs Terrorclown – Do You Want A Balloon (Darkcontroller Remix) 
13. Drokz – Nobody Is Leaving
14. Drokz – I Want To Be A Terrorist
15. Hellseeker – Bodysnatchers

Seriously, this is yet another insane mix by the Godfather of Terror music! It’s 7:29 in the early morning here in London, and I’m blasting the music through the speakers as loud as you can imagine it! This has made my morning even more special, because I was after a mix which was a bit rougher and tougher (that’s how we Dutch people like our music).

I would have gone to the event, just to see the legend in the flesh. And all the other too, they rock aswel. But Drokz is the voice, the man, the legend, the myth.

The tracks are as usual simply astonishing! A nice balance between his own tracks and tracks by others. Drokz has mixed them together so nicely, those 33 minutes fly by and you press play again once the mix has finished.

I simply can not say anything bad about this mix or mention something which was bad, because everything was perfect (only Drokz knows how to). But which is my favourite track of this mix? ‘Bodysnatchers’. So rough and tough my hemorrhoid started to bleed due to the dirtyness of this record.

Drokz has done it again. No free download, but hasn’t he given enough already?

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Darkside Unleashed: Sampler Three (2016)

Darkside Unleashed: Sampler Three (2016)

Darkside Unleashed: Sampler Three (2016)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Gabber, Terror
Release Year: 2016
Album Info: Darkside Unleashed: Sampler Three
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:20:27
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
File Size: 833 MB
File Type: wav.
Bitspeed: —-
Label: Darkside
Product Number: DARKUL071
Buy Here: Hardtunes.com
More Information: Darkside Unleashed – Official Website

It’s been a while since I last reviewed an album, and I think it’s about time you all hear about this latest album from the mighty Darkside Unleashed, and it only got released yesterday! The album is called ‘Sampler Three’, and if you dig Hardcore Techno, this is a must listen to album. Proper Hardcore, not for those who think that Hardcore is hard when it’s 140bpm. If you are into Hardcore which is slightly rougher and tougher than the most known records, why not check this album out/

This album is released by Darkside Unleashed, and unless you were offline for the last 20 years (well, that’s a bit excaggerated), you must know this label and already follow them on several social media pages. You might know the label, and I do to, but this album is fairly new to me. It contains records by new artists, artists I’ve never heard of before. Brand new perspectives on Hardcore, which is always a bonus. Yes, we’ve heard Angerfist and Promo and all the other well known names for quite a while now, I want to hear the new breed and their tunes, and this album is focussed on that.

The tracklist is quite sexy. If you don’t see it, you might to clean your lenses/glasses, and if that still doesn’t work, you might need to see a doctor urgently. This is sexy. New names, new music, new perspectives. Exciting times for Hardcore.

tracklist

01. Rob Da Rhythm – Hard & Fast
02. Vandal!sm & Ysiss – Down With The Underground
03. Unrest – Hypocrites
04. Digital Violence & Lady Bex – Suicide Squad
05. Hardbouncer – Untouchable
06. Cryogenic – Victimized (Repix Remix) 
07. Masters Of Noise vs Sonic & D-Vstor – Fuck The Police
08. Nuke & Lost Origin – Sucker Sucker
09. PsykoKnot – Roll Call
10. Dave Dope feat Spitnoise – We Crash The Party (Ravezone Anthem 2016) 
11. Sonic & D-Vstor – Vengeance
12. Unproven – We Will Survive
13. Biorekk – F##kin C’mon!
14. Para Italia – Go Fuck Yourself
15. Chrono & De Man Int Zwart – Power
16. Chaotic Hostility – Kill The Devil
17. Angernoizer – Bomb Da Drop

See! Gorgeous, isn’t it? And it’s available now! And there’s another added bonus (if you are a DJ): these are DJ friendly records. No mix, just pure solid and separate records. Full length, and high quality tunes. It’s time for you to indulge yourself into the world of the unknown, and listen to what they have to offer. And what they had to offer was amazing!

I’ve listened to this album already a thousand times, and it hasn’t disappointed me. It made the car journey to and from work quite pleasant. Those who drove past me must have thought I was a complete loon, because I was head butting the air around me constantly, and fist pumping in a row. But who cares?

The tunes were good! My favourite track was ‘We Crash The Party’. Oh, and also ‘Power’, and ‘Bomb Da Drop’. They made the speakers in my car go ape. A pleasant feeling you must experience for yourself. It ain’t hard, just go to Hardtunes.com, search for this album and download it now.

There was a tiny thing, and I think I should mention it. This ain’t for the weakest, and it’s ain’t melodic, but when a track tries to become a bit melodic, it all of a sudden doesn’t. Example: track 9. I miss something great in this track. Other tracks also contain a bit too much, crammed into a few minutes. Some were missing bits, and some needed just a bit more.

A great album, containing a lot of amazing tunes. Worth a download, don’t you agree?

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DJ Smurf Interview (2016)

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London, United Kingdom

The next DJ who I am going to interview is a well known name in the Hardcore Techno/Frenchcore/Terror scene. His dedication, passion and weirdness makes him a much loved name. His name has appeared on many flyers, he has played for many years, seen the world, and his name is well recognised. His actions are also well known: his trademark facial expression can be seen in many pictures. He’s a well known DJ, producer and in a sense a clown. But a clown you would actually want to see. Ladies and gentlemen, sit back, relax, and enjoy the wise words from…. DJ Smurf!

 

Hi Smurf, how are you sir? How’s life?
“Alreet buddy? Life is a bit hectic at the moment. I’m in the process of buying a new house and my car finally conked out after 14 years, so I’ve had to get a new car too.”

We all know you and what you do, but there might be some people who do not have the faintest idea who DJ Smurf is. Can you explain yourself what it is that you do, and what you have been doing for many years?
“I’ve been DJ’ing regularly since 1994, playing early hardcore or ‘gabba’ as we called it in the UK.

Held DJ residencies in the UK at including Judgement Day, Nosebleed, Distorted and many more.

I’ve been promoting party’s from the mid 90’s, the more famous one’s being Judgement Day & Distorted.

Running two lables: GGM Digital & Deng Deng Hardcore

My DJ sets consist of trax that will stick in your head, fun samples, oldskool sounds together with a crazy energetic show.”

Geordie Core

Geordie Core

The most important question I think I will ask you is… the most easiest one to answer for you (I hope): where does the name come from? For those who do not know (kids under 10 years), the Smurfs were very popular throughout the 80s and 90s, did you watch the show when you were younger and wanted to be a Smurf, or is it because of something else?
“The Smurf name came to me when I was stuck in a traffic jam one Sunday in 1989/1990. Every Sunday morning in the summer months, my parents would go to a local car-boot sale, held on a rugby field in a place called Dunston (where the legendary footballer and also clown-like person, Paul Gascoigne was born).

A car-boot sale is like a big market, where people turn up with their car’s and basically sell anything they want, out of the boot of their cars and on tables. It’s like a real life E-bay ! You could buy almost anything from VHS video cassettes, furniture, pipe’s, carpets anything.

I was always at the stall’s that were selling second hand vinyl, and picking up early house stuff, movie & TV soundtracks. I also got 2 record player’s, old wooden things, with 33/45/78 speeds to play the records on in my bedroom.

Anyway, one time we were leaving the car-boot sale and stuck in traffic for a while. The Smurf song came on the radio (Father Abraham & The Smurfs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAQ66BKG27A). I thought it would be funny if a DJ played this as the first track and then started playing techno/acid etc. So way back then, I was already thinking  about playing weird funny trax a dancefloor wouldn’t expect to hear, but would work. So I thought, if I was to be a DJ, I would call myself DJ Smurf and play this track.”

According to Discogs you started raving back in 1989, and that’s when you discovered Acid House/Techno/European Techno/Rave. You listened to Hip Hop before 1989, but what was it that got your attention, can you remember the moment when you decided that House/etc was the sound you really wanted to listen to 24/7?
“In the early 80’s, I was into the original electro sound and would regularly attend various breakdancing events around Newcastle, especially on a Saturday afternoon, at an event called ‘Sidewalk’, held in a big nightclub called Tiffany’s. Trying to spin around on my neck and listneing to the likes of The World Class Wreckin Cru (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrjWsqrVO5Q), Doug E Fresh (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDkqz5C62SM0 and Egyptian Lover (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjFs9CPGhts – I sampled parts of this on my ‘Egyptian’ track with Dr Peacock).

Electro morphed into hip-hop and I was into artists like Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, NWA etc. In 1988 on a Friday evening there was a dance music show on BBC Radio 1 called ‘Jeff Young’s Big Beat’. I used to sit on front of my Dad’s ‘music centre’ with a C90 cassette loaded and recording the new hip-hop trax he would play. I would then, re-record them onto another tape, kind of creating a mix, to listen to on my Sony Walkman during the week.

As time went on, he started to play hip-house, which was a combination of house and rap. I loved the energy of the raps over these 4/4 beats and some of the crazy sounds in the background. I think the first track that really caught my attention was Fast Eddie – Hip House (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v7UiDd7wBA) . Not long after this, I bought Fast Eddie’s album ‘Jack To The Sound’.  One of the trax on the album I thought was the maddest thing I’d ever heard ‘Keep On Dancing’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5x-u7ssmbM) with a mad bleep noise going through it.

Another track on the album I though was mad was ‘Clap Your Hands’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urRKi73JSnc) , with this mad acid bassline running through it.

At this point, I bought as many acid-house compilations as I could. This progressed into techno, early hardcore and eventually gabber.”

You got your first decks in 1992. A year later you got your first gig in Walkers, Newcastle. But between 1992 and 1993, what did you do? Perfecting your skills, or simply mucking about?
“Partying like a maniac ! The rave scene was in the UK was huge around this time. In 1990, none of my friends were into this music, they were all into The Pet Shop Boys & Erasure, so I would travel to events up & down the country all alone, on coaches organised by local clothes shops. In 1991, the legendary Rezerection party’s started in Newcastle, so I met loads of new friends and travelled together to party’s all over the UK almost every weekend, this time in a car !

When I got my decks, I was the only person in our group that had them, so friends would hire function rooms in pubs, find disused buildings and have house party’s, where I would bring my decks and DJ all night. In 1993 I started to play a few events in small clubs. Back then I was playing a lot of Belgium, Dutch & German stuff.  Treax on Music Man, R&S, MidTown etc. I was never really a big fan of breakbeats, which was popular in England. This may sound a bit strange, after being a hip hop fan, which was mostly breakbeats.”

The gig that got your name established was Judgment Day 4 in Whitley Bar. You played alongside Lenny Dee, and you were wearing a large sombrero (wtf?) with cut out pizza’s hanging from it. You were obviously goofing around back then, but whatever you did, it got people’s attention. Were the crowd expecting a mad set, during which the BPMs went up to 200!?
“The sombrero & pizza thing is related to one of my favourite tracks at the time, The Salami Brothers – Eat Zat Pizza (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_wROOQaw8k). Bass Generator, who ran the Judgement Day events, knew I loved this, so put ‘If you don’t like my pizza fuck you’ under my name on the flyer. So, I thought it would be funny to were a sombrero with cut out pictures of pizza’s hanging from it while I DJ’d.

The set is here https://hearthis.at/smurfggm/dj-smurf-judgement-day-24031994/ . I started off at 200 BPM and the tempos go up and down, as 200 BPM was considered very fast at the time and hard to dance to!”

How come someone who listened to House/etc got attracted to music with beats up to 200bpm?
“This was just a natural progression for me. From electro to hip hop to hip house to acid to techno to early hardcore to gabber. Going back to the early acid house I heard, I always like the more crazier sounds, so the 200 BPM stuff appealed to me, with its crazy fun samples and guitars.”

From Newcastle to the rest of the United Kingdom, the Smurf played everywhere.  Did every set involve you mucking around, seeing as it is your trademark thing (alongside your facial expression, but we will talk about that later)?
“I think they did yeah. I remember one promoter saying something like “We don’t just book you to DJ, we book you for your entertainment “.

I was always goofing around in the clubs, doing strange crazy dancing and head banging during my set.”

Playing solo wasn’t the end station for DJ Smurf, you formed the Geordie Gabba Mafia (GGM). What was the reason why you started GGM, and what was their mission?
“It wasn’t actually me who started the GGM.

Gabber was a huge thing in Newcastle (A Geordie is someone from Newcastle) in the mid 90’s, with the monthly Judgement Day party’s having guests on the main stage like Rotterdam Terror Corps, Bass D & King Matthew, Delirium and hard acts such as Mark N, Tron, Delta 9, Laurent Ho etc in the ‘gabber toilet’ room.

Some guys called Dan, Addie (DJ UEP) and Rob (Rob S) got some T-shirts and stickers made with the circle GGM logo with ‘A Member Of The Geordie Gabba Mafia’ on them. Addie and Rob started to DJ and then it was kind of natural that I became part of the performing side of the GGM.”

GeordieGabbaMafia

GeordieGabbaMafia

You released many records, but if you had to explain to a newbie what defines a DJ Smurf and GGM track, how would you describe it?
“As I was around when gabber first started, I loved the big  909 distorted kick drums and all the funny samples in the music. Gabber is the only music genre in the world where you can have any kind of sample or sound in it and it will work. From cartoon sounds, rap’s, breakbeats, pop music samples to the noisiest industrial sounds. Almost every track had something that made you remember it once it has finished.

I take a lot of influence from those early days and most of my trax are heavily sample based, with pop samples, raps, oldskool T99 & hoover samples, basically, after hearing one my trax, it will stick in your head, in a good or bad way.”

What was your biggest release? Which track was the best selling Smurf track of all time?
“My most famous track is the trumpet song, Exposure King (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UETzSEFYUhw) released on vinyl in 2007.

I made this track in 2004 and initially got it pressed onto pressed onto a dubplate so I could play it out. I thought it was a fun energetic track, but didn’t realise how much so until later in the year.

I was closing Thunderdome 2004 in the second huge area in Jaarbeurs. I played this towards the end of my set and the whole place went absolutely berserk. I will never forget that moment. The response and all the messages I got on the Partyflock website was incredible.

It took a while for it to be eventually released. A couple of labels were messing about, so I decided to start my own label and release it myself.

I recently had a track at number one in the Hardtunes.com charts, which was pretty amazing … https://hearthis.at/smurfggm/dj-smurf-girls-ggm-digital-074/ , but selling 30 downloads isn’t as rewarding as selling 1,000 pieces of vinyl.”

From playing at events to being part of a group and releasing music on several labels, you decided to step it up and do mix compilations too. Is there anything you can’t do?
“Hehe, I didn’t set up the mix compilations personally, it was various labels that asked me for mixes.

There’s lots of things I can’t do, according to my girlfriend, such as clean and cook bacon without setting the smoke alarm off and creating a big smell. I done this this morning.”

Have you ever listened back to those mixes/mixtapes and if you have to judge your skills from back in the days, how good or how bad were those mixes?
“Oh yes, I am very critical of my work, whether that be a mix or a track.

Mixing in your house/studio is a lot different to mixing in a club, so I don’t like to hear mixes record live at a party, especially from the 90’s and early 2000’s, were a lot of booze was involved !”

Which mix/mixtape are you the proudest of, and why?
“Ohh, that’s a tough one.

The mixes for the CSR compilations were popular and the artwork for the CD’s is amazing, so these would be up there.

Other mixes I’ve been complimented on many times are :

Masters Of Hardcore Italy – https://hearthis.at/smurfggm/dj-smurf-masters-of-hardcore-italy-ghedi-italy-26-06-2010/

And a 10hr oldskool set I done in 2003 – https://hearthis.at/smurfggm/dj-smurf-a-decade-of-destruction-01/ ”

The name grew and grew, and it became a household name. You have played at not just events in the UK, but also in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, France, and others. From small events to big events, you played the lot. But which event is the most memorable one, and why?
“Thunderdome 2004 will probably be the most memorable, as I started to play regularly in Holland right after that.

I played a set different to what a typical ‘terror’ set sounded like in Holland at the time. Whenever I had played there before, everything was just machine gun music and tracks that didn’t really do anything apart from have a kick drum and few “f*ck you” samples. I played my own style fo tracks that ‘do something’ and people seemed to like it.”

DJ Smurf

DJ Smurf

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done at a party?
“Maaaaan. Too many to mention.

In the past, I’ve been very drunk at a lot of party’s and done a lot of daft things. All in good fun, but a couple of things I’m not too proud of, that may of upset a few of the more serious people out there, which I apologise for. Thankfully, a year ago I went on a fitness program to lose my beer belly and get fitter, so I have cut out a lot of the booze now and can remember every party I’ve played at since then.

The worst, is probably breaking my leg at a Noisekick party in November 2015.

I was playing my Dengy Hill track (https://hearthis.at/smurfggm/dj-smurf-dengy-hil-end-of-the-night-mix/) and I usually get on  the stage and run around, like on the old Benny Hill TV show. There was no stage here, just a DJ booth in the corner and a long bar next to it. I thought it would be a good idea to run back and forward on the bar, but I slipped and snapped my leg and spent 4 days in hospital in Utrecht, before being allowed to fly back home.

This was the first bone I’ve ever broke in my body and had to do it in spectacular style !”

You know how to excite the crowd, you know how to change a dull and uninterested crowd in a blink of an eye. But what’s your secret?
“Falling off a bar and breaking my leg, hehe

I’ve grew up around a lot of funny things. From fun house party’s in our street almost every weekend at various neighbour’s houses to watching a lot of early comedy TV shows such as Laurel & Hardy, Some Others Do Have Em, Allo Allo etc so I have always liked to laugh and make other people laugh.

When I started watching the WWE wrestling and the way these guys entertained the crown with catchphrases, speeches and entrances, I wanted to incorporate some of that into my shows and not just play music but entertain the dancefloor. When I was first playing the 200BPM+ music, when it was considered too fast, I had a moto “If I can’t make you dance, I will make you smile”.

The phrase on the back on the GGM T-shirts “The Greatest Entertainers On Earth” comes from the Wrestling and I always try to be ‘The Showstopper’ (Sean Michaels from WWE) at every party I play at, wether that is in front of 10 people or 10,000.”

Perfect set-up. What is necessary to make the Smurf happy on the stage?
“2xCDJ2000’s, a Pioneer mixer and GOOD monitors.

A lot of the party’s in the UK you are lucky get CDJ1000’s, if not CDJ’s at all, which is very frustrating !”

Ok. We’ve got to ask. The famous facial expression. How did it happen, and why is it already a trademark thing? Every time anyone pulls the face like you always do, everyone knows it’s your trademark facial expression. But what’s it about? Why would anyone on God’s given Earth pull a face like that?
“Haha.

I was playing at the Sonic 24 party in Switzerland in 2015. There was a photographer on stage and he captured this …

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… I have no idea how I made that face and still can’t do it!

This is now known as the #Deng Face or a “Smurf Heed”.

I sent the photo to some of my friends and they created some hilarious pictures of my head on various things.

I’ve put some of the photo’s here https://www.facebook.com/ggm.smurf/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1036447573050902

They also got some masks made …

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Check out the albums on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ggm.smurf/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1109386445757014

What’s going to happen in the future? Anything exciting you can share with us?
“I’m hoping to get booked for more festivals, as I’ve not been playing as much in Holland over the past couple of years, as I was 10 years ago. Possibly due to my drunken actions ! But now I’m not as much a crazy party animal anymore, this will hopefully change.

I’m currently working on a couple of remixes and revisiting some of my older trax and give them a little polish and a refix. I’ve learned a lot more production wise since they were first made and want to give them a little update. I plan on having these complete for October 2016 and will be given away for free.”

You’ve obviously achieved many things, but are there still goals for you to achieve in the future?
“I’m pretty laid back and have never set any goals. I just take what comes to me without licking arseholes.”

You know everything about the scene, because you have been part of it for many years. But for once it’s not about you: if you could name your favourite artists within the scene you want people to look out for or acknowledge their greatness…….
“First of I must mention the pioneers of this scene. Without these I wouldn’t be answering ay of these questions:

Lenny Dee, Marc Arcadipane, Ruffneck & Paul Elstak.

My favourite artists & DJ’s over the years …

The Speedfreak
DJ Freak
Stickhead (Kotzaak)
Nasenbluten
Micorpoint
Rob Gee
Neophyte
Oliver Chesler
La Peste
Peaky Pounder
Loftgroover
The DJ Producer
DJ Promo
D-Passion
SRB
Mutante
14Anger

Lots and lots more I have respect and admiration for.”

If you could organise your own event, and create the perfect line-up, who would be on the line-up, and why?
“That’s a hard one as I like many different styles:

14Anger
Peaky Pounder
DJ Promo & D-Passion
Neophyte Live
The Speedfreak
Micropoint
La Peste
SRB”

If anyone wants to see the Smurf play the finest Frenchcore, Terror and Hardcore Techno, where can they catch you?
“I try to keep this updated with tour dates, so check this link out .. http://www.bandsintown.com/DjSmurf(geordieGabbaMafia).Newcastle,England?came_from=198

Random question: if you could base yourself on one of the Smurf characters, who would it be?
“Clumsy”

And one to finish this interview off: is it true what they say about short people? Are they packed with huge sausages, or is that a myth? (if it is true, I will never be able to look at Papa Smurf ever again).
“All I can say is, big things come in small packages”

 

After this very interesting and very indepth interview with the mighty DJ Smurf there’s nothing else to add from my side, besides saying ‘thank you’ for this interview. Make sure you check the man out on these websites (and don’t forget to bookmark them!)

To get you in the mood here’s one of DJ Smurf’s latest track called ‘Clowning’. Thanks again DJ Smurf for bringing us the music and the fun, and most important: being unique.