Dutch trance duo W&W have been smashing it over the last year. Originally championed by Armin van Buuren, who signed them to his Armada label when he heard “Mustang” in 2007, their cross-genre sound has garnered support from a variety of other DJs, including Ferry Corsten, Aly & Fila, and Tiesto.
Their diverse sound is documented in their debut artist album, Impact, and yesterday’s “Lift Off!”, which comes to us via their own Mainstage Music label. We asked the two Ws (Willem van Hanegem and Wardt van der Harst) to reflect on the past year and how they feel about their successes so far.
You recently ranked #25 in DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs poll. What do you think of the results, and how much emphasis do you put on polls like this?
Of course, we’re very happy with the 25th position and we’re very thankful to everybody who voted for us. It’s hard to compare so many DJs from so many different music genres, and in the end it’s all a matter of taste.
Who’s your favorite DJ?
Armin van Buuren and Hardwell.
What’s the most played tune in your music library?
Last year it was Rick Mitchells & Bas van Essen’s “Raptor”—a tune that we signed to our label. It went off everywhere we played it!
Creamfields in the UK was a bit of a washout this year. What was the Australian festival like?
A lot more sunny! It was our first festival tour in Australia and we liked it a lot. It was great to hang out with all our colleagues all week as well; it felt a bit like a school trip!
Do you have a favorite festival you like to play?
There are so many great festivals all around the world, so we can’t pick just one favorite. If we have to name some, though, all the A State of Trance events are always mind-blowing, and festivals like Nocturnal Wonderland, EDC, and Electric Zoo in the USA are also amazing.
What was your best moment this year?
There hasn’t really been one particular moment that stood out like that. The whole year in general was amazing. We’ve played so many good parties, visited new places that excited us a lot, and heard a lot of good music.
Your debut album, Impact, was really well received. Will you feel extra pressure following it up with your next one?
There’s nothing confirmed on a new album, but right now we are making a lot of music so we’ll see what comes out of that. We focused a lot on our production skills last year, so a follow-up shouldn’t be a problem.
It took you quite a long time to finish your first album. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block, and if so, how do you overcome it?
Sometimes we get a bit stuck. What we do in these kind of moments is listen to a lot of other music from different genres. That way you broaden your horizons and new possibilities come up.
Do you have a favorite track from your new compilation, Mainstage?
“Sub Zero” by Rick Mitchells always works really well on the dancefloors. Also, “Fire Away” from David Gravell is doing very well in our sets.
What do you have planned for 2013?
First up is our new single, “Lift Off!” After that we have a lot of new stuff we’ve been working on lately. We can’t reveal too much about it, but we can tell you that there will be some huge collabs!