Holland's R3hab breaks into America and masters the art of the pop-electro crossover

By Dan Carter

A golden boy if ever Dutch house needed one and a proven favorite flavor to the avid stateside clubbing circuit, R3hab has quickly become The Netherlands’ worst kept secret where peak-time club fuel is concerned. Led forward by the grinding synths and low-end tendencies that have gained him his now widely deployed “Chainsaw Master” moniker, the young Dutch frontrunner Fadil el Ghoul has found himself a comfortable middle-ground between full-bodied peak-time favorites and audacious chart remixes—which few could have comprehended in the context of festival-proof electro house.

As a stalwart on Afrojack’s Wall Recordings imprint and a recent addition to the ranks of Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label, R3hab’s latest single, “Skydrop,” saw him leave his national comfort zone, a move that may suggest his tough yet versatile sound is just too much for one imprint or genre boundary handle. Beatport News sat down with the Dutch heavyweight during a brief pit stop at London’s Ministry of Sound to talk universal club music, breaking America, and his debut single for Musical Freedom.

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