When you go to a good party in the Netherlands, there’s a good chance Dutch EDM trio Dirtcaps will be performing. Their unique style blends Hardstyle, Festival Trap, Bigroom House, Subground, and whatever else they feel like putting together into a true party formula. These guys have been performing together for several years, and 2014 was quite the year for them.
With performances at Tomorrowland, Tomorrowworld, the iconic Defqon.1 Festival, and even in countries like India and South Korea over the past years, these guys are rocking parties around the world and showing no signs of stopping. I had a chance to talk to them about their past year, new releases, and upcoming parties!
(EDM = Alan Mandel ; D = Dirtcaps)
EDM: Hello, guys! How’s everything? Thanks for talking to us! Dirtcaps is quite the project. Can you tell the readers of EDM.com a bit more about it?
D: Hi Guys! Thanks for the compliment! Well Dirtcaps is a project we started a few years ago. In 2012 we added Tim, our MC, to the group and we’ve been touring around the world ever since. We make a lot of different music with House/EDM as a basis. We are always developing our sound whether it’s twerk or hardstyle but it always has to fit in the Dirtcaps profile. So it’s a bit harder and more edgy than most music.
EDM: Awesome! Your guys’ music definitely hits all over. I’ve seen your sets span trap, hardstyle, and even subground - tell us about how you play your sets, and what kind of energy you put into your shows.
D: Like we said, we are very open-minded when it comes to genres. When we play, we play whatever we want. But is has to feel natural to combine it. For example the cool thing is that house and trap match really good. So in our productions we put “trappy” breaks in house tracks and when we play we can go from house to trap easily because it “feels” naturally. But like you said, we also play Hardstyle, Twerk, Moombahton and Bass music. We do whatever we like as long as there’s a good flow and a lot of energy.
EDM: You guys have a big production history too what does a day in the studio look like for you guys?
D: We are in the studio every day when we’re not touring. We always start at 10:30 and finish our day at 6. So in that way you can compare it to a regular job. We believe that that working flow is giving us the opportunity to have a bit of a normal life. The other benefit is that all the people you need to speak to are also active during the day, so the communication is way better.
EDM: What are some tracks of yours that you suggest the readers of EDM.com check out?
D: We just released our EP “Boss it Up” on Yellow Claws imprint label Barong Family (Spinnin’). That EP really displays our musical diversity. Also our releases “Dagga” and “Money on my mind” are dope to check out!
EDM: When you start a project, do you have a specific style in mind, or do you just go with it?
D: When we start a project it can go either way; sometimes we feel like doing a slower project and the other time it’s more raging and aggressive. So that will have influence on the BPM and therefore the genre.
EDM: How did you all meet? Where did you guys all discover electronic music, and how did you find yourselves here?
D: Max and Danny go way back. They grew up together and discovered electronic music together with heroes like Laidback Luke & Tiesto as big inspirations. Tim joined the Dirtcaps team in 2012. We know each other from our hometown Amsterdam and it’s local scene.
EDM: What was your favorite gig of 2014?
What do you guys have planned for 2015? Any crazy gigs planned?
D: We had a really good year in 2014. We expended our territory worldwide with gigs in the USA, India, Mexico, Malaysia, South-Korea and all over Europe. Tomorrowland was a dream come true and when we heard we got to play at Tomorrowworld it was almost too good to be true. It was really awesome to be part of that festival last year. Also our gigs at Defqon 1 festival and Wish outdoor were really, really dope. We are confirming a lot of big festivals for this year and planning several tours, so 2015 is going to be very exciting as well!
EDM: Cool! Good to see you guys are staying busy. Thanks for talking to us - enjoy the year, and best of luck guys!