1. First of course, we have to ask you the basic questions: - Who is 'Noiseshock'? Noiseshock is basically the name of my artistic project, my real name is Jose and I’m 20 years old.
- What kind of music style do you produce and play? I produce and play mostly Hardstyle (all it's varieties), but I have also experimented with trance, hardcore, ambient and subground.
- Where are you from? I’m from the south of Argentina (it’s hot as fuck atm., I hate this weather)
2. How did you come up with the artist name 'Noiseshock'? To be honest I don’t really remember, I was like 14 and I thought it was a cool name for the era (around 2008). But I WANTED to include the word “shock”, as my tracks always have a surprise factor and something unexpected. I thought of changing this name but I finally decided keeping it!
3. When did you start 'Noiseshock' and how did this happen? I officially launched my media in 2011, but I had been producing music since 2006. I thought it would be cool to show the world what I do, get feedback and improve everyday basing on it :)
4. Where does the interest for music come from? And the and passion for the style? I have listened to classical music since I was born… actually since before being born (thanks mom), also played instruments and studied music theory for a long time… Each note, each harmony brings to my mind different colors, places, people and textures, it’s something I can’t describe and not many of you will understand but not even girls can get my feelings like music. My passion for hardstyle specifically comes from the soul of the style itself. It’s like the perfection of the BEST things in music combined all together. I enjoy both the sound design and the writing stages.
5. Are you signed at a recordlabel and a bookingagency? I’m signed at Invaders Records which is a record label located in France.
No booking agency at the moment!
6. How many bookings and releases do you have already? (including remixes and bootlegs) Bookings: I have played some small parties here in my country, which I assume they don’t count as bookings… so lets say my only “interesting” booking up to date was Mysteryland Chile, where I played in front of 10.000 people, after Max Enforcer and before Frontliner. nervous anyone?
Releases: This one is harder to answer since most of my (recognised) work is studio productions, but I have around 30 released tracks, most of them available in hardstyle.com and itunes! :)
7. What is your vision about the hardstyle scene in South America and Holland, and what's the big difference and comparing in your opinion? Hardstyle scene is already developed in Holland for a long time, which means artists can actually make a living out of it and party-heads see it as a normal thing.
Here in South America things are different. The “scene” is focused in Chile mostly, not so much in Argentina, where it hasn’t even kicked off yet. Chileans appreciate European culture in a different way and their hardstyle movement grows everyday. They don’t have many big events, but all the Dutch DJ’s who came here will all agree on this: THEIR CROWD IS F*ING INSANE!!!
8. How big do you think the scene will be in about 5 years in Argentina? We already have some plans to get started this year, so I hope we will have something reeeeally interesting in a 5-year time ;)
9. Early Hardstyle, Euphoric Hardstyle or Raw/Experimental Hardstyle? I like both Raw and Euphoric tracks as a listener. However, I have produced way more uplifting tracks than raw because I can make that kind of melodies naturally without any effort. Of course I can put some cool “rawish” tracks from time to time, like Fireman or Unstoppable!
10. What are your short term goals to achieve, let's say.. in the year 2014? Lets say I just want to get the scene started in my country and play a loooooooot of gigs, I feel like I already achieved a lot locked in the studio, so now I want to showcase my work live!
11. And long term goals to achieve? Where do you want to stay in 5 years in the hardstyle scene? If things continue this way, I would like to set up somewhere else, where I have the possibilities to become better at this, and have more booking potential. Holland or Belgium sound like good places, but everything can change overnight!
12. Name your top 3 party's you definatly want to play at, altough it's even once, in your carreer? Hard Bass, Beat the Bridge, Mysteryland (NL)
13. Which producers and which DJ's are your personal hero's? It’s a common knowledge that I’m a Wasted Penguinz fanboy. But I also see “heros” in Code Black, Psyko Punkz, Shockerz or Hardstyle Mafia for their creative work. And Wildstylez is one of my technical inspirations, his works are often so “perfect”!
14. From which ones do you get inspiration and influences for your own music? The inspiration of my music comes from what I’m feeling at the moment, rather than specific artists. However, people have said some of my tracks are very similar to Wasted Penguinz, which have a common influence to me: trance music.
15. Besides hardstyle, are there any other specific things where you get out inspiration for your tracks? Experiences, hidden feelings, things I can’t express in other way…
16. What are your all time favourite hardstyle tracks? E-Fect - Glorification (Zatox & Activator remix) Noisecontrollers - Yellow minute (Alpha² remix) JDX - Feel the moment D-Block & S-Te-Fan – Anger SMD – Just like you
17. What is in your opinions the best Euphoric track right now? And the best RAW? And the best track that got it all at the moment? Euphoric: Wasted Penguinz – Paradise is lost Raw: X-Pander – Monster
And I don’t think theres a track that has got it ALL, so im leaving this one unanswered! :p
18. From which producer(s) do you expect a lot in 2014? So who is the uprising star? I see a lot of generic producers nowadays who keep copying each other. Most upcoming artists are included here, but of course there some I really LIKE. Names like Weapon of Noise, Cyber, D-Mind, Sweclubberz, Secret Unity, Refuzion or Zyprus, they really got “THAT” gift for special tracks.
19. With who do you want to/have a dream to, collaborate in the future? (If we are talking about the big names in the scene) I don’t really work much on collabs, but the ULTIMATE collab would be with Michel Pollen.
20. What do you think about the way hardstyle is evolving these days? Way softer on one side, and the other side way harder, nearly going to hardcore? I like the fact that it’s evolving in a way to please a wider range of people, but I just don’t like forced evolutions or things that are clearly made to bring mainstream fans to a style that should be something SPECIAL for the true lovers. Hardstyle should evolve NATURALLY and producers should experiment on their own, instead of ripping each other’s ideas and making them become a standard.
21. Also, we hear a lot of other influences such as dubstep, house and even hip-hop or popvocals in today's hardstyle. What's your opinion about that? Dubstep, house and pop are waaaaaaaay too over used nowadays, and always using the same formula. Some tracks like The Pitcher - Karma, have some cheesy vocals but used in a way that sounds pretty interesting and even emotional. New tracks have just lyrics without any meaning and that’s something that annoys me deeply. (or worse: ALL THE TRACKS HAVE THE SAME MEANING!!) Hip hop is rather unique and cool in a way, but not when they write gangsta lyrics, insulting and talking about drugs just to look cool.
22. If you weren't a DJ and producer in the scene, what else would you be doing in the music scene? Probably producing and DJ’ing. I just couldn’t live without this. But lets be serious for once: just a crowd guy.
23. Do you follow and listen to hardstyle podcasts such as; Unleashed, Theracords Radioshow, Stephanie's Pink Beats, SlamFM Harder or Hard with Style, for example? I follow them all! They are my update on hardstyle haha!
24. Lately, it seemed to be a split up culture in the scene.. recently Omegatypez, Noisecontrollers and Toneshifterz. But also Atmozfears, Beat Providers, Bioweapon and Catatonic Overload decided to split up or quit. What's the reason for that u think? And is it a good choice for the quality of the music u think? There are always public reasons, and reasons they don’t expose to people. I will just consider the public ones, so I think it’s a good thing that they split. More freedom for both artists, which means more creativity and brings more quality! Win/win.
25.. This year is going to be a big year for hardstyle in Chile, with parties like The sound of Q-Dance, Mysteryland and a TBA party. It seems that it's going to be bigger and bigger, but also more choices for the mainstream minded crowd. Are you planning to visit one or more of those party's? I haven’t planned anything yet, but everything can change overnight again!
26. We would like to thank you for this interview and we're very proud to be the first ones who introduce you here, since you are the FIRST south American hardstyle artist that already became a hot topic in the Dutch scene. What do you want to say to the Dutch and European hardstyle crowd? Wiet, hoeren en hardstijl! (Joke: ALWAYS KEEP IT HARD!! <3)
'Hard Update' would like to thank 'Noiseshock' for this interview and this sneak peak into the South America Hardstylescene. We hope to see you in the near future, rocking one of our major harddance party stages!
1. Due the fact that you guys aren't familliar yet in Europe we have to ask u first; introduce yourself to us please. - Who are the 'Pulsatorz'? Pulsatorz is a 4 member group that consists of Anthony “DJ CiM” Ciminera, Teddy “Glow” Alafogiannis, Charlie Ashby and Thomas “Tiz” Cropley. - What kind of music style do you guys produce and play? We produce and play Hardstyle in all of it’s forms from Rawstyle to Reverse Bass. - Where are you guys from? We are from New York City. We all live in different boroughs but within 30 minutes of each other.
2. How did you guys come up with the artist name 'Pulsatorz'? The story is behind the name was pretty funny. One night we were in our studio making music and thinking about what to call ourselves. We wrote like 2 pages of names but they just did not fit. As we’re thinking, our very own Tiz Cropleys girlfriend mentions the word “Pulse”, it was then when we were like “Hmmm, pulse… Pulsation…. PULSATORZ THAT’S IT!”.
3. When did you start 'Pulsatorz' and how did this happen? This is a long story but I’ll try to compress it. We were given the project Hard’Onez by Joe N3ck and Decepticon but due to some technicalities we were not able to release with that name. We have been friends and working together for a while at this point and have been saving up to buy better quality equipment. We had our 1st track ready for release (Pulsatorz - Aliens) but had to change the name so we came up with Pulsatorz.
4. Where does the interest for music come from? And the share and passion for the same style? We all have loved Hardstyle for a very long time. Teddy and Anthony were part of a production company called “Hardstylerz USA” which was one of the first to bring Hardstyle acts such as; Headhunterz, Isaac, Wildstylez, JDX, Zany and Donkey Rollers and many more to America. Sharing the same taste in music they just clicked. Charlie and Thomas came along when they gave us a demo CD. We brought them into the studio and they impressed us. We all just worked well together and had the same taste in music, it was a match from day 1.
5. Are you guys signed at a record label and a booking agency? We are NOT exclusive to any label but we release on 2 labels at the moment: Hard Dance Nation and Hard Kryptic Records. We are NOT on a booking Agency.
6. How many bookings and releases do you guys have already? (including remixes and bootlegs) We like to keep ourselves exclusive so we don’t take every booking that we are offered. We currently have 2 tracks out now and 1 more that’s in rotation with a few that are currently being worked on. We have at least 4 or 5 remixes/bootlegs that we made.
7. What is your vision about the hardstyle scene in USA and Holland, and what's the big difference and comparing in your opinion? In the USA I see it getting big in the underground rave scene but never making its way into the mainstream. I see that being the main difference in Holland compared to the U.S… it is portrayed as commercial or mainstream there, over here it is all about house music.
8. How big do you think the scene will be in about 5 years in the USA? I don’t know honestly. It has significantly grown but I think it will remain in the underground.
9. Early Hardstyle, Euphoric Hardstyle or Raw/Experimental Hardstyle? And what do you think of the differences and the split ups in the genre 'Hardstyle'? Let me start by saying that early Hardstyle gave the artists more freedom in how the track could sound. Since the new “Bong” kick has taken over it limits us to what we can do and it’s making Hardstyle sound almost the same. With that being said we don’t really care about the subgenres of Hardstyle we like it ALL!
10. What are your short term goals to achieve, let's say.. in the year 2014? To get more music out and have some better exposure in the USA.
11. And long term goals to achieve? Where do you want to stay in 5 years in the hardstyle scene? We would like to have a studio setup that is of the professional level and be able to manage our own artists and label.
12. Name your top 3 party's you definatly want to play at, altough it's even once, in your carreer? It would be great to play the Insomniac events since they are pretty big here in the States.
13. Which producers and which DJ's are your personal hero's? After having the pleasure of meeting MANY of the big names in Hardstyle I’d have to say Audiofreq, Technoboy, Zany and Donkey Rollers, Hard’Onez, Mind Hunterz, Isaac.
14. From which ones do you get inspiration and influences for your own music? We get inspiration from everything that we hear. Something that Audiofreq recently told me was “Make music they can’t ignore” is what we try and do. We try to sound different so we don’t blend in with the crowd too much.
15. Besides hardstyle, are there any other specific things where you guys get out inspiration for your tracks? In everything honestly. From jazz to Top40. If we hear something we like we do it!
16. Since this year is going to be a big year for hardstyle in the USA, with parties like EDC Las Vegas, MysteryLand, The Sound of Q-Dance, TomorrowWorld and if we may believe the rumours also Defqon.1 Festival, it seems that it's going to be bigger and bigger, but also more choices for the USA hardstyle minded crowd. Are you planning to visit one or more of those party's? Honestly if it’s not in our area, no… we focus on studio work so much that we would rather be in the studio than ANYWHERE else in the world at this time. Studio work is worth more to us than anything. The more we are in the studio the better we get and we want to be the best. While everyone else is out partying we will be in the studio working. Work hard to play hard!
17. We would like to thank you guys for this interview and we're very proud to be the first ones to introduce you guys into the Dutch and European hardstyle scene. What do you guys want to say to the Dutch and European hardstyle crowd? We need you guys to be open minded with us, we are very new to the Hardstyle scene and take what you say very much to heart. Be helpful not hurtful we love this music just as much as you! If we all work together we can achieve GREAT things!
'Hard Update' would like to thank 'Pulsatorz' for this interview and this sneak peak into the USA Hardstylescene. We hope to see you guys in the near future, rocking one of our major harddance party stages!
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