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Poll 2021: Bassjackers

From: The Netherlands
Dutch dons of bigroom beats Bassjackers have dived headfirst into producing over the last 18 months, despite the tumultuous time following the outbreak of COVID-19. Riding high off a consistent string of super-charged releases on Smash The House, Spinnin' Records and Ultra, it’s no surprise that the fans of Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst have voted the duo, better known as Bassjackers, into the 2021 Top 100 DJs poll once again. 
The duo dropped their summer anthem ‘Scream It’ on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s label Smash The House in August, the track a classic example of what the pair emulate as artists; producing fluorescent bangers and collaborating with like-minded artists; in this case, the American DJ, producer and radio host MAKJ. 
Fuelled by a yin-yang dynamic, Marlon is the buoyant DJ while Ralph is the studio specialist, resulting in a kinetic bond that defines the sound of the duo. With the first leg of their Back To The USA Tour completed in September, it’s safe to say the strobe-lit energy of Bassjackers continues to burn bright. 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-06 09:25


Poll 2020: Bassjackers

Rising five places to take the No.29 spot in this year’s Top 100 DJs poll, Dutch big room duo Bassjackers have done anything but rest on their laurels in 2020. Following the release of their debut album, ‘The Biggest’, in 2019, the duo’s primary producer Ralph van Hilst wasted no time in getting back in the studio to craft track after track to keep fans sated in this strange year. 
Collaborations with the likes of DJ Furex, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Wolfpack & Richie Loop, Jaxx & Vega and Futuristic Polar Bears have made for a prolific year in the pair’s catalogue, not to mention a string of remixes and solo singles — ‘Tricks’, ‘Motivation’ and ‘Want You (So Bad)’. Meanwhile, Bassjackers’ DJ Marlon Flohr has been busy with his Les Pays Bass Radio live stream series on YouTube, along with sets for Tomorrowland’s Around The World virtual festival and DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Virtual Festival. 
Keeping fans in high spirits while the dancefloors are empty, it’s no wonder Bassjackers’ profile continues to rise five years after they first appeared in the Top 100 DJs poll. 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Friends, family, and Call Of Duty Warzone.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“Don’t take anything for granted.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“We need to stop jumping to conclusions too quickly and listen to one another.” 
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“Promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. We all share one earth, let’s cherish it!”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Steve Aoki feat. Wynter Gordon ‘Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix)’.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 12:29

“Big room.”
Best known for: 
“High-energy electronic tracks and sets.”
Tune of the year: 
“Tiesto ‘WOW’.”

Poll 2019: Bassjackers


2019 has been another big year for Bassjackers. If their debut album title is anything to go by, you might say 2019 has been ‘The Biggest’ year for Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst. Set for release in November, the album sums up just why they’ve been voted by fans consistently into the poll year on year since 2015; it’s full of straight-up, no-nonsense big room bangers with no excursions into the saccharin pop trap that many of their peers fall into. Their recent release, ‘Primal’ with Dr Funk, is proof of the high-octane EDM theatrics the album will bring. 

The secret to this, we reckon, is Flohr and Hilst’s unique dynamic. The former represents their DJ side, the latter is happiest deep in the studio. The pair complement each other and mean both sides of the Bassjackers operations are firing at all times in all the right spaces — whether that’s some of the biggest mainstream festivals imaginable or consistently denting the Beatport big room top 10, these guys have it covered. Big. 


Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“We think our management does that.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“Listen to your body, know your limits and take a step back when you need to.” 

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“Well, we once participated in a TV show that was in search of the next female DJ. So yes!” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“There is a brand new Tesla standing in the driveway of our house/studio that is self-sustained by solar panels.” 

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“SNES [Super Nintendo Entertainment System].” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Temptation Island.” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-17 14:22

“Big room.”
Best known for: 
“DJ/producer duo that make and play high-energy electronic music.”
Tune of the year: 
“Martin Garrix and Bonn ‘No Sleep’.”

Poll 2018: Bassjackers


From: Netherlands
DJ style: “Big room.”
Best known for: “Energetic music and sets.” 
Fave tune of 2018: “Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Julian Banks and Bassjackers feat. Snoop Dogg ‘The Bounce’.” 
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Belgium’s D’Angello & Francis.”

The appearance of big room botherers Bassjackers in this year’s Top 100 DJs is not at all surprising given the year they’ve had, not to mention all the work they’ve been putting in to make their shows are extra-special. “We worked extra-hard on making our sets even more well-balanced,” Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst explain from their base in the Netherlands. “There’s new visuals and we wanted to make interactivity and energy work hand in hand to create an awesome, all-round experience.”

One of the first times their new show was performed was at Tomorrowland, where the popular duo used a headline main stage appearance to debut a raft of new tracks and collaborations. These included a slew of cuts created alongside regular studio partners Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, as well as a hook-up with the one and only Snoop Dogg. They say we’ll be able to grab those soon, with a swathe of singles and a new album scheduled for release in the months ahead.


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 16:38

Poll 2017: Bassjackers


Nearly 20 tracks and remixes released, headlining huge festivals and sell out gigs across the world — fair to say 2017 has been pretty large for the Dutch duo. Oh, and there was the small matter of appearing in one of the biggest games of all time. “Our track was featured in the video game ‘Destiny’. This made playing the game even more special,” the Bassjackers tell DJ Mag. 

The highlight of their live season was playing the mainstage of Tomorrowland — “the cherry on the top”, says one-half of the duo, Ralph Van Hilst — but they were busy in the studio as well, creating their ‘Signed By Bassjackers’ music production series, “in which we gave away our project files and released a studio session online where we explained what we did and why,” says the other half of the duo, Marlon Flohr. Invaluable to any fans of their big room sound.

And 2018 plans? “We already have releases lined up deep into 2018 — which include our collabs with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike — that have been making waves on the internet for quite some time now.” News to our ears! 


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:45

Poll 2015: Bassjackers

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2015 has been a sensational year for fun-loving Dutch duo, Bassjackers. They've toured the globe, released Beatport number ones and even indulged in philanthropy; the duo support The Zoëzo Foundation who help children suffering with Leukaemia.

Music-wise they've collaborated with EDM heavyweights like Afrojack and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, plus hot-tipped up-and-comer KSHMR. They've also teamed up with the best EDM imprints on the block — cue Spinnin', Ministry Of Sound, Revealed and more. It's in America that the duo's sound has translated best — they've charted record crowds at their weekly club residency at The Light in Las Vegas.

For next year, the duo say they'll “be experimenting with some new styles” on their upcoming release and have another gigantic tour in the pipeline for 2016.

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 15:57

Best known for: 
“Big drops and high-energy DJ sets.”
Tune of the year: 
The Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Being able to adjust while still staying true to your own sound.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“EDM will never die!”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“It's hard from time to time, but we have an amazing team who make life on the road easier and make sure we can focus on what we do best; performing and making music.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Now & Wow, Rotterdam. That’s where we started clubbing and got inspired to become DJs.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“We think it’s always been a male-dominated scene but we do see a lot more female DJ/producers coming up lately, so who knows next year. Come on, ladies!”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“As an artist, you should be upfront about where your music is from and give credit to those who deserve it.”
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