Even as Maarten travels the world solo, Bingo Players continue to spread their name across the world. They have proved to us their resilience, and that nothing will stop them from doing what they love, and doing it well. We spoke to Maarten just before his set at Electric Zoo to see how he's holding up so far, in addition to asking about their production process and their biggest inspiration. A few days ago they uploaded their set from Ezoo and dedicated it to their fans and "to those who passed too early." Check it out below.
I think that what a lot of your fans love most about you is that we never know what to expect. People unfamiliar with your music would have no idea that “Cry (Just A Little)” and “Out Of My Mind” were produced by the same artist. What do you have to say about your diverse style?
About our style? Well, that’s one of the hardest questions. We don’t really think about it, you know? We always try to make songs that are different than what’s out there. We try to be unique. Because we always want to find that unique sound. And it has to be catchy, you know? Accessible. We don’t want to make our music too hard. We want some melody and it has to work at the festivals and the clubs. That’s basically what we try to do.
Would you say that when you’re in the studio producing or remixing, it’s all about emotion and how you’re feeling in that exact moment?
Yeah, I think that 80% of it is like that. But 20% of it is being clever and knowing what will work in a club andwhat will work ata festival. You have to think abut how the crowd will react to a song. So at first it’s your own feeling like, “I like this,” but we sometimes make a song and play it out, but it doesn't get the response we want so we are like, “Okay, we did something wrong there.” So, we go back to the drawing boards and make the track better, you know?
What kind of songs would you find more suitable for Electric Zoo, as opposed to a club?
Festivals are more, how do you say, more of a sing-along type event. People like vocals and they like the big room sound that unites everyone. But when you’re in a club, it’s more intimate. You can push the songs a little bit harder, play a bit harder, because the crowd is smaller, you know?
On the 5th anniversary of Electric Zoo, what do you hope for your set to accomplish? Do you want to satisfy old fans, make new fans, or maybe have an entire article about it published on Thissongissick?
Well, a little bit of both. It’s always good to get new fans but I also want to satisfy the people that came to see me today. I feel prepared and I’ve got some really cool new stuff so we’ll see how it goes down!
As producers, it is easy for you to pick out which of your own tracks will blow up with fans? Or is it sometimes a hit or miss?
Well, we always test our songs before we release them. So today, I’m going to play some new songs and we’ll see what the reaction is. And if people don’t like it, or don’t respond, we’re gonna tweak it again. And if it doesn’t work then, we don’t release it. So, we always are very picky about the songs we released.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I like street wear. Just tees, jeans, sneakers—that’s what I like.
When you’re touring, do you ever get a chance to sit back, relax, and explore new cultures? If so, what has been your most memorable experience?
No, never, that’s one of the drawbacks about touring so much. I have to really make time to see the city or see the country but it’s always in and out. You go from the airport to the hotel, chill at the hotel for a few hours, go to the club, and the next day you pack up and go to another country. So it’s really hard to see other cultures. The only thing we can do is Australia because when we travel there, we have to travel for 2 weeks and we have a few days off. So we get to experience Melbourne and the Gold Coast. And that’s nice.
What did you like the most about Australia?
Well, we do the Stereosonic Festival so that’s always great, but I also love the people over there. They’re really friendly and it’s a very laidback country, and that’s what I like.
It’s great how many artists you already have signed to Hysteria Records. What do you look for in a DJ before releasing their music on your label?
We get so many demos a day so we first make a pre-selection and we play those songs out to see what works, and what not. And then we sign them. It’s really easy actually, but it’s really hard to find new talent because there are so many people trying to produce. And to be honest, like 90% of the tracks we get aren’t that good, or not there yet. And only 10% are like, “Yeah, we can play this one out.” It’s a pretty intense job.
What has inspired you the most to continue doing what you do—fans, family/friends, a certain memory?
I think the fans. Because today, when you play at such a big stage and you hear people scream, when the drop hits, the hairs on my neck stand up straight. It’s such a rush. I can’t describe it. It’s the best feeling in the world. So I think that’s really addictive.