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NYE 2014 Special: Interview with DJ R3hab
As one of the biggest DJs lined up to play at Pier 36 for NYE, we got to snag an exclusive interview with the man himself.
Whether you're in New York, Miami, LA, Boston, Philly or New Jersey, we here at Joonbug has got you covered on all the hottest parties ringing in 2014 with style. Never skipping a beat when catering to the nightlife scene, why not check out Dirty South and Michael Brun at WET and WALL at the Hotel in Miami or go see Dutch madness Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at the ever posh HQ nightclub at Revel? With so many chic venues ranging from the Gansevoort and Greenhouse in New York to the Greystone Manor and Bootsy Bellows in LA, this NYE is covered by Joonbug certified party destinations. Boston has the Royale and Gem Restaurant Lounge, while Philly's LIT UltraBar and Whisper is the place to be this New Year's Eve.
 
With so many cities across the U.S. hosting open bar deals and your favorite DJs behind the decks, there's one event in particular hosted at Pier 36 that will be the crown jewel of all EDM events. Lo and behold, Joonbug's exPIERience New Year's Eve 2014 with a staggering line up of Cedric Gervais, R3hab, Sander Van Doorn, Showtek and Tommy Trash.
 
We got to snag an exclusive interview with the globe-trotting DJ and Producer, R3hab, on his amazing journey this past year, as well as, what fans can expect from him in the upcoming new year. As he shares his mutual love and respect for fellow artist Calvin Harris and his thoughts on fans sending him sample demos, R3hab is remarkably candid in this interview which reveals a lot about his genuine love and passion for dance music. And for more on the Pier 36 DJs, check out our interview with Cedric Gervais here. 
 
 
These past 2 years have been incredible for your career. From winning the IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist Award during the 2012 WMC in Miami, to playing at all the major festivals worldwide, what's the next step as a DJ and Producer?
 
Make more music and just keep improving the shows and songs (sounds so simple, doesn't it!?).

As 2013 is coming to a close, which events in the past year were the most memorable?

All the events in NYC for sure. New York has such an amazing crowd. Some additional great memories were EDC Las Vegas, EDC Orlando & Beyond Wonderland.

What are you most looking forward to in 2014? 

Touring in the summer!

Do you have a special routine or ritual before getting on stage for a huge crowd?

I always get excited. I love to perform!

What are some tracks or remixes that you're currently working on that we should keep an eye out for?

I did a remix for Calvin Harris and a collaboration with Steve Aoki.
 
What are some of the thought processes that go behind producing the next hit track?

Trying to make music that my fans will connect with.
 
Do you ever see yourself changing your style of music? 

No. I love dance music

Who are some of your favorite DJs? Who are the major influences in your music right now?

Calvin Harris. He turns great dance songs into radio smashes #respect.
 
How do you come across new sounds to play for your sets?

I spend many hours behind the computer searching and searching...
 
What is your music studio like and what are some of the essential equipment pieces?

Just a laptop and a good set of speakers. I have a lot of samples and plugins; all software at the moment
 
You stay very connected with your fans through Twitter, how often are you on Twitter and how many messages do you get on a daily basis?

I think a couple hundred and during touring season more then a 1000 a day.

Are you keen on endorsing upcoming and rising artists that send you demos through emails or social media platforms?

Its very nice and appreciated, however tons of the material I get sent is unfinished. I think a producer should spend more time on songs if you are going to send to someone.