'I love the word namaste'

'I love the word namaste'

Dance music

'I love the word namaste'

Dutch hardcore producer and DJ Danny Masseling, better known as Angerfist, is no doubt a leading name in his field. His music has topped many music charts, bagging him a notable rank in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list. The 35-year-old is a master of his genre and is nicknamed as the ‘King of Hardcore’. His unique live performances in hooded sweaters and hockey masks, are his USPs. Metrolife caught up with the musician recently.

Tell us something about your early life?

I was born in Almere, Netherlands.  When I got my first music software, I was still living with my parents. In my room, my computer was connected to my stereo. I had it on full power most of the time — it drove my parents insane. I was still in school, doing business education. I started with what was supposed to be a temporary job in a factory. I worked in shifts and in the free time I was making music. I worked there for five years. That’s all I did until I met Buzz Fuzz (record producer).

How did you get into DJing?

I started making music when I was 16. Back then I only used pre-programmed loops and was just exploring. Later I made the switch to plug-in and samples, and was able to ‘really’ make music. I made some tracks and sent them to Buzz Fuzz. After a while, he wrote me an email saying he really liked them, and wanted my music to release with his label. He also got me in touch with Masters of Hardcore, where I released my first Angerfist extended play (EP) on their sub-label ‘Overload’.
That’s where it all started, about 10 years ago.

How would you define your music?

Fast, brutal and well, angry beats. Let’s just say it’s somewhere between hardcore, raw edged techno and old school ‘gabba’.

Have you faced any criticism for your work?

Well, I always believe in these things — to be different, unique, work hard, take criticism on board, keep an eye on the scene, model other successful artistes or labels you admire.

What is the concept behind your mask?

There is no secret. Wearing a mask is so much more awesome than just plain old me onstage.

Who inspires you?

I get inspired from everything, from sixties rock ‘n’ roll to Venetian Snares. I enjoy all sorts of music. Every genre has its charms.  However, truth must be told that I will always return to electronic music as my inspiration.

Your favourite DJ?

Headbanger was my number one producer. Tracks like ‘No Law’ and ‘Dark Impulses’ sounded like masterpieces to me (and still do). I remember going to a Mysteryland party once and seeing him play for the first time. I was amazed.

If you have not been a DJ, what’d you have been?

I’d probably still be working in the factory, wondering where it all went wrong and asking myself why I did business education.

What makes you come alive?

Well, I take my morning omelette quite seriously.

Which songs top your list? Why?

The Venetian Snares — Doll Doll Doll. That record amazes me every time I listen to it. I think it’s safe to say that it is the darkest and most vicious album I ever heard.

What do you like most about India?

The cool thing about the India is the enthusiasm of the crowd. They really appreciate you being there and know almost every tune that you drop, which makes it an excellent experience! I love the word namaste.

How do you see the dance music scene in India?

The whole thing about hardcore music is its always expanding all the time. I hope the ‘Gabba’ scene gets noticed and get stronger in India. I’m looking forward for a world crazy experience to play in India.

What are your next mainstream projects?

After Hardcore Invasion, there are tons of tours coming up like Raise & Revolt World Tour, Hardcore4Life, Masters Elite, Bangface Weekender.

Any message to the newbies?

Just love what you’re doing and keep to your own style.