With major gigs at Defqon.1, Reverze and Bassleader this young fellow has already played the circuit on some of the largest Hard Dance festivals in the world. A true believer of the “Fuck Genres” mantra, this artist leaps the boundaries that most set for themselves.
We wanted to get to know a little more about Royal S before his U.S. debut. Luckily for us, Amy Melissa, Promotions Manager for East Coast Hard Dance / Audio Havokhad the time to conduct an interview with him for us. The following is said interview between the two.
1. What got you into Freestyle?
I used to play jump and Tekstyle, I don’t define freestyle as a specific genre but more as a way you play music. In my sets you can expect Trap, Hardstyle, Jump, even a bit of Hardcore, and all other Hard Dance genres.
2. What has been your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration has and always will be my dad; he used to be a ‘Gabber’ back in the day. A lot of my love for ‘Freestyle’ has evolved from that stage of my life.
3. What are your top three favorite tracks?
I don’t really have a top three, because I love a lot of music. But if I really had to choose it would be a really classic top three, with tracks such as ‘No good’ from the Prodigy, ‘Sunshine’ from Dance Nation, and ‘Twisted’ from Svenson & Gielen. Also I still get goose bumps when I hear ‘The First Rebirth’ I have a weakness for those epic classic tracks!
4. On your Facebook page, in the bio section, it says you were raised by baboons. What’s that all about? Did they also DJ?
I hope so! Nah, all jokes aside, I’m like really into jungle terror. I also like to play it during my sets. ‘Raised by baboons’ is more like a state of mind than an actual bio. For me it’s like a way to say, do whatever the f*ck you want!
5. This is your first time visiting and playing in the United States! What are you most looking forward to?
I’m really curious about the crowd! I heard people go really crazy compared to Dutch crowds! Also I will be in New York for a couple of days to do some sightseeing! I love the landscape and culture of the US.
6. What are you most curious about regarding the American Hard Dance scene?
The thing I am most curious about is where this will take me and Freestyle music in the future. I mean, this is a really big step towards Freestyle music growing in the USA. There are a lot of really good Hard Dance producers and dj’s out there, and I hope they will soon get the recognition they deserve!
7. Hard Dance is really growing in the United States, what advice do you have for up and coming artists?
I would say just keep doing what you are doing. American artists have a really unique and fresh sound. I love to support the USA guys in Holland because of their unique and fresh sound. I think in a couple of years Hard Dance will be taking over all of the USA!
8. What do you want your American fans to know about you?
Aw man, a lot! I love to party! I like to connect with my fans and go crazy with them! Also I have a really bad sushi addiction haha! And also don’t be shy to ask any questions, I love to communicate!
9. If you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive who would it be?
I would love to do a collab with Headhunterz someday, that guy is a legend, but that is almost impossible. Also I have a few tracks coming with Boaz van de Beatz, that dude is a living legend and a really good friend of mine. When those tracks drop, hell will go loose!
10. Do you have any special rituals to get you in the zone before playing?
I don’t have a specific ritual or anything. I have never been nervous as well. When I played at Reverze I arrived five minutes before going on stage, without breaking a sweat haha. The only thing I really like is that someone is bringing me food right before performing haha!
11. What’s next after Fantasyland?
After Fantasyland I will be playing at several clubs in The Netherlands. Also I will be hosting a stage at Woudpop Festival in Berlicum (Noord-Brabant, NL). When I have a day off I will be in the studio working on new tracks!
12. Where do you see the Freestyle movement going?
I think that it will be really huge in a couple of years. I see myself as some kind of pioneer in the Freestyle scene in the USA. I think I might open up a lot of boundaries with this booking, and that I will open a lot of spots for upcoming Freestyle artists!
With over 75 acts playing at this year’s Fantasyland Festival you can be sure that Royal S is going to bring the party with him! Make sure to see him this year, and maybe take him out to a good sushi joint while he’s in NYC.
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