With his distinctive blend of creativity and cultural understanding, Dutch DJ and producer Maddix has dominated the electronic music scene for a long time now. His vibrant fusion of techno, trance, and big room continues to set the young prospect apart from the masses. With releases on labels including Spinnin’, Armada, and Hardwell’s Revealed, Maddix continues to be in the spotlight on streaming services and dance floors alike. Some of his most valued tracks include Heute Nacht, Thrill, and the recently released remix of Satisfaction together with Hardwell.
On this occasion, we had the chance to chat with Maddix and hear more about these iconic masterpieces and more.
Maddix, so cool to have you here with us today! How is everything in your life going right now?
Hey guys, happy to be here with you today, and thanks for the invite! I am currently at the airport in Amsterdam on my way to Singapore. Playing in Marquee on Friday and then going for a little holiday time afterward. Other than that I’m great, have been super busy with new music so happy to be leaving the studio for a bit and recharge.
So last week the first banger of the year got dropped! Your remix together with Hardwell for ‘Satisfaction’ sounds incredible; tell us more about how this masterpiece came alive.
Satisfaction started last summer, I heard the original version and thought that this could work perfectly in a more bigroom techno sound. I send my first draft to Hardwell and we decided to finish this together. We have been playing this version all summer, and so many fans have asked for an official release, so I am happy that we were able to do so. Shoutout to Benny Benassi & David Guetta for this opportunity. It currently is already #14 in Beatport main Top 100 chart so I am happy to see it doing so well.
Last year you also dropped a few insane tracks! Must say that my personal favorite, and apparently the world’s, is ‘Heite Nacht’! Can you tell us the story behind it and how it grew to become such an iconic banger already?
Haha, thanks! Heute Nacht definitely seems to be a fan favorite. To be honest I knew it was a good track but did not expect this at all. When I started working on this I wanted to do another Acid techno track. I had done ‘Acid Soul’ before so it was time for a new one. After creating the acid riff I went thinking about some vocal samples. For me, Berlin is the capital of techno, so I decided to look for Berlin slang and came across the word ‘supergeil’. From here on it was a bit of rhyming and thinking to come up with the full lyrics. I am super happy to see it doing so well, I could see it growing week by week, especially in Germany. And it actually is still growing every day! I guess the German vocals did their job!
We saw during the past period such a huge growth of this brand new big room-techno sound, haven’t we? Where do you see electronic music going in the near future?
Yes! Bigroom techno is going up and up. When I started this sound 2.5 years ago I felt having something unique, something not many people are making, and I am happy seeing the industry catching in and pushing this sound forward. I think the future of electronic music will be more experimental songs, harder, weirder, that kind of stuff. I feel people are getting more open-minded and the DJs and producers can cater to that. Anyway, I am really happy with the direction it is taking!
What does a day in the studio look like for you? Creating such good music takes a lot of inspiration, how do you do it?
Haha, good question! I have to say lately I have been so busy with a lot of other tasks, and for example, social media also takes a lot of time. But a good day in the studio for me would start with a bit of coffee, some relax/chill time, and then doing the few chores for the day. If everything is finished and I know I will not have anything else to do, that is when my inspiration is the best. It’s hard to say where the inspiration comes from but I get inspired by so much music that I hear. I would pick like 1 element from a song that then suddenly inspires me to do something. Also finding great sounds in a synthesizer always inspires me!
Last year you had so many crazy shows, do you have one that stood out in particular? And what makes you say, ‘yes, tonight was a good night’?
Okay, I am going to cheat a little here, as this is not a show where I played, but where I got invited on stage. I am talking about Tomorrowland of course. Hardwell invited me and Timmy Trumpet on the MainStage during his set. It was a magical moment for me and I had goosebumps all over. Another great show for me was Ministry Of Sound in London, club EPIC in Prague and I probably forget a few haha. The most important thing for me during a show is chemistry with the crowd. If they feel it and are enjoying themselves, I am enjoying myself as well.
What was a piece of advice you got from someone in the past that came out as being actually useful?
To be unique. It has been the most important thing since starting the Bigroom Techno sound and it definitely made a lot of impact for me.
Now that 2022 is over and 2023 is starting, what are some of your goals for the new year?
I already have planned some super cool collabs and shows. I’m finally gonna play Ultra Miami for example! Another goal for me is to keep on pushing my sound and music forward, I want to stay unique, especially now that more and more people are doing the bigroom techno thing. I also would love to play Tomorrowland, let’s see if that happens haha!
Any message for all your fans?
Thank you for following this journey, and thank you for appreciating the switch of genres!! This wouldn’t have been possible without you guys and I can’t wait to show you all what’s next. Also, hope to see you all at one of my shows!