This interview was featured in NightCulture, Issue 1.
Interview by Brittany Slipko.
Willem and Ward, better known as W&W, have been taking the rise of EDM by storm. Reigning from The Netherlands, this Dutch EDM duo has had a killer year with festival stops and various collabs. Rounding out their year, they will be completing their fall tour with a special stop in Houston for Something Wicked.
NightCulture: You’ve been in the game for several years now, looking back, how do you feel about your very first official track?
W&W: Looking back at your older work always brings mixed feelings. Of course we know that those tracks helped us get to where we are now and they feel nostalgic, but technically things have improved so much over the years that it’s hard to listen to them and not get annoyed by the relatively bad sounds from back then.
NightCulture: How did you two meet and ultimately know that your partnership would create so much success in the EDM world?
W&W: We met through a mutual friend who introduced us at what was one of the biggest raves back then in The Netherlands. Quite ironic! After we met we never thought to start a career or planned anything. We just became friends who went to festivals together and later also started making music.
NightCulture: How has your sound changed from before you were well-known to now?
W&W: Like we said before, sounds have changed drastically over the past few years, so obviously everything sounds different now. But the key elements have always been the same in our music; melodic, epic bigroom music that has been made for dance floors!
NightCulture: Who is your biggest influence for creating the music that you do?
W&W: Our biggest influences have always been Armin van Buuren and Tiësto. Those were the guys that made us fall in love with dance music and made us realize that if you work hard enough then anything is possible!
NightCulture: What is your number one advice to stand out in a sea of DJ/producers?
W&W: It sounds very cheesy, but try to come up with your own unique sound. There are so many tracks that are great but sound exactly like something else; you will never stand out with tracks like those, and you won’t get your own following. People will always relate those tracks to the artist who first came up with that sound.