Firstly, tell us something about the beginnings of Your career. When did You started to have interest in electronic music?
I was around 12 years old and started on a very simple music program called Fasttracker. It was only sample based and very basic. But, I was able to create really cool tracks already! Then later on I switched to Cubase and I’m still working on this system.
At the age of 16 You won 1st prize at a DJ contest in the Netherlands. Was that the moment that You thought about a big career in music?
Yes, you are really well informed. I won a contest by Mentos that was National organized off all the young talent. The price was national airplay plus 2500 euro ( which I bought turntables of ) From that moment things get more serious but I still was at school and wanted to finish that.
What makes your style of DJing unique?
I’m not going to say my style is totally unique when it comes to DJing, I think all international mainstream DJs sort of play the same way. We all play CDs these days and mix them up with very well known acapellas and use a lot of big room material, old skool classics and hits – all to set every dance floor on fire. My style is exactly like this.
What do you do when you’re not DJing?
Erm, producing? We have to push tracks all the time, so next to DJing we have a normal ‘office job’ (read: studio job) and create music all the time.
Do You find producing an album a difficult task?
Well, it’s definitely more difficult as you have to be in a very creative mood to produce a lot of different music at once. An album is like a journey into sounds, samples and vocals of course. So after all, it’s definitely a hard task.
Which one of your tracks or remixes is making You most proud?
I’m very proud of my Golden record in Canada for the track ‘Where You Wanna Go’ ( 2012 ) or my first club banger ‘take me higher’ ( 2006 ). That club banger gave me international status so I could play around the world. It was a dream come true really!!
Apart of Your music, producing and Djing, what are Your hobbies? Do You find any free time for any other activities?
Well, just a little time off 😉 I try to meet up with my closes friends and spend quality time with my family. At the end, it’s all about that!
What music do you listen to outside of Mischa Daniels world?
All kinds of music. It’s not that I listen to just house music. I love to listen to John Legend, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Michael Jackson (RIP!), Frank Sinatra, Jamiroquai, Timbaland, Pharrell and so on. Pretty much mainstream again!
In short a summary of the past 12 months – what was your biggest success of the year gone by?
As I said before, I was laying pretty low so I don’t have really big successes yet to mention. I think my biggest success was taking off for a while and clear up my mind 🙂
In Your opinion, what is the secret behind such great success of the abundance of dutch artists?
I think the bad weather haha. And we pass on our knowledge as well and last but not least, it’s all about dance music in Holland.
What advice could You give to some young producers and artists?
Make sure you really get your OWN ID soundwise. That really makes the difference!!!
What are You life priorities and goals?
Make sure that everyday you wake up, you look in the mirror and you can honestly say to yourself; I love my life!! If that’s not the case anymore then I know I have to do something else! My goal is to create at least one more big hit and have fun and be happy 🙂