Artist Spotlight: Wantigga
It was only last Friday when my mind was blown by The Dutch compilation released by Huh What & Where Recordings. Since then I have listened to Wantigga’s “Like That” about a thousands times.
After listening to the The Dutch compilation JNTM got in touch with the producer from Netherlands and asked him a few questions about his unique style and the culture of innovation in Netherlands.
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Just Noise To Me: Tell us a little about the Dutch music scene and some artists that you feel really stand out. What makes the scene different from others?
Wantigga: I live in a small country, driving from north to south takes about 4 hours. So connections are easily made, especially when you’re into the same music genre. A couple of guys are making a lot of noise like FS Green and Full Crate, but there are a lot of talent upcoming in the EDM scene, like Jeftuz, Boeboe, Koen and others we’ve put on the compilation.
Just Noise To Me: How long have you been producing music? Was there a particular artist, album, or event that got you interested in producing/djing?
Wantigga: I started producing when I first heard 36 chambers by Wu-Tang (yes, I’m that old). I thought I could easily rap like Method Man so started producing my own hip hop beats.. Later I fell in love the music of Dilla, Lotus and early Hudson Mohawke. I started DJing because I felt no one was playing the right music in clubs, I wanted to shake things up.
Just Noise To Me: What do you think is the hardest thing about getting started/getting your name out there?
Wantigga: There are REALLY A LOT of producers out there! But really, you should always be on top of your game to stay in the spotlights. Me, I just produce when and what I feel like. Stay confident and try to make music like no one’s listening. If you’re good, the fans will find you.
Just Noise To Me: How did you hook up with Huh What & Where Recordings to make “The Dutch” compilation. How did you choose the tracks that were included?
Wantigga: This was really more Koen’s initiative than mine. We talked about putting out a compilation with producers that didn’t get enough attention on the internet. We reached out to friends and colleagues and everybody came through. Of course some guys on it have a big following (Jeftuz, Boeboe for instance) but I think everyone is fucking awesome.
Wantigga: I just released an album with my Dutch hip hop group “FATA” so we’re celebrating right now. After that, I’m working on a solo project and some interesting collaborations with Louis Bordeaux, Sevdaliza and other vocalists.
Just Noise To Me: Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
Wantigga: I like Mr. Carmack, Kaytranada, Jai Paul, Ludovico Einaudi, Jordan Rakei, Majid Jordan, Ben Khan and a lot others. I’m a music addict..
Just Noise To Me: If you could work with any one group or artist who would it be?
Wantigga: I would like to work with Drake and make a million bucks.
Just Noise To Me: If you could have any other profession other than producing/djing what would it be and why?
Wantigga: I would be an awesome table tennis player, but that’s because of my Asian roots I guess.
Just Noise To Me: Can we expect any big releases any time soon?
Wantigga: I just released a hip hop album with FATA and there are some Dutch releases coming up that I produced. I will drop my first instrumental EP somewhere around April.
Here’s another one of my faves from Wantigga.
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