EXCLUSIVE Interview w/ Dutch House Legend Olav Basoski

Since his 1st track (6 Bells All – Sweet & Bitter) in 1991, Amsterdam native Olav Basoski has become the “grand seigneur” of Dutch house music. Being the leading man behind the infamous Dutch label Work Records, he’s released one true classic after another. ‘Think Pancake – Don’t turn your back’, think Sil – ‘Windows’, or “Opium Scumbagz”, the #1 Ibiza anthem of 2000 under his own name, not to mention one of the most sought after house music series ever produced, ‘Samplitude’.

And it doesn’t stop there. Olav’s remix discography reads like a list of timeless works, well over a hundred! From Moby to James Brown, from Bob Marley to Hatiras and from Armin van Buuren to Todd Terry to Phats and Small, everyone has called him in for the Basoski touch.

With the rebirth of his famous Rootz Records imprint & his 1st release on the label ‘Hulk Sneakers’ out now on Traxsource. Olav site down with us to chat about the new release, house music, the scene & music more in this Exclusive Interview


The Interview

1) Obviously, the topic for today is your new release ‘Hulk Sneakers’ – tell us in your words a little bit about how it came to be and what you were trying to convey to your listeners…

Hulk Sneakers came to me because I noticed that type of sound, the filtered disco-stuff, was gaining momentum again between the rest of the new wave of house music lately. Awesome! And since it comes so easily for me I couldn’t resist of course.

2) What’s you’re opinion on the current state of house music?

I’m LOVING it! I think it hasn’t been this good in the past 10 years honestly. At some point I was almost getting depressed by that wave of tasteless electro-type stuff. Not to mention the way that typical Dutch sound f**ked up the entire club scene in Holland. And I see all around me that people are sick of it all and want new stuff. New as in ‘wow that’s new to us’ while in fact it’s a return of what happened in the 90s.

3) Share a few artists that have influenced your sound?

Basement Jaxx, Dave Angel, Armand van Helden. All three had the same attitude in their music; f**k it, just having fun. And that translated onto the floors very well. Almost with a hip-hop mentality. I caught that virus in the late 90s too.


4) What/who inspires you?

Actually the stuff that happens on the floor, or on festivals. Seeing a crowd go well on a good groove can be the most inspiring thing ever. Feeling it, tasting it almost. Recalling that in the studio is hard, but once you get it, you understand where a tracks needs to go.

5) Best gig of 2014 so far and why?

Hmmmm I would think Valand, in Goteborg, Sweden. The club itself was alright, and it was steamy and fun, but what made it awesome was that I was travelling and playing with a couple old friends, Alex van Alff and Stonebridge. Alex also brought his wife, and we had lots of fun!

6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?

A cliche, but: RELEASE YOUR OWN MUSIC! Invest time in learning to make tracks. Learn how to work with the software that’s out there. I’m probably going to step on some people’s toes with this, but really; ANYONE can DJ these days. Not talking about if anyone can be a GOOD DJ, that’s a whole different story. But anyone can touch sync and start/stop, no? The only thing that can make you stand out is making music yourself. If you’re good, people will notice, trust me. People will notice it, appreciate it and want to come see you play live. So yeah, make music!

7) What’s next for you?

Just keep doing what I do. I’ve had sort of a personal revision year, and I’m back into full swing now. This is who I am, what I’ve always done and what I probably do until forever. :-) Glad to have Rootz back on the pallete, together with Sebastian Davidson!

Olav Basoski latest release ‘Hulk Sneakers’ is out now on Traxsource.


Olav Basoski


Rootz Records (NL)