The sixth installment of our 12 Questions segment features techno producer Rob Hes. The Dutch producer has appeared on cutting edge imprints like Bedrock and Sudbeat along with more commercial labels such as Toolroom. Rob’s also been a favourite of Hernan Cattaneo in recent months with several of his productions receiving chart support and radio play from the storied DJ. Rob’s got a new remix out this week for the first single from Paul Hazendonk‘s much anticipated upcoming album. Check out our Essential Purchases section for a review and please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with him below.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Rob Hes: I think that would be ‘’The Prodigy – No Good’’. I remember I watched that video every day 20 years ago.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Rob Hes: My first gig was at a DJ contest 15 years ago. I played with vinyl and I was shaking like hell. The worst part of the whole gig was definitely to get the needle on the vinyl that night. You can say that I am not so good with shaky hands. No I didn’t win that contest but some years later I overruled my fear for contests by winning 2 big ones.
My latest gig was in Paris at The Tunnel. Best location ever! It was in a long cave under the ground with 1200 people in it, totally sold out. The people got crazy and totally went for it that night. Love them! Hope to get back there one day.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Rob Hes: It’s difficult to remember my first record, it didn’t was a techno record for sure. When I started DJ’ing I played Hardcore for a long time until I discovered Techno. My last record I purchased is an older record from Christian Smith and Wehbba called ‘Second Life’, love that song.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Rob Hes: The last year can be described as one big highlight for me. I signed so many good labels. But if I need to pick one, it’s the latest label I signed: Tronic! I’m really happy with my upcoming EP with 3 tracks on it this summer. I’m a big fan of the label since I discovered it so that makes me a very proud man. My album is also coming soon, excited!
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Rob Hes: I don’t drink beer and coffee. Terrible! The people who know me better are used to it by now but I can assure you that I have seen some surprised faces in the past when I told so.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Rob Hes: There are 3 guys who are undiscovered in my eyes. I know these 3 are very talented because I worked with them a lot. Lets start with Mark Mywords. He is also from my hometown Hoorn and we share the same passion for music. Spending time in the studio the most we can. He owns his very strong and unique sound.
The other guy is called ‘Noraj Cue’. He produces cool things and also important, a lot of it. He works with his own voice often and is now busy making his album. I heard some good stuff already!
Then we have Steve Slight from Belgium. I discovered him years ago, played his tracks often, and now we are friends. That’s the positive thing about Facebook, you get in touch easily and cool collabs are the result of it. I often make music with these guys that is different from what I normally do but it’s important for me to get that inspiration for some new ideas.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Rob Hes: To name a view: Oliver Huntemann’s collab with Dubfire, Christian Smith, Gabriel Ananda, Ron Costa, Pig & Dan, Microtrauma and a lot more. I’m one of those guys who spend his entire monday searching for new tracks on Beatport. I always love it to discover new artists.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Rob Hes: It would be awesome to do a remix for Oliver Huntemann and Dubfire or Christian Smith. And it would be cool to get a remix from any of my inspiring producers from the last question 😉
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Rob Hes: I agree that there is a lot shitty music out there. Due to the rise of Internet it became so easy to send you’re music to everybody that I might resulted in people that are less critical on the music they produce. I can imagine when you only get one chance to get it out there you would listen it over and over again until you are convinced it’s the best you can on that moment. Anyway, some of my favourite labels are: Ideal Audio, Tronic, Herzblut and Potobolo.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Rob Hes: I’m working 5 days a week in my studio and in the weekend I often play or visit a party. So I’m happy when my ears get some rest eventually. To be honest I almost never listen to mix compilations. The Latest mix compilation must be the ‘Underground Sound of Miami Series 2’ from John Digweed from last year, because my track ‘Simplicity’ was on it haha.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Drink: Lemonade in the studio, good rum with coke at a party
TV Show: I watched a lot of series lately: Homeland and Game Of Thrones for example.
Movie: Last movie I went was The Hobbit 2
Video Game: Not for me
Album: Latest album I bought on cd: Michael Prins – Rivertone Fairytales. Singer songwriter music. Love to listen when I’m in the relaxing mode.
Track / Song: The Glitz – Sherry
Producer / Band: Dubspeeka
Record Label: Tronic
Nightclub: Tunnel (Paris)
DJ: Oliver Huntemann, Joris Voorn
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Rob Hes: That would be my track ‘Countdown’ I guess. It’s not only the title that would fit the situation, also the great feedback and response I got on this track tells me I might end it with that one!
Rob’s remix of Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue ‘You’re My Habit’ is out now on Manual Music, you can purchase the release: here