May 31, 2011
Sied van Riel

Dutch star Sied van Riel may have had his feet firmly planted in trance camp for the past few years, but with his new compilation Rielism he is ready to explore new sounds outside of his first genre of choice. Read more about SvR’s musical expansion in our exclusive interview.

Sied van Riel - MME (MaRLo Remix) [Spinnin']
LessThan3: Dance music seems to be exploding exponentially; some say trance will take over the mainstream, others house, others dubstep. What genre do you predict will become the face of dance?
Sied: Some genres are already a mix of different styles and are becoming mainstream, which I think is a good thing. Why would it not be a good thing? It opens a lot of minds to the more underground styles. I don’t think one genre will completely take over. I think it’s already a mix between different styles that sets the tone and that will happen more and more.
LessThan3: How was the KLM “All EDM” flight to Ultra this year?
Sied: That has got to be the best and most exciting flight I’ve ever been on. We had a DJ booth and a mojito bar on board the flight. Different DJs like future Dutch star Jordy Lishious and Benjamin Bates were playing when we were airborne. The crew was the best I’ve ever seen. People were dancing, groups formed once we were in the air and everybody was just cool and excited. We even made it in to the Guinness Book of Records with the highest altitude dance party!
LessThan3: What was your impression of Ultra this year, and if you could change anything about it, what would it be?
Sied: I loved it. The crowd there was one of the craziest I’ve seen. I don’t think I would change anything, besides booking myself and some friends of mine for it…hint, hint.
LessThan3: How did you go about choosing the tracks for your new mix compilation Rielism? What are some of your favorites?
Sied: Because I thought about Rielismfor almost a year I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this compilation. I didn’t want to release a club oriented compilation per se. Of course both discs build up, but I really wanted to present something else than just 14 or 15 club bangers mixed together on two discs. With Rielism, I wanted to show people that I play a wide variety of electronic music, whether it be house, progressive, tech or trance. There’s so much good music out there; why restrict yourself to one genre ? If the music fits me, I’ll play it.
LessThan3: How many good songs do you need to have in mind before you get inspired to make a new compilation? What other factors are involved?
Sied: The choice of good music was overwhelming so it wasn’t that I was shy of good music, but picking the right ones for it was hard. I wanted to nail the vibe I had in my mind and therefore I really did my own thing with Rielism. I had to leave certain tracks out that would destroy any club in the world, but didn’t fit the vibe of the compilation.
LessThan3: Before a live show, do you try to size up the crowd and get a feel for what to play, or do you stick to a proven game plan?
Sied: I never plan a set. Every crowd is different. This makes it exciting everytime you play! What I always do is go to the venue a bit early then check out the DJs that play before me so I can estimate what the crowd will be like. Of course I have tracks that I would want to play out, but I’m never sure about what moment in my set I’ll play them.
LessThan3: What does it take to be successful in a day and age when everybody wants to be a DJ, with an enormous amount of tracks being generated every day?
Sied: Well there’s a lot of music being released but compared to how many producers and DJs there are not a lot make a living out of it or break through. A DJ has almost become like a superstar. Look at Tiesto, Guetta, Armin, Deadmau5, and Afrojack; there’s so much more to it now a days. Needless to say you have to have the right team of people around you who believe in you as well!
LessThan3: Tell us about your show, Rielism. How has it allowed you to connect to and expand your fanbase? Are your episodes similar to your shows?
Sied: I started the radio show back when I didn’t do a lot of gigs. It was and still is a way for me to show people my sound. I often come online and join the chatroom when the show airs so I can connect with the people who enjoy what I do. People listen to it when they are at work, or working out or at home or whatever they are doing, so I can kinda play around with the tracklists and buildup as well.
LessThan3: What is your relationship like with the global trance family? Do you think this type of movement is important to EDM?
Sied: I think it’s great that people share their love for music with each other like that. The way the trance family has grown is cool and very positive. People share their thoughts and likings which can also open up minds to stuff they would have never looked into before.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Sied: In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins, Riders on the Storm by The Doors, and Time To Wander by Gypsy & the Cat.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Sied: Simply Riel.
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