Jan 25, 2011

Willem van Hanegrem & Wardt van der Harst have been testing the sounds of trance since 2007. Quickly becoming one of the biggest teams in the scene, W&W spoke with LessThan3 about their US debut, how they bring emotion into their music, and their unmistakable big room sound.

W&W - Mainstage (Original Mix) [Captivating Sounds]
LessThan3: What is your favorite W&W track released thus far?
W&W: We really don’t have a specific favorite tune. We’re very proud of tracks like Mainstage, Alpha and Arena, but we can’t pick a single favorite because one day it could be this one and the next day it could be the other. What is most important to us is that everyone else likes it; that is what it’s all about.
LessThan3: To what extent do you consider the emotional degree of your music to be important, and do you ever start off by picking an emotion you’d like to convey musically before working on a track?
W&W: Sometimes we just start a production, and then after we start to get a feeling of it, we bring that emotion out. But sometimes we already have a plan about what we want to express with our music. Emotion is a very important aspect in music because we want people to be able to identify with our music. We always get a very satisfied feeling when people tell us that our music makes them happy.
LessThan3: You guys have really begun to expand your sound, testing out a progressive sound in Manhattan and then a more melodic touch in Alpha. What can we expect in your future productions? Any vocal tracks in the works?
W&W: We love to expand our style and experiment but still put the W&W feeling in it. Our next single Impact is a good example. It’s slightly different but it’s still typical W&W. There will definitely be some vocal tracks on our upcoming album. One is already finished, we just received really amazing vocals for the second, and one more is in the making as we speak.
LessThan3: Talk to us about your collaborations this year with Jonas Stenberg, Leon Bolier, and Ben Gold. Looking to the future, who would you like to work with?
W&W: Working with all these guys is great because we all share the same vision in music, but we still complement and learn from each other since we all have a different way of working. We would love to work with people like Armin van Buuren, Rank 1, BT and other guys that have been in the scene from the start and are still on top of the league, because there is so much we can learn from them. We love the productions from Marcel Woods and Sander van Doorn, but also from non-trance guys like Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz and Skrillex.
LessThan3: What are your hopes and expectations for your first US tour, which kicked off in December 2010? Can we expect more extensive touring from W&W in the US in the future?
W&W: Definitely! We played Los Angeles a few weeks ago, which was an amazing US debut; we really loved the crowd over there. We will be playing at Ruby Skye in San Francisco on the 27th of January, after that we’re hitting Edmonton and Vancouver in Canada.
LessThan3: When you compare a show in the US with a show in Europe, what seem to be the most noticeable differences?
W&W: We can’t really judge that now since we haven’t done a lot of US shows so far, but we can tell you that the US crowd is really enthusiastic and pretty educated because they knew a lot of the tunes we played. We will find out more about the US scene very soon!
LessThan3: If you had LessThan3 minutes to live, what song would you listen to?
Willem: Now We Are Free by Lisa Gerrard & Hans Zimmer.
Ward: Hide & Seek by Imogen Heap.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
W&W: Big Room.
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