HIDDN is a Belgian former ghost producer who has gone public as a solo artist and DJ. He has collaborated with several DJ’s of the DJ Mag Top 100 in the last few years and has produced songs that have been classified in the top 100 Beatport. He speaks with Filthy Lucre about his transformation within the music industry.
When did you get into DJing?
Two years ago, I decided to start working on my solo artist project “HIDDN”. Being involved with Tomorrowland and experiencing the festival and the atmosphere for me is a massive inspiration.
How do you find your inspiration?
Coming from a musical family, I had a natural upbringing around music. My father has been composing for 40 years now and I think I inherited this talent from him. When I was 12 years old, I was already trying to create melodies. It was something natural for me and I knew already that I would follow in my father’s footsteps.
Where are people most likely to see you perform?
Most of my shows have been in Spain and I have played in Asia twice before. I also recently played at UNITE with Tomorrowland in Mexico and I hope o play in South America and the United States in 2019.
You have had a lot of success writing for other producers, what made you want to start releasing music under your own alias?
The last 3 years, some of the music I wrote as a ghost producer was played at Tomorrowland main stage, and it was precisely at that point that it clicked in my head. I said to myself, “You should have been there on stage, sharing your music with people!”
What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making?
I try not to judge other DJ’s, everyone is on their own path and everybody makes mistakes, that’s part of the learning process and happens to everyone.
If you could be eternally stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?
2010 and the release of ‘One’ by Swedish House Mafia. I remember that year as the year that they brought something special and fresh to the EDM scene.
What is one tract that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’
What do you try to communicate to the audience through your vibe?
Love, Energy, and Emotion
What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene?
Nothing really 🙂
How do you prepare your sets?
I do all mashups myself in the studio and 90% of the mashups I play are made by me.
Where would you most like to perform?
Tomorrowland mainstage, Ultra Miami, and Coachella
What are your predictions for the music industry in the next few years?
I think that house music will be back and we will see also different styles and genres mixed together and more experimentation.
What have you learned since you started out as a DJ?
I have learned how to play in different countries as different locations have different scenes and tastes, so you have to adapt your set a little bit depending on the country in which you are playing.