clubZone Interviews Richard Durand
Published on April 19, 2011 by Carolina Galli
The Richard Durand sound is trance, techno and tough electro in a unique package that’s both dynamic and devastating. Having initially made his mark as a solo producer with big tech trance bombs on the Terminal 4 label, the huge success of his remixes of Tiësto singles ‘Lethal Industry’, ‘Flight 643′ and ‘Break My Fall’, Fragma ‘Toca’s Miracle’ and Armin van Buuren ‘In And Out Of Love’, plus infamous festival favourite reworks of the likes of Prodigy ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ and Snow Patrol ‘Chasing Cars’ soon had Richard Durand marked as one of the hottest remixers on the planet with consistent playlist support from the DJs such as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Judge Jules & Eddie Halliwell. Check out what Richard Durand had to say to clubZone about his upcoming work, his favorite DJ’s and a typical day in the life of!
As a young kid in Netherlands, what did you want to be when you grew up?
[Laughs] Just about everything, really! When I was about 8 years old I wanted to be a pilot, but then when I found out that it took a whole lot of training and studying I quickly figured out that it wasn’t the best choice If I hadn’t gone into music I think I would probably be a teacher. I love kids, they’re awesome, and teaching someone something is a lot of fun too.
What initially got you interested in the music industry?
I was about 12 years old and I saw this music video by Patrick Bruel on TV. It wasn’t dance music or anything like it, but the song he was playing had the crowd singing along at the top of their lungs… he only had to play the piano, the crowd did the rest. That made such a huge impression on me that I knew then and there that I wanted to do something with music.
You were recommended by the mighty Tiesto as his ‘Tip For The Top in 2007’ in DJ Magazine, shortly after you put out some amazing productions and got a spot in DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs poll. Do you think that the pressure from Tiesto’s recommendation pushed you to succeed at a greater level?
It definitely doesn’t hurt if someone with that kind of success helps you out like this, but in the end it’s up to you and it’s hard work! But of course it was a great surprise to read something like that about yourself.
Who would be your recommendation for your ‘Tip For The Top in 2011’?
That’s a hard question… there are a lot of talented guys out there at the moment, but I would definitely keep an eye on the Scandinavians.
In 2010 you were asked to be the new figurehead of the legendary ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ series – what was your vision behind this?
I wanted to keep the original sound going so the series would continue to do as well as it had done in the previous years and I think it worked out pretty well! I also put a lot of my own ‘feel’ into the album and I’m psyched that it worked out so well! I’m already swamped working on ISOS 9. I will give you a sneak-peak preview! It’s In Search Of Sunrise 9: India (black Hole).
You’ve played at some huge festivals; Coloursfest, Summer of Love, and Planet Love to name a few. What has been your craziest festival experience?
Every festival has its charm, but I’ve got to say that the playing at the festivals in Eastern Europe is a lot of fun! I did a gig at a festival in Perth, Australia, a few years ago, which was awesome. It was in a kind of amphitheatre, which was amazing and of course the vibe was great!
What changes have you noticed in the trance and house scene in the past few years?
It’s become more and more over the last few years. 8 or 9 years ago new tracks would come out every week or so and you could use them for a long time, but now there are loads of new tracks every day, which has its up and downside… the lifespan of the tracks is a lot shorter now, which is a shame!
What’s the typical day in the life of a DJ – what have you done today so far?
This morning I had a meeting about new plans and ideas for the coming year and went into the studio afterwards to work on two of the ISOS 9 tracks so it’s definitely busy! I’ve almost chosen all the material now!
What’s your favorite club to play? Club Eden on Ibiza.
Who is the craziest artist to play a show with? Sean Tyas. [laughs]
You’re on the road a lot. What’s your favorite time of year to be at home? Definitely the summer.
Track you’re most proud of? Lethal Industry, Tiesto remix.
Favorite DJ? Alex O Rio’n.
Favorite Band? Radiohead
What’s the most embarrassing track you have on your iPod? I don’t have an iPod! That’s probably embarrassing enough. [laughs]
Do you have any superstitions or lucky charms? I’m very grounded… two feet on the ground!
What’s on your rider? Water and a socket! [laughs]