Meet Spark & Shade, a very innovative Dutch Trance duo, made up of Gert van Wout and Matthijs Duijm. When I heard the first few notes of their upcoming single “Sinners And Saints”, I had to explore their other tunes, and why not their music career as well… It turns out they have been pumping out melodic Trance jams for a couple years now. These guys graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions. You will be able to find out why they’re so talented below!
1 – Hey thanks for accepting this interview. First up, can you describe your music?
Thanks for having us ☺ Well the name Spark & Shade is no coincidence if you hear our music I think. We like melodic, we like edgy clubby beats and we try to combine it into a sound that shows a spark as well as a shaded side, sometimes in one and the same track, but I think it is more about our overall sound we want to make: sometimes more melodic and emotional, sometimes just for the clubs.
2 – Who is your biggest electronic music influence?
Maybe trance, but it differs from time to time which artist we’re really liking, but the melodic and emotional music from Above & Beyond is something we love at the moment, so almost automatically artists that belong to the Anjuna label like Arty, Ilan Bluestone, and Andrew Bayer. We also like Cosmic Gate, Andy Duguid, and Super8&Tab.
3 – As a music duo, how do you craft more individuality in the music you create?
Though we both are DJ/Producers we have a bit of a different background. Gert really is the studio guy and has a great feel for the arrangement of our tracks. Matthijs is the label manager for ‘Above All’ and more of a DJ, so he looks from a different angle to tracks and the combination of this is our strength. We both know how to DJ and how to produce but have different strengths and specializations.
4 – What was the inspiration behind your latest release?
The basics of the track go back to maybe even 2008/9, one of the first times we worked on a collab. The piano part in the break was one of the leading parts in that track, which was never released. We found it and dusted it off and at the moment we were working on it, we also had 2 tracks that Goshen Sai was writing for and thought it would be nice to see what he would come up with and he did an awesome job at that!
5 – Out of all the clubs, concerts and locations you have performed, what place had the best energy for the development of your sound?
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