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Aug 09, 2016

Rising Star ZAXX Talks Exclusive Mix & Career

 
Get to know more about ZAXX and his latest release on Tiësto's Musical Freedom label, "Phunky," while you enjoy his Exclusive Mix!
 
 
Do you have any goals or objectives with the mix? How would you describe the mix as a whole?
My goal with this mix is to give everyone a taste of my new music and a feel for how some of my live sets sound. It's a mixture of heavy tunes with a few nostalgic ones that I like to bring back.
 
How do use some of these tracks in your DJ sets?
I use some of these tracks in my sets, but it varies based on the crowd and where I'm playing. I usually open with a mashup I made in my hotel room in Vegas one night; it's a mashup of “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC and my own track, "Extermination." They all go over pretty well in my sets…especially some of my unreleased remixes.
 
Can you highlight three tracks or artists in your mix, and tell us why you chose to include them?
Three tracks I really love in this mix are:
 
(1) My “Chasing Cars” remix – it's so nostalgic and really brings me back especially when I play it live.
 
(2) The new Martin Garrix track, "In The Name Of Love" – the vocal is chilling and the chords are perfect, a great track for any situation. 
 
(3) And finally, the new Tiësto & Mike Williams track, "I Want You" – it has a great vibe to it and I've been playing it in every set.
 
 
What was the inspiration for the “Phunky”? How’d you pick the sample? What was the production process like?
This track was inspired by the bassline in the drop. I made it by accident when I was 15 and it sounded so dope and hit really hard, so I built the song around that.
 
What was it like having Tiësto play “Phunky” on the mainstage at EDCLV and Tomorrowland?
It's always dope when Tiësto supports my songs and even cooler that it's coming out on his label. I was actually at home watching it from my room.
 
What does it mean to you to release on Musical Freedom?
It means a lot because I remember when I first started making music, one of my biggest goals was to release a track on Musical Freedom, and this is now the second time that has come true :-)
 
What is your musical background? Who are some of your early influences?
My musical background comes from my Dad mostly...he used to make me listen to classic rock and Doo-wop. Then I started exploring music by myself and got into pretty much every kind of music. My early influences were the Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, The Goo Goo Dolls, Skrillex, and Tiësto. It varies all over the place, but all significantly affected the kinds of music I loved and still make to this day.
 
Overall, how would you describe the music that you like to produce? What about your DJ style?
It’s pretty hard to pinpoint or describe the type of music I like to produce. One day I like making pretty music that you can just vibe to or just sit down and think while listening to it. But then some days I like to make music that you can headbang to and go crazy with your friends...so it really varies. My DJ sets include both of those elements. I like to bring people back in time with some classics, but then hit them out of nowhere with something completely unexpected and heavy.
 
What’s your relationship like with Tiësto? What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned from him production wise? What’s been your favorite show that you’ve played with him?
Tiësto is like a mentor to me in many ways. The biggest thing I've learned from him, especially production wise, is that less is more and simplicity isn't always a bad thing both in and outside the studio.
 
My favorite show I've played with him was the London Block Party in Ontario...we played the festival together, we played my track “Alpha” on stage together (which is on his label), and then went back to back for a little while at the afterparty playing some of my new songs.
 
Any shows or new music coming up that you are particularly excited about?
I have a bunch of really big remixes and originals coming out. I’m excited about all of them for different reasons…they’re all very special to me ;-)
 
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Full tracklist info available at ZAXX - 1001Tracklists Exclusive Mix 2016-08-09
The Chainsmokers Roses (ZAXX Remix) Artwork
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The Chainsmokers ft. ROZES - Roses (ZAXX Remix) SONY
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Tiësto & The Chainsmokers Split (Only U) Artwork
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Tiësto & The Chainsmokers - Split (Only U) MUSICAL FREEDOM
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The Chainsmokers Roses Artwork
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The Chainsmokers ft. ROZES - Roses SONY
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JAGGS Diamonds Artwork
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JAGGS ft. Katt Niall - Diamonds REVEALED
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Tiësto & Tony Junior Get Down Artwork
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Tiësto & Tony Junior - Get Down MUSICAL FREEDOM
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Blasterjaxx & Breathe Carolina Soldier Artwork
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Blasterjaxx & Breathe Carolina ft. Tamra Keenan - Soldier MAXXIMIZE (SPINNIN')
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JAUZ x Ghastly - Ghosts N' Sharks FREE
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Tiësto & JAUZ Infected Artwork
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Tiësto & JAUZ - Infected MUSICAL FREEDOM
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ZAXX Phunky Artwork
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ZAXX - Phunky MUSICAL FREEDOM
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Laidback Luke & TWOLOUD Fucking Beats (VIP Mix) Artwork
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Laidback Luke & TWOLOUD - Fcukin Beats (VIP Mix) MIXMASH
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Alan Walker ft. Iselin Solheim - Faded (PULLER Remix) NCS
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KSHMR & ZAXX Deeper Artwork
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KSHMR & ZAXX - Deeper MUSICAL FREEDOM
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Martin Garrix & Tiësto The Only Way Is Up Artwork
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Martin Garrix & Tiësto - The Only Way Is Up MUSICAL FREEDOM
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Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso - Calling REFUNE
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Carnage & Timmy Trumpet PSY Or DIE Artwork
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Carnage & Timmy Trumpet - PSY Or DIE SPINNIN'
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MNEK & Zara Larsson Never Forget You (Danny Avila Bootleg) Artwork
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MNEK & Zara Larsson - Never Forget You (Danny Avila Bootleg) TEN
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Hardwell & MAKJ Countdown Artwork
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Hardwell & MAKJ - Countdown REVEALED
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Riggi & Piros & ZAXX Alpha Artwork
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Riggi & Piros & ZAXX - Alpha MUSICAL FREEDOM
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ZAXX Guess Who Artwork
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ZAXX - Guess Who MAINSTAGE (ARMADA)
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The Killers Human Artwork
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The Killers - Human ISLAND (UMG)
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Tiësto & Mike Williams I Want You Artwork
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Tiësto & Mike Williams - I Want You MUSICAL FREEDOM
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DVBBS & MOTi - Switch KANARY
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Curbi Triple Six Artwork
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Curbi - Triple Six MUSICAL FREEDOM
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Mike Posner I Took A Pill In Ibiza Artwork
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Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza ISLAND (UMG)
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The Weeknd The Hills (ZAXX Remix) Artwork
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The Weeknd - The Hills (ZAXX Remix) REPUBLIC (UMG)
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Borgore & Caked Up Tomahawk Artwork
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Borgore & Caked Up - Tomahawk BUYGORE
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TJR ft. Savage - We Wanna Party SPINNIN'
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Boys Like Girls The Great Escape (ZAXX Remix) Artwork
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Boys Like Girls - The Great Escape (ZAXX Remix) COLUMBIA (SONY)
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Alice Deejay Better Off Alone (ZAXX Remix) Artwork
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Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (ZAXX Remix) VIOLENT
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Ookay Thief (ZAXX Flip) Artwork
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Ookay - Thief (ZAXX Flip) FREE/ASTRALWERKS
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Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha - In The Name Of Love STMPD
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Snow Patrol Chasing Cars (ZAXX Remix) Artwork
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Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (ZAXX Remix) INTERSCOPE
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