Even as a child Maarten Hoogstraten different from the others: while his friends had to have the latest toys always, he has already invested the age of ten his entire pocket money in vinyl records and CDs. "This is called probably a gateway drug," he says, looking back and chuckles. "I was just the guy who as a child always had the latest plates: First it was only vinyl, 7" singles and 12 "-Maxis, and when adversity struck the CDs on the market, I gave up for my money from . "
No wonder that the producer, who with his Bingo Players Project meanwhile several EDM anthems has left the stack, and should early come into contact with electronic music: from The Prodigy "Out of Space"He could not get enough, and so he dreamed of someday making even the kind of dance sound he was hearing in the Dutch radio. But we must not forget of course that you then still need a lot of equipment to to make such music - synthesizers, drum machines Co. - and for that handed his pocket money then did not ...
A little later, occurred two things that would change the life of that music-obsessed teenagers suddenly one hand, there was a program called ProTracker on the market, still a rather simple software pioneer, and on the other hand, he learned Paul Bäumer , with whom he shared the next 15 years should make music - to the untimely death Bäumer, who died of cancer, 2013.
Maarten and Paul About got to his younger brother in Enschede know: He had wanted to visit only the brother, but then learned that the elder Paul also made music - and for that sat as he did in the ProTracker software. "This program had only four channels, many opportunities had not been there, but it was just a beginning and there was a lot of fun for first songs to tinker."
"When we then came up that we actually did so very similar things and even used the same program for it, we were sitting now only each other and were within a short time the best of friends," says Maarten. This was followed by the first recording together, and a few years later, in 2006, they made their Electro project its own name: Bingo Players.
Because now the digital age had dawned, the tracks of the Bingo Players ensured soon far beyond the borders of Holland addition fOr Furore - including in America, where little later should finally break the EDM fever. In essence, it was the two from the start to a hook or a catchy melody, which they then with fat synth sounds, almost on guitar riffs reminiscent (à la Chemical Brothers) And driving beats relined. "Devotion"2009 is a case in point: The vocal hook could be a catchy little, to a distinctive saxophone and an infectious beat with plenty of bass and more breaks.
"Yes, generally we started with a melody - and it then changes to the rest of the song," Maarten reported via the common process of the former duo. . "If the sound is good, then you can then let fall for right, even if you might just about screwed until the backbone So you have to sing or can whistle along, have a real catchy tune them, you know this is the most important thing: That the track immediately stuck in the ear. "
Her first big hit "Cry (Just a Little)"Based on the published in 1988 song"Piano In The Dark" from Brenda Russell, which Hook had the Bingo Players fOr her song unceremoniously borrowed and re-recorded - what they brought fans from all different camps. . "I had VH1 looked, and as such was a show and the eighties, 'Back to the 80s' as then ran the track by Brenda Russell, I thought: Wow, this part is the hammer, maybe we can rebuild him and rerecord it in our own style ?! "
And although they had never actually operated as DJs that demand made soon that the Bingo Players and their skills could give more frequently before an audience for the best as CDJs: suddenly they were no longer only producer with a golden knack for stark Hooks but also sought after DJs who like the big festivals Electric Daily Carnival, Tomorrowland and the Coachella Festival played.
"Honestly, I even believe that we have become much better as a producer, as we started first with the DJ thing," says Maarten. In part, this was probably because they now just could even installing in between the set and test the reactions of people their latest productions ...
While the two so attracted from festival to festival and from club to club, found it in between even the time necessary to prepare their own label Hysteria to set (the name is a tribute to Def Leppard, also their greatest heroes counting) and not only about their own singles, but also tracks from the likes of Carl tricks ( "Mad Dash") MAKJ ( "Jump") And Henry Fong ( "Jump") to publish.
In 2013, they then scored their biggest coup: The Bingo Players took their 2011 written track "Rattle"Once again under the name"Get Up (Rattle)"And for that brought the L.A. Sensation Far East Movement to the side. The rap parts studded update was return mail for megahit: After already the original version had made many people noisy, "Get Up (Rattle)" went around the globe in the top regions of the charts - Top 10 in Germany, Austria, France and Australia (where it afterwards also double platinum was) alone in the States, which gives them the bargain also ranked # 1 brought in the US dance charts., to gold in Canada, ranked # 1 in the UK and over 200,000 copies sold The single and the funny video to (incl. Ducks enforce a few yobs neat), which now lists more than 40 million views, catapulted the two last year finally even to the very top in the DJ Mag Top 100.
However, arrived in 2013 not only the success but also the great shock when Paul suddenly fell ill and the diagnosis very quickly to cancer fell: a shock for himself, for his friend Maarten and the dance world - but Paul remained optimistic and did not give up hope. In October last year, however, his condition deteriorated abruptly, and he eventually died in December: a sad day for the EDM community, whose protagonists, among others Hardwell, Steve Aoki, cascade, Skrillex or Armin van Buuren, be all bowing down to Paul and paid him in the media or in the context of their own concerts the last tribute ...
Maarten was so taken that he initially did not know how he should proceed. However, Paul had expressed a last wish: His best friend and creative partner, must go on even after his death and which prolong the work of the Bingo Players ...
"I have the following sentences in my ears, because he has repeated it so often must: 'If it will help you cope with the situation, and if it's you at all possible, keep doing it, then do please let live music.. you have the flag of Bingo Players also hold up in the future ', "said Maarten.
However, Maarten initially was not sure if he could Ever. "I then only times taken me a long break, I went on holiday to process it all and to get a clear head and then at some point I said to myself.. 'Yeah, it's true what Paul says I should go, I should continue what we started together. ' "
One of the groundwork had already been done, because the two had one way or another a whole series of unreleased songs and song ideas in the drawer: the perfect foundation to realize the dream that had Maarten and Paul welded together years ago - namely, to make kind of music that they heard as children on the radio. Certainly the scene is now much larger, the technique when she was very much more mature it during ProTracker era, but "the vibe is still the same", as Maarten stressed in conclusion. "People want to have fun, they want to get together, feel the music, move it." And that is why the live bingo player on.
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