Pioneering his own blend of electronic dance music over the past two years, Dutch producer Brooks has carved a solid name for himself with a selection of outstanding originals and remixes which have caught the world’s attention. Brooks has managed to stand out from the masses and gain increasing recognition with his innovative style of rhythmic electro house and melodic future house. For his contribution to the scene so far in 2018, Brooks has just picked up the SLAM! Award for ‘Best Talent’ – and he’s not stopping there. Delivering a steady stream of impressive releases on a variety of different imprints, Brooks’ larger-than- life productions have garnered attention on a global scale; dominating the online sphere. His speedy rise to success caught the eye of international superstars Martin Garrix, Showtek, Bassjackers and Mike Williams, resulting in a string of high-profile collaborations including “On Our Own” with Showtek and “Byte” with Martin Garrix. Not only that, Brooks’ first release of 2018 was a colossal collaboration with both Garrix and David Guetta titled “Like I Do” – which further catapulted the producer to the fore in terms of his impressive musicality.
If we turn our attention to Brooks’ remixing talents, his seemingly effortless technique of reworking tracks has seen him officially remix songs produced by David Guetta, Gryffin & Illenium and – most recently – ZAYN & Sia’s monster hit “Dusk Till Dawn”.
Alongside his clear production talent, Brooks’ ability to showcase a stellar performance on-stage has earned him a reputation as one of electronic music’s most heterogenous DJ’s. From Europe to Asia, Africa and beyond, the producer is maintaining a lasting impression on a global scale. Having performed at World Club Dome and Ushuaia Ibiza and with plenty more on his plate for 2018, expect to see Brooks showcasing more of his eclectic form of dance music with wide-reaching appeal.
With artists like Martin Garrix championing Brooks as one of their favourite DJ’s for the coming months and beyond, it’s evident that this is one young producer who is destined to make a prominent mark on the electronic dance music scene.
Why and when do you started to produce electronic music?
When I was younger, I used to stay at my cousin's house a lot and he had this old pioneer CDJ setup in his basement. We both spent hours just digging for random music that we liked. We then burnt the songs onto CDs and tried to mix them all. As we got more and more interested in DJing, we started asking ourselves how the music was made. We did some research online and discovered FL studio. I downloaded the free version and started to figure it all out and since that love for production started, I've gradually been improving as time passed.
Can you share with us something special about your song "Like i do" ?
The three of us never actually met to work on the track! We worked solely via Facetime and email. This was a first for me, but it worked out really well and the process was really enjoyable. We each have different skills and intuition to bring to the music, so it was an interesting creative process.
How's to work with David Guetta and Martin Garrix? Did you ever expected that?
It was such a great experience. They are both good friends and brilliant producers - and we worked really well as a group. They're both funny guys and have great attention to detail that is reflected in my own work, so we have a lot in common. Martin I've been close with for a while now, so it was nice to pair up with another of our buddies for Like I Do. It made sense.
What were you doing when you are not producing music?
Whenever I get the chance to relax, I sleep!! My schedule is pretty much nocturnal sometimes so I can be all over the place once I've had a long production session. In terms of socialising though, I like to hit the bars with friends and watch a bit of awful TV with a takeaway.
What about your future plans?
I've got loads of shows coming up and I want to keep playing more and more! New music is on the way very soon. Overall, my aim is to keep pushing myself and keep stepping outside of my comfort zone. There's a lot of pressure in this industry to conform and to play by other people's rules, so I'm constantly trying to better myself by improving my mindset and personal drive. I don't want to be like everyone else.