With upcoming music on Lane 8’s This Never Happened’ in August, and an EP on Get Physical’s ‘Poesie Musik’ coming soon, Dutch artist Helsloot looks set to continue his breakout year. The rising talent is fresh from a brand new remix release, reworking Canadian indie electronic act HOKI’s ‘Memories Of Love’ into a prime-time dancefloor weapon (listen below!).
Helsloot joins us this week in the latest edition of our Prima Lux mix series. He’s delivered an essential sixty minute selection of lush beats and taken on a little Q&A action . Check it out below!
WWD: Hi Thomas, thanks for joining us. Congrats on the new remix of HOKI. We love it! What vision did you have in mind for this track when you first entered the studio?
Thanks guys! To me the original sounded like the perfect breakdown. Those beautiful lyrics combined with the chords and atmosphere. Right from the start my goal was to have this in my live sets somewhere at the end.
WWD: Can you tell us more about the creative process behind this remix?
After placing the breakdown I came up with this pluck melody that complimented the chords. Then experimented with the beats a little bit, I wanted to make them hit a bit harder than normally because I was thinking about peak time.
WWD: What was it in the original track ‘’Memories Of Love that inspired you to take on the remix?
The whole atmosphere actually, the vocal combined with those chords. Goosebumps!
WWD: Does your appreciation of rock music from when you were kid influence your creative output in any way?
Next to dance, I’m more into hip hop to be honest. Big influence for sure. Probably in the way I make my beats by trying to make an endless loop that doesn’t bore me after 30 minutes.
WWD: How has your workflow progressed over the years?
Well something I’ve learned not long ago is to try to get every idea down as far as possible within the day I started it. I realized when making these ideas I got stuck at some point by finding that perfect kick or synth. After seeking for an hour or so the original feeling of the idea kind of left me. So I changed the process and try to capture as much of the original feeling as quick as possible and went looking for that perfect sound afterwards.
WWD: What has the COVID-19 experience been like for you?
On a personal level not too bad, luckily everyone I know was and still is in good health but I feel really bad for the people that have been confronted in any way with the virus.
WWD:What does the future look like for electronic music in the Netherlands?
Really hard to say. And I try not to think about it too much because it might distract me from producing what I love the most.
WWD: Who did you listen to the most during the past few months?
I listened a lot to BBC 1 radio during quarantine and discovered Koffee. Amazing artist. And Madeleine Peyroux on lazy Sundays.
WWD: What else can we expect from Helsloot in the coming months?
An EP on Lane 8’s ‘This Never Happened’ in August, another EP on Get Physical’s ‘Poesie Musik’ and 2 new collaborations with Tinlicker.