They don't call R3hab's sounds "Chainsaw Madness" for nothing. The rising Dutch-born DJ has been tearing apart electro house stratospheres at music festivals and dance clubs alike with remixes of chart-topping tracks pumped with his trademark chainsaw-firing sound, currently making him one of the most sought after producers in the international dance scene. Don't be quick to judge though; his remixes are a far cry from the cacophonous rip of the inferred mechanical tool. Fadil El Ghoul, the man behind the moniker, is a whizz at turning all the right knobs to meticulously craft an onslaught of electro dance mixes that have earned him impressive collabs with major artists like Tiesto and David Guetta. Returning to Zouk this December with a slew of fresh sounds, we caught up with the unstoppable force to chat about future collaboration plans, experimenting with different genres as well as a performing at a (literally) fiery party.
Hello Fadil, it's nice to have you back! What were your fondest memories of Singapore based on your previous experiences here?
The previous Asia tour and my visit to Singapore were great experiences in particular. I love to travel and see new places and to meet new people. Singapore is a world city that gives off a lot of energy!
Besides DJing at Zouk, is there anything else you're looking forward to doing here?
I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of new people!
What freshness can fans expect from your forthcoming set here?
Definitely a lot of energy and CHAINSAW MADNESS!
We frequently find you spinning both clubs and big festivals. Do you prefer the grand scale of a fest, or the more intimate nature of a club?
I can't really say, I like to play at small and big festivals, clubs, or private shows. Playing in Holland is always fun because I can have all my old friends there with me.
So you describe your sound as "Chainsaw Madness". What exactly does this term mean and what would someone be likely to feel when they hear it?
Some of the sounds that I use sound like the firing up of a chainsaw. Actually it started out as a joke, but after a while people started to use it on Twitter and stuff so it stayed with me, which is really cool.
You’re known and loved for your Dutch and electro house style. But do you see yourself experimenting with other genres in the future?
You never know what the future brings but I think you always have to improve and develop your music to keep it fresh. And if that means eventually experimenting with other genres, who knows? I might just do!
You've done quite an impressive amount of remixes for some major artists! Which one of them has been the most unexpected collaboration so far and why?
Recently I did a remix for Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, which is yet to be released. She is such a big artist and I had never expected her to ask me. It has been a great honour.
Are there any future collabs or solo releases that we should know about?
At the moment I am working on something for Akon, Jason Derulo and a remix for Havana Brown. And over the last month or two I have been working very hard on my first EP. It is turning out really well, but it needs a lot more work.
Sounds exciting, we'll definitely look forward to those releases! Anyway, what was the weirdest thing you've witnessed from your DJ booth during a performance?
I gave a party with Afrojack once in Miami. Someone came in and ordered three Magnums and 150 bottles of Chrystal. This must have been an order for 400,000 US dollars! When the bottles came in they had Bengal fireworks on it. The fire alarm went off! The guy who ordered it started to give everyone a bottle and as soon as the first person started to make a champagne shower the rest didn’t hold back. That was just crazy!
That's insane! On the flipside, what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done behind the consoles?
I can’t really remember one thing but it is just magical to be in a DJ booth and see thousands of people go wild to your music. To make that connection with the crowd is special every time.
R3hab tears through Zouk with his chainsaw madness on Friday, 30 November 2012.
Text Nadia Rahmat
Interview courtesy of Get In! PR