Evil Activities: Rediscovering the extreme side

There’s no doubt that Evil Activities has put a big stamp on 2012. On top of the release of his new album Extreme Audio, Dutchman Kelly van Soest has been rocking dancefloors around the world with his hardcore mania and lucky for us, his next stop is Australia’s Defqon.1. In the lead up to his arrival, we had a quick chat to the mastermind and passionate fan of extreme audio.

One of your most recent overseas performances was at EDC in Las Vegas at the Q-dance stage. How was it?

It was unbelievable! Everyone behind the scenes worked very hard for the whole EDC adventure. You must realize that this might have been the only shot for the harder styles in the USA. So when the doors opened, and everything fell into place, it was a massive relief – and release! I was so happy to be a part of it and, naturally, the rest of the stories will stay in Vegas.

What is your most memorable Defqon.1 moment to date?

Definitely when Deepack and Luna played Nobody Said It Was Easy to close the main stage at Defqon.1 2008. I was there and it was so beautiful, I will never forget that moment. I’ve watched the after movie over a 100 times, I think.

You’ve produced the hardcore anthem for Defqon.1 The Netherlands this year together with E-Life, which is also featured on your new album. Can you tell us a bit more about it?

This was the first time that Defqon.1 got its own hardcore anthem. Previously, it was always a remix of the hardstyle anthem. This gave me absolute freedom and I really wanted to show everything I can do. E-Life and I sat down and took some time think about the theme ‘world of madness’ and what it means to us. We wanted to combine ‘drama’ and ‘hope’. We managed to make vocals and raps for the beginning of the track with a somewhat depressed touch to it, and had it finish with hope. The kick and melody have purposely been kept low to hold on to those feelings. I have to say; I think it is a true masterpiece.

There are a few more tracks with E-Life on your new album. How did you start working together?

Elvis [E-Life] and I met each other at a party, and I immediately told him how much I respect him. He’s a true patriarch of the Dutch rap scene and I listened to his albums when I was still working at a record shop. When I went into the studio with Endymion, because we were booked for the closing set on Qlimax, I called him and asked whether he wanted to do the raps. It resulted in our track Broken. Almost immediately after that E went with me and we’ve been doing shows ever since. He has a lot of experience in music, also production-wise, he has a great voice with a strong American accent and I really respect his judgment. He’s helped me a lot with my new album.

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