“Good music is good music”: Checking in with Joris Voorn
Since the release of his standout Balance 014 compilation, Joris Voorn has kept his followers on their toes. Most recently, the release of his 2012 track Goodbye Fly earned a spot in the Ibiza sets of Sven Vath and more, while on the flipside, the remix of Swedish House Mafia’s current blockbuster Don’t You Worry Child raised a few eyebrows. However, as the Dutchman told inthemix, it has exposed his productions to a wider audience.
“Good music is good music,” Voorn argues. “There is a fine line between being too cheesy, and not being sincere; between being bad and being credible. The remix of Swedish House Mafia may not be the most credible thing to do to many people I guess, but I do believe you can reach a different audience by making something underground from a very commercial track. I just follow my heart and my own musical taste. And of course, that’s something that’s constantly changing.”
What never changes, however, is Voorn’s dedication to his music. “It seems to be all about the DJ nowadays,” he says. “I don’t know if it was different back in the ‘90s, but lately, it seems to have blown up to ridiculous proportions. For me, it’s really about the music. It’s also about me sitting down in the studio and making tracks. It’s not about the DJ. It’s about the music and the party.”
With preparations underway for this weekend’s Stereosonic kick-off, the DJ isn’t sure yet how he’ll pitch his sets on Carl Cox’s ‘The Revolution Continues’ stage alongside Adam Beyer and Loco Dice. “It will depend upon what time I’m playing,” he explains. “Whether the sun is shining or what the people are like in front of me. So many factors may change what I actually play from moment to moment. I will just change on the spot depending upon what the audience expects. But, I always try to bring a very good energetic mix of very good house and techno and everything in between.”
While he’s here for Stereosonic, Voorn is fitting in some commitments on the side. Just announced is an intimate Sydney club show at The Spice Cellar, while in Melbourne he’s presenting a masterclass for just eight production enthusiasts. More info can be found on the SOS website, and you’ve got till midnight on Monday 26 November to enter.