Zany: The Defqon.1 mission

Hardstyle pioneer Zany recently revealed he’s working on his second full-length studio album, set to be released under the fitting title Planet Zany. Due out in September, the Fusion founder’s latest release coincides with his return to Australian shores as part of the mega 2012 Defqon.1 lineup. Ahead of his visit, we chatted to Zany about the new album, collaborations and his take on DJing today.

How would you explain the style and feel of the new album?

It’s a typical Zany style album, with a new twist. I always try to something different, as you will hear. From trance-y tunes to raw stuff, and everything in between!

We saw a lot of collaborations on your previous album, can we expect more interesting collabs to be featured on Planet Zany?

I have a few collaborations on the new album, but that’s all I want to say about it for now.

In the teaser video of the album we hear a short preview of Here We Go. You remixed this track before, resulting in Orgasmo. So can we expect a remix of a remix?

This is some sort of mash up from a few older tracks of mine. Together with B-Front I mixed it into a new track called Dike Vette Bassplaat.

How will this new album compare to your first studio album The Fusion of Sound?

The album still has the typical Zany sound, but with a new edge and of course four years of newer sounds.

How much time do you spend in your studio these days?

You can find me in my studio from 9-5 Monday to Thursday. On Friday I take a day off and chill out. Then the weekend starts, and I play somewhere in this world. I still see it all as a big hobby, and I love it!

In September you’ll be back Down Under for Defqon.1. What can we expect?

I know that every Aussie knows that I love Australia. I’ve been there since the first hardstyle tracks were being played, and I really love the place. I see it as my second home, so I can’t wait to get back there. And of course, I will have lots of new material to play!

Over the last 10 years a lot has changed in the world of DJs. One of the major changes being the switch from vinyl to CDs, and even USB sticks. How do you feel about this?

I think that the DJ period is gone, since vinyl disappeared. Nowadays it’s way easier to mix tracks. On the other hand there are many cool tricks you can do with loops, effects etc. The biggest plus is probably that we don’t have to carry the heavy record box anymore.

Anything else you would like to tell your fans?

Yes! I have a very big surprise for you all. I will give away my new album for free. That’s my appreciation to all of you who supported me for all these years. Check out my video below for more info.