TLT Stage Q&A – Mystic Valley Festival 2017

TLT Stage Q&A

Jonnie B

1. What are you looking forward to the most from Mystic Valley Festival?
Finally people will get to experience what a real ‘Festival’ is. A great line up, 8 stages with various kinds of electronic music and activities that determine what Mystic Festival truly is. And we are really glad to be part of it!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in Thailand and South East Asia?
No doubt, Thailand and Southeast Asian countries are experiencing lots of great events and festivals lately. However most of the event and/or festivals are focusing on only what’s trending, whether it is the stage itself or an artist. And then now we got Mystic Valley.

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in your home country that you’d like to see happen in Thailand?
We would like to see everyone spread the love of music, educate listeners and give them more chance to listen to other sub genres of EDM. And of course, a very important thing is to support local Dj’s.

4. Who is your ultimate music idol/mentor?
All the Trance Dj’s and and artists that truly strict towards Trance are my idol. Trance is not a trend, it’s an art. It’s a form of feelings that spread love. So I am always happy to see someone really doing that.

5. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
TLT is lucky to have a strong bonding crowd when it comes to music. We are growing and we can see a brighter future for Trance in Thailand. In 2017, TLT plans to focus more on bringing new talents to the scene. We plan on giving people a chance to listen to all the sub categories within the genre. And thank you to Mystic festival for giving us a chance to spread what we love.

Kno Millcan

1. What are you looking forward to the most from Mystic Valley Festival?

Mystic Valley represents a truly unique festival experience. The combination of such a wide array of music styles and stages in such a jaw dropping outdoor setting really allows the festival to differentiate itself. Simply put, nothing compares with the feeling provided by dancing your face off to your favourite artists under the stars of Khao Yai!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in Thailand and South East Asia?

Festivals are definitely gaining traction in this part of the world. What originally started out as a select number of local festivals has morphed into a year round rotation of multi day events such as the likes of Mystic Valley that rival established festivals around the world. Combine this with international festivals such as Transmission coming to Bangkok this year and it’s clear there is plenty of upside ahead.

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in your home country that you’d like to see happen in Thailand?
Being from Canada, the idea of multi day festivals situated in remote outdoor locations is something that connects. The notion of participating in a “musical marathon” where the days and nights intertwine together is what really motivates me. Combine this with the camping aspect and you have all the ingredients for a truly unique experience where new friends will undoubtedly be made.

4. Who is your ultimate music idol/mentor?
This is always a tough question as there are so many talented producers and DJ’s who have provided me with inspiration and knowledge over the years. On the short list would be Ben Gold and Markus Schulz, two absolute legends who have really set themselves apart from the rest due to their passion for extended sets that allow for the crowd to embark on a true musical journey. While festivals attract some of the most stacked lineups imaginable and expose you to an array of artists, there is something special about a DJ getting behind the decks for 8-12hrs of absolute madness!

5. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
Trance in Thailand is clearly on an upward trajectory. Having been with TLT for almost a year now, it’s been incredible to be apart of such a powerful movement. Whether it’s the true soldiers who are out at every event from start to finish or the fresh faces who are attending for the first time; the scene is strong and clearly growing. I think 2017 will represent the next leg up for TLT’s presence in the Bangkok music scene and beyond.

Alex MORPH

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
I have been there before and I have great memories, so I’m glad to be back. I’m looking forward to see how people party here this time because that’s very different in many countrys and it’s never the same anywhere. Some are going completely mad, others stay very calm but they’re still having a good time. Let’s see what happens 🙂

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
It’s always great to see when electronic dance music conquers new parts of the world and reaches bigger audiences. It’s a great and colorful range of genres and if people like it and feel good with it, I’m happy about it!

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
In my home country there’s a lot of Hardcore and Techno events, plus some big festivals that feature a lot of the EDM stuff. Trance is not happening that much in Germany, so I’m always happy about anything related to Trance on any festival in Germany and elsewhere in the world.

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
I have a few artists that I respect and admire a lot, but I’m not sure if I have that one idol or mentor. My inspiration comes from many artists and a lot of music and other influences.

5. Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
Both types of gigs have their magic! When you are on big stages, you have that massive production and huge feeling, and in smaller clubs it’s more intimate. It’s a shorter distance between me and the audience, which is always good for the atmosphere and musical build-up. You cannot have that on a big festival where there’s a big gap between the stage and the audience.

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
My fans are very passionate about me and my music, they follow everything I do and that makes it very exciting especially when I’m trying something different from time to time. Sometimes it’s like they feel personally offended if I make a commercial sounding track or do some other stuff that I’m not known for that much. That’s the passion. But I will keep doing that, so it doesn’t get boring haha! Let’s see what 2017 has to offer, I’m ready!

Sied van Riel

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
It wil be my first time to perform in Thailand, yes! I am extremely excited as it has always been a country I wanted to play in. I’ve seen the airport many times, so this time I can finally experience the country!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
I personally love it. Asia is one of my favorites in the world. The people are very very hospitable, they enjoy the music to the maximum and the food is just WOW. Doesn’t get any better then that =)

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
Nothing. Personally I like SEA to grow their own identity and do their own thing. The same goes for the promoters who organize the events. That way you will always have an own identity which makes it unique and all the more exciting to visit, perform and experience!

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
It’s no secret that Tiesto has been a major influence back in the days when he was still trance. He picked me up and launched me in to the trance scene. I’ve been lucky enough to tour with him various times during his ISOS tours. Other then that, I try to let life as I live it to be my major inspiration. That way the music I produce and the sets that I play come straight from my heart and mind and that makes it Rielism / Riel!!

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
Any event has its own identity and vibe. Personally I think as an artist you need to appreciate that. You can’t compare 15.000 people to 400 in a club. I approach each event as it is and that way I am able to enjoy it to the maximum every single time. I seriously do not have a preference, I just want to play music on stage weather it’s for 10k people or 250 / 1k in a club. The best experiences tho are the ones where the music and the people connect… it’s like one major climax when everything comes together and we all have a good time.

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
Without my fan base I would be nowhere and I say this a lot. To me they mean the world and with them I share something special. I’m a very open person and say what I think and share a lot of my personal life as well. I hope people can appreciate that. 2017 will be the year of Rielism. We’re starting to do events again and the Rielism as a label is going extremely good! I’m also planning my Rielism 4 compilation to be released in May 2017 when we do a Rielism event at Panama In Amsterdam on May 12th.

RAM

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
I played already a couple of times in Thailand and its always a great crowd so really looking forward to coming back
Always amazing to see the enthusiasm of the people and now on a beautiful location. Will be amazing for sure
Very much looking forward to it and coming for 3 days 🙂 can’t miss this !!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
Amazing and its about time lol hope there will be more and that the will get a good response by the crowd
Think asia is ready for a big dose of dance

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
For me its all about the vibe of the people .. Of course great location & stages & show etc is also nice
But key thing is the crowd and the vibe that makes the festival.. You can have a monster stage but if everyone is not enjoying its useless
So it start with that the rest is a bonus

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
Don’t have one am a homemade artist 🙂

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
I prefer outdoor love the sun & the fresh air on festivals give it that extra touch.
Indoor is better for continuous big laser & light shows
Every experience is a good one .. I collect moments not gigs

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017
Dedicated trance lovers that genuine feel the music and let there emotions run by it.
Have many times people crying in front of me because they get so much into the music vibe and the emotional trip i am trying to give them.
Thats also how i like to make my songs with a lot of emotion and energy to make the people connect with themselves
But sometimes its just banging out a set for pure energy.

Tenishia

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
This will be my first time playing in Thailand but I have been to Thailand twice before for short breaks between touring in Asia. It’s a very nice country of course, I’ve been to Phuket , Koh Samui and Phi Phi Islands. I come from an island in Europe called Malta and it’s surely not short of beaches and beautiful sea but Thailand has that something special to it especially for people who like adventure like me!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
I have been focusing on the region for quite sometime now, sometimes I even refused other shows in other parts of the World to be in Asia just because I believe this will be the place to be! The numbers are incredible and it’s all about embracing the dance culture… Countries like China and Vietnam have already been doing amazing and the rest will follow. A research shown at a recent IMS conference I attended in Asia clearly showed that the scene in the region has grown very rapidly and with big numbers…

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
When you mention big festival the first word that comes to my head is “Tomorrowland”. I’ve played there a few times and it’s absolutely incredible, I’m not sure what are their targets for Asia but if they went to Brazil they should be thinking of doing one in Asia as well. Unlike in Europe the people in Asia are in someway new to this, open to hear the options within musical genres and very enthusiastic!

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
I really believe that everyone has something to teach you, from the smallest DJ, playing in his bedroom to biggest DJ in the World they all have something you might not know, so I do not really have a particular mentor. However, I follow many DJs and musicians from different genres of music including old bands like the Pink Floyd and Queen and DJs like Carl Cox, Sasha and Armin van Buuren.

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
I think Tomorrowland and Ultra were the best I played so far… Outdoor and Indoor it doesn’t matter. I love playing music and I’ll adapt that to whatever venue I’m in.

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
In 2016 Tenishia as a duo has gone through some major refurbishment as me and my partner decided to part ways for various reasons which gave advantages to both of us in our music careers. I kept the name Tenishia, however due to the construction of my new studio music production was quite light last year. So if anything I would like to say thank you to my loyal and very supportive fans that helped me go through the year even with not much tracks released. So in 2017 the main target is to release a lot of music again!

Andy Moor

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
I have been to beautiful Thailand before. I’m excited about the whole festival; the people, the music, and the location seems to be a really magical place that I can’t wait to be a part of the whole experience.

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
It’s wonderful to see the people in South East Asia now having more and more access to fantastic festivals such as this. There is so much passion to explore, and untapped potential in the area that is now becoming globally recognised.

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
Highlights come in various forms, from the crowd, from the production and location and to fellow artists playing. I would argue that this festival has everything going for it that there are in Western countries.

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?

I don’t really have one any more, I listen to so much music from new and old people that no 1 person is my idol any more…. there is too much talent out there.

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
I enjoy both indoor and outdoor festivals… indoors you often get a different feel, sometimes slightly more serious whereas outside there is a bit more of a party atmosphere at times. I have many favourite festivals, maybe Tomorrowland.

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
My fans consist of die hard trance fans, and new comers alike. I have a lot of fans from the earlier trance days that appreciate the care and time I put into the music genre. Then there is the new wave of fans that are coming to know just what Trance music means to so many. In 2017 I would like it to continue on its natural, organic course and let the music take control.

Richard Durand

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
No i have been to Thailand many times..
I love the vibe of the crowed.. I am really looking forward to test new tracks this time


2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
I think it’s great to see all that movement. I think everybody needs to have the change to listen and see dj’s!


3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
I know the nature is one of the most beautiful in the world, so if I have some time! 🙂

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
Michael Jackson, J.S. Bach


5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
One of my favorite is Brisbane. It was a small rooftop party. And I didn’t expect anything, still it was really busy and such a great atmosphere!
I love both, I think a small crowed can be very intimate but a big stage is also very cool! That can give you a really wow feeling


6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.

I am not sure how to describe my fans I hope that they will follow me in 2017. I can’t play without them!