In just a few years duo W&W have gained much deserved fame, playing countless gigs and festivals around the world and reaching the top of many charts with hits like “Shotgun”, “Impact”, “Invasion” , “Bigfoot”, “Thunder” and so many more. W&W continues to be not only very talented, but also remains very humble as they go forward. Ascendance Radio was able to catch up with the duo and you don’t want to miss what was said!

W&W Interview

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): We’re here with one of my personal favorite duos – W&W at the W. Was that intentional guys?

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: No. It wasn’t intentional.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: But, it’s pretty cool and sometimes they tweet at us – the W Hotel. It’s pretty funny.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): Guys, guys, guys its been two years since we last interviewed you and to be perfectly honest so much has happened that I don’t even know where to begin. “Shotgun”, “Impact”, “Invasion” , “Bigfoot”, “Thunder” and the list goes on and on! Tracks these big often times give your fans goosebumps as soon as they hear the first few beats. How do you guys comes up with these productions and is there a particular track that you were working on and you just kind of stepped back and said “holy shit, I can’t believe I just created this?”

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: We want to create, like, as you said, goosebumps. We want to have that as well when we make a song and play the song and have that feeling. And, if it doesn’t have that feeling, then we’re like, “I don’t know if we should release it.”

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: If we put the track on full volume in the studio, we want to be blown away.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: We want to feel like, “Okay, we’re in like a big hall and it should work and it should feel like the energy.” So, that’s how we always work to choose.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: When you finish a track, you’ve been listening to it for the whole week. Sometimes you become a little bit insecure about it and then when you play it for the first time – then you get the feeling like, “Oh, wow. It sounds really big.”

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: It’s always like the last record you made is like, “Whoa, I like that one the most.” But then also after a month you’re like, “Whoa that one again.” It’s the same when you ask us what’s your favorite tune you made. I don’t know. It depends. One week it’s that one. One week it’s another one. So —

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): You’ve got to slip around on that. Perfect.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Yeah, exactly.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): So, your track “Bigfoot” is one hell of a monster…

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Thank you.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): and it recently hit #1 on Beatport as well as many other charts. From a fans perspective, its been said that you wanted to create a track that is a symbol of just how big W&W has gotten. What has the reaction been like and how do you feel overall about this track?

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Actually, I see a lot of people tweet that it’s a pretty standard track. We don’t feel like that. Actually, when we made it we thought it was pretty different for us, because it had a totally different drop than we usually do. Normally we do a harder kick and it was a pretty soft kick, broken beats and like a trumpet instead of like a big synth. We were like, “This is kind of weird,” more trap vibe and the break is a bit more trance than we usually do. So, actually we were pretty insecure about it. We were actually like, “We’re keeping it for ourselves as long as possible.”

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: We didn’t send it out to anyone.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: No. We loved it but, we were insecure with what other people think about it.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: Every time we play it now, we get more reaction. So, it’s really cool.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): It’s still growing, which is ridiculous. You’ve done countless festivals, played many A State of Trance, sold out Madison Square Garden and even became first ever dance music act to perform at a Major League Baseball stadium. With all that said, is there any particular event or time in your musical journey thus far that was most memorable moment?

Willem van Hanegem (W&W)::That’s like really hard to say.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: It’s the same as your favorite track. It changes from time to time.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Yeah, but as in like a year, you have maybe 25 of them. You can’t really say one is better. Usually, the last one that was really good is the one that you can remember.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: Like, right now still in our memory is Ultra, Argentina and Chili.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: We played that, like, two weeks ago?

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: Two, three, four weeks ago – something like that. And, it was really – really cool.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): That’s awesome.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: We’ve done some very big festivals.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): Okay, so along those lines, which location would you say proves itself to be the biggest and best spot of W&W fans?

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: For us, I think a big location that’s better for our sound – it’s how we designed the songs as well. When the sound is good and the production is good, I think in clubs it’s harder with our sound, I think.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: Hakkasan is a pretty big club in Vegas, where we’re playing right now. It’s a club, but it has a bit of a festival feeling because there’s a big screen and a really loud sound system.


Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): You’ve done countless amazing remixes, from Gareth Emery & Bo Bruce’s “U” to Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie “This Is What It Feels Like”, and so many more. How do you select which tracks you remix and about how long does each remix take to complete?

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Actually, we think we suck at remixing. So, that’s why we don’t do a lot of that.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: It’s not our best.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: We just choose what tunes we really feel. And, then if we don’t have and ID on the first day, we just drop it. Because, otherwise it’s like we did it a couple of times and we worked for like months and..

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: It just sucks up all your inspiration and you just feel like nothing’s going to work.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: With the track we have immediately a connection with we think “what to do with it?” We know what to do with it and our sound. That’s the ones we pick.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): So, you think it takes a shorter time for you to create original tracks versus remixes?

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: Yeah. Sometimes remixes go really fast, for instance, the one we did for Armin, “This is What it Feels Like.”

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: A couple hours.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: It was pretty fast.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): Wow, that’s pretty cool.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: But, we were actually insecure.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: Yeah, we didn’t really feel it. But, it did pretty well. And then the remix for Krewella, “Live For The Night” last year and that took us really pretty long to finish it. Not like months, but it just depends.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: The Armin one was done in four or five hours. We were like, “Okay.” It was actually good and we were like, “Should we send it to Armin or wait a few days?”

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: He’d think we just didn’t put a lot of effort into it.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Exactly.


Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): You now have two residencies, Hakkasan Nightclub and Wet Republic. How do you manage to have your residencies and at the same time get to the countless other gigs?

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: We have a really good agent that takes care of all the scheduling and we try to do it as much as possible. If it fits the schedule, we go to it as much as we can.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): Your sets are crazy energetic. Given your hectic travel schedule and the fact that you guys are always putting your hands up for the music do you find you need to work out at all?

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: We don’t have time to work out. We need to, but..

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: We try to work out at the gigs.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: At the gigs we work out so much. It helps.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: We can sometimes work out with sweating on stages.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Yeah. Sometimes? Like, every single time.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: Especially in the clubs because it gets so hot.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): So, what’s next for W&W?

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: We have a new track with BlasterJaxx. It’s going to be out next month and track with Hardwell, and a solo one, track with Headhunterz. So, a lot of stuff the next couple of months.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: The one with Hardwell and BlasterJaxx, we’re going to premier Saturday at Ultra. It’s going to be the first time.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: It’s going to be exciting.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): So, gig-wise, you’ve got Ultra coming up and what else?

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Wet Republic on Sunday then the Friday after Hakkasan then Pop.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: and San Francisco on Saturday and also on Saturday

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Energy, a big party. So, a lot of stuff.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: Lots of traveling.

Willem van Hanegem (W&W):: Yeah.

Dayanna Ramirez (Ascendance Radio): Thank you so much and it’s always a pleasure to get to interview you guys.

Ward van der Harst (W&W):: You’re welcome.

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