Mitchell Vreeswijk and Jan Stadhouders both DJs/producers from Vlaardingen, Netherlands are the eclectic tandem popularly known as LNY TNZ. The duo takes pride in producing music that pushes the limits and goes to new heights with each and every track
LNY TNZ quickly became a powerhouse duo in 2012. After a break from the music scene, they are now back and better than ever! The guys were busy this Summer with contributions to the Barong Family Album, a new mixtape and powerful sets across the festival circuit. LNY TNZ goes Behind the Beat for an exclusive interview to tell us more about how they got started, where they are today and what we can expect in the future.
Only The Beat: When did you both start DJing and producing? Where was your first official gig?
LNY TNZ: Back in 2003 we both shared a common interest: music!
Mitchell: I was kind of DJ-ing for myself at that time. [Jan] showed me this new music style that was new for Holland, and it was a little bit harder. So, that was the beginning of the harder styles. He was one of the first people to introduce me to that sound, so I was like "hey, show me more". That's when we started to hang out and we shared the same interest in music so we went looking for clubs and places where they played that particular music style because it was not very big in Holland at the time.
We had to go to Belgium, France, for example. But, it was really fun and because there wasn't any [of this] music in Holland. This was also the time we started producing and collecting samples which we recorded from 12-inch records. With these samples, we produced our first official release which was released on vinyl in 2005. Our first gig was for like 50 people back in 2004.
OTB: You pride yourselves on the ability to work in all types of genres. How would you describe the LNY TNZ sound and style?
LT: It's all about being different. You have to be original, otherwise you'll be "one of the group" of what the rest are doing. That's why we also say the "FVCK GENRES" thing, because a lot of people, they don't know how to categorize our music. That's what we like because we make music–because we like to make something fresh and something new. We don't stick to a certain genre or we don't like to be in the hardstyle corner or in EDM or house. We make whatever brings up energy, so that's why we say "FVCK GENRES". That's our way of being original.
OTB: You actually took a break from music and studied, traveled and did some film directing. How difficult was it to get back into music?
LT: It was hard, but at the same time it was not really hard. We already had the right connects and the same passion for music. But the thing which was really in our advantage was the business network we already had. This really helped us a lot and people already knew what we stand for. But now we had the chance to focus ourselves full-time on music. Before our break it was just like a part-time hobby besides college.
OTB: My personal favorite track of yours is ''Techno'' with Yellow Claw and Diplo featuring Waka Flocka. How did this track come together and the accompanying music video?
LT: The track "Techno" we did with Yellow Claw, Diplo and Waka Flocka Flame is definitely taking off whenever en wherever we play it. We never really thought it would hit that hard. The cool thing what happened in this track is that we brought trap, harder styles and rap all together in one track! Which we think is really awesome. Rap lovers, trap lovers and people who listen to harder styles all seem to like this track. That's why we say: "FVCK GENRES" it's all about the music. We are all really anti-drugs and that is why we decided to do a video against drugs.
Yellow Claw, Diplo & LNY TNZ - Techno Ft. Waka Flocka Flame
OTB: You recently were a part of the The Barong Family Album Documentary that was released. What is it like to be a part of this very unique label?
LT: It is great to be with the label Barong Family. Recently, we did this writing camp in France with all the Barong Family members. Like the documentary says; the goal was to create a lot of new music together with all members of the family. This really worked out well. The energy and atmosphere was just great in this complete different environment on a small farm in France.
OTB: What advice do you have for an aspiring DJ that is trying to get a shot in the industry?
LT: Try to produce as much music as you can and spread it out for free. The most perfect source for this is SoundCloud. This is a great opportunity to gain a fan base.
OTB: What is the top personal milestone in your career so far?
LT: Playing EDC Vegas is still one of our biggest milestones. Every big festival we play in the world is also a milestone for us. We are really happy and blessed we can do what we like and spread our music around the world.
OTB: Outside of Djing, what are your other interests or hobbies?
LT: We both like to hang with friends, watch movies, spend time with the family and travel. We also listen a lot of music when we have free time.
OTB: What can we expect from you the rest of this year? Any new tracks or collaborations coming up?
LT: We just released two new tracks on the Barong Family Album. We will release our new EP in September and are working on our new single, which we want to release before the end of this year. Lot's of new stuff coming out!