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De Hofnar: Kings & Queens

De Hofnar opens up about his new album 'Kings & Queens', his first time producing and more.

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De Hofnar is a name for many of you who has become one of the stars of the Deep House scene. He has released some superb tracks on the likes of Armada Music and their sub labels with some quality support. The artist has been grafting away creating a reputation for himself and now he has returned with the news of his new album ‘Kings & Queens’. The title track has just been released and De Hofnar has opened up about the production of the album, the new single and much more.

De Hofnar has become a name that has appeared the roster of Armada Music and their various sub-labels. Some quality releases have come from your camp and you have built a solid reputation. Can you sum up how it has been for you over the last few years?

It all started in my bedroom studio after visiting a deep house festival in Amsterdam called “Pleinvrees”. I was very inspired by artists like Nico Pusch and Bakermat and tried to make a deep track my own. It was a huge success and “Zonnestraal” went viral on the internet. In the past years I transformed myself from bedroom producer to respected artists in the scene. Armada gave me the opportunity to develop myself and I’m very happy with our collaboration.

In terms of becoming interested in dance music, how did it all start for you? Was there a main influential artist or track which really stood out for you?

I was always interested in different kind of music and listed a lot to Dutch radio that already played a lot of Dance music back then. But I really got into it in the times of Dirty House on YouTube with artists like Vato Gonzalez, Sydney Samson and Hardwell. I downloaded my first DAW and got into learning producing. After a few years I quit making music because I didn’t feel the EDM vibe and where dance music was going to. Then I fell in love with Deep House and started producing again. My first tracks ever made in this genre was an instant success on Soundcloud and from there on my career started.

A new album is on the way with ‘Kings & Queens’ in which you have already released the title track. Was it always your intention to release an album rather than an EP?

As my whole career started with free downloadable tracks via Soundcloud and YouTube my first dream was to release a single through a respected label. Since that happened very quickly the next step was making a successful EP. After that I made a lot of new music, not only deep/tropical house and that resulted in an album. Armada gave me the opportunity to show more of myself and my music by creating this album and I’m very proud of it.

In terms of sitting down within the studio, and recording numerous tracks, how difficult did you find this and finding the inspiration to create the tracks?

This first stage of producing I do like the most. It’s sometimes hard to get inspiration over and over when you are constantly in the studio, I normally take a little break and come back later. As I was lucky to work with a lot of talented artist I wasn’t always alone in the studio. That makes it more easy to find new inspirations and learn new things.

A number of vocalists also feature on the album with the likes of Bodhi Jones on ‘Kings & Queens’. Do you find it easier to work with vocalists on tracks rather than instrumentals?

Not specifically, but I chose to make an album with songs on it. I made a lot off instrumental club music in the past and will sure continue with this in the future.

Moving onto your new single ‘Kings & Queens’, how did you come up with the track? Can you tell us a little about your production process behind the track?

The vocal was originally for another production, but it didn’t fit that well. A while later I came back in the studio and still loved the vocals, I recreated the vocal with a flute sound and that was the key for me to create the rest of the track.

And the track has that chilled out, De Hofnar feel to it. Was this a sound which you have always wanted to carry on through your productions

Yes, for me it’s very important that every track has a ‘De Hofnar” feel to it but that doesn’t mean it’s always chilled out or slow. On the album you will find chill, upbeat and house tracks with different kind of BPM’s. Later this year I will release a deep EP with clubs tracks on it.

With the release of the album coming this September, can fans expect to see a ‘Kings & Queens’ tour on the way?

The idea of the album is to release one single every month. So, in September my third single will be released and the “Kings & Queens Tour” will start in Spring. At the moment I’m touring a lot in Europe and I will perform in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Brazil in the upcoming months.

Would you say there is any specific location or city which you would most like to play at in the coming months?

For sure I do like the Ibiza vibes and want to come back very soon.

Overall, what can fans of De Hofnar expect to see or hear over the next year or so following the release of ‘Kings & Queens’?

Expect a lot of new stuff, new music, new genres and new tour dates. I can’t wait to share my new music with you!

For more information on De Hofnar:
https://www.facebook.com/hofnarmusic/
https://twitter.com/HofnarMusic
http://instagram.com/dehofnar
https://soundcloud.com/de-hofnar
http://hofnarmusic.com/

De Hofnar Press Long

De Hofnar.

De Hofnar is a name for many of you who has become one of the stars of the Deep House scene. He has released some superb tracks on the likes of Armada Music and their sub labels with some quality support. The artist has been grafting away creating a reputation for himself and now he has returned with the news of his new album ‘Kings & Queens’. The title track has just been released and De Hofnar has opened up about the production of the album, the new single and much more.

De Hofnar has become a name that has appeared the roster of Armada Music and their various sub-labels. Some quality releases have come from your camp and you have built a solid reputation. Can you sum up how it has been for you over the last few years?

It all started in my bedroom studio after visiting a deep house festival in Amsterdam called “Pleinvrees”. I was very inspired by artists like Nico Pusch and Bakermat and tried to make a deep track my own. It was a huge success and “Zonnestraal” went viral on the internet. In the past years I transformed myself from bedroom producer to respected artists in the scene. Armada gave me the opportunity to develop myself and I’m very happy with our collaboration.

De Hofnar.

In terms of becoming interested in dance music, how did it all start for you? Was there a main influential artist or track which really stood out for you?

I was always interested in different kind of music and listed a lot to Dutch radio that already played a lot of Dance music back then. But I really got into it in the times of Dirty House on YouTube with artists like Vato Gonzalez, Sydney Samson and Hardwell. I downloaded my first DAW and got into learning producing. After a few years I quit making music because I didn’t feel the EDM vibe and where dance music was going to. Then I fell in love with Deep House and started producing again. My first tracks ever made in this genre was an instant success on Soundcloud and from there on my career started.

A new album is on the way with ‘Kings & Queens’ in which you have already released the title track. Was it always your intention to release an album rather than an EP?

As my whole career started with free downloadable tracks via Soundcloud and YouTube my first dream was to release a single through a respected label. Since that happened very quickly the next step was making a successful EP. After that I made a lot of new music, not only deep/tropical house and that resulted in an album. Armada gave me the opportunity to show more of myself and my music by creating this album and I’m very proud of it.

De Hofnar.

In terms of sitting down within the studio, and recording numerous tracks, how difficult did you find this and finding the inspiration to create the tracks?

This first stage of producing I do like the most. It’s sometimes hard to get inspiration over and over when you are constantly in the studio, I normally take a little break and come back later. As I was lucky to work with a lot of talented artist I wasn’t always alone in the studio. That makes it more easy to find new inspirations and learn new things.

A number of vocalists also feature on the album with the likes of Bodhi Jones on ‘Kings & Queens’. Do you find it easier to work with vocalists on tracks rather than instrumentals?

Not specifically, but I chose to make an album with songs on it. I made a lot off instrumental club music in the past and will sure continue with this in the future.

Moving onto your new single ‘Kings & Queens’, how did you come up with the track? Can you tell us a little about your production process behind the track?

De Hofnar.

The vocal was originally for another production, but it didn’t fit that well. A while later I came back in the studio and still loved the vocals, I recreated the vocal with a flute sound and that was the key for me to create the rest of the track.

And the track has that chilled out, De Hofnar feel to it. Was this a sound which you have always wanted to carry on through your productions

Yes, for me it’s very important that every track has a ‘De Hofnar” feel to it but that doesn’t mean it’s always chilled out or slow. On the album you will find chill, upbeat and house tracks with different kind of BPM’s. Later this year I will release a deep EP with clubs tracks on it.

With the release of the album coming this September, can fans expect to see a ‘Kings & Queens’ tour on the way?

De Hofnar.

The idea of the album is to release one single every month. So, in September my third single will be released and the “Kings & Queens Tour” will start in Spring. At the moment I’m touring a lot in Europe and I will perform in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Brazil in the upcoming months.

Would you say there is any specific location or city which you would most like to play at in the coming months?

For sure I do like the Ibiza vibes and want to come back very soon.

Overall, what can fans of De Hofnar expect to see or hear over the next year or so following the release of ‘Kings & Queens’?

Expect a lot of new stuff, new music, new genres and new tour dates. I can’t wait to share my new music with you!

For more information on De Hofnar:
https://www.facebook.com/hofnarmusic/
https://twitter.com/HofnarMusic
http://instagram.com/dehofnar
https://soundcloud.com/de-hofnar
http://hofnarmusic.com/

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