First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room. Where the FUCK is the summer?! I, for one, enjoy the cold weather, but COME ON, isn’t this 19 degree shit everyday getting a little ridiculous?! Whatever happened to the late July/early August heatwave which?! I can vividly remember last years’ heatwave; it was so bad that one night I slept-walked to the bathroom with two pillows and woke up on the bathroom floor. Classy. Anyway, although weather-wise the summer never seemed to arrive, festival-wise, judging by all the incredible parties we’ve encountered so far, we’ve got to admit that this has been one of the wildest years so far.
Moving into mid-August and we’re about to experience another one of the season’s biggest highlights. Yep, I’m talking about no less than the ‘cooked lake’ festival, otherwise known as Decibel. After that, we’re yet to experience Mysteryland, a couple of random Techno parties, Q-BASE and then, uh oh… It’s already time to freeze our nipples off.
Nonetheless, I got completely off track here and I’m a little cut for time today, so I’m going to write a very sloppy introduction to this article. Representing the (supposedly) warm month of August, we have two brothers-in-arms and one of the industry’s most iconic duos. Their bromantic vibes leave us scratching our heads from time to time, but these long-time comrades also know how to craft out-of-this-world melodies. Give it up for our artist(s) of the month for August, AUDIOTRICZ!
Consisting of Leon Benschop and Kenneth Kroes, the mighty Audiotricz founded their legacy upon an undeniable bromance. Well, not only that, but you know how the story goes: they had a passion for music, worked on their productions and all that jazz. They spent days and nights learning the ins and outs of Hardstyle and before we knew it, they were scouted by one of the scene’s biggest labels – Scantraxx Recordz. Dropping their debut EP on the label, titled “We Are Audiotricz,” which consisted of three tracks, the boys went on to release many more impressive tunes. Who remembers early releases such as “Feel Good” with Bass Modulators and “Infinite?!” Some may say that these tracks were merely a lucky shot, but Kenneth and Leon begged to differ – they were determined to keep building and manifesting their Audiotricz idea into a full-time gig.
After joining Scantraxx Recordz, the pair was regarded as one of the most anticipated up and coming acts. However, it wasn’t long ‘till they upgraded from the ‘talent’ category to ‘future headliners.’ But it’s not without reason; Audiotricz always managed to one-up themselves with every track that they released. Whether it be their hit collab with TNT, “Ghettoblaster” or their iconic stream of collaborations with Atmozfears, including “Raise Your Hands” and “Reawakening,” the duo always shot high and aimed for hit status.
Over the course of 2016, Audiotricz released an abundance of mind-blowing tunes, namely, “Inception,” “Zombies” with Devin Wild and “What About Us” with Atmozfears. Keeping the momentum high, this year has seen these bros-in-crime unleashing tunes such as “Handz Up” with Atmozfears (they really collaborate a lot, eh?), “Let There Be Light” and “World Is Mine” with Villain.
I’m saying it now: I do prefer Raw music over ‘Euphoric’ or ‘Melodic’ and many Hardstyle followers stand with me on that one. However, this Raw dominance is what makes Audiotricz one of the most outstanding young acts in the industry – for them to reach popularity and success during such harsh times is something special. With each release, they inject ‘spirit’ back into Hardstyle (see what I did there).
Speaking of The Spirit of Hardstyle, another cool development for the guys is their newly-launched music platform, created together with Noisecontrollers, Bass Modulators and Atmozfears. If you ask me, this is one of the most promising team-ups we’ve seen in accessible music for a very long time.
Anyway, I’m gonna wrap it up with a big congratulations and hello to the Audiotricz boys! It’s definitely a well-deserved title for you guys and I can’t wait to hear some more of your killer productions. For those who want to get their dose of Euphoric, I suggest you hit the boys up at the social links below.