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Tuesday 28th, February 2006
Joris van der Straten / C-Quence

In September 2003 the track ‘Fictivision vs C-Quence - Symbols’ saw a release on the famous ‘In Trance We Trust’ label. Joris produced this track together with Bart van Wissen, who’s behind the ‘Fictivision’ alias. Joris his latest release is called ‘C- Quence - Endorphine’ and this one is out now on the ‘A State Of Trance’ label with remixes made by Hydroid (Itay Steinberg) and Arizona (Thomas Bronzwaer).

Trance.nu: Your new track ‘C-Quence - Endorphine’ is just released as the 50th release on Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance’ label. How are the reactions on the track so far?
C-Quence: The reactions are pretty good. Armin already played the track a few times in his radioshow ‘A State Of Trance’. And also on the various internet forums I’ll see very cool reactions about ‘Endorphine’, so that’s always nice to read!

Trance.nu: Which DJ’s are playing the track already?
C-Quence: Besides Armin I’ve heard that Johan Gielen is also playing it, which I didn’t really expected of him. For the rest I don’t know who’s playing it already to be honest.

Trance.nu: Which remixes can be found on the vinyl?
C-Quence: There’s a ‘Hydroid’ remix on the vinyl, which is made by Itay Steinberg from Israel. He also made a breakbeat remix of the track, which is pretty cool. And Thomas Bronzwaer made a remix under his alias ‘Arizona’. I’m very happy with that remix, since it’s a 4x4 remix, which I really like. At the moment I’m busy with a new remix of the track as well. This one is almost finished and that remix will be available as MP3 release.

Trance.nu: Are you already busy with a follow up for ‘Endorphine’?
C-Quence: Yes, I have enough material for a follow up available. But my problem is that most of the time I don’t finish my productions and then already start to do a new one, without finishing the older one. The follow up for ‘Endorphine’ is almost finished and this one will be a breakbeat, trance track as well! The title for this new track is going to be ‘Final Thoughts’.

Trance.nu: So you also have plans to release tracks under other projectnames besides ‘C-Quence’?
C-Quence: I’m also trying to produce some tracks in other styles. I have finished a tech trance track lately that will see a release as ‘ Assure - Arrogance’ on ‘Captivating’, a sublabel of ‘Armada’. But that’s a totally different style as my ‘C-Quence’ tracks. For the rest I’m busy with some kind of a follow up for ‘Symbols’, but I have to see what label wants to release that one.

Trance.nu: And will you release tracks under your own name ‘Joris van der Straten’ as well in the future?
C-Quence: Yes, but for now I don’t have an idea about when and also which sort of tracks I want to release under that name. It doesn’t have to be trance, so maybe I’m going to do some pop or even rock tracks under my own name.

Trance.nu: So you are open for other musical styles as well?
C-Quence: Yes, absolutely! Too bad that I don’t play guitar myself, but I would love to do something together with a guitar player in the future.

Trance.nu: In 2003 the track ‘Symbols’ saw a release on the famous ‘In Trance We Trust’ label under the projectname ‘Fictivision vs C-Quence’. You did this track together with Bart van Wissen (a.k.a. Fictivision). Will there be ever a follow up for this track or was it just a one time collaboration with Bart?
C-Quence: After ‘Symbols’ we have been working in the studio on a follow up, but that didn’t work out really well to be honest. Then Bart started to work together with Finne Jager (Phynn), so we sort of stopped with the follow up. I would love to make another track with Bart, but I think it will be a house track or something very different then, since Bart started to make other kinds of music besides trance. But I’m open for it, it would be fun for sure!

Trance.nu: Can we expect other collaborations by you with other producers?
C-Quence: Yes, at the moment I’m busy with a track together with Robert Burns. Also with Galen Behr I’m doing a track together and there are plans as well to do a track together with Leon Bolier. And I really hope to do something together in the future with Benno de Goeij if he has some time for it. Who knows!

Trance.nu: Are there people that you really want to do a track with in the future?
C-Quence: Yeah, I just mentioned Benno de Goeij already, but for the rest it will be the ‘usual’ names such as Tiësto, Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren. But also BT, but I guess that this will never happen. But with those people I really would love to do some productions together.

Trance.nu: When did you start with producing music?
C-Quence: I think it was about one year before ‘Symbols’ saw a release. But a few years before I already played keyboard and I also had a sort of a sampler, so if you want to call that producing, then I started when I was 12 or 13 years old.

Trance.nu: Are you inspired by a certain producer or composer?
C-Quence: Hmmm, not really, but I have to admit that I always like the productions made by Benno de Goeij. His work is amazing and it stimulates me for sure during my own productions. His music gave me a more wider view to some different styles of music, such as pop music and other genres as well. For the rest I also get inspired by music by bands like Coldplay for example.

Trance.nu: If you had to describe your own music, how would you do that?
C-Quence: When you are talking about trance music, I always try to put something original in it. I mean, I always try to put something else in it then the stuff that is popular at that time and that’s been played a lot. But there has to be a good melody in it at least and if possible, I want to put something emotional in it too. But with ‘Symbols’ for example, it was something complete different. So it can also be something very uplifting, it just depends on the track.

Trance.nu: How long does it take you to finish a production or a remix?
C-Quence: Sometimes it takes me over 6 months to finish something, which is way too long of course, haha! But sometimes I finish stuff within an hour, but then I throw it away, because I don’t think it’s good enough. But when I look at the average I think I finish a track or a remix in 1 week.

Trance.nu: In the past you made some remixes for acts like ‘Rank 1’, ‘Libra’ and ‘Masters & Nickson’. Are there new remixes made by you scheduled for release?
C-Quence: Yes, there will be a remix made by me of ‘Ekon - Existence’ out very soon on the ‘In Trance We Trust’ label. For the rest I’m going to do a remix for a new production by ‘Hydroid’ and also for the ‘Arizona’ project by Thomas Bronzwaer. So you can expect those remixes in the near future.

Trance.nu: Are there any tracks that you would like to remix, or maybe a track by a certain group or artist?
C-Quence: I would love to make an official remix by a band such as U2 or Coldplay. That would be awesome!

Trance.nu: What kind of equipment do you have in your studio?
C-Quence: I don’t have a very big studio. I’m using a PC, I have a midi keyobard and for the rest I have a good pair of monitors. The software I’m using is Logic and Ableton Live. I recently started to use Ableton Live and this is really an amazing tool, since you can do so much with it!

Trance.nu: So the next question is also not hard to answer for you: Do you prefer software or hardware?
C-Quence: Yeah, software for sure! In the past I had a Virus and some other hardware, but I prefer to work with software. I use the Z3ta+ vsti a lot, because it gives me about the same possibilities and doesn’t cost too much.

Trance.nu: Are you DJ-ing as well besides producing and remixing?
C-Quence: In the past I practiced DJ-ing at home together with a friend of mine, but I have to admit that I like producing a lot more, so I didn’t went further with that. At the moment I’m busy with making a set up for dong a live set with a laptop and a keyboard. Of course it’s a great feeling when you can play your own tracks for a big audience, but performing live for an audience seems much cooler to me!

Trance.nu: You’re also joining the Trance Energy Masterclass by ID&T later this week, don’t you?
C-Quence: Yes, this Thursday I will join the Trance Energy Masterclass. I have programmed a few beats and then I’m going to try to play a melody over them live. And some other tricks with beats and effects on the various channels. I’m trying to do something new and different. Of course I’m not the first one who will do this, but I’m going to try to work this out something more and I’m really curious about the reactions of the audience!

Update: The Trance Energy Masterclass was a nice event! Had a good time chatting with other producers like Mark Norman, M.I.K.E. and Cor Fijneman. It was also nice to hear what the other competitors had made and I can tell there are some real talents among them.
There was no competition anymore and it was a cozy night. Later on, we were able to do a DJ set with one of the top DJ’s. I spun back 2 back with Mark Norman (couldn’t do my liveset due to circumstances ) which was hard after a year no DJ-ing at all.

I hope ID&T will organize this event again next year!

Trance.nu: So there are no plans at all for you to go DJ-ing in the future?
C-Quence: I don’t know if there’s a future for me as a DJ. There are so many people DJ-ing already and I don’t think that I will ever be better as them. I will give a try in future and see what happens, but I hope the liveset will bring something new which differs me from the other DJ’s.

Trance.nu: What are your favorite tracks of this moment?
Q-Quence: Hmmm, that’s a difficult question. I don’t listen to trance music only. Every day when I’m traveling by train, I’m playing the ‘X&Y’ album by Coldplay. If it has to be trance related I will go for the productions by Galen Behr. I really adore his work! And his production with Robert Burns will rock the clubs for sure!

Trance.nu: And what kind of music do you listen to in your spare time?
Q-Quence: Stuff by Coldplay and U2, but also movie soundtracks such as the movie ‘Crash’ of 2005. I really love the soundtrack of that movie! Especially the moment with the shooting part with the child. For the rest I listen to synthesizer music, but also the regular chart stuff.

Trance.nu: What can we expect of Joris van der Straten in the near future?
C-Quence: I’m going to try to get some more attention with my live act. I hope a lot of new productions, since the last 2 years there weren’t a lot of new releases made by me. So I hope that there will be more releases finished in the future! Being less perfectionistic wink

Trance.nu: Thank you for your time and good luck in the future!
C-Quence: Thank you too!

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