In the space of just a few years, Blasterjaxx have ascended the journey from relatively unknown producers to heroes of the current scene in astounding fashion. With a none-more-energetic sound that’s packed to the brim with huge riffs, enormous builds, killer drops and infectious melody, they have time and time again proved themselves to be amongst the most exciting producers and DJs in the EDM scene. Thom and Idir’s meteoric rise to the top has has brought it’s challenges, but they’ve always stood by each other. Together they have taken electronic dance music to new levels and their sound is still ever-evolving.
Born and raised in The Hague, Netherlands, Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf draw on their home country’s rich heritage in hard-edged dance music to present a sound that interprets that distinctive toughness in a cutting-edge, contemporary fashion. After DJ Chuckie gave the duo their first break with their Carlos Barbosa collaboration Escucha on his Dirty Dutch Music imprint, the biggest dance labels around were soon vying for their output.
From Tiësto’s Musical Freedom (Loud & Proud) Spinnin’ Records (Gravity, Titan) to Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings (Beautiful World) to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records (Snake, Forever) to Doorn Records (Astronaut) to Mixmash (Legend Comes To Life) to Ultra Music (No Place Like Home), they have left few stones unturned. Remixes for the likes of David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto, Steve Aoki and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have continued to cement their place at the heart of the global EDM scene, with many millions of plays racking up for their prolific body of work.
Launching their own label, event and radio show concept Maxximize has been the latest major step change in their career. Maxximize Records has given a platform to upcoming as well as more established talents like DBSTF, Boostedkids, Breathe Carolina and Jewelz & Sparkz. The kick-off of their immense series of parties was in Rotterdam after which New York and Miami soon followed suit, inviting stars like Ummet Ozcan, Laidback Luke, Timmy Trumpet, Dannic, Danny Avila and Firebeatz to play alongside them. Even Hardwell was keen to show up for a surprise back-to-back set.
2015 also saw Blasterjaxx go through some important changes internally. In an open letter published on the internet, Idir revealed that he had been struggling with panic attacks brought about by the stress of touring, and that he would no longer play alongside Thom for Blasterjaxx DJ sets. However, continuing to work in his home studio, he remains committed to Blasterjaxx and making it a bigger success than ever.
“Blasterjaxx will always be Thom and me” he said, “just that our roles will change. We’ve completely synched our studio set ups to ensure we can continue our integrated production process as before and I know Thom will be kicking ass on the stage like he always does.”
“Music is our religion” is their motto, and it’s clear with their commitment to keeping Blasterjaxx alive – and with the duo healthier and more focused than ever – that they mean it.