Between their percussion-heavy climaxes, hypnotic melodies, and unique collabs, the music DROELOE creates is utterly electric. Made up of producer Vincent Rooijers and visual designer Hein Hamers, the rising electronic stars have found a niche all their own thanks to a signature sound that they've dubbed "future bass".
The Netherlands-based duo first caught our attention back in 2016 when they steadily released nine singles over the course of the year. They later dropped their pulsating EP, A Moment in Time, featuring the track, “Sunburn” which currently boasts over 27 million streams on Spotify. Each dynamic, unpredictable, and turbulent release we’ve heard from DROELOE since is ready to be danced to, and has invigorating, love-at-first-listen power.
Hamers and Rooijers are also known for the incredible live shows, which put their passion for visual arts on full display. To see what we mean, check out the two-piece at their spellbinding sets at one of their many festival performances this year, such as Life is Beautiful in Vegas, NV and HARD Summer in Fontana, CA.
We recently caught up with DROELOE to chat about their favorite fan memories, their dream collaborators, and more. Check it out below, then make sure to track them on Bandsintown!
We love the pulsating, dancy beats and intricate melody of your new single, “Snow Shovels.” Can you tell us about your writing process behind that track and how you brought it to life?
Vincent: Funny enough I started this track around the same time we were working on “Bon Voyage”, but at the time we couldn’t find a purpose for it, let alone a story. So we kept it in the bank for a while, and when I opened the project a couple of months ago, it just clicked.
What do you love most about making electronic and infectious dance tracks?
Vincent: It’s super enjoyable when you find a groove you can’t not move to, so I definitely have to say the percussion is for me the most fun to work on.
Who are your musical inspirations? Do you have any within the electronic genre?
Vincent: There are many!! Inside and outside of electronic music, like Hybris (dnb) Culprate, Clark, Camo and Krooked, Noisia, but also Still Woozy, Anderson Paak, Sufjan Stevens, Bibio, Avishai Cohen, and a lot more. These were just off the top of my mind.
Photo Credit: @kaisercunningham
Your collabs with A R I Z O N A on the “Find Someone” remix and Duskus on “Only Be Me,” transformed them into party-ready anthems! Are there any epic artists you want to collab with in the future?
Vincent: Yes, would love to do a track with Noisia, Louis the Child, Anderson Paak, basically all the names I had with the last question and more!
Congrats on selling out so many shows this year! Do you have a favorite fan memory from your current 2019 tour?
Vincent: Thank you!! Yeah some people come up to us and express their connection with our music in a very personal way, this always means so much to us as it is very personal to us too! Shoutout to you guys!! Apart from that, there were these couple of guys at our Atlanta show who drove 9 hours to see us. Their energy was amazing during the set, afterward they expressed their gratitude to us personally and in a podcast which we very much enjoyed.
Photo Credit: @j.visions
How does touring in the U.S. differ from your native Europe?
Hein: We haven’t toured much in Europe actually so it's pretty hard to say from a touring standpoint. But one thing that we do really notice is just the cultural differences between Europe and the U.S. especially in things like hospitality and stuff like that.
What is your favorite song to play to a live crowd?
Hein: “Backbone” has always been one of our favorites, the fact that people know all the lyrics of that song by heart and sing along with it from the top of their lungs really gives you an adrenaline rush!
What are your must-have tour bus essentials?
Hein: We’ve never actually done a bus tour ourselves so this might not be the most accurate answer, but we’ve recently started taking wellness-shots the morning after a show to keep ourselves all nice and healthy and that's really working for us at the moment!
Photo Credit: @Cmckeen_
Last year we saw you make your festival debut at Coachella Do Lab, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and more! Is there one festival that stood out more than others? If so, why?
Hein: Honestly all of those really stood out to us! It's been nothing less and an honor to have been able to play such legendary festivals. But if we have to pick one that really stood out to us it has to be Electric Forest, specifically the second weekend when we were closing the forest stage. There’s something special about playing a show in the middle of the woods!
We’re excited that you are playing at the Brooklyn Mirage this month. Will there be any new music fans can look forward to?
Hein: Who knows, come and find out! ;)
Photo Credit: @Cmckeen_