R3HAB reflects on 13-year career, passion and goal – EDM.com

Have you ever been to a party with horrible music?

In a social setting, musical selection obviously plays a critical role in the mood and can either liven up or attenuate the mood. The latter’s experience is what inspired an ambitious young R3HAB to get into DJing and music production.

“I remember when I went to a school party as a teenager, I realized how much music had an effect on mood,” said R3HAB. EDM.com in an interview. “With this I noticed how important it is to keep [the music] correctly.”

13 years ago, almost to this day, the Moroccan-Dutch DJ and producer emerged with his first production, “Mrkrstft”, which was eventually remixed by dance music icon Hardwell. The recording marked the first of many collaborations with other Dutch DJs.

R3HAB’s next notable release came in 2011 with “Prutataaa”, a collaboration with fellow Dutchman Afrojack, who signed it to his Wall Recordings label a month later. Having a connection to the “Dirty Dutch” scene helped him grow, but R3HAB flourished as one of the most avant-garde artists in the game at the time, thanks to his unwavering dedication to the genre.

Afrojack and R3HAB performed together in 2012.

A new chapter

“I think in life when you do something for yourself you are more motivated and go even further [mile]”explained R3HAB.” I like doing things for myself, it’s just a different feeling. “So in 2016, he decided to launch his own independent brand, CYB3RPVNK.

Asked about the process of creating his own label, R3HAB explains that “like everything in life, there have been ups and downs”. “But,” he continued, “I think I saw early on that doing things for yourself is very important.”

It was not until 2017, ten years after his career, that R3HAB unveiled his first album. Double Worry, the highly collaborative 17-track offering was independently released and showed his versatility as an artist. Offering great piece cuts, underground flavors and everything in between, Worry marked a new chapter for R3HAB.

The following year, he released his second album. Resembling a metaphor for the ebb and flow of life, The wave takes listeners on a moving journey. Comprised of 16 tracks, R3HAB’s scintillating second album played with polarities and has a recording for every mood.

Coveted Remixer

Besides his famous studio and original albums, R3HAB has released several sensational remixes over the years, such as his rendition of Pitbull and Ne-Yo “Give me all(with Afrojack and Nayer). This particular overhaul has prompted requests for remixes from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Tiësto, among others.

Since then, R3HAB has grown into one of the most requested remixers in the industry. Contemporary music superstars like Taylor Swift, Madonna, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers and many more have commissioned official remixes from him.

R3HAB’s most popular release came when he reinvented the Platinum certified single “All Around The World” by A Touch Of Class. Giving the 2000 hit a club-focused twist turned out to be a hit, as its remix has racked up over 423 million streams on Spotify alone since its release on CYB3RPVNK in fall 2019.

Recently, R3HAB reunited with Mr. Worldwide for a remix of “I Feel Good”. “I listen to Solomon, ARTBAT, I appreciate everything,” commented R3HAB. “So when it was created with Pitbull, I was like, ‘Hey, this is a song I can have fun with.'”

“I know a lot of people find Pitbull nerdy,” R3HAB added, “but I love him because he brings happiness to people. I remember Pitbull was at a party where I was DJing – it was a little party – and he was after me. The place was moving when he came. He played ‘Give Me Everything Tonight’ and ‘I Got No Rent Today’ and I was having fun! “

Heaven on earth

Long before he became a world famous multi-platinum DJ and producer, R3HAB went to school and worked part-time to help support his family. Growing up with a single mother, he learned the value of hard work and got his very first job at the age of 13.

This level of discipline has served him well. When R3HAB determined that his calling in life was to be a DJ, he believed in himself and stayed focused on his goals. “I knew if I worked hard I would be successful,” he wrote in a recent Instagram post. “With a little courage and determination, you can really accomplish anything you want.”

In addition to being successful in the music industry, another of R3HAB’s goals in life was to buy a Lamborghini SVJ Roadster, the car of his dreams. “I don’t give too much importance to material things, they are just milestones,” he told us. “It’s a beautiful memory that I reached my [teenage] dream.”

“I always hate when people post things like that with the caption ‘hard work pays’,” he laughs. “But, there is a story behind it. And when I told my friend about it, he encouraged me [to share]. He said people can get inspired, so I posted it to inspire, not to brag. “

R3HAB says that even though the car is nice, “that doesn’t mean anything”. To further explain his main takeaway, he reflected on where he started and where he is now in his life: living a life of passion and purpose. “It’s good to create heaven on earth, but in the end you can’t take anything with you.”

Adapt to the times

Due to the onset of the global pandemic, R3HAB admits it took the first two months of the lockdown to relax. “It was nice to take a break from traveling and not have a jet lag,” he said.

Soon after, “it started to feel like a long vacation,” so R3HAB decided to adjust to the current situation. The style of music produced by R3HAB also had to adapt to the times. “It was different in the sense that I didn’t make music for concerts and festivals because I didn’t have those festival moments,” he explained. “So I was listening to music more.”

For the past two years he’s been busy releasing some of his most popular singles to date. In 2020, R3HAB partnered with Triple Threat HRVY to “Agree“and later that year he joined the Norwegian singer-songwriter Alida for”One more dance, “the two notable pieces that year.

The famous dance-pop crossover “Sad Boy” starring Jonas Blue, Ava Max and Kylie Cantrall was released in September 2021, which has since seen an acoustic release, club remix, VIP edit, and a redesign of All That MTRS and Cat Dealers. .

Most peopleAnother notable production is a recent collaboration with three-time Grammy nominee Lukas Graham. so recognize and celebrate the good things we have today.

Graham also appeared on a recent episode of R3HAB’s CYB3RPVNK radio show, which celebrated its ninth year earlier this year. “You can do almost 20 days of CVB3RPVNK radio nonstop,” he said. “It’s been fun doing something every week for the fans.”

Along the Ride

R3HAB’s first show took place in Japan just a few months ago. “I love being in Japan!” he exulted. “It felt good [to be back on stage]. I expected to be a little nervous, but it was fine. ”On the contrary, he was ready for more, explaining that COVID had reminded him to enjoy his freedom.

In October, R3HAB joined longtime friend and collaborator Afrojack for a stellar B2B set at EDC Las Vegas. “It’s nice to play with Afrojack, [because] it all becomes natural, ”he said.“ Then we started all over again at EDC Orlando and there was no stress for me. I like to travel this way. “

R3HAB in B2B with Afrojack at EDC Las Vegas 2021.

R3HAB in B2B with Afrojack at EDC Las Vegas 2021.

Later this week, R3HAB will perform at Saudi Arabia’s largest music festival, SOUNDSTORM, presented by MDLBEAST. He will be joined by Armin van Buuren, deadmau5, Martin Garrix and over 150 dance music artists for the memorable second edition of the festival. “I am very happy to go back,” he said. EDM.com. “I’m happy to be here.”

In addition to the festival, the MDLBEAST brand recently organized its very first music conference, XP. The programming explored how we can empower future generations of artists, how NFTs and blockchain are changing the industry, and much more.

MDLBEAST also has a music streaming branch called “Frequencies” and their own imprint, MDLBEAST Records. It turns out that R3HAB started the label by releasing a tech house track with Fafaq and DNF called “Ringtone”. “It was an honor when they asked me to do so,” he said. “Mainly because I am Moroccan.”

“I’m working on finishing my album,” he tells us. “It’s going to be dropped early next year.” According to R3HAB, fans can expect to hear some aerial dance music on this upcoming album. “Let’s just have fun. “


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