The success of Angerfist in the Top 100 DJs poll is not only a testament to the skills of this world-conquering Dutch DJ and producer, but to the continual power of hardcore. The masked DJ is a regular at events like Tomorrowland, Defqon.1, EDC Las Vegas, Hardraise and many more, with dates in Germany, Spain, Estonia, France, the Czech Republic, and Australia still on the horizon for his 2019.
Though this year Angerfist — real name Danny Masseling — has also been working on a very special solo performance called Angerfist – Diabolic Dice. Taking place this November at the AFAS Live in Amsterdam, Masseling will play alongside a massive line-up of hardcore’s elite, including Miss K8, Dr. Peacock, Deadly Guns, Mad Dog, N-Vitral and D-Fence. Not only that, but he’ll be releasing a mini-album just for the occasion, which follows another huge year of productions, including ‘Bare Knuckle Fist’ (with N-Vitral), ‘Impact & Get It Lit’ (with Miss K8), ‘Rally Of Retribution (Official Dominator 2019 Anthem)’ (with Nolz), and ‘Primal Instinct’ (with Stereotype).
With that kind of dedicated work ethic, it’s no surprise that Masseling has remained a fixture in the Top 100 DJs charts for nearly a decade.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
“Yes, I do that, although always as last minute as I possibly can.”
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“It’s simple, artists just need to take more time off. I think that’s without a doubt the best solution.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“I don’t program line-ups, so not really.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I’ve been focusing hard on not burning thousands of square kilometres of rainforest.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“Lego and He-Man action figures.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?