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R3hab Has Chainsaw Madness

Published: Friday, September 28, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 14:10

R3hab

Dave Seal

Sound Wave Music Festival, Arizona’s own large-scale electronic music fest is back for its third installment. Since April 2011, Steve LeVine Entertainment and Donnie Disco, have brought over 20 international, national and local DJ acts, such as Diplo, Boys Noize, Porter Robinson, Kaskade and Z-Trip, to be a part of the state-of-the-art event that takes place in the setting of a functioning water park.

This year’s organizers are prepping for another night of big waves and electronic music. For one night only, the water slides will be going while the wave pool at Big Surf Waterpark operates as the main stage and host some of the biggest names EDM. Progressive house DJ and producer Calvin Harris will headline this year's festival and other talent will include R3hab, Adventure Club, Seven Lions, Grizzly and Burns, Z-Trip, Felix Cartal, Designer Drugs and many, many more.

College Times caught up with Dutch DJ and producer Fadil El Ghoul, better known as R3hab, to talk about his experiences as a DJ, his distaste for fast food and how he owes his signature sound to some “chainsaw madness.” Relax, it’s just how he describes his unique style. You don’t have to get it. We don’t.

College Times: You're commended a lot for your unique style. How difficult is it for a DJ in this day and age to develop an original sound? How do you manage to do so?
Fadil El Ghoul: It took me a long time to find my own sound. It is a process to develop an original sound that fits you. I think I found it with just a lot of energy and for sure some crazy chainsaw madness!

At what moment did you realize that you made it?
I wouldn't say that I have already made it. There is a lot I still want to achieve. For example, I want to focus much more on releasing my own productions. Over the last month or two I have been working very hard on my first EP. It is turning out really well, but it needs a lot more work. I don't think I am the type of guy that will ever be completely happy with what I've achieved; I always try to improve myself.

They are hosting a competition for local DJ to earn a slot as an opener at the Sound Wave Music Festival. What advice can you give aspiring producers/DJs?
Find your own sound. Quality is very important because when you’re new you just want to put out stuff, but I don’t think you will get noticed if it’s not quality. You have to find that high level of production and quality to be successful.

What do you love most about your career?
The interaction with the crowd when I perform.

What is your least favorite thing about it?
Lots of bad fast food after the shows.

Where is your favorite club/place to play and why?
I can't really say. I like to play at small and big festivals, clubs or private shows. Playing in Holland is always fun because I can have all my old friends there.

Sound Wave is at a water park. What is the weirdest place you've ever had to play a set?
I make sure where ever I play, things get weird.

Most embarrassing DJ moment?
Jumping on stage all pumped up and realizing I forgot my music in the hotel!

What is your favorite song/modern song to remix at a show?
That depends on the crowd. I always try to feel what the people are looking for. Sometimes that can be a super commercial hit that I mash up with hard beats. Sometimes it is an unknown vocal from my studio it doesn't really matter.

Anything else you want to add?
Chainsaw madness!

Sound Wave Music Festival, Big Surf Waterpark, 1500 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 480.994.2297, Saturday, September 29, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m., 18+ with ID and 21+ VIP with ID, $67 to $88 

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