Fun Facts About W&W [Interview]

Spring Awakening Music Festival was an absolute blast, literally. The pyrotechnics were out of this world. But beyond the stadium location and fire breathing stages, it was the music that truly made the festival special. Dutch duo W&W (Willem van Hanegem and Wardt van der Harst) made Sunday worth getting up for. Day 3 of a festival is always one of the hardest, you’re simply exhausted, but these guys brought an energy that filled the stadium and spread to everyone in the crowd. We caught up with these popular powerhouses for a quick chat about what keeps them going, with a couple interesting fun facts mixed in. We met in the media lounge and sat in a dark unlit corner away from all the noise of the rest of the festival.

What do you think of Spring Awakening?

Awesome. I think it was one of the best sets we’ve ever played. We loved the crowd’s energy, we live off of it.

You guys really did kill it out there! What else is in store for the summer?

Bouncing around for the most part. We’ll be touring and playing festivals all summer. We actually play a set every day in August I think.

Wow, that’s a lot. Does all that traveling and touring make you tired?

No! We get energy from the crowd and the sets that we play.
At times we might get physically tired but not mentally – we love this.

Tell me a fun fact about you guys.

I think we actually have the same fun fact. We don’t have a driver’s license.

You never learned how to drive a car?!

No, we were too busy making music. So now we’re both 26 and we don’t know how to drive. Will we ever learn? Not sure, but for now that’s our fun fact.

What most recent release are you most excited about?

It’s called “The One.” It’s a lot slower than the other music that we have come out with and what we have done in the past so we were nervous about how people, our fans, would react to it. But, it’s been received very well so that’s great. It has vocals from Whitney Houston so it took some time to get the rights to use them and we were waiting for quite some time but things finally came through and that was great.

I love Whitney Houston.

Who doesn’t?

So, what got you into music in the first place?  

There was this one song that I really loved and I heard there was this thing called DJ-ing so we started messing with that and after some time we started to make our own music.

And the rest is history. Do you consider yourselves more DJs or Producers?

Both. It would be boring to do just one. If you DJ then you’re only playing other people’s music and if you’re just producing, then you’re just stuck in a studio the whole time and that sucks, too.

What’s the best part about working in the music industry? 

The freedom to do what you love.

Any advice to someone trying to get into the scene?

Do what you love, because you never know what’s going to happen. We got lucky, really lucky, and we get to do what we love all around the world.We went to – what – 45? 47? countries last year. We’ve been to Ibiza and played several times at some of the best places around the world. It’s great.

If you could say one thing to your fans, your 3.9 million followers on Facebook, what would you tell them?

That we love them. We truly love them. We feed off of them and we love it.

You guys really killed it tonight, so that transfer of energy really shows, thank YOU. 

These guys are an inspiration. Their energy is never lost, but simply pours into the crowd and everyone can feel it. It becomes an amazing cycle of give and take, a symbiotic relationship between music maker and music lover. They love their fans and their fans give them the drive to keep going, at times exhausting their bodies for the sake of their craft. Even after a long set at the festival, I could feel how happy they were to be doing this, show after show, festival after festival, country after country. We tip our hats to these guys and hope that maybe someday they’ll learn how to get behind the wheel and take a drive, continuing in their journey of doing what they love.



Ashley Cizek

Went to school at UW-Madison, graduating with a BA in psychology. I hula-hoop, I write, I enjoy sunlight.

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