Balancing Fame and the Industry at a Young Age.
By Kristine Kennedy and Michael Beas
known by his stage name Mike Williams
, is a Dutch DJ, record producer, musician and remixer from Holland, a country famous for pushing out amazing talent in the world of Dance Music. Mike was dubbed by Spinnin’ Records as the “Artist of the Future” and is regarded as a pioneer of future house. He was recently named as one of the top 100 producers in the world and his fame is only the beginning of what he has in store for us this year and into next. During ADE week we had an opportunity to interview Mike, this is what he shared up with us.
What is like growing up and being surrounded in this industry with so many talented artists?
It feels weird really, its almost like being surrounded by the big kids in class because there is so much talent and so many amazing producers around me all the time who are trying to help me. So while its weird it is also humbling. I am trying to take in as much as possible everyday from everyone.
Tiesto is vouching for you and saying such nice things about you, what’s it like having that backing and support from him?
He’s been supporting me for some time now and it was good to finally meet him. It was good to see that he is just a normal guy, who is super cool and who taught me a lot of things about the industry. It’s truly a blessing and it has helped launch my career.
You’re already getting support from all of the big names in Dance Music, where do you go next?
I’m focused on the music right now and on perfecting my sound and show. I really want to have a Mike Williams show and I want to show my fans what Mike Williams music is all about.
If you can play anywhere where would it be? Basically I what is your ideal festival goal that you would like to perform at one day?
Well… all of us do all have goals and for me my goal would be to one-day play at Tomorrowland on the mainstage.
You’re only 20 years old and you have been crowned as one of the top producers in the world. How does this rapid fast track to fame change your family life?
There is no way that you can change everything around you. Like family, for example, normally I was at school and now it’s more like running a business. Its super cool that my family is involved with my career and they are supportive and helping me despite the changes. My friends are also helping me and supporting me. But your right, it is different in many ways and you just have to adapt to that change so that you can grow as a persona and as a producer.