Interview with Manse

 The Progressive House Prince

By Kristine Kennedy and Michael Beas

  Michael Hansen, aka Manse, is a 27 year old Swedish DJ and producer. He got his first big break when he entered a remix contest for 3Lau’s track “Escape” with Paris & Simo and he placed second. This resulted in a signing to Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings. Since then he’s been a familiar face on both the Revealed and Armada labels. He’s been an integral part of various Revealed tours throughout the world, including the Revealed Recording’s Revealed Presents tour throughout Asia, the Revealed China Tour, and the new Revealed Sunshine Club in Guangzhou.   While we were in Amsterdam for Amsterdam Dance Event, we had the opportunity to sit and chat with Manse. Take a look at what he had to say!   https://soundcloud.com/manse   Raver Magazine: You have a unique style. Can you talk to us about it?   Manse: I’m really just being myself and with my music, it’s a way for me to express my feelings. When I make music I go into a certain state of mind. Music is about delivering feelings – it’s a piece of art. Some artists might make music for the clubs, but I make music for my fans to feel something inside and connect with the music. I get a lot of messages from fans who have told me my music has turned their sadness into happiness. That’s my main goal – I want to affect people with my music.   Raver Magazine: How did you get into dance music originally?   Manse: Back home in Sweden, we have had some big names like Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, and Avicii. Sweden is a very musical country even outside of the electronic music world. When I was younger, I was a background dancer on TV shows, so we had to learn to dance to a lot of different types of music. That exposed me to so many different genres of music. I was also a huge fan of Michael Jackson when I was growing up. When I was 18 I went to my first legal rave in Denmark and saw Steve Angello and Ingrosso and I became really interested in how this genre of music was created. I fell in love with house music.   Raver Magazine: Can you describe your sound?   Manse: I actually used to make hip-hop tracks with a friend. But now I play mainly progressive house. This year I’ve been doing some more work in deep house and electronic pop. I really love it, but my passion is with progressive house. It’s just so melodic and uplifting and energetic.   Raver Magazine: What’s it like working with Revealed?   Manse: Revealed is amazing! It’s like a family. We are many people signed to Revealed, but we are all close and tight-knit. We always help each other out and like to spend time with each other outside of the studio too. Revealed also really supports new producers a lot. They focus on who we are as artists rather than how many streams we can get on Spotify.   Raver Magazine: If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?   Manse: Currently, it’s Japan. I’ve heard so many incredible things about Japan! I’ve been close – I’ve been to China a couple of times, but never made it to Japan yet. That’s a goal for me for 2018. The fans there are amazing.   Raver Magazine: How was the week at Amsterdam Dance Event for you?   Manse: It’s been great! For me, ADE is about being able to meet up with all of my friends. People from all over the world come to this event so it’s great to be able to see so many friends in one city at one time. I also really enjoy meeting new people and networking as well. For me, I’m more focused on the fun aspect, at least for now!   Raver Magazine: What advice do you have to inspire the younger generations who may be interested in music like you were in your teen years?   Manse: If I think back to my beginning, my advice would be to find your passion. I think many times today someone will see a bigger DJ and want to be famous like him or her, but the main thing is finding your passion for making the music. You need to work hard and stay patient because this doesn’t happen overnight.   Raver Magazine: What’s next on the horizon for you?   Manse: I have a new EP out that I’m really excited about. My followers asked for some progressive house so this one is all for them. I also have a remix coming, but I can’t tell yet for whom, but he’s a really great trance DJ. I’m also working on some new shows in China and Vietnam. And of course there’s a lot of new music to come in my library.   ]]>