Following his ranking at #23 in our recent Top 50 World DJs poll
, in an exclusive interview with Asia EDM Will Sparks spoke to us about the Asia EDM scene, and artists he has drawn inspiration from throughout his career.
In his epic 2018 European tour, he has so far reached fans in Denmark, Greece, Cyprus, France and Germany, with huge venues still to come including Creamfileds UK in August of this year, and we were keen to find out what he had to say about his favourite DJs and EDM as a whole.
We’re excited to hear you are playing MoS in London and Coloursfest in Glasgow in August. What have been your experiences of European crowds during your past tours, and how do they compare to the Asian EDM scene?
"All cultures are different. For me crowds seem to be crazy no matter what continent I’m in."
This poll was all about the show, and as you have played sets at Future Music Festival alongside many of our top 50, whose shows really stand out to you technically from the final winners? Who really tears the roof off during their sets and gives a night to remember?
"Recently played festivals along side Armin Van Buuren and Martin Garrix who have always stood out to me."
Carl Cox was voted the number 1 DJ in our poll, which really highlights that the legends of the game still have it. Who have been your influences for your career over the years, and who have you looked at for inspiration both in DJ sets and producing?
"Deadmau5 is someone I have always drawn inspiration from. What he does in the studio and on stage, the dude is mental."
Finally, how do you feel the EDM scene has shifted in the past 5-10 years, and where do you see it going? EDM is blowing up in Asia right now – are you seeing this yourself, and do you think we will see more key players headlining festivals in Asia in the near future?
"For me I feel the music is getting harder and faster, which I love. The scene overall is always going to shift in different ways. No one can knock what guys like The Chainsmokers and Garrix are doing."
Our poll was really aimed at highlighting DJs who are technically gifted, and those that go extra when it comes to their shows. As fans ourselves, we're hyped to see Deadmau5 get a mention for his live shows, who ranked at #11 in our poll, as he really tears it up and puts on a massive event when he takes to the stage.
'Guilty as Sin'
Speaking on the way the EDM scene is going, Will is spot on with his statement that EDM is speeding up and getting harder, and judging by his latest release 'Guilty as Sin', with Amba Shepherd & Tyron Hapi, he's embracing the harder feel to EDM, with the track having a hard house feel combined with a hint of future and big room thrown in.
According to a recent official press release, the collaboration is one born from the talents of these three titans in the industry, and is touted as a 'fresh new sound' coming out of Australia.
"Joining Will is self-taught pianist and natural musical talent, Tyron Hapi. At the ripe age of 19, Tyron has made his mark as one of 2018’s most promising producers that Australia has to offer. Tryon’s current discography includes originals, remixes and collaborations with labels such as Spinnin, Universal, Dim Mak, Bourne Recordings and Armada Records. As-well as working with heavy weights in the industry Timmy Trumpet, Joel Fletcher and once again, Will Sparks. Equally mighty, Amba Shepherd isn’t shy of releasing massive tunes. Specifically, her work with Hardwell on their weapon of a release, Apollo.
Guilty as Sin is the new effort from this epic trio that is tinged with an unruly sense of unpredictability. As ferocious as each individual, this track is built for the big stage this summer."
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Is Will at a venue near you? Check out his remaining tour dates below.