Dutch duo Showtek consist of brothers Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen. Since their formation in 2001, they switched and blended styles of EDM, techno, and hardstyle and worked with artists as prolific and varied as Tiësto and Chris Brown. The duo had a constant flow of releases, but it wasn’t until 2010 that they released their first full album, Analogue Players in a Digital World, through Central Station Records.
Over the years they gradually grew their fan base and status, playing large solo shows and festivals and featuring on the same bills as acts like deadmau5 and David Guetta. Showtek were also known for their “Crazy Collabs” project, through which they collaborated with acts such as Hardwell and Bassjackers, and which produced some of their biggest hits, including “Hell Yeah!” featuring Tiësto and “Get Loose” with Noisecontrollers, released on Skrillex’s Owsla label. Showtek also produced short animated films to coincide with their releases, featuring their alter egos Baldy & Cresty, informing fans what artists they would be collaborating with on future releases. Once achieving a relatively high status, they co-produced the track “Nobody’s Perfect” alongside R&B star Chris Brown and remixed pop act Carly Rae Jepsen for the track “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” showing their ability to progress further and delve into new styles and genres.
Dutch brothers Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen have, by their own admission, spent 2013 ‘going crazy with releases’. Crazy is right. They closed out 2012 with the massive single ‘Cannonball’, keeping up the pressure with ‘Slow Down’ for Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak, ‘Get Loose’ and the towering ‘Booyah’ for the Dutch titan Spinnin’ Records.
“People fell in love [with the tracks] and we just didn’t expect this major feedback,” says Sjoerd. “We’re so happy with the enthusiasm. We thought 2013 would be a transition year, but this has been crazy. We had like 78 shows in the last two months. Mexico City was mindblowing.
We got 10,000 new fans on Facebook the next day.”Well, no pressure then. Oh hang on, that’s loads of pressure. “We just wanted to show people what we are capable of, really add a signature to the sound,” he adds.
Mission accomplished, then.