As many of you know, there has been a lot of movement going on recently. I began noticing the first changes in my colleague’s mindsets about 16 months ago as we all found ourselves having to adapt to the attention hardstyle was receiving around the world. It’s clear that the scene is changing, and it’s happening so fast that it can be a lot to take in. We have the globalization of hardstyle, new opportunities for everyone and an unstoppable growth of our fan base, all of which are things to be very pleased with.
For me, as the Scantraxx label manager, I’ve been working around the clock with artists, looking for ways to help them make the next step in their careers. I’m also a person that dreams of these new opportunities. Whenever a goal has been reached, a new target has already been set. Over the course of 7 years, I’ve worked with many great people to create a platform where you, artists and other creative minds can come together with the same dedication. What we do in the world of hardstyle is a way of life, not just a job.
When we look back at the resumé of Scantraxx Recordz, I can proudly say that we’ve achieved many amazing things over the past 10 years. Incalculable hits, sold-out shows, the biggest social platforms, an incredible roster and a fantastically dedicated fan base, to name a few. I’m proud that we did all of these things, but let’s look at the present and our future, as that is what my ‘open letter’ to you is all about. We live in a social world and it’s important that we are ‘social’, transparent and directly communicate with all our fans. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to openly discuss what’s happening, but now is a time I feel we have to do it.
When you sign artists, both of you have the same goal: Get to the top and spread hardstyle as far as anyone can hear. This has been achieved many times with artists like Headhunterz (#1 in the world), Wildstylez, Frontliner, Zatox, Brennan Heart, Project One and Gunz For Hire. These amazing accomplishments have been highlights in the timeline of Scantraxx Recordz. I’m extremely proud that Headhunterz, Wildstylez and Frontliner have become such big stars and are taking control of their own careers. They all worked with Scantraxx for 5 years and have now chosen their own path, which I have a lot of respect for. I’m 100% confident that all of these great, talented producers will never have the intention of leading hardstyle in the wrong direction, and also extremely honoured to have been a part of their success.
There is also a downside, which I need to clear up for all of you. When you work together for a long period of time, the chemistry that glued everything together may begin to fade away. It’s at those times you have to make difficult decisions. Do I let an artist go? Do I stick to it and try things over and over? This applies to an artist as much as it does a manager. Sometimes you have to look in the mirror and say “Sorry mate, this is it.”
I have to say that I’m really happy for those who have left Scantraxx and found a label with the right chemistry!
Things have happened but don’t forget what is going on right now. New success is either on its way or already present. I can say that the artists I proudly represent are taking over line-ups, social media and music charts. So when you ask the question “Is Scantraxx Recordz gone?”, my answer to you is “Absolutely not!”
Scantraxx represents an even more diverse and talented roster than ever before. Rising stars such as Adrenalize, F8trix, Bass Modulators, Atmozfears, Digital Punk, Waverider and many more are ready to take over. DBSTF, Ran-D, Adaro, Max Enforcer and Gunz For Hire are already waiting for the next wave of thrilling career movements. I’m not afraid to say that mistakes have been made, but I know that now everything has been cleared up, we can go on to show the rest of the world what we are about. We’re ready for the next level.
We at Scantraxx HQ are really excited for everything that is happening in the hardstyle scene, and that includes you.
Much love and dedication,