Exclusive talk with BMBERJCK on his latest NEXXUS release ‘Burn’!


Hey BMBERJCK! Nice to chat with you. "Burn" is your latest track released on NEXXUS, and we thought this would be a great opportunity to get to know you!
So, could you introduce yourself first and take us through your journey? How did you get into the industry, and how did you get to where you are now?
So my real name is Paul Haagmans and I'm 21 years old, coming from Venlo. When I was about 10 years old, I was introduced to Hardstyle through my brother, and I immediately fell in love with the music. A friend of his once DJed at my cousin's house for her exam party, and he put me behind the turntables to show me how it's done. From that moment, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I started producing at the age of 12, but it took me years of trial and error on various programs until I got something decent, so to speak.

In 2017, I attended the Stereo Sunday festival in Venlo, where I met Regain and took a picture with him because I was a fan. I posted that picture on Instagram, and I got a DM from a random guy who was also at the festival. He saw on my profile that I was into DJing and producing. That person turned out to be Eloy (Sparkz). We became really good friends after that, and we taught each other a lot about producing. Through him, I met the owner of Unfold Records and Thijs from Dual Damage in 2020.

Eloy and I were able to join the Oblivion Records label where Thijs was under "Backfire" at the time. After our first few releases, it became apparent that people really liked our style. We started getting more bookings gradually, and the streams also went up.
due to some challenges we faced, we decided that it was time to move forward. Robin then took the initiative to say, "Let's start a new label with our friends." We wanted to do everything right from the start. Robin had already built a small network, so we also got help from time to time. Ever since the start of Unfold Records, things have been going really well for all of us. After a few months, we all started getting calls from certain Booking agencies, etc. I then got in touch with Pure Bookings. I've been signed there since 2023.

About "Burn": How was your new NEXXUS release "Burn" translated from an idea to a track, and what feeling did you want to convey with it?
Burn feels like a fresh start for me. My quality has increased quite a bit since this production. Also, I think this is the perfect track to showcase my style the way I want it to be. I want to bring back the old hardstyle feeling in my new tracks by revamping old elements in a new way, but with a crazy twist. If you also listen to my live sets, you'll definitely notice that I use a lot of sounds that aren't from this generation. People also notice it, and I only get good feedback about it. That really motivates me to continue with it.

First Encounter with SCANTRAXX: When/how did you first come into contact with SCANTRAXX?
When I was young, I listened a lot to artists who were also under SCANTRAXX. It had always been a dream of mine to release on SCANTRAXX, but I never found it realistic with the style I had. A while ago, I was in the studio with Marijn (Bright Visions). He said I should just send something to see what they thought of it. So I did, and now I have a release. I'm super proud that it worked out, and I'm also happy that SCANTRAXX is excited.

Every road has a bumpy ride. Could you share any obstacles you encountered in producing "Burn" and how you tackled these challenges?
From this project, I started doing something different with my kicks. I had a bit of trouble with that. But through this track, I found a way to make my kicks a lot cleaner than before. This was also my first project with the Virus TI Snow. I think the artists among us know this device well, and they probably know the struggles of the Virus too. But luckily, everything turned out fine in the end.


"That Night, we finished three bottles"

We've heard through the grapevine that you have something with Berliner Luft. What is this, and where does this passion come from?
In 2021, Sparkz, Backfire, MC Siqnal, and I had our first foreign booking in northern Germany. When we were at the club, a random guy in our VIP area offered me a bottle. He wanted me to take a sip from the bottle. Initially, I didn't want to because it seemed very strong, and because we were in the Covid period at the time. After some hesitation, I took a sip... That night, we finished three bottles. I found it incredibly delicious. I had never tasted anything like it before. The bartender then gave me a bottle to take back to the Netherlands.

At one point, I told some friends about it, and I don't know why, but I started making videos about it myself. Then it really became a thing because people really liked those videos. I made myself into a meme with that bottle. I almost always take that bottle with me now because people like it, also because no one else knows it. Since I introduced this stuff, a lot of people have started buying this drink. The fans love it. It has now become a part of my act.

Your social media is full of humor. How do you come up with this kind of content, and how does it make you “you”?
I tried to find a way to interact with my listeners and fans. I always enjoy chatting with everyone. My videos are always filled with dry humour because I don't want to stage anything. So whenever you see something from me online, it's just how I am. I believe you shouldn't take everything too seriously. Of course, if you have certain responsibilities, you should handle them 100% seriously and professionally. But when you're hanging out with your friends and colleagues, you should just have fun and enjoy the time together. I think that's also the message I want to convey with my RecapVlogs. I don't upload them every week because people might get tired of them too quickly.

Last but not least: the festival season is almost here. One of the most vibrant times of the year for our industry. What's in store for BMBERJCK?
There are some amazing shows planned. This is a big step for me. From nightclubs and larger venues to really big festival stages now. I'll be kicking off the festival season with Exproz and Sparkz. It's also my first time at Rebirth. Rebirth was my first Hardstyle festival, so I'm really excited to make my debut at Reborn Raw. Additionally, there are a lot of collaborations in the works. Hopefully, merchandise will finally be coming too. I'll be working hard this summer to show people and organizations what I'm capable of. Sometimes I get emotional about it; it really means a lot to me. The passion and love I have for this music are immense. I hope I can touch people's souls with my style.

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