In this interview, we sit down with Gerardo (Zatox) and Manuel (The Purge) to discuss their individual Hardstyle journeys and their collaboration on the track "Killswitch. Gerardo talks about how he got into Hardstyle in the early 2000s and how the genre has evolved since then. Manuel shares his own journey, which started as a fan in 2006 and eventually led to his own music releases as The Purge in 2017. The two also discuss how they met and decided to collaborate on "Killswitch," despite having different sounds.
Gerardo and Manuel also reveal their plans for the future and how they plan to stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving Hardstyle genre. This interview is a must-read for all Hardstyle fans and anyone interested in the world of electronic dance music.
Gerardo, can you tell us a bit about your Hardstyle journey? You’re a real Hardstyle legend, when did you first get in touch with the genre?
Hello everybody ! I got in touch with Hardstyle around 2000/2001 and in 2003 I had my first release a and my first gig that was in London
Gerardo, how has the Hardstyle sound evolved since you started out?
Well, in the beginning, It all was more like techno or very similar to what today people call “Hard techno”. Now I think hardstyle is one of the most evolved genres and every 2-3 years it is still evolving and changing in complex ways. For me is also a pleasure, after so many years to still be in the game and to keep on being part of this evolution
Manuel, when did your Hardstyle journey start?
My Hardstyle journey started around 2006 as a fanboy and became actually a job in 2017 by starting to release my own music as The Purge.
Manuel, you recently blew up, what sets you apart from other artists?
Thanks for the words still feel unreal what’s going on lately, I don’t really have a word for this but I just try to be myself as much as possible and let my creativity doing the rest, what I really like to do is to don’t focus in one particular direction but I try to just produce what comes from my mind during the day, sometimes can be happy vibes, dark vibes, more softer or super hard you know, I just don’t want to put limits on myself. That’s I think what really makes my signature.