There are but few DJs in Utrecht who have successfully withstood the coming and going of party organizations and Wouter S. is one of them. The Dutchman has lovingly adopted the UK garage sound, inviting homegrown favourites such as DJ Q to his 44bass parties in the Netherlands. We caught up with him in anticipation of 18 Hours Festival this Saturday.
Your sound is very much based around UK garage sound. How did this come
The turning point for me came when I was at an illegal rave 7 years ago,
minimal techno was really big at that time but an artist who played there
played some UK Garage tunes and I totally loved it how the snares kept
rolling, the hats, the bass, everything, it totally had me in a grip. This
is how it came I think.
You’re hosting a 44bass tent at 18hrs festival – is this a dream of yours?
You can say that yes, it has always been a dream of being a part of
festivals, when I play it’s an honour, but when I can give the festival my
own twist it’s a dream coming true. If my twist can make the people who come
happier then it’s even more than a dream coming true, total satisfaction in
What would be your top 3 dream parties to play at?
Really hard to say, last year and this year I already fulfilled a lot of my
dreams. However it’s an absolute dream to play in Ibiza, especially
something like The Zoo Project, it’s an old abandoned unfinished Zoo. The
vibe I experienced there is so unique. Further on I’d love to play in a club
like Watergate Berlin and on place 3 I think Fabric London would be cool to
do. Haven’t been there yet, however the line ups are always on point.
The boys at Bicep have been big supporters of you. Who are you really rating at the moment?
At this moment I’m really into the sounds of the friends who’re joining me
on 18hrs. Specifically 2 acts on my stage. Locklead is one of the sickest
producers around. Also U Know The Drill are always smashing it. Further on
DJ-wise I rate Benny Rodrigues, DJ EZ, DJ Q and Samuel Deep as the best for
me personally. These guys always know what to play, when, and all in a sick
blend of mixingskills.
You recently launched 44 records. Can you tell us a bit about some of the artists you’re signing?
I’m signing artists which I really like the music of, this doesn’t mean what
“size” they are, if I like the music, I’ll sign it. That’s the basis of the
label. For the first release I signed Locklead, Heat Vibes, William Caycedo
and off course myself. For the next releases I’m working with some “bigger”
artists to sign. More news coming soon regarding that.
What is the ’44’ theme about as well?
Well 44 is the country code of the UK, and since I like a lot of the sounds
coming from the UK I thought it was a good name as well. So 44BASS means UK
What do you have coming up?
Loads of massive gigs, working on a few remixes for very cool artists at the
moment, which should be finished soon.
What track sums up your mood right now?
At this specific moment I can only think of one track. It’s a remix from
Shadow Child for Bodhi. It has the drum n bass feel but it’s an houser too.
You can find it over here:
Wouter S will be playing 18 Hours Festival on July 11th