Maarten Vorwerk discusses his ghost producing career

Maarten Vorwerk was so unknown back in the day he is now known. The man behind numerous electronic dance music and mainstream hits has been anonymously alongside the likes of Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Usher, Major Lazer, Tiesto and many many more, including infamously Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike as well as DVBBS in the past few years.

In a recent interview with Wonderland in Rave, the now renowned ghost producer Maarten Vorwerk gave one of his most insightful and exclusive interviews yet. Largely responsible for some the big-room genre’s most significant tracks, Vorwerk has been instrumental in the popular sound of this decades festival-ready bangers.

Within the interview, Vorwek dives into plenty of topics such as his production style, tracks he’s made for other producers, and how he handles his place in the scene.

When asked about whether he enjoys ‘ghosting,; he replied:

“I love it if a track becomes a hit. It’s great to see and hear all the positive reactions and to hear your tracks on the radio. My name is still in the credits though, so that’s enough recognition for me. I do appreciate it when a DJ mentions me a co-producer in interviews or whatever.”

He added that the career itself can be quite exhausting and there’s an element of pressure that makes it challenging. Overall however, he appreciated his place in electronic music.

“I love being in the studio and creating stuff. That is who I am and what I do. For me that’s the best way to present yourself.”

This year, Vorwerk is making a bit of a campaign for DJ Mag. But he insists that it’s not about the amount of the prize for being on the list.

“Well I can tell you that I don’t charge as much as some of the Top DJ’s are getting for a gig. Production time depends on a lot of things. That’s really hard to say.
If I have a good amount of inspiration you could say one week to finish a full track on average.”

When asked about his favorite DJ’s, he gave some interesting answers as well by listing his favorite producers instead – since he doesn’t listen to DJ sets.

“Well I don’t really listen to DJ sets. So it would be better to ask me for the three best (dance) producers. In that case I would say, Adam Richard Wiles, Thomas Wesley Pentz (Diplo) and Giorgio Tuinfort.”

Check out the full interview here!



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