SaberZ discuss new music and inspiration in exclusive interview
Hungarian friends Benedek Makrai and Kristóf Maczeovics, better known as SaberZ, teamed up in August 2014 and have been going strong ever since. Having garnered support from the likes of W&W, Tiesto, Hardwell, Timmy Trumpet and Blasterjaxx, the Hungarian duo have proven that they’re here to stay. In addition to this, the duo has had releases on prestigious imprints such as Revealed Recordings, Mainstage Music and Enhanced Recordings.
In their short career, SaberZ has put together an impressive résumé. Their remix of Ryos and Envy Monroe‘s ‘Discover Love‘ reached #66 on Beatport, while their other remix of Clean Bandit‘s ‘Rockabye‘ has amassed 166,000 plays on SoundCloud and has earned the unwavering support of W&W and Blasterjaxx.
Their latest production ‘Rhythm of The Night’ was also featured as Smash of The Week on W&W’s Mainstage Radio 003 podcast. A smashing production from Mainstage Music prodigy Maurice West and hit duo SaberZ, ‘Rhythm Of The Night‘ dives into the late-night synth blasts that keep the party alive. Featuring the highly recognizable vocals that immediately came to mind when you spotted this smash song’s title, this cut will break down the mainstage for sure.
We had a chance to catch up with SaberZ to find out more about the talented duo that we’ll be hearing more about in the future:
Tell us about yourselves and how SaberZ came about:
“We started producing 6 years ago and we know each other from Soundcloud. We both had our solo projects and we were checking out each other’s music and complimenting each other tracks. As Benedek is also Hungarian we came into contact with each other and decided to begin collaborating. We had about 10 collabs before SaberZ was formed. We were working so well together so it seemed logical to form a group project. That was 3.5 years ago and that’s how it all started.”
Who inspired you in the music industry?
“Right now it’s definitely W&W but when we started off for Benedek it was hardstyle artists like Showtek. For me in the beginning it was Afrojack but then he turned away from his sound and he went more pop from the old Dirty Dutch sound. And then it was Hardwell.”
How did the collaboration with Maurice West come about?
“It was so much fun. He’s like a musical genius. The story behind it – first we had the drop for ‘Rhythm of the night.’ Maurice sent us a direct message on Twitter and asked if we had a drop in D sharp key and we sent the tracks. That was the drop for ‘Rhythm of the Night’. He liked it and put it together for a mash up for ‘Rhythm of the Night’. He felt like it was a complete song so he suggested we make a bootleg for it. Afterwards Armada cleared the rights so we could record it.”
You were supported by some big DJ’s like W&W, a lot of times in your short career. How does it feel to be recognized in such a way?
“We’ve met W&W a couple of times and they are so humble in comparison to their size. When we first met them they gave us really good tips on what we should improve in our music. Last time we met them they said that our music became much better than a year before. They were playing our ‘Rockabye’ remix everywhere and it was going nuts. Also they played ‘Rhythm of the Night’. They were happy that we were improving our sound. “
What makes SaberZ different to other artists out there?
“The genre that we make is not the most creative genre so you have to be really creative to make a really huge big room record. We have unique elements to our music that differentiate us from other artists. We have heart-touching elements and a lot of emotion to our bigroom drops. Most people are simply aiming to make people jump at festivals but we like to have a good emotional melody in a breakdown. We like to keep the emotion throughout the track. So after our emotional breakdown there won’t be a generic bigroom drop. Melody and emotion is critical.”
What do you have in store this year?
“We have a lot of big collaborations and a lot of festival mixes of big radio tracks. W&W started doing that and made it a trend to make big-room versions of old classics. We like to do that. We have a lot of those as well as solo tracks and remixes. This year is going to be huge for us. We have a collaboration with Husman. We’re very proud of that collaboration.”
Check out the new track by the duo and Maurice West which will be dominating the dancefloors & festivals from now until the end of the year: