Dutch dj/producer duo Blasterjaxx has been growing from relatively unknown producers to front-men within the EDM scene in the time-frame of just a couple of years. The two friends Thom Jongkind & Idir Makhlaf are known because of their energetic sound which is full of big riffs, enormous builds and killer drops together with catchy melodies.
Their shared history goes back years and years, which all started 9 years ago.
Started because of their passion for music, a tight friendship was born. Because of the fact that both of them were working so much in Thom’s home studio (a dorm room of 20m2) Idir decided to move in to the dorm room to be able to work more on music. The next years they spent as much time on making music as possible. Because of their shared passion for music, putting in lots of effort and creating an own sound Thom and Idir got more and more shows which resulted in mainstage shows like Ultra Miami (3x), Tomorrowland (3x), Parookaville and EDC Las Vegas.
In 2013 Blasterjaxx hit the charts internationally with their single ‘Faith’. This track became #1 in Sweden as well as South-Africa and reached a double platina status. Partly because of this great achievement the guys debuted in the DJ Mag Top 100 list (#71) and went up an incredible 58 position to #13 of the top100. After this success Blasterjaxx also won the IDMA Award for best worldwide breakthrough act.
These developments were soon followed by interest of big international dance labels where Blasterjaxx ended up releasing music. Labels like Musical Freedom (Tiësto), Spinnin’ Records, Ultra Music, Mixmash and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records were a couple to name. Working with artists like David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, The Chainsmokers en Hardwell gained Blasterjaxx a position in the heart of worldwide EDM fans.
This quick rise to success also came with a dark side, a really intense tour-schedule. Something that ended up being too heavy for Idir which forced him to make the decision to step back. Idir stopped touring in 2015 which meant Thom had to fly the world by himself. However, when both at home they still work as much as possible in the studio. Idir, who earlier named this as a ‘hard decision’ still gets full support from his buddy Thom ‘although of course its really sad that Idir is not touring anymore, it was hard to see what touring did to him. I am really happy we found a solution which works for the both of us.’
Debut album 'Perspective' in 2019
In July 2019, Blasterjaxx released their debut album ‘Perspective’. For the album Thom and Idir took a different path. ‘’Normally we mainly make club or festival oriented tracks’’ Thom says. ‘’We mostly finish a complete track in just a matter of a couple days. This time we set up writing camps in which we literally spent weeks in vacation parks isolating ourselves. We just took a guitar, microphone and a laptop and started from scratch. We invited singer-songwriters and just made the best of it. Every production has had a lot of work and eye for details because every track had a different starting point. One track was more tech whilst another would be more indie-dance or big room. In the end all tracks can be related back to our own sound quite a bit."