We had the opportunity to speak a little bit more about the release with Kuli! This is what he told us:
LeVant and Kollberg had a drop idea lying around. As my speciality is making funky music, they asked me to make a funky break with their drop idea. I started to work with my co-producer Dusan on the break idea. After a lot of Zoom calls, Dusan and I made an arrangement where I added my stuff to the first drop to catch people off guard. After this, LeVant & Kollberg and Dusan & I had a lot of sessions to glue the parts together and finished this.
The song means a lot to me because I want to do different things than usual Future Bounce and the result became superb. The reply from the audience was astonishing, people loved the breaks and the drops. So it means a lot to me that my try to go in a different direction is being appreciated by the audience. For example, I quote a fan: ‘Yo the break of the new KULI LeVant and Kollberg track is suuuuper sick, makes it feel like a full song so much more than normal future bounce tracks. It’s missing in most tracks these days tbh’. This kind of reactions makes me way more motivated to continue what I am doing.
It’s the most fun thing to do, doing collaborations. Because you are building a big family with these collaborators. For example, with Debris and LeVant I have built a true friendship with. Especially with Debris, who has helped me a lot with musical stuff and management. He is a true friend to me, we have a lot of fun together while making music and I think that’s the most important thing, while making music.
Lately I have been doing multiple genres of music. So I think my biggest inspiration might be Martin Garrix. What he has accomplished is insane. With different genres, he is still being able to stay relevant. That makes him my biggest inspiration. When I have a writersblock, which is rare, I do other stuff, like working for Futurized or my graphic design agency Studio Pete, to do different things.
Futurized actually flowed out of my friendship with Debris. I really like ‘Future Room’, the genre Debris & Jonth and Rudelies have founded. It’s a hybrid between Big Room and Future Bounce. Nowadays, it’s a hybrid between festival music and Future Bounce. I got an offer to own Futurized, I took the chance immediately, as I have owned Exposed, Loca before and love to own a label and push the other talents and build a bridge for them to top tier labels. The biggest challenge was actually in COVID-period to stay relevant with festival music as more radio-friendly music was upcoming. But we stayed true to our sound, and now we see, it’s paying off with a lot of big talents signed to Futurized!
My favorite thing in the music industry, is the community I am surrounded by. It’s amazing to see how supportive people can be to each other. The least favorite thing is that you actually have to pay to be big as a musician and your success is dependent on Spotify and / or numbers, in the meanwhile it should be about the music.
It’s really hard question haha, honestly because there happened a lot of things in past year, for example, my hearing issue is degenerative, which caused a big loss of hearing last year. I want to live day by day and have fun, with what’s going on now. But the biggest dream is to have a collaboration with Martin Garrix, like combining my funk style with his signature sound. Touring around the world is also on my shortlist. At least and not to forget, I would love to have a family with few kids and a healthy life and be happy and do what I love, day by day and enjoy the life!