Leaping from the Netherland’s humble Urban underground to the bright lights of Las Vegas amid its EDM infancy, Bobby Burns has proven himself a genuine journeyman of the infamous Dutch House movement. Now associated with high-end collaborations alongside Afrojack and his own meticulous fusion of Tech fuelled outings, the original Wall Recording’s veteran turned blue eyed Stealth newcomer has established himself as a potent asset to his nations glowing export of extensively charged club anthems that have touched the globe with the same ardent energy as Rock and Roll did decades ago. But having championed the dual role of father and hotly-tipped tune monger, Dan Carter caught up with the wandering Wall protégé to commit the hype to words amid a very Dutch revolution for Burns and his like minded peers.
Originally a turntable advocate for the urban realms of Hip Hop and R&B, Burns learned first hand the double-edged sword that such visuals developments as MTV established upon an industry once dependant on the DJ for its regular musical insight. He explained: ‘I got bored of playing hits because MTV and all the music channels were going faster than the DJs. It became hard to keep up with the videos when all we had were vinyl copies that would not hit the stores until weeks after the channels had them.’
His urban fatigue would subsequently push him to embrace the mid-90’s Garage explosion that found its home in the heart of London’s well-endowed nightlife, but after five years of persistent support, the genres untimely lull would divert Burn’s onto the first avenue of what would prove an impending legacy for the Dutch producer: the white sand and hedonistically tuned island of Ibiza. Returning from each visit more inspirited than the last, a fatal returning encounter with fellow homeland peers Sidney Samson and Gregor Salto would establish that amid his creatively stimulating seasonal sessions, an unrivalled force in club floor intellect had been born.
His breakthrough outing would be ‘From Holland’, an aptly titled nod to the already overcrowded nation of superstar DJs that would prove to be a game changing outing for Burns and his newly found aficionados who would go on to coin their own dramatic legacies. For Burn’s, his ardent wanderings had accumulated into something intrinsically stable. ‘That track opened a lot of doors for me. Suddenly I was a DJ again but with a full agenda and a viable following,’ he explained.
In the same manner that the airwaves and clubs alike turned their sights upon Bobby’s debut anthem, his pride and enthusiasm for the Dutch scene is yet to simmer. ‘There is something very positive about how crowded the Dutch scene is,’ Burns explained. ‘We undoubtedly still have a great deal of pioneers behind us, but as a country I think our real strength lies in our productions. It is the strong studio partnerships that have led the way and there is no jealousy within the scene because there is room for everyone who has the same drive.’
Be it 2010’s inaugural Afrojack collaboration ‘Bungee‘ to seminal Spinnin debut ‘Ghetto Blaster’ or last year’s seminal Dutch triumph ‘Bridge’, his first successful injection into the Dutch industry was followed by an intense enthusiasm that simply cannot be faked. Bagging a life long studio partner in the now ambassadorial figure of Nick Van De Wall, his comparatively gentle rise has been one of exceptional inspiration and good old-fashioned fun. ‘The whole process has not been so much about success, but enjoying the creative process of these records,’ admitted Burns. ‘Being a producer is no 9-5 job, it is about people coming together and enjoying the process of making good music, however hard that process is.’
‘It has been an honour to grow and develop alongside Nick and Wall Recordings because he has truly built an amazing platform for new artists. As new kids are clocking on to Nick’s work, they are ultimately finding my name alongside his, which is great for me.’
Not one to be typecast, however, Burn’s extends his reign this month to the renowned imprint of Roger Sanchez for Stealth Records debut ‘Next’. Ditching the familiar realms of his distinctly Dutch output associated with Wall Recordings for a sun kissed effort for his original Ibizan innovator, Burns fulfilled his intrinsic ambition of establishing himself alongside a man synonymous with the island’s intoxicating energy.
He explained: ‘Roger was a huge inspiration to me and I have always had a dream of having my tunes played on his Release Yourself radio show. ‘Next” is a lot more House orientated than my stuff for Nick, it is no peak time bomb but more of a build up track. Stealth put out so many quality tunes back in the day and to be a part of their ongoing legacy is very special to me.’
But Burn’s accession to the high times is no coincidence. Fitting appropriately into the intense shift in attention now engulfing Electronic Dance Music with successive residencies alongside the Wall Records entourage in Las Vegas as well as further international exploits, his timing and persistence could not have been more perfect partners to the genres elf professed renaissance.
Burns explained: ‘Dance music has simply become more accessible. EDM has found a way to fuse itself with so many different avenues in music and as a result it now sits within the bigger picture. As a result, songs on the radio are carrying that same diverse energy; It was obviously just time for something new. The boundaries faded away and that is a good thing. Good music is good music and genre is now irrelevant.’
With his sights now set on an artist album that can carry the same positive noise as his radio breakthrough and subsequent anthems for Wall Recordings, Bobby Burns is a frontier still pacing the maps of Electronic Dance Music for further exploits to reign in for nation and genre alike. As the road ahead expands with every equivocal movement within the music industry, this is one artist whose extended shelf life seems increasingly certain.