âWe talked with Wouter Hummelink, artist manager for Aiobahn, Lyente, and Skywalk, about his journey through the EDM Industry which has led him to Encore Agency and signing one of his artists to Warner.
What made you a fan of EDM in the first place?
At the age of twelve, I started listening to EDM. I became a fan of EDM when I was 16 years old and discovered the DJ duo: Yellow Claw. I really enjoyed their live shows and mixtapes, especially "Yellow Claw Mixtape 3." What really captivated me was their attitude of literally "I don't give a fuck what you think, we just do what we want." They did the exact opposite of the rest of the EDM industry at that time. Seeing their live shows really solidified my love for the genre. My friends weren't really into dance music like I was, but that didn't matter to me. I discovered a lot of other artists and a lot of them were playing near my hometown in a festival. I visited the festival and I really felt the magic and feeling of what EDM can offer.
I found that working with music related stuff truly made me happy and gave me energy to get through my day. So I decided that I wanted to study the business of music and enrolled myself in the Herman Brood Academy.
I had the idea to make a group of artists and managers to help each other out and grow bigger with each other, as you can't do this on your own, so I discussed this idea with Camille and we thought, "Why don't we start something together?" Camille asked me if I wanted to join Encore Agency because he needed help and could trust me. So I joined the company and brought my artists along with me under the Encore Agency banner, and that's where we are today!
A huge thank you to Wouter Hummelink for taking the time to answer our questions! Additionally, thank you to Camille van Gurp for making this interview possible!
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