Tell us about the formation of NEVERGLOW. What were you all doing before coming together to work on this project?
Frans: Before NEVERGLOW, we both had our own small careers - I was a DJ and Joris was making his own music and playing at bigger festivals. At one point, Joris was searching for a MC for his act and we happened to meet at a festival back in 2015. The topic came up and so I told him as a joke that I was the best MC that he could get!
You started out the gate with a widely supported Spaceman remix followed by a self-released collaboration with Steff da Campo. What steps did you take to launch this project so successfully?
Frans: I think it was about taking a step back and making sure we had a solid foundation for us to build off of. I believe that's really been the key to our successes so far. There was a time in 2017, before NEVERGLOW was formed, when we both lost all the fun we had in music. We didn't know why were were making tracks or playing in front of other people.
Joris: In that time before NEVERGLOW, people thought we didn't make music anymore and it freed us up and gave us the time we needed to think about why we wanted to make music. As a result, now we both really enjoy the creative process and it truly feels like a magical thing to make music all day. It also feels so good to receive messages and videos from people who're listening to our music and appreciate the things we've made in the studio. Even if the whole world tells us that we should do other things than just making music, we just don't care anymore. For us, it's clear that this is the only thing we want to do in life!
Frans: This counts for everyone who has a passion in life - it's always easier to just quit when that's what the people around you are telling you what to do. However, if that's not what you wanted to do, you'll find yourself regretting the fact that you didn't pursue that passion. If you have a genuine passion, put everything you've got to give you're all into it and follow that dream. You don't want to be that seventy year-old grumpy person who sits around all day, unsatisfied with where he is and what he's done in life. If he had pursued his passion while he could, he would probably be in a much happier place!
What's your creative process when you're making your tracks these days?
Frans: Take it away, Joris!
Tell us about your latest track with Jay-D on Showtek's label, Skink. How did this one come together and what were some of the challenges you encountered along the way?
Joris: I've known Jay-D for a long time and even worked with him on my previous project before NEVERGLOW. After we "quit" music, he and I still kept in touch. Around a year ago, I sent him the idea for this track.
Frans: We then met him at his studio, in Maarheeze of all places, and had a great time refining the track!
Joris: There was still some room for improvement after we left the studio, so we worked on it a bit more. Once we were happy with it, we sent it out to DJs and got early support from Mike Williams, Justin Mylo, Ummet Ozcan, Yves V, Juicy M and some others as well.
What have been some of the most memorable moments from your gigs?
Frans: Joining Steff Da Campo on stage when he closed Dirty House in Tivoli Utrecht was really special and also last summer we played at Peteyfest which was our first gig as NEVERGLOW! Both were incredible moments.
Joris: That's one of the coziest and nicest festivals in the Netherlands. It was lovely to be back after a while and play in front of our friends!
How do you guys like to unwind after a day in the studio or performing?
Joris: Netflix, Netflix and Netflix.
What're some of your goals for 2019 and beyond?
Frans: We're ready to do a lot of shows, first of all! We're also looking forward to sharing all the music we have and give people a good night out!
Joris: Another collab with Steff Da Campo is coming as well as releases on Dharma and Metanoia. There will also be a lot of more collabs coming with a lot of talented producers like FineRefined, Jaak, Nick Double, Gooz, Daav One, and Nssnd!
Frans: A monthly mixtape is also in progress.
Joris: And then we're also building a new studio! There's just so much to come this year!
A huge thank you to Joris and Frans for taking the time to answer our questions! Be sure to follow them on social media to stay updated with their latest releases and shows!
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