Brennan Heart has been working in the music scene since he was 18, which is now 20 years ago. In that time he admits there have been a whole load of ups and downs, and so he decided he wanted to share them in his new book, HARD, which is available for free from his website. “I really wanted to show [the music industry's] struggles but also beautiful moments, to show you what made me into who I am today,” he says.
This year he has also enjoyed more time at home with family, while his highlight was spending a lot of time in his new studio making lots of new tracks, which has resulted in his collaboration-heavy new upcoming album ‘Brennan Heart & Friends’. “I try to take each song as it is, whether translated to pure hardstyle or more radio-suitable music. Last year I worked together with the Metropole Orchestra to recreate my hardstyle song ‘Hold On To Tomorrow’ as a classical piece for the national campaign of KWF, a Dutch Cancer Society.”
He signs off by saying he is also working on a “three-minute hairstyle song”, which surely would be a world's first.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Spending time with my family and kids, my new studio complex, and my Boretti barbecue!”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“You shouldn’t take things for granted. As an industry, we should be thankful for every opportunity we get to travel around the world doing what we love.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“We need to educate people about the history of racism. Especially when it comes to dance music, we have a lot to thank for the African-American contribution to the music we call dance today.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“I think it’s most important for people to realise that this fast-paced industry requires hard work. It’s a quick world with a lot of macho behaviour, while in fact, we should care much more about each other.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?