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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:21

Trance, progressive house, and a twist of techno.
Best known for: 
My inability to stand still in a DJ booth.
Tune of the year: 
Apart from my own stuff, W&W 'Shotgun'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
Basically, I want to be Spiderman! I want to shoot webs from my wrists!
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
Hard to play for one and not the other, has to be both.
What does EDM mean to you: 
Musical creativity and freedom.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
If they love the music and are gifted, who cares what or who they are?
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Nope, when it comes to DJing, I'm a good boy.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
Well yes, look at the hip-hop DJs!
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Somewhere in the States! Other than that, Holland will always be special.

Ørjan may only look about 13-years-old in some of his press photos, but he's actually 30. The Norwegian trance/progressive producer got his first keyboard at the age of 7, and hasn't really looked back. Making his name for his arresting trance compositions, he's hooked up with Armin van Buuren's camp in recent years - a move that has really propelled his trajectory upwards.

With a slew of cleverly crafted trance tracks in his discography, Ørjan is further living proof as to how music is a universal language. He lives in a remote Norwegian outpost, yet his tunes travel to the heart of the trance family.

"I made a track with Armin this year, which was a huge milestone in my career," Ørjan tells DJ Mag. 'Belter' is indeed a belter, and Orjan adds that standing onstage in front of "an insane amount of people" during A State Of Trance 550 in Den Bosch was another highlight of his year. "I've been touring all over the world seeing and meeting new places and people," says the man who was No.49 in the Top 100 DJs list last year.

"I also played quite a few times at Privilege in Ibiza, which has been a lifelong dream!"