Interview: Sied van Riel

Your recent release Rielism has been well received.
It’s a new compilation series that we’ve started. The first one was released on May 9 and with this I wanted to show people where I stand at this point in my career. Of course I play a lot more than what’s featured on the compilation. I didn’t want to create a club mix. I wanted to create something that people can listen to at any time of the day … weather you’re at work, heading home or are about to go to a club.
Do you have a special ritual during production?
Not really, no. I just sit down, think about certain stuff or just answering emails and then suddenly I just get in to a certain mood and I start. I could also be playing around with some sounds and then come up with a riff or idea and take it from there. I’m not superstitious when it comes to producing music though. The thing I never do is save any presets or settings. That way, each track sounds a bit different sound wise.
What’s trance to you and why do you think it’s so popular?
Well I love trance, but not only trance. I play anything ranging from trance, house, progressive to “trouse” as they call it nowadays and the tech stuff as well. A good record is a good record, as long as it fits my style and taste I will play it. Trance almost seems to have become a way of life to a lot of people. Which I think is a cool thing, but I hope everyone will stay open minded and enjoy all there is to enjoy within the electronic dance music scene and beyond! So much good music out there.
Your return to Zouk has created a lot of buzz recently.
Do you know I’m really looking forward to returning to Zouk? No? Well I am and I cannot wait! If you all are okay with it I’d like to blow Zouk’s roof off. I’ll do my best to make it a night to remember!
Keep your heads up as Sied van Riel looks set to do as promised on May 27, 10pm. Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988. $25-30 includes two drinks.