By Afra Naushad Ali Khan

Piet Bervoets, one-half of the acclaimed Dutch Trance act, Rank 1, gets tongue-rolling for a rare backstage interview. This one goes into dance music news’ golden archive!

Rank 1 DJ

You’ve had some pretty massive hits in your tune bag over the years. What does that kind of success mean to you?

The thing is you do what you like, whether it’s making music or playing as a DJ. It’s wonderful if people buy your music because they like it and come to your shows. God bless us DJs.

You and Benno have your music duties very clearly defined. Benno takes care of production duties while you get to famously be the globe-trotting DJ. Do you ever feel like wanting to swap places when you’re bored?

No, it’s never like that. But Benno sometimes talks to me about deejaying and I talk to him about producing. So it’s very decided, but still mixed up.

You’ve been in the music business so long…

Yeah…yeah…don’t talk about it… 

What do you think about the state of productions in the mainstream dance music industry at this point in time?

The thing is music is about personal taste. You cannot say that this music is bad or this music is good. It’s always personal. Well what we do we still like it, and that’s the most important thing. If it’s trance or not, we really don’t know. To be honest, I really don’t know what’s going on in the Trance scene, but it’s changing all the time and that’s good. 

What do you miss most while travelling constantly?

Solid ground. I don’t miss much about home. We’re used to a life like this.

Your records in the past have been inspired by classical music. Who’s your favourite?

I like Four Seasons, Vivaldi.

What are you listening to these days?

Everything from Iron Maiden to The Cranberries.

Passion or ambition?


The biggest lesson you’ve learnt the hard way in the industry?

Being too good and too friendly. Sometimes it doesn’t work. It’s a learning process.      




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