What were your biggest musical influences in the beginning?
Paul van Dyk of course was one of my biggest influences in electronic music but also Underworld, Daft Punk and many more. I was always drawn to the Trance-side of music and not so much into the Techno-side. Since I’m a classically trained piano player, the melody was always the most important thing about music for me. That’s why Trance was perfect because it’s the ideal blend of electronic music and classical influenced melodies. I really fell in love with that! In 1999 William Orbit released Barber’s Adagio for Strings remixed by dutch artist Ferry Corsten. And this made me think for the first time: “Hey, here we’ve got a classical piece of music mixed to a dance beat! Sounds pretty good — I like it!” And I've followed that path ever since.