The name Lodewijk Fluttert might not mean much to you, but in the guise of Bakermat, he topped the charts around the world with “Vandaag.” That breakthrough track sampled Martin Luther King’s legendary ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and the follow-up “Teach Me” is built around samples of Shirley Caesar. Choosing to rework a chain gang anthem as “Another Man” is a bit edgy, but his unique interpretation gives the song a whole new meaning. Watch out for his forthcoming debut album on which he will be exploring a wide range of diverse dance music styles.
RS: I love “Teach Me,” what inspired you to use a Shirley Caesar’s lyrics?
Bakermat: I like to use old samples in my music; I am a really big fan of gospel, soul, and blues. I listen to older music a lot and I wanted to make a combination with new music.
RS: Going back to the “Vandaag” song, did that start as a track and then you added the sample or did it start with the sample?
Bakermat: I started with the track actually, I had my melodies all lined up but it needed some sort of buildup. That’s when I got the idea to use Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech because it had such a buildup. It was perfect for the sound.
RS: You got a little controversial with the “Another Man” song; you know that song is taken from The Chain Gang anthem right?
Bakermat: I interpret it differently. Maybe the original meaning was like that but I interpreted it differently and my track just gives it a whole new meaning.
RS: What is coming next from you music wise?
Bakermat: A lot of new stuff, I have an album coming up with a lot of diverse music. I am also experimenting with songs that only have 100 BPM and that kind of style. I want to make it very diverse to show the different sides I have as a producer.
RS: Were you a producer first or a DJ?
Bakermat: A producer
RS: What inspired you to start DJing?
Bakermat: I kind of had to. I started producing 2 ½ years ago and when I put my first track online it got hype and then the show requests came in. I had never even seen a CDJ before so the first club that I went to was actually the first time I saw a CDJ. I had to google it before to see what buttons did what, I taught myself via YouTube.
RS: Why are Dutch men so tall?
Bakermat: I don’t know, maybe it’s because of what we eat; we eat a lot of peanut butter and that kind of stuff.
RS: With all the gigs that you are playing and with being on the road so much how do you keep yourself healthy and sane?
Bakermat: I don’t. I am pretty insane on tour but I like it. That is what makes touring interesting and cool, you experience a lot.
RS: Are there any collaborations coming up?
Bakermat: I have some collaborations with some interesting singers and bands but it’s all for the album. I can’t tell you names yet, it needs to be a surprise with the album comes. It’s cool because I am a big fan of these people and it is also with a really old guy from the states.
RS: If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?
Bakermat: I would say don’t worry so much, I was so worried back in the day. I was a really lazy kid and I didn’t do anything, but it all worked out eventually. I did what I love and I am in Miami right now, standing next to a pool with beautiful women, I am happy.
RS: At the end of the night which hurts more- your ears from the sound or your eyes from all the camera phones?
Bakermat: Definitely my ears, I am still not wearing ear protection. I want to but I can’t because I want to hear everything and it blocks frequencies out.
RS: What software do you use to make your music?
Bakermat: I use FL Studio and Ableton. I use Ableton for samples because it is really good with the scratching and stuff but I like the arrangement windows with FL studio. I arrange in FL and make my beats and stuff in Ableton.
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Bakermat: A big, big, big thank you for supporting me and letting me travel the world. I hope that you will keep on supporting me and listen to the album and come to my shows one day.
Interview conducted during WMC 2015.