For the ones that don’t know you: who are you and what do you do? So I’m Diana Better known as Deetox I’m a hardstyle dj and producer for nearly 10 years 10 years is quite a while, how did get to this in the first place? Purely from a hobby I was going to hardstyle events myself and I got to know my boyfriend during that time He had the equipment to play at home He did it as a hobby too When I saw that, I thought it would be awesome to be able to do that So I started to practise I started getting the hang of things Then you’ll want to play at a party Things just went into motion Do you remember what that party was like? I remember really well I participated in the Indicator dj contest in Groningen I won that I never really expected that to be honest And then… Because I won that I got to play Indicator itself It used to be in Huize Maas It was a party I used to go to So that was a real wow-moment That’s when I realised I wanted to do it more often How did you go on? Did you do more contests? During that period of time I started producing my own music as well I did a lot of contests as well Actually just get as much as you can Trying to spread your name, that’s how it went So where does the love for the music come from? So I got into contact with hardstyle at one point I had downloaded some music I immediately loved the energy in the music I then discovered there were entire hardstyle parties So I went to visit a party That was the moment I knew. I went to every party And right now, when you’re making your own music, where does the inspiration come from? That can really be anything Sometimes I watch a movie and then I can hear something like a vocal that triggers me It can be anything – other genres as well It can be the weirdest things Do you listen to some other genres as well? I don’t listen to hardstyle that often at home Because when I make music and play sets it’s all I hear Sometimes it’s nice to hear something else I don’t have one specific genre that I really really listen to, a lot of everything actually You just told me you used to visit parties almost every week Do you still party sometimes? No, I don’t really go to events anymore to party I’m pretty much playing every weekend already You know, at one point it’s… You’ll find it chill to be at home for the weekend To just have a normal night of sleep We’re ten years past the line and what does your day look like now? For example, when you’re making music When I’m on a studio, I start early in the morning With producing Till the evening basically I’ve got a little one, so I have to take care of him But quite often I will continue in the evening hours as well So you alternate a bit Yeah exactly I do try to combine it with my family life of course To stick to regular working hours So I do started early in the day But that I’m a bit more restricted it does mean that I sometimes have to take a night To continue working late We’re in the indoor season so a lot of your parties are probably at night Isn’t that difficult? Not really, it’s not difficult – it’s … Look, my little one is sleeping at night so that is … It is not hard, but it’s a matter of planning right I used to go everywhere I wanted, but now I’ve got a little more to take into account How did you manage that during pregnancy? Most women go with pregnancy leave Yeah that was quite a thing I was lucky it wasn’t very visible till later on I’ve intentionally kept it a secret for a long while I kept on playing until I was pregnant for 7 months That’s when you really started to see it That’s when I made it known Before that I did have to miss a couple parties For example, I would’ve gone to Defqon Australia But that really didn’t go well with the pregnancy With the flying? No I was advised not to I didn’t know if it was doable or not up front So that … That played a role, but overall it was better than expected Luckily I had an easy pregnancy so I could just … keep on doing the bookings Does it influence your bookings right now? You’ll probably be gone a lot during summer Or at least for a couple days, is that easy to interchange for you? Yeah, it’s pretty doable for me Have you got any tips for women in the family life that want to … get going in the music industry? At least make sure you’ve got a good team around you People that … that can help you For example; my mother likes looking after my child That helps Yeah that really makes it a lot easier Otherwise it would’ve been harder to combine What if – you’ve been Deetox for ten years What is it that we can expect from you as it’s quite a milestone Yeah a lot has happened in those ten years I am currently working on plans for the coming year To kind of celebrate it Ten years really is quite something So that deserves to be celebrated What that’s going to look like is something I can’t spoil yet, but … I have kind of done a restart for myself I have been spending the past few months on really developing a new sound Including new kicks that I want to incorporate into my new tracks It’s like a fresh start for me We’ll be doing fun things You’ve had that incident and for the people that do not know: Does that currently still have an influence on you? Or is that something that was a certain time? It’s hard for me to imagine of course It is something that I’ve left in the past but it has had a lot of impact Of course when it happened, but also after it had happened It has really had a tailing effect And you have to see it like this, you’re really just … Completely immersed in the preparations for Defqon And suddenly the lights go out To put it like that And afterwards, you want to get back as soon as possible Get back to your old life I couldn’t do that, still a lot of pain I was heavily medicated as well I really couldn’t be myself at that moment I can also imagine it had a mental impact Yes it surely did At first … in a negative way But eventually it switched into something positive Have you maybe got some tips … how you’ve transferred that into something positive? Well it’s also how you handle things of course It wasn’t like a flip that switched of course At a certain point, the realization came that you only live once It can be over in an instant, that was pretty clear Exactly I’ve been on the couch with a lot of men to do these interviews You’re one of the first women Does it have impact for you, that … there aren’t many women in the scene? That certainly has had influence, yeah Definitely at the start I have noticed at the start that not everyone takes you seriously and that people look at you in a different light It never really bothered me, I’ve always just done my own thing and I continued with that It’s not fun of course, you do feel it I can imagine that there are a lot of women that get repelled by that though Shouldn’t have to Yeah I agree It does affect it though Do you have any tips for the women to work around that? Because I can imagine that it’s odd for women in the scene Of course, it is hard. Like I see it you get a lot negative feelings How do you – or did you deal with that? Like I said, I just don’t let it affect me The only tip I can really give is that you shouldn’t give a shit and do what you want to You need to really believe in yourself and stand behind your choices Especially that, surely Does that still play a role now – ten years later? Or is it less so because your reputation is steady You know, I think we’re living in 2020 now People are saying things are getting more in balance But I see that differently It is however quite… well People are distinguishing You see it on line-ups as well, there’s actually always place for just one female act Yeah… well I don’t know whether that’s on purpose or … I don’t know how that works, but I’ve got the feeling that … That it might happen on purpose or it could be accidental Some form of distinction maybe By the time this comes up it’s end of January hopefully, maybe halfway February However, it does mean festival season is starting in 2 or 3 months I always look forward to it, is that something that you feel the same way? For me, it’s the most beautiful time of the year Every year again Just the entire vibe at a festival, it seems to be happier Add the sun to it That does help What have been some highlights for you the past ten years? Defqon keeps on being a highlight for me every year It is amazing to play there Qlimax is a personal highlight for me of course But it kan really be a lot of parties, like the smaller ones that you don’t instantly think of or something That do leave a really fun impression Sometimes the vibe is better at the smaller parties, yeah That’s very true I’ve had many small parties where they blew the roof off and those are things that stay with you Do you have a bucket list for the coming years? I want to play that festival, I want to go to that country I want to release this and this Yeah, difficult to be honest You’ve done a lot already China was something that had been on my bucket list I got to do that last year China seems very different to me, is that true? Yes it is very different But very fun, fun people But it is not to be compared with … the vibe in Europe, even the way people dance It is truly their own way Really cool to experience I would love to go to the United States But that is me naming something that … That if it doesn’t happen than, well Not that bad? No, no, but I would like to go to the United States anyways Would be cool if you got to play there too then Yes, if I could combine that I want to thank you for having me, I loved the interview And I’m surely going to do this with more women Like you said; we have to support each other More people in the scene, more women in the scene Thank you all for watching and tell me what you think of it Follow Diana if you don’t already Follow me if you don’t And let me know with whom I should be doing videos or interviews So thank you and until next time!