Dutch DJ Estiva Talks Mentorship, Touring With Armin Van Buuren

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With an extensive discography, DJ Estiva is known pressionally as a Dutch record producer, who creates deep, emotional melodies and driving grooves. He has earned respect and support from a wide variety DJs, festivals clubs and audiences worldwide over the years.

DJ Estiva recently sat down with Billboard Radio China at the last stop Armin Van Buuren's China Tour at Shenzhen to talk about how he got to where he is today and his plans for the near future.

He talks about his journey to becoming a successful DJ, his heart and passion for producing records and writing music, cultivated since the age 12, from using basic stware to producing dance music. At 18 years old, he got his first release. 

The release motivated Estiva to be more creative when producing and writing his own music. In 2009, people started invited him to play clubs. Unfortunately, with limited knowledge in DJing and mixing music, he underestimated his ability and lacked confidence.

Stepping out his comfort zone, he decided to bring a friend to teach him DJ mixing. With the help from his friend and persistent attitude, his first performance in a crowd around 500 people was a success. "It was the most nervous time, but that was the start," he recalls.

Estiva's inspiration from different elements in music helps him blend different worlds together effortlessly in the studio, clubs, and now, festival stages. When he began writing records and slowly starting his pressional career, he said that DJs Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto influenced him most on his DJ journey.

"They got me into the music, and now I am sharing the stage with one them," Estiva shares, referring to Van Buuren. "Traveling with someone who I look up to, you kind actually know the man, and it was a really good experience for me."

He said Van Buuren is not only an inspiration, but a mentor as well. "He has so much experience and can teach me a lot," he said.  

As to what's next, Estiva released new the single "Quickdraw" under A State Trance on June 1. Currently, Estiva is joining Armin van Buuren with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano for a 14-week residency at Hï Ibiza (Space) super club. Meanwhile, he will also perform at Ultra Europe on July 7 and Tomorrowland on July 27.

Listen the full radio interview on Billboard Radio China.