Zany is rightly known as a veteran of the dance scene, with over ten years of experience at the turntables.
Raoul van Grinsven, who lives a stone’s throw from Eindhoven, the city of lights, is currently a fulltime DJ/producer, after having worked on the side for ten years in a record shop.
He started his career in the hardcore world, working between times with techno and trance, and has had many hits in the top 10, under various aliases. For the last few years, he has been concentrating on hardstyle.
The former member of Shadowlands Terrorists has been producing for the Fusion label for many years, under a variety of pseudonyms.
“The ambience of the hardstyle scene is great, with enthusiastic and varied audiences. Hardstyle is a broad movement which I get a lot out of. However, I’m not afraid of incorporating techno, hardtrance and oldschool into my sets. The audience appreciates it if a DJ plays a variety of styles, rather than just hammering away in the same tone.”
The former chef was infected with the dance bug by his elder brother and started working in the beginning of the 90’s in the Eindhoven record shop Freaky Records.
During that time, Raoul was regularly to be found in local clubs like Carte Blanche and Carmen, and at big Shadowlands parties.
As a member of the Shadowlands team, he performed abroad with the live act Shadowlands Terrorists, as well as under his own name.
In the meantime, Van Grinsven has played in such countries as Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Germany, Belgium, America, England, Curaçao, Australia and France.
The musically broad-focussed Zany decided to concentrate his energies on the emerging hardstyle around the turn of the millennium, putting his activities as a hardcore DJ/producer on the back burner.
Highlights on his extensive current CV include well-known parties such as Defqon.1, Qlimax, Sensation Black, Qlubtempo, X-qlusive, In Qontrol, Decibel and Hardbass. “Hardcore’s popularity was lessening around that time and hardstyle was an interesting new movement.
It was a challenge for me to get involved in it straight away.”
Innovation and progress are two key words in Zany’s career. Already on his first steps towards producing – under the name of Shadowlands Terrorists – he tried to develop a distinctive sound.
From 2001, Raoul made a series of EP’s and remixes for the Fusion label, under various pseudonyms, plus a mix album ‘New Generation Bass’.
The recordings which appear under the stage name DJ Zany are by Raoul himself.
On stage, Donkey Rollers consists of three people, while the music is produced by Raoul and Michel Pollen. “The Netherlands has always put its stamp on the international dance scene and we must keep up this role of trendsetter. So producers and DJ’s must always try to achieve progress and avoid repeating themselves.
Only then can movements and scenes develop.”