Dutch DJ Estiva Talks Mentorship, Touring With Armin Van Buuren

DJ Estiva
Courtesy of Live Nation Electronic Asia / Billboard Radio China

DJ Estiva performs as opening act on Armin van Buuren's China tour on March 17, 2018, at Reborn 755 in Shenzhen, China.

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

DJ Estiva recently sat down with Billboard Radio China at the last stop of <a href="/music/Armin-Van-Buuren">Armin Van Buuren</a>'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 of 12, from using basic software 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 of 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 of 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 professional career, he said that DJs Armin Van Buuren and <a href="/music/Tiesto">Tiesto</a> influenced him most on his DJ journey.
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"They got me into the music, and now I am sharing the stage with one of them," Estiva shares, referring to Van Buuren. "Traveling with someone who I look up to, you kind of 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 of Trance on June 1. Currently, Estiva is joining Armin van Buuren with <a href="/music/Sunnery-James">Sunnery James</a> & <a href="/music/Ryan-Marciano">Ryan Marciano</a> 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 <a href="" target="_blank">Billboard Radio China</a>.