Ask Pieter-Jan who his musical heroes are, and without a doubt he will answer Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi, Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, and Hans Zimmer. Inspired by them, Pieter-Jan is currently experimenting with post-classical music. He still has a long way to go, but expect some beautiful melodies in the future.
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When Pieter-Jan and his childhood friend Sam Hauglustaine made a remix for one of their existing projects, the record company suggested they release it as a separate track, and D-Devils was born. But what started as a side project would soon become the main focus, as their third song unexpectedly took off. “The 6th Gate (Dance With The Devil)” went on to achieve gold records in Belgium and Denmark and a platinum record and number-one position in Greece. In addition, the song was also popular in the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and at some radio stations in the United States. Pieter-Jan was 18 at the time.
In 2001, Sam left the group, and Pieter-Jan continued on his own. Follow-up single “Judgement Day” climbed to the top again, and several other tracks followed. In 2014, Studio Brussel presenter Gunther D released a cover version of “The 6th Gate.” His version, created as a fan song for the World Cup in Brazil, reached first place in the charts again.
In the summer of 2017, D-Devils appeared for an exclusive back-to-back DJ set with DJ Ward at Tomorrowland.
The Quest (2001–2002)
When radio DJ Bjorn Verhoeven wanted to make a theme song for his radio show V-Quest (where listeners could request their favorite songs through SMS), he approached Pieter-Jan and fellow producers Bart Wierzbicki and Sigi Rosseau. Together, they wrote and produced the songs “Trying To Get Out” (#21 in the Belgian Singles charts) and “On Top” (#41 in the Belgian Singles charts). Maaike Moens was the singer on both tracks.
As a teenager, Pieter-Jan’s one dream was to score a hit record with the electronic dance music he made. At the age of 17, after being featured in a documentary program on national TV, he signed his first record deal with Byte Records. His first project, Outworld, was a collaboration with Belgian dance music legend Regi Penxten. Together, they wrote and produced three tracks: “Millennium” (#31 in the Belgian Ultratop Dance charts), “Unknown Lifeform” (#5 in the Belgian Ultratop Dance charts), and “The End” (#6 in the Belgian Ultratop Dance charts).
Other music (1998–2002)
Other music projects include Club Connection (#3 in the Belgian Ultratop Dance charts), Verax (#10 in the Belgian Ultratop Dance charts), DJ Wout meets Da Peejay (#11 in the Belgian Ultratop Dance charts), The Red Devil Anthem (#38 in the Belgian Ultratop Singles charts), Nephews in Trance (#28 in the Belgian Top of the Pops charts), D2 feat. Yutin, Eyes of Tanatloc, Futurez, Osaka 2, Savage-9, System 909, The Enforcer, The Second God, and Zippora. In total, Pieter-Jan wrote and produced around 50 dance music tracks.
Additional remixes for Emiliaz, Cinderella, and DJ Peter Project.