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Drum and bass star Netsky says NZ, his favourite place to play, could someday be his home

He's one of the biggest names in drum and bass, having played at Coachella, Glastonbury and Tomorrowland. But Netsky says his favourite gig was Gisborne's Rhythm and Vines in 2009.

Ten years on, and New Zealand remains the musician's favourite place to play - and he'd love to move here one day as well.

"I think it's a combination of amazing people and a really warm community over here," the 29-year-old, also known as Boris Daenen, told 1 NEWS.

The Belgian superstar credits his dad for introducing him to his love for music.

"He had an incredible record collection. Every Saturday, we'd listen to music on vinyl together. It was amazing," he said.

Daenen started DJing at 16 as a way to impress his school mates, but it quickly grew into something else.

"Electronic music was a good way to combine what my dad showed me like soul and funk and jazz - with amazing, soulful, warm chords - with a beat that made people move," he explained.

His high-energy, cheerful beats lit up clubs in his home country before quickly making their way around the world.

Netsky will perform in Auckland this weekend before jetting off to France. While it keeps him busy, he says he thrives off creating music that makes people happy.

"It's all about getting emotions across, not just happiness, but letting people feel a song and be part of it," he said. 

That also means diversifying across genres. More recently, he collaborated with US rappers Macklemore and Li'l Wayne.

"The drum and bass community is a very passionate community," he said. "For me it’s about the melody and sometimes the song is not made to be produced in a drum and bass way. Sometimes, you just want to take it easy a little bit."

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The 29-year-old will be performing in Auckland this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS