I can still recall how, years ago, at an Awakenings party in Amsterdam, Laidback Luke ended his set around 11 am with Rotterdam Termination Source's nineties gabber anthem "Poing." At the time, that was simply not done; playing a super commercial hardcore classic at a serious techno party. And yet, this was arguably the best final track I’ve ever heard at Awakenings, because it was completely unexpected and it brought the house down.
These days, Luke tours all over the world and continues to surprise his audiences - whether it’s the Dutch techno crowds at Awakenings or American EDM fans at Ultra. He may have been ‘sucked into’ the mainstream, as he puts it. But that doesn’t stop him from making well-thought-out contributions to the public debate or calling out his colleagues personally on their behavior. He cares too much about the scene not to.