When it comes to legendary artists with a deep seated history in the Harder Styles, it’s hard to understate the impact of Joshua Dutrieux, aka JDX. Known to most as the creator of the top voted Hardstyle track of all time, Live The Moment with Sarah Maria, JDX has guided and influenced the scene for over a decade, armed with over 40 years of experience making music, producing and DJing under a variety of different aliases - JDX, 567482, DJ Busy, Black Identity and the group Thalamus, in addition to a number of bands over the years.
JDX made music from a young age, trained as a classical musician as a child, later becoming part of a progressive rock band. He discovered house music at the age of 14 when he snuck out of his parents house to visit a party at the Goldfinger in Rosmalen. From that moment on, he was hooked on house music with its signature 4 on the floor rhythm, as opposed to band music at the time. This contrast forever set the tone for his future taste in music and began his adventure through the world of electronic music, leading to being a hardcore DJ, DJ Busy, from 1994 until 1998, when he decided to return to his roots and start a band called Gate.
In 2001, JDX heard the first Qlimax CD, which brought him to his next calling. The acid offbass influence of 140 BPM Hard Dance energized him and led him down a path of music production and creating his own record label, DJS Records.
He began creating show intros for Q-dance in 2005, expanding on his film music influences. At this time he also joined another label as DJ Busy, Straight On Recordings. As his journey in the Harder Styles continued, he encountered The Prophet that same year. The Prophet approached him at Q-Beach because enjoyed his work as Thalamus and invited him to the studio. They became close right away and started working right away, eventually leading to the track Revolt and the Sensation Black anthem, Blacker Than Black in 2007. With the help of The Prophet, he decided it was time to create a new artist name. From that moment on, JDX became a household name in the Harder Styles and joined Scantraxx Recordz, debuting with his record “Kick It In Ur Face”. He then created the 2007 Defqon.1 anthem with Brennan Heart.
JDX visited the United States in 2008. At that moment, he decided he wanted to pursue his dreams as a film composer, change his course and move to the US. In 2009 he moved to Los Angeles to start his new life. At that time, JDX began working on establishing one of the first American Hardstyle labels, JDX Music, and performed in the United States and in Australia at events like Hard Dance Nation and Magic City, for which JDX created anthems, as well as the world renowned EDC Las Vegas. In 2013, he took a step back from everything until he felt he was ready to return. It wasn’t until the day of Defqon.1 2018 that he would return to The Netherlands and the career of JDX would begin again.
In 2020 it was announced that Live The Moment was voted the Top Hardstyle track of all time in the Q-dance Dediqated Top 100. Being in such a list is undoubtedly an honour, but being at the top is simply unimaginable. Seeing that his work had made it so far lit a new spark in him - it was time to start producing Hardstyle again.
He returned to the scene with “Making Memories”, featuring Kaleidoscope Orchestra. Later that year, Transcendence with Headhunterz was part of the 2020 video edition of Qlimax. D-Block & S-te-Fan asked JDX to create a remix of their hit Ghost Stories in 2021, which helped JDX define the future path his music would take.
Following this path, in 2022 JDX was part of the Defqon.1 legends set at Defqon.1, one of the biggest honours a Hardstyle artist can receive. All those years of hard work led up to this one moment. Now, it’s time to reveal the full future sound of JDX, and to start a new era of music and memories.