After an amazing night last Friday we couldn’t hold back on the recordings, could we? Here you go! All the sets of our Farewell party in Amsterdam in chronological order. Big thanks to all family and friends that have joined us during this memorable night. 

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After an amazing night last Friday we couldn’t hold back on the recordings, could we? Here you go! All the sets of our Farewell party in Amsterdam in chronological order. Big thanks to all family and friends that have joined us during this memorable night. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last ADE, we joined forces with the mighty HYTE at the Warehouse Elementenstraat in Amsterdam. With a lineup consisting of Laurent Garnier, Meatrik, Recondite and many more, you’d almost miss the action that was going on in the second room. Our room.

Our special guests for the night were Chymera and Tsepo, of which the latter we’ve already shared his set. To bring back all the good memories, Chymera got in touch with us to finally share his own recording and we’re still impressed as ever. Really happy to be able to share this with you.

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Artist: Chymera
Label: Sweat Lodge Agency
Based: Berlin, Germany

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Last ADE, we joined forces with the mighty HYTE at the Warehouse Elementenstraat in Amsterdam. With a lineup consisting of Laurent Garnier, Meatrik, Recondite and many more, you’d almost miss the action that was going on in the second room. Our room.

Our special guests for the night were Chymera and Tsepo, of which the latter we’ve already shared his set. To bring back all the good memories, Chymera got in touch with us to finally share his own recording and we’re still impressed as ever. Really happy to be able to share this with you.

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Reza Athar is a name that has been snapping the necks of the club elite for quite some time now, so it seems. However, his quick rise actually started just over a year ago. Starting with his Horizon concept, in which he invites artists that needed to be introduced in Holland, he quickly got recognized for his diverse style and infectious DJ sets.

Reza’s style is very diverse. He can dive into some italo, head over to post 80’s house and head on to techno, and he can do all of this in under ten minutes. The unique aspect about all of this, is that even though his love for music crosses many genre borders, he is always on point with telling his story, and blending all his records into a single piece of music.

“Searching for music I don’t really have specific characteristics that I’m looking for, but when I look at the music I bought afterwards, I can discover similarities. In the wide range of music I want people to hear from me, I always try to incorporate a little bit of “Reza”. I don’t do this with genres, but more with the feeling of a track. My music is dreamy, atmospheric, has funk in it and has a strong link to the 80’s en late 70’s. That is the music I’m automatically drawn to. Besides that I tend to skip the songs that have been played out by other DJ’s already. I have the feeling that those song already reached their audience. So it would be better for myself to focus on the songs that haven’t done that yet. There are exceptions of course, like Boot & Tax’s “Dancin’”, but other than that I can be quite a pain in the ass about that. ”

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Artist: Reza Athar
Label: None
Based: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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MIND / HORIZON
Mind, Amsterdam
Horizon, Amsterdam

Reza Athar is a name that has been snapping the necks of the club elite for quite some time now, so it seems. However, his quick rise actually started just over a year ago. Starting with his Horizon concept, in which he invites artists that needed to be introduced in Holland, he quickly got recognized for his diverse style and infectious DJ sets.

Reza’s style is very diverse. He can dive into some italo, head over to post 80’s house and head on to techno, and he can do all of this in under ten minutes. The unique aspect about all of this, is that even though his love for music crosses many genre borders, he is always on point with telling his story, and blending all his records into a single piece of music.

“Searching for music I don’t really have specific characteristics that I’m looking for, but when I look at the music I bought afterwards, I can discover similarities. In the wide range of music I want people to hear from me, I always try to incorporate a little bit of “Reza”. I don’t do this with genres, but more with the feeling of a track. My music is dreamy, atmospheric, has funk in it and has a strong link to the 80’s en late 70’s. That is the music I’m automatically drawn to. Besides that I tend to skip the songs that have been played out by other DJ’s already. I have the feeling that those song already reached their audience. So it would be better for myself to focus on the songs that haven’t done that yet. There are exceptions of course, like Boot & Tax’s “Dancin’”, but other than that I can be quite a pain in the ass about that. ”

Besides that, what are your ways to select music?

“I also like to select songs that haven’t been made for the dance floor solely, and turn them into dance floor hits. Songs that haven’t been made for a dance audience can be the more fun and interesting ones, and this applies to the producers as well. Some of the dance-oriented bands or artists that I really like have their roots outside of the dance scene. They’ve played in bands, or have done something else, and had gotten into dance after that for some reason. They don’t necessarily make music with a club setting in mind, and that is what attracts me.

Tracks with a clear formula don’t appeal to me that much. They have a clear effect, but are not as fun to play out as tracks that originally weren’t only meant to be played in the type of settings I play them. Music that comes from different disciplines can be more interesting, and can have a different effect, in my opinion. Take Red Axes for example: they used to be in psychedelic bands, and after seeing Ivan Smagghe they decided that the dance scene was something they wanted to be a part of. It is a blessing of these times, because there seem to be coming more and more people that play out music in the nightlife that wasn’t made for there, and it works.”

Next to DJ’ing, Reza has two different nights he hosts in Amsterdam: Horizon and Mind. Both concepts are platforms for new and inspiring artists. Horizon focuses more on new talent, or DJ’s that haven’t been in Holland very often, and Mind is more focused on the DJ’s that have made a career with DJ’ing.

“Often I get asked by journalists and other people when I’m going to start producing, but I don’t think this a logical order. I don’t think that, in order to enlarge your audience or success, you need to be a producer. I don’t like the mentality of doing something to create something else. I don’t want to be a producer in order to get gigs to play as DJ, and that applies the other way as well.

Nowadays it seems to be the path to take, but I really like how we are defying this with our concept Mind, and for myself I would love to make it purely on how I do my DJ’sets, and not by how popular my songs are. I’m not saying you’ll never see me in a studio making music, but for now I don’t feel the urge to do so, and if I don’t have that, I think it would be wise to lay of it a bit longer.”

Reza Athar has made quite a few podcasts in recent times, varying from home listening music to live sets, and we’re thrilled to have him aboard for our series as well.

“I’m going to do the podcast in one take. I’ve done them in multiple takes in the past, but I’ve noticed that I lose energy when I do that. I want to be motivated when I record a podcast like this, and for that I have to force myself to record it at once. I already have a selection in my head of how I want it to sound, which gets me exited as well. You’ll hear psychedelic tracks that I currently like, and also a couple of techno tracks that I’m really into at the moment. There was a time that I hated techno, because it was too functional, lazy, non-creative and without any imagination in my eyes. Thanks to labels as Minimal Wave/Cititrax, L.I.E.S., Hotflush and Phantasy, to name a few, techno got its soul back again. These recent discoveries have made me enthusiastic about techno all over again, and that’s what I hope you’ll hear as well.

In terms of making a podcast and playing at a club there are different factors to consider. The thing I like when making a podcast is that mostly, I can lay out a larger variety of atmospheres than in a club. I can showcase a wider range of myself there, which is also possible in a club, but more limited, because you have a party, and party people to entertain. I don’t have to work the audience here, and I can start with a clean slate, so to speak. Of course there is an audience for my podcast which I have to think about, but podcasts are often listened in a different kind of setting, say at offices, at home, in a train or to get warmed up for a party. In the past I’ve been asked by promoters if I really play live as I do in my podcasts, (which really isn’t the case) and I had to explain them that podcasts and live dj mixes are totally different things in my eyes.”

As we’ve said, things have moved rather fast for Reza Athar. Before his night at the Natte Cel in Trouw last year he had been paddling in the clubbing pool, and not long after that evening his popularity took a steep dive in that same pont. This puts a lot of pressure on someone, and things can seem escalate quickly. Reza managed to stay calm, and enjoy every bit of it, and when we spoke him he was already bearing quite some experience.

“I’ve done quite a few things before I started DJ’ing. I’ve worked at a call centre, I’ve been a doorman at the Stadsschouwburg in Nijmegen and much more, but this is the first thing that is giving me so much satisfaction. I try to be a DJ for everybody in the club, but at an evening there will always be people that don’t dig the musical path I’ve chosen. In the beginning I tried to regain the confidence of those people as well while I was playing, but I noticed that it didn’t work out for me. I lost myself, and the people that where actually liking what I was doing. I don’t do that anymore. Of course, I want everybody to have a great time, but I have accepted that it is okay to lose ten or twenty people that don’t like it, and stay with ninety people that are really into it.

That is something I learned by doing, but another thing I learned is that I’m totally depended on the interaction with the crowd. It is something that I’m really looking for, and I need that feedback from the people in front of me. I want to share my music with everyone, and see the same enthusiasm that I had when I first listened to my records, and I don’t mind sharing it either.”

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This was Buiten Westen 2015. We had a blast!

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Buiten Westen
18-07-2015
Westerpark, Amsterdam
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This was Buiten Westen 2015. We had a blast!

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In our Around The Clock feature, we let artists take us through a typical day in their lives using a selection of tracks. Usually, the outcomes are very surprising and fun, casting a different light on the artists then seen while DJ’ing or performing.

Today, we’re letting Petar Dundov show us how a regular day in Zagreb is spend. Preparing his set at Buiten Westen this weekend, we had a fun time discussing his tracks that guide him through his day.

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Artist: Petar Dundov
Represented by: Unbound Artists

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Buiten Westen Festival
Tickets: €42,50

In our Around The Clock feature, we let artists take us through a typical day in their lives using a selection of tracks. Usually, the outcomes are very surprising and fun, casting a different light on the artists then seen while DJ’ing or performing.

Today, we’re letting Petar Dundov show us how a regular day in Zagreb is spend. Preparing his set at Buiten Westen this weekend, we had a fun time discussing his tracks that guide him through his day.

 

Art Of Noise: Moments In Love (9 AM)

I’m not an early bird, and like to wake up gently. I don’t have any morning rituals as in exercises, just coffee. I like to start my day positive, and this fits right in. It’s a perfect song to wake up to because it has such a positive and harmonic melody, and sets a nice tempo. I’m a very relaxed person, and I tend to be like this during the day. The song’s tempo helps me wake up from my subconscious.

Supergrass – Moving (11 AM)

This gives me awareness that I need to do something. I like to listen to it in the car, and it gives me enthusiasm and energy during the morning. I think it’s one of the finest songs Supergrass has made. It wakes up my body and motivates me to solve all the issues I have that day. It has an emotional part, and after that a liberating feeling of energy. It’s a contrast, which I like in music. It is telling you that we’re gonna manage this and keep on moving.

Andreas Vollenweider – Belladonna (5 PM)

This is my afternoon song. I first started playing the guitar, so I’m very familiar with the textures and sounds of an acoustic guitar, which I find great to hear. The first time I heard Belladonna we were testing a new speaker set at friends, and when I heard this it blew me away. I like the texture in this song, because it is very delicate and light, but deep at the same time. It has a slow and fast past, and keeps on progressing with beautiful melodies that can move you anywhere really.

I like to stay in slow and fast motions during the day, but with a slow passed energy overall. As soon as the song gets fast it starts to get slow again, and vice versa. It keeps me in a right state of awareness, but is not constantly challenging. I tend to get a little sleepy around this time, but this keeps my brain active.

Kavinsky – Nightcall (9 PM)

My father was really into disco, in the 70s 80s, and as a kid I first listened to this kind of electro pop sound. I was surrounded by it and it got me into music. Nightcall has that 80s feel, which I can’t pinpoint exactly, but I really like it.

I heard it in the movie Drive, and searched for the artist. The song is like driving in the night; it has the spirit of the city. If you want to go somewhere, or drive home from work, this is really perfect, because it has a kind of city sound to it. The sun is coming down, and the night is waking up. You have a male and female conversation in the song, which I also tend to have with my wife. In the evening, we can have long conversations with my wife contemplating life. This is a soundtrack to that.

TV Victor – You

That’s the sound I like to listen to after my day. I have a lot of records with these kinds of tempos. You’re at home, or coming from a night out with friends, and listen to some music that still has a club sound, but with a more meditative vibe. I used to play in chill out areas where I would play this kind of music, but they don’t really do that anymore.

I wish there would be more music like this, because it removes the unimportant things and keeps only the necessary. I have a couple of cd’s with tracks that can go on for half and hour and are just loops, but with very interesting sounds. This can be intense, because we’re living in an oversaturated world, and I think this is closer to what we are made for to experience.

After a night, your body is slowing down, but your mind needs to be slowed down to. This music is regrouping the two, and clears your mind, making it possible to contemplate the day. Then, with this music, I like to go ‘offline’

 

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Next to all the artists playing at Buiten Westen, you will also find us in the crowd. Running from stage to stage, from bar to bar and from coin machine to Dixie toilet. A day to relax and haste at the same time. A festival day is an all round experience and has its own pace which is almost impossible to ignore. Together with the Buiten Westen crew we’ve selected a couple of tracks that represent this unique flow. The festival is almost sold out, so be fast!

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Festival: Buiten Westen
Based: Amsterdam (NL)

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Buiten Westen Festival
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Next to all the artists playing at Buiten Westen, you will also find us in the crowd. Running from stage to stage, from bar to bar and from coin machine to Dixie toilet. A day to relax and haste at the same time. A festival day is an all round experience and has its own pace which is almost impossible to ignore. Together with the Buiten Westen crew we’ve selected a couple of tracks that represent this unique flow. The festival is almost sold out, so be fast!

Weval – Rooftop Paradise (12 PM)

These guys have their roots in cinema and have been playing for a couple of years now, and recently joined the mighty Kompakt Records, where they are planning a new EP and an album yet to be released. Rooftop Paradise is the perfect festival starter, easing you into the vibe of a whole day of joy and dancing. When you enter the festival you first need to settle. Secure your coat, get some drinks, collect your friends, explore the terrain and then pick your first dancing spot.

Beacon – Fault Lines (Dauwd Remix) (3 PM)

By now you have found your spot, showcased your first dancing moves and you know that you have a great day in prospect. Dauwd’s remix fits right into this moment. All the elements, from the vocal work to the bass stabs and small percussional hits, are so well rearranged in order to get that Dauwd feeling: a lovely floating sensation without getting too dreamy.

Reggie Dokes – Let Me Go (Culoe De Song Zulu Spirit Mix) (5 PM)


We’ve reached the turning point of the festival. You’re in over your head, and can’t make heads or tails of anything. You are in the eye of the storm, and with a good five hours behind you, there are still six to go. Up to this point, we experience the festival very consciously. Still adjusting to the atmosphere, the decoration and the stages, but at this point we’re totally settling down.

In terms of house music Culoe De Song is definitely one of Africa’s biggest export products. There are no heavy drops, or sudden stirs in most of his songs, but everything blends so well together that you don’t need such severe movements. The groove in Culoe’s songs is so powerful and enchanting that playing with melodies and percussion, vocals and chants on an almost subliminal level is enough to carry you away.

Petar Dundov – Origins (7 PM)


Right now you can find us in the NGHTDVSN area, where Petar Dunvod has just started. His extraterrestrial and driving grooves keep on grabbing us by the throat. The Zagreb-based producer has seemingly claimed the whole spectrum of snappy, arpeggiated synth based tracks, layered over steady, straight lined grooves that seem to go on and on.

CW/A – Conducting The Method (10 PM)

We are already approaching the end of the day, but before everything is over we’re letting ourselves get carried away by Clockwork & Avatism (CW/A). This collaboration resulted in a pounding, hypnotic dose of grungy techno. These two Italians recently decided to dedicate their fulltime music carriers to this project. A full-length album is ready to be released right after the summer, and this track represents everything they stand for. Expect a high-energy live performance driven by analogue drum machines, raw basslines and synths that will make your socks dirty.

Max Cooper – Walls (2 AM)

So here we are, the day part is over. Let’s head on to the after party, because we’re not ready to go home yet. The line up for the after party will be secret for just a little bit longer, but this track describes it all. It’s simple, it’s bad ass, it’s tearing but quite elegant at the same time. It’s one of those tracks where you take a risk playing it during your set, ’cause the outcome can be quite unpredictable. It could kill your set on one side but, oh boy, drop it at the right moment and it’ll be the key moment of an epic gig.

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Heleen Blanken is one of Holland’s most interesting visual artists at the moment, working with a collection of self attained gem stones, minerals and objects from nature in her direct environment. This summer, she will be performing the whole day at the NGHTDVSN stage with her live show, just as she did last year, and we sat down with her to discuss her work and her preparation for this intense eleven hour day.

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Artist: Heleen Blanken
Label: Octopus
Based: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

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Buiten Westen
18-07-2015
Westerpark, Amsterdam
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Heleen Blanken is one of Holland’s most interesting visual artists at the moment, working with a collection of self attained gem stones, minerals and objects from nature in her direct environment. This summer, she will be performing the whole day at the NGHTDVSN stage with her live show, just as she did last year, and we sat down with her to discuss her work and her preparation for this intense eleven hour day.
“I just sat down with the Good Guyz, and we’ve created an installation in cooperation with The Cloud Collective in which everything is optimized for me to project my show. We looked at the location, and decided that the installation should also be a standalone and impressive object to look at. That is one of the things I love so much about Buiten Westen. They understand that when you put just a little bit more effort in the design and feel of the festival the effect is so much stronger. There is a tipping point where this happens, and there is no grey area. Either you put in enough effort and make something beautiful, or you put in just not enough, and then it flops. It is the buttons that make the shirt, and I love the fact that we’ve put so much energy and effort in the entire area.

Heleen studied Graphic Design, has worked as a graphic designer, and has studied Visual Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. After that she got in touch with the Nightwriters, a Dutch collective of writers, for whom she made visuals to second their stories. After doing that for almost two years, she started making teasers for TrouwAmsterdam, and from there on performing live started to develop gently.

“I like to have a lot of connection with what I do and I like to approach my profession from different angles. The borders are diminishing between what is happening at art galleries and whats going on at festivals, enabling you to reach more people, making the combination of both worlds very interesting. Visual Arts is very hard to categorize, but it is a large part of my life. Everything what I do now is connected with each other.

You can notice quite easily when people are good at something because they feel a necessity to do what they are doing. When the motives to express yourself dont stem from some sort of inner necessity, I don’t think you’ll last long. Take Ben Klock for example. With him, I can clearly see the urge and necessity to create techno music and to express it. You can feel that drive, and I believe thats exactly the point where the people start to stand out from the rest.

I entered this world quite naturally, and I may never be as famous as a DJ, or become as exposed as one, but I’m quite comfortable with that. In the end its about the visual art.

Heleen has a studio in Amsterdam where she has stacked a wide selection of minerals, gem stones and all kinds of objects, found in the wild and collected over the years. This is on of her back catalogues from which she creates her images. It has been an obsession from a young age, and now she’s using her expertise in mapping nature’s beauty for her show.

I love what nature produces without a human interference, and I’m conducting a research into that at the moment. The further you look, the more patterns you see. Its almost mathematical, and the interesting thing is, you can actually see these mathematical connections when you explore the material from under a microscope. You will find geometrical shapes that originated out of a natural proces, and that’s what I’m looking for. My research into this entails the search for these types of patterns, which I capture in various ways. I use different camera’s and different lighting to get the best of it, and I categorize all this into a piece.

Im not aiming at creating spectacle, but I am trying to achieve a meditative state by combining my images with the music. This doesn’t happen in sync with the beat, and is not a one on one translation of what happens in a track. If I would do so, I would start to anticipate, and that doesn’t work anymore. I need to express the same organic effect music has on your brain, and I need to be able to wander of. That’s how I adjust my images to the music, and that’s how it stays an interpretation, instead of an all too literal translation. When that happens I can transcend into the music, contemplate what I’m hearing, and translate that back into images. When that reaches people, I feel like Ive succeeded.

Heleen is monitoring the NGHTDVSN stage the whole day and has to account for a lot of DJ’s with various styles. Playing on the stage are Tsepo, Satori, Etapp Kyle, Max Cooper, Petar Dundov CW/A and Jonas Kopp. Big names that overlap in styles, but are also different from each other, and all have their respected qualities and unique sound.

The images I get out of my research get categorized into different atmospheres. When I’m preparing for a long festival set like this, I first look at the DJs and build my set around that. Stages at festivals are usually programmed to have a more melodic and atmospheric start, gaining more intensity towards the end. I adjust my image banks to that.

The movement of my images doesn’t come from from the speed of rotation or filters, but from the images themselves. For an intense image, I can use a short clip of a lighting flash, which is very hectic. But even with a hectic image, it can be very beautiful to play it very slow, creating a contradiction. This creates friction, thats exactly what I’m looking for. Since I’m doing this the entire day, I have a wonderful intern who helps me and can fill in for me when I need to take a little break. I usually work straight for two hours, and then take a fifteen minute break, this freshens me up. It is a lovely stage and the line up is put together very well. Just like last year really, when it was packed from beginning till the end, so I’m very much looking forward to it again!

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This weekend we’re hosting our own evening at one of the finest clubs in Amsterdam at the moment: Closure. Our night will showcase the music of Tsepo, Some Chemistry and Florinsz Janvier. Three good friends who are all familiar with the club and know how to throw a party. Next to that, Parisienne, and label chief of one of the more sophisticated labels in our field, Jennifer Cardini is in town. She’s had a hell of a schedule the last week, and is joining us on our evening as well. Yesterday we had a brief talk with her, and she showed us how a typical day in her life would be. Especially now with this beautiful weather.

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Artist: Jennifer Cardini
Represented by: WeAreE


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This weekend we’re hosting our own evening at one of the finest clubs in Amsterdam at the moment: Closure. Our night will showcase the music of Tsepo, Some Chemistry and Florinsz Janvier. Three good friends who are all familiar with the club and know how to throw a party. Next to that, Parisienne, and label chief of one of the more sophisticated labels in our field, Jennifer Cardini is in town. She’s had a hell of a schedule the last week, and is joining us on our evening as well. Yesterday we had a brief talk with her, and she showed us how a typical day in her life would be. Especially now with this beautiful weather.

08:00 AM Jonathan Fitoussi & Clemens Hourrière – Five Steps

Five Steps is the fruit of a recent collaboration between Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens Hourrière. They got invited to do a full album using one of the first modular synthesizers dating from the 1970s, The Buchla 200. It’s a beautiful album, perfect for the morning, you can wake up gently to it. I got it a few weeks ago and I’m definitely gonna listen to this way more. It’s this kind of album where you need to give it some time.

It depends on the morning what I listen to. Sometimes I listen to the radio or news , which I really like. With records it’s mostly not very violent. I need quite a lot of coffee in the morning, but music wise nothing with a kick. So mostly I listen to a lot of ambient and electronica. I’m also a big fan of Diana Ross, that’s very good for mornings as well.

Here is a link to the full album

12:00 AM Nick Höppner – Come Closer

With the office work regarding the label, and all the things I have to do, this track fits very well. It’s got a good rhythm, good vibe, its perfect for getting into action and start working. I’m lucky, because my work space in my flat has a lot of light, and especially now with the weather its perfect. I have the window open and listen to this. Its a little bit distracting but in a good way.

Nick is also very entangled with Berghain, and you can feel that in the track. I’m so in love with that place, the energy was very sexy last Sunday. It makes me happy every time to play in front of such a mixed crowd. Because that’s what clubbing is about. You feel free.

6:00 PM Optimo – Junto Club EP


It’s difficult to choose between the tracks, let’s take the slowest one. It’s perfect for six o’clock. Drink some Club Mate at the park and think about what you are going to do. I think it fits that very well. This is also the time when I’m done with work. My girlfriend comes home, and we go for a walk or to the lake to go and swim. There is a lake at a 25 minutes bike ride from my home, where we often go and just jump in the water. A lovely thing thing to do after a day of work. Right now its fantastic with this weather, and this track fits the mood.

8:00 PM Roman Flügel – Heartbreak Kids


This is a track from our new Correspondant Compilation. It’s a track you can listen to all the time, and that fits every situation. Whether your out clubbing or at home cooking, it’s just perfect. There is not so many things Roman Flügel doesn’t do perfect. I think he’s probably my favorite producer and one of my favorite persons in the scene. Escapable and versatile, playful and sophisticated. I also know him as a person, probably one of my favorite persons from the scene.

Simplicity is one of the most complex forms of music, because the further you come, and the more you learn, the more you realize how important and beautiful simplicity is. One artist that I loved when I started DJ’ing was Maurizio, and he has this to. He has this simplicity and elegance to his music,that Roman has as well, which creates something timeless.

2:00 AM Fatima Yamaha – Half Moon Rising

I cherish this kind of music, because its the perfect mixture of electronica, such as Boards Of Canada, and techno. Half Moon Rising has a lot of emotions to it, and feels like a statement. It has a firm rhythm, but I also really like the naive melodies in it, which you can also find with Roman Flügel. It has a little dreamy part and the second layer blows it all away, which is good for 2 AM. It has a little bit of nostalgia to it as well, its really good. I also have to say that Dekmantel is probably one of my favorite labels. Its a good mixture of good names, and unknown DJ’s that are sometimes even better than the big names.

6:00 AM Anika – I Go To Sleep

It’s a cover of the Pretenders song. The original is very sexy, but this one is a bit more funny. I often play it at the end of a long set, as a little bit of a joke to remind people to go home. 6 AM is usually the time I go to sleep, at least two or three times a week. It always take me a little bit of time to come down from the adrenaline of the night. The title says it all haha!

Jennifer Cardini is joining us this Friday at our In Depth evening at Closure. Whether you’ve went to Pitch Festival before, or just had a lovely day in the sun: Jennifer is very much looking forward to Friday, so come join us in the evening!

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Beautiful aftermovie of Polynations show during the ‘SEKOIA showcase‘ on the first night of the Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands.

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Best Kept Secret Festival
Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek (NL)

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Polynation: FB | SC

Beautiful aftermovie of Polynations show during the ‘SEKOIA showcase‘ on the first night of the Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands.

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There is not much information to be found on the internet about Etapp Kyle. Still, the Ukrainian techno dj is turning heads everywhere, and has an already impressive discography to account for. It took Etapp Kyle just a short amount of time to become the in demand dj that he is today. This year he is playing at the Dutch Buiten Westen festival in Amsterdam, and we though it would be nice to get to know a bit more about this Eastern European prince.

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Artist: Etapp Kyle
Label: Klockworks
Based: Ukrain

Social: FB | WEB

Buiten Westen
18-07-2015
Westerpark, Amsterdam
WEB | FB | EVENT

There is not much information to be found on the internet about Etapp Kyle. Still, the Ukrainian techno dj is turning heads everywhere, and has an already impressive discography to account for. It took Etapp Kyle just a short amount of time to become the in demand dj that he is today. This year he is playing at the Dutch Buiten Westen festival in Amsterdam, and we though it would be nice to get to know a bit more about this Eastern European prince.

Etapp Kyle doesn’t dislike interviews, yet there is not much to find about him on the internet. “I can’t say that I intentionally avoid interviews. I’ve rejected some requests in the past because of a simple reason – I didn’t feel them. I think it doesn’t make any sense to do an interview when I feel that eventually there will be nothing delivered. Most times it’s the same questions which I find boring to answer. I do have some proper interviews though.”

Ukraine is quite a long way from the heart of our perceptions, yet there are a lot of movements there of which we know nothing. Currently the scene seems to be experiencing some sort of a revolution, and names like Etapp Kyle, Stanislav Tolkachev and Vakula are penetrating the Western Europe scene. Etapp Kyle has good experiences here in the west.

“It’s simply pure euphoria for me where I am now. To be honest I’m not sure if I’ve ever been that happy. Nowadays the European scene is experiencing probably its best period of development in years, at least in my opinion, and it’s just an indescribable feeling to be part of this, to share the stage with all those amazing old school and new generation artists, also to communicate with some of them.”

Next to that, Etapp Kyle joined the Ostgut Booking agency, and is represented by them.

“It all started about seven months ago. At some point my booking manager Alexandra said that we need to talk and when we finally got on Skype she revealed that her booking agency Prologue was closing. I didn’t have a lot of time to get upset because she immediately told me about the opportunity to join Ostgut’s booking agency roster, where she was working too at that time. So that’s how it happened. I’m pretty grateful to Alexandra and the rest of the team for their faith in me and my music and also the incredible friendly welcoming onboard. The same goes for the Klockworks family where I’ve been releasing since 2013. There’s more to come.”

The scene is developing in Ukraine, and were wondering how that is. Where does it come from?

“Honestly it’s hard to figure out where it comes from. As I said, I think currently the scene is experiencing very good times and obviously that surge reached the eastern parts of Europe as much as elsewhere in the world. I’m writing these lines on my way back from Vietnam where I’ve just played two shows. Could we have even imagined something like this a few years ago? It probably would have never happened to my home country if there wasn’t a proper base. For instance Stanislav has been dj’ing and producing music for more than 15 years if I’m not mistaken, and he is not the only one. The scene just started developing at some point I guess.

I’m still surprised by the pace of development within the Ukrainian Techno scene. During the last year I had three incredible shows there and one of them ended up with an almost 10 hours long set. Every now and then I think about it and realize that even a while back it would have been absolutely impossible. Time will tell, but I’m feeling very optimistic regarding the current state of the scene. I think local promoters are experiencing a lack of places that focus on Techno music, however there is a movement and it gives me hope that in the end it will turn into something nice.”

Etapp Kyle has done a lot in a very short amount of time. Releasing on Klockworks and travelling the world are things many techno oriented djs focus on for a whole career, and see as a crown on their work. Having accomplished this, what is left?

“It’s a bit of an embarrassing subject for me to talk about my personal goals. Without any doubt there should be something – an aim, a feeling or a dream, something what motivates you. But it would be absolutely wrong to chase a dream of releasing something on a specific label. It would have probably never worked out if I had chosen such an approach. Sometimes it works, but not in my case. My biggest goal is to keep the joy and getting energy from music, spending time in the studio and doing what I’m in love with.

I’m absolutely thrilled about some future plans, but still can’t reveal reveal all the details. At this point I can only say that two solo EP’s of mine are coming up. Also I’m going to take part in a very exciting project on Ostgut Ton and – slightly later – there will be remixes I did for Slam.”

We’re looking forward on his future endeavors, and are excited to see what he is talking about. For now, Etapp Kyle is playing at Buiten Westen in Amsterdam, the 18th of July.

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Tonight is the night of our showcase at Best Kept Secret. Inspired by the fusion of electronic music and bands at this festival we were very happy to be invited and expres our vision of this futuristic melting pot.

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Best Kept Secret Festival
Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek (NL)

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Sirens Of Saturn: FB | SC 
Polynation: FB | SC
Florinsz Janvier: FB | SC

Tonight is the night of our showcase at Best Kept Secret. Inspired by the fusion of electronic music and bands at this festival we were very happy to be invited and expres our vision of this futuristic melting pot.
We’ve invited three acts that represent the best of acoustic music combined with electronic input, and that can let their instruments tell stories. Polynation, Sirens Of Saturn and our own Florinsz Janvier are these acts, and we can’t wait to be entangled by their sound.

We’re situated at the third stage and are kicking of with Polynation at 02:00. See you there!

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Last week we uploaded our 34th addition to our podcast series, coming from Timoka. His sound is experimental, organic and often violates the boundaries of what we call music. Benjamin Kilchhofer is a producer from Switzerland, who has been releasing his music on Steffen Benneman’s imprint Holger in the past years, which are all visionary works of a true sound artist, and we talked to the man who has always been shredded in clouds.

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Artist: Timoka
Label: Holger Records
Based: Switzerland

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Timoka: SC | WEB
Holger Records: FB | SC | WEB

Last week we uploaded our 34th addition to our podcast series, coming from Timoka. His sound is experimental, organic and often violates the boundaries of what we call music. Benjamin Kilchhofer is a producer from Switzerland, who has been releasing his music on Steffen Benneman’s imprint Holger in the past years, which are all visionary works of a true sound artist, and we talked to the man who has always been shredded in clouds.

Benjamin comes from a family of six where everybody played an instrument. He was bound to learn an instrument, and eventually started to play the trumpet. His parents both played the piano, and because of that he was drawn away from chord instruments and learned to appreciate the tin sounds of the solo instrument. “I showed quite some talent and I actually wanted to study classical music, but visual art was also something I was interested in and I found myself switching between the two areas. It was also the time I discovered electronic music, and the trumpet began collecting dust from that point on. My music style wasn’t really conventional. I began making electronic music at age 17, so thats 14 years ago, and the music
I made at the time was inspired mostly by Autechre, quite difficult music and completely different to what i thought was music. It was an awakening! For my parents it was a different story, they weren’t happy about that change. I mean, one day I played a Haydn concert on the trumpet and the other day I created some laptop noise. Electronic music was and still is alien to them and they have all the preconceptions one could have when it comes to music. But, they come from a different musical tradition, so it isn’t a problem. I actually understand them in their position.”


We were having difficulties describing Timoka’s music. It is very honest music, but also requires a lot of attention. His music slips through every genre net there is, which is very fun to hear, but also makes it hard for listeners who don’t know what their up for. He doesn’t like to name his own music, and has a very liberating opinion about it. “Well, it’s music after all. Sometimes its quite hard to tell of something you hear is really music or just sound design, or maybe even plain unorganized noise. I think it isn’t my job to name my music. I leave that up to journalists and listeners, but for me that is luckily not of my concern.”

Timoka has found a home with Holger, the label by Steffen Bennemann, and is releasing beautiful works of art. We asked about his view on making music and being inside the process, both technical and musical.

“When making music I always try to build a narration inside the music,or inside a compilation of tracks. It is really important for me to give the music a common thread, it is like building a world. I begin by drafting the outlines and then go deeper inside and make short stories. I imagine it like writing fiction. Everything is connected to everything, and if something stands outside I will scrap it.”

“As far as being inside the process, i am interested in the technical side of electronic music, the sound synthesis itself. I work quite a lot with analog gear and i want to get them, i want to understand every bit of them. But when it comes to making music I realize that the two sides; the musician and the technical nerd, are fighting. Especially when it comes to mixing the music. i know i will never be a mixing professional because i have a real specific view on my music and how it should sound. Perfectionism doesn’t seem to bring me near my goals. If anything, perfectionism destroys the, what I call, patina of sound. It seems that an awful lot of todays electronic music gets praised solely because of the technical part of the sound, like it is some kind of sound design challenge. But the music, the composition behind it, seems to get lost in the shiny world of meaningless but perfectly mixed sounds. I don´t want to be a part of that, and the techniques available should help me refine the sounds i make, but they shouldn’t be the backbone of the sound itself.”

When you set your own bar this high, things that are more common for other artists become challenges more easily for Timoka. His sounds divert from the usual music posted by SEKOIA a lot, so we figured Timoka had to do a lot of overlapping between our sound and his. In the end we think he did a beautiful job, but we were wondering what his own take on it was. “It was quite hard actually because i wanted to include music I really love, and since I did podcasts before and I don´t want to repeat myself it is getting harder and harder to find music I really like. It is again about storytelling. Like with my own music I want to have a narration. I like spoken words for example, and I’m interested in the combination of sound and words, especially recordings of ambivalent origin like the electronic voice phenomenon or recordings of unknown sources. It is something I worked on in my study and I think it will always be an important part of my work. With the SEKOIA podcast the story is quite dark and wobbles between esoteric vibes and irony.”

Being a part of Holger, and continuously creating music, Timoka has set a solid foundation for a future in music. His music inspires working with a live set up when playing out. We were wondering how he thinks of this, since we haven’t seen any performances of him passing by. “I don´t have a live set up. It is something I really want, but am unable to get. It is hard to perform my music live, and i mean really live. Today there is a in my opinion false definition of the term live music. I think I have never seen anybody perform real live electronic music. I know that there are a few musicians performing live electronic music, but most of the live electronic music always use pre arranged material, samples or midi clips triggered by a controller, and thats not what I imagine by playing live. I’m try to build a live rack, but the outcome will be very different to the music I make in the studio, so that is going to be interesting. But that is the only way I see myself playing live. These are all future plans, but next to that, and making music to reach out to people, I don’t have big plans. I’m a difficult person, and to make plans means to build air castles, and to see them crumble in the end gets harder every time. I don’t want to live in illusions, so no plans is the best plan for me!”

You can listen to Timoka’s podcast here:

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