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HUISKAMER@CUE BAR – LIVE DJ MIX (CUT)
A cut taken from my DJ set at Huiskamer, the bi-monthly deep- and techhouse event at the Cue Bar in Amsterdam. Thanks all who were there!
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Hi, welcome to my second bi-monthly newsletter for 2015. My newsletters provide you the latest news in the electronic music scene, recommendations where to go, satirical news articles, new Dr.E mixtapes, live recordings, track selections and events. Should you not want to miss out on any of these newsletters: simply click “follow me via email” and you will receive notifications of any of my posts in your email.
I hope you will enjoy reading it!
1. PARTY SELECTION
MAR 28 – LENTE IN HET DAGVERBLIJF (VLLA, AMSTERDAM)
Club VLLA is a former funeral centre, which has been renovated into a bar, club and also holds working spaces for artists and other creative entrepreneurs. This sinister location will be rejuvinated March 28th: the whole club will be filled with plastic balls! So for those who have always wanted to rave in a funeral center and at the same time have a bit of the Ikea experience: this is your party!
APR 03 – CARRY ON REGARDLESS (TOLHUISTUIN, AMSTERDAM)
The Tolhuistuin is located in a small park next to the Ij river in the North part of Amsterdam. The park has a small lounge garden, galleries, a bar and a small intimate venue. Carry on regardless is a new night in the Tolhuistuin,which will have their official launch party April 3th. They have put up an impressive line-up of progressive house veterans. Darren Emerson (ex-Underworld), Dave Seaman, Per, Remy and JP are just a few names of the list.
APR 26 – Hernan Cattaneo at the Beach (WOODSTOCK, BLOEMENDAAL AAN ZEE)
Hernan Cattaneo is a progressive house DJ and producer from Argentina. He is one of the biggest DJs to come out of South America. He holds residencies at Cream, Pacha and Fabric, just to name a few. April 26th you can enjoy a 6 hour set (!) of Hernan Cattaneo at Woodstock, one of the oldest beachclubs in the Netherlands. Woodstock almost always has a good vibe and a sunset on the beach with Hernan’s music are without doubt going to make it a magical night.
2. NEWS FROM THE SCENE
Producer of slick professional DJ headphone maker, AIAIAI, has come up with a nice PR stunt. AIAIAI launched a project, the Real Booty Music Project, in which movements of a dancer, or her booty to be more specific, were tracked and converted into actual music.
Club Culture in the spotlight
Australian’s In The Mix magazine selected 10 movies highlighting the club culture with some dating back from the 70ties. Some are quite cool, some are pretty funny, some are quite akward really.
Beatport to take on Spotify
Beatport is a well-respected by DJs for being the largest repository of high-quality MP3s in the world. Problem is they aren’t making enough money. Beatport has launched a streaming service ,similar to that of Spotify,which should bring in the cash. The interface is slick and quite user-friendly, making it a serious competitor for Spotify, albeit it that it still feels a bit focussed on DJs. The vastness of Beatport’s catalogue offfers a clear advantage: there will be plenty tracks out there you won’t find on Spotify, including obscure tracks and remixes. Subscription is for free.
3. TOP 10 CHART
My greatest finds of January/February
Claude VonStroke – The Clapping Track
Royksopp – Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix)
Hi, welcome to my first bi-monthly newsletter for 2015. My newsletters provide you the latest news in the electronic music scene, recommendations where to go, satirical news articles, new Dr.E mixtapes, live recordings, track selections and events. I have been a bit late on this newsletter due to my own event, Firestarter, which took place Jan 1st. You can read all about it below. Should you not want to miss out on any of these newsletters: simply click “follow me via email” and you will receive notifications of any of my posts in your email.
I hope you will enjoy reading it. Dr. E
1. PARTY SELECTION
13 FEB – 7 MAR – HYTE (WAREHOUSE ELEMENTENSTRAAT, AMSTERDAM)
HYTE is a global event brand that hosts international DJ headliners, upcoming talent and various music labels and brands. HYTE has been organizing events in New York, Berlin, Barcelona, Chili and is aiming to obtain strong foothold in Amsterdam with organizing no more than 8 (!) parties over four weekends coming February and March. HYTE’s list of performing artists includes the usual top jocks including Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos, Ben Sims, Derrick May and Marcel Dettman, just to name a few, but doesn’t restrain itself from showcasing upcoming talents. All events are held in a former warehouse in Amsterdam Westpoort, the main harbour and industrial area of the city. Back in the days, this warehouse was already a prime location for underground raves. Upon its re-discovery three years ago it has been renovated and we for sure can expect many more parties here. It wouldn’t surprise me as this location would be among the first to obtain a 24hr license now that Trouw has closed its doors (read more about the Trouw closing below)
28 FEB – HUISKAMER (CUE BAR, AMSTERDAM)
Feb, 28th I will play at the Cue Bar along with T-Gray and Robin Haafkens. Entrance is free. CUEbar is the Winner of the Golden Gnome award 2011 for “Best Pick Up” Bar (dj Cafe). 🙂 National and international dj’s play sexy tech house in an underground cocktail bar with a good soundsystem and a dance floor. Huiskamer is a monthly deephouse/techhouse event organized by DJ/Promoter T-Gray, who also has his own radio show. So drop by if you are into some good music and good people! For those of you that will visit Bungalup Feb 6th-8th: I will also play there. Details will follow.
Read more here
20-22 MARCH – LOVELAND WEEKENDER (CENTERPARCS, HET MEERDAL)
Meubelstukken was the first to launch a hugely successfull dance concept in the Netherlands: a weekend festival in a holiday bungalow park. It didn’t take long for the Loveland organization to follow with the second Loveland weekender taking place end of March. Expect to experience wild tropical swimming pool parties and plenty of other crazy entertainment. Loveland Weekender clearly differentiates itself from Meubelstukken’s Bungalup with an impressive line-up, promoting a more techno and techhouse sound. Artists include Laurent Garnier, Karotte, Speedy J, Dimitri and one of the rising Dutch stars: De Sluwe Vos.
30 MAY – OFF THE RECORD @ PALACE SOESTDIJK (BAARN)
12inchCity has pulled it off again: the former royal palace Soestdijk will be taken over by the proletarians late spring. The line-up for this day festival is not known yet, but it for sure is an unique opportunity to experience electronic music in a royal setting. Apart from this party, make sure to check-out another party organized by 12inchCity, called “This will be MINE” in yet another surreal setting: the former mines in Limburg.
2. NEWS FROM THE SCENE
Firestarter – Titty Fister: Once again the circus lived up to its expectations
Club Lite once again hosted the annual Firestarter party at Jan 1st. This year’s theme: Firestarter – Titty Fister: From dust till dawn, was inspired by Quinten Tarantino’s classic From Dusk Till Dawn. It was extravagant and nauty as usual with dancers and visitors appearing in neon, burlesque and/or latex costumes. Great performances by the legendary veterans DJ ISIS and Eric de Man were the remaining ingredients which set the crowd on fire. Open-mindedness and love for people and party were key elements: fat, thin, gay, straight, iraqi. All were there celebrating the New Year and life in general.
Trouw has it closed its doors
Jan 3rd was an international day of grief for many clubbers: one of the world’s notorious clubs, Trouw, has closed its doors. As I am writing this, the building is being demolished. Trouw closed in style with a dance marathon: untill the music stops.., and it did stop, after 39 hours..
Soundcloud will launch subscription service for listereners: will this be the end of Soundcloud?
Online audio distribution platform Soundcloud has been struggling with its business model for a long time. Content producers like DJs have been greatly frustrated by Soundcloud taking off DJ mixes for copyright infringements. Unlike rival Mixcloud, Soundcloud doesn’t pay royalties for tracks that DJs put up in the cloud. For DJs, it would be cumbersome, if not impossible, to request for extended licenses for each individual track they purchase. As a result, many DJs have moved to Mixcloud, which in the meantime, has made its interface much more user-friendly. Despite the bail-out of some DJs, many listereners have been loyal to Soundcloud so far. This may change soon as Soundcloud has laid out its new business model which will mean that listereners will be charged for listening to music. It will be interesting to see whether this will lead to an exodus of listerners the coming year.