Every October, the large and ever-growing dance music scene gathers as one in the hustle and bustle of the cultural city of Amsterdam for the world renowned Amsterdam Dance Event Conference.
This year being the 20th year since its introduction in 1995, the numbers entering the city for the weeklong event were touching record high scores of 350,000. With over 2000 DJs on show and 300 events all within a whisker away, it is safe to say that it’s an event of huge magnitude on the electronic music calendar.
One such event that was of particular importance to me this year was the Hamburg based imprint and global success story of Diynamic, and their label showcase. Set to take place this year on the Thursday night at the very charismatic location of Mediahaven, the venue was a short 10minute cycle ride from the city and was going to be a platform for all the Diynamic family in their entirety.
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The Mediahaven itself is a three room location with first-class facilities. The rooms vary from a 12 metre high ceiling to a basement with a grungier feel to it. Up in Room 1 when I arrived was H.O.S.H already breaking through into his stride and in full force. As is common with the man when he is behind the decks, his set ebbed and flowed with its usual gusto, and his 90 minute set bought about the usual journey for those in attendance that has became his trademark so often in the past.
As H.O.S.H’s set concluded, I headed towards the entrance of Room 2 to catch a glimpse of Kollektiv Turmstrasse, a talented duo who I’d been a fan of for quite some time and who’s productions are always filled with warmth and a great ability to connect on so many levels. Their live show was packed with deep melodies and rhythmic fortitude, and was bought to a conclusion with a fantastically euphoric remix of Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition’. They proved they are two real stalwarts and highly valuable cornerstones to the Diynamic brotherhood most definitely.
But, it was soon on to the main main, the man synonymous with deep house music lovers around the world and the man that the whole Diynamic ship is built around, Solomun. This being the 5th time I had seen the man play this year, I felt like I was well versed in what was to come. But the beauty of Solomun and the reason why his success at the moment seems to have no boundaries, is his ability to raise a crowd and take all club revelers to that next level. His set was packed with his usual favourites like his remix of Whilk & Misty’s ‘Clap Your Hands’ and also his ‘Zora’ production that was the soundtrack to many a party in Ibiza over the summer. For a man who’s summer has been busier than most on the dance music circuit, he still maintained the energy and drive to his set that signifies what keeps him apart from most others at the moment.
With the crowd hanging on his every mix, the morning soon drew in and it was time to finish another very successful Diynamic party. The recipe to the labels success is simple; a strong family togetherness and a variation to their artists that tailors for different listeners needs, yet still maintaining that very distinct ‘Diynamic’ sound. I, as many else around me tonight, am hooked!