Only 19 more days to go until DGTL Festival 2014 will take place in Amsterdam during the Easter weekend. Be there when some of the most acknowledged organizations in the industry will send their finest underground electronica soldiers into the battlefields at the NDSM Docklands. Armed with some of the most contagious weapons of mass eruption, the artists are equipped to come, see and conquer – not only your oozy auditory canals, but also that hidden place in your brain where you store the most exceptional memories. Located on the waterfront of the city harbour, DGTL Festival has chosen the perfect site to kick off the Dutch outdoor festival season, with two days of festival madness, six stages endowed with explosive sound systems, 81 invited top-notch artists and thousands of thrill-anticipating visitors.
In our “DGTL Stages” series, DHA provides a recommending outlook on the different stages at DGTL festival 2014. Last week we took a look at the live sets on the analog stages. In this last and final piece, we will take a closer look at the audio stage on both days and the phono stage.
Audio stage, Saturday 19th of April:
The two audio stages provide you with a wide musical array of electronic dance music. From dark and deep all over to delightful and carefree, you can find just what suits your mood on the Easter weekend. Danish DJ and producer Noir was very inspired by the late 80s house, techno, acid and rave cultures coming from Chicago, Detroit, New York. If you are into deep, dark and rough electorinca sounds, Noir will bring it to you right there. Next to Noir you can get down and dirty with the swaggy house duo Amine Edge & Dance, who will surely be breaking the stage down with their raw, uncut G-House. If you’ll bring your your lover to the event, you might want to check out the two German based homies Niconé & Sascha Braemer who crushed the scene in 2011 with their first full-lenght collaboration ’Romantic Thrills’. With that release the duo built up a reputation for a more romantic and pop-inspired side of electronic music, using live instruments such as piano, trumpet or guitar but still maintaining the electronic sound they’ve pushed for years. However, if you’re rather about to loose yourself with your friends you should of course not miss Claptone’s performance – the man with the golden mask from Berlin. Deep and woozy, the Claptone sound pairs theatre with tragedy, feel good vibes with acute melancholia and imbues each groove with a Rhodes laced funk, an organic string hook and myriad earthy elements.
Audio stage, Sunday 20th of April:
The audio journey continues on Sunday with Oliver Koletzki who represents the electronic oldschool; He actually started out producing music on a Commodore 64! Two decades later he founded his own label Stil vor Talent. Koletzki earned a reputation for fighting bad moods with his music, killing negative vibes and thereby making the world a better place to party. He will get support by the Dutch Eelke Kleijn, who has established himself as a modern day electronic composer. Having played festivals and clubs with his distinct sound of deep, melodic vibes from Amsterdam to Moscow and from South America to Asia, crowds are known to enjoy his DJ sets with their eyes closed and their hands in the air. Similar to Kleijn’s sounds, the music of Danish based DJ and producer Pete Oak describes exactly what words could never achieve. The exploration of sounds and the emotion of music characterize exactly what Pete Oak is all about. A simple desire to let his music speak a thousand words is evidence enough of his alluring style.
Phono stage, Sunday 20th of April:
The Phono stage brings you some good old vinyl-spinning back onto the dancefloor; for Oslo based Finnebassen dirty, melancholic house music is more than just a means for a good party; It is the basic ingredient for much musical soul searching. For Hamburg based Adana Twins, sleek beats and clever sampling are only a small piece of a bigger musical vision that began to form during a previous era. Straight outta “Hamburg House City”, Adana Twins helped secure their home’s reputation for deep grooves with a series of early EPs that have made them among the most buzz-worthy acts to emerge from Germany. Be there when this house jackin’ duo brings its deep grooves to Amsterdam. They can be sure to get assistance from hometown boy and DHA resident Prunk. Growing up to a backdrop of classic deep house and disco, Prunk was destined for a future behind the decks. Be there when he stirs up his crowd with some of his selection of quality records, more and more of which are coming from his own hands.
Audio Stage: Noir | Niconé & Sascha Braemer | Amine Edge & DANCE | Claptone | Oliver Koletzki | Andhim b2b Super Flu | Sandeep | Stefan Z | Eelke Kleijn | Illesnoise | Pete Oak | Shimmer |
Phono Stage: Finnebassen | Adana Twins | Hector Couto b2b Cuartero | Waifs & Strays | Prunk | D-ribeiro |