DGTL Festival Presents LOOP

As I’m sure we all remember, the 2015 DGTL Festival at Amsterdam’s NDSM was a veritable rollercoaster ride; not just of music, but of an overall sensory experience. Existing as a sustainability think-tank, as much as an artistic mecca, the festival remained undoubtedly rooted within the city of Amsterdam’s industrial infrastructure and cultural history. Featuring sets from a whose who of todays best in House and Techno, DGTL truly was a solid kick off to what is widely known as “festival season,” whether in its Netherlands home, around the European continent, or worldwide. In lieu of the traditional festival “after movie,” the guys ... Read more

DGTL Festival 2015 Report: Sunday

About a week ago DGTL kicked off the festival season and it was a blast. Enough time to retrospect on the two day event. Here’s day two of the festival report. The easter sunday started with quite a long train ride for me. I spent the weekend in Germany, got into the train to Amsterdam, put on my headphones to get into the mood and tried to rest before kicking of the festival season. After a strange train ride, a fight between a ticket controller and passenger included, I finally arrived in Amsterdam. First good sign: the sun is shining, which ... Read more

The Anthems Of DGTL Festival 2015

Last weekend’s DGTL Festival saw, perhaps more than usual, a string of old and new secret weapons, hits, anthems, and other explosive dance floor material that got crowd in an all-out frenzy. You will probably remember a few tracks yourself that left you screaming that weekend. We couldn’t have heard them all, but here are a couple of the anthems that made DGTL Festival 2015 quite the experience. Oxia – Domino | Played by Hot Since 82 (Digital Stage);  Tsepo (Official After Sunday); John Talabot b2b Job Jobse (Digital Stage); Noir (Phono Stage) |   Jaap Ligthart feat. Alice Rose ... Read more

DGTL Festival Preview: 2 Days To Go

The memories from last year’s DGTL Festival are still fresh. But as the sun is slowly (very slowly) peeping through the Amsterdam sky we’re already less than a week away from the next edition. While we’re rounding up the final preparations for this biggest and most extensive edition yet, we want to get your festival heart beating faster with this quick preview of that which you can expect during Easter weekend, and of course the night before, when we’ll kick off the festival in style. On Friday the third of April, a special opening night has been added to the ... Read more

Tom Trago Talks New Booking Agency ‘Voyage Select’, DGTL & Future Plans

“It looks like there is a growing interest in quality house music in the places that you wouldn’t immediately associate with dance music. It seems like the crowds in these smaller cities are much more receptive of the sound I want to bring across” It recently came to light that the forward-looking house imprint by Tom Trago, Voyage Direct, would be sidestepping into the artist booking business by opening up their own agency in collaboration with Jorn Liefdeshuis. Eager to hear more about the news, we met up with Tom on a sunny afternoon last week to talk about the ... Read more

Exclusive Interview With Shall Ocin

“Ellum is like a family to me and yes, I feel like I have a place where I can express and get the best out of myself.” Argentinian born Nicolas Abalos aka Shall Ocin has a long history with music. In his youth he played the guitar, electric bass and was influenced by classic 80s sounds from rich funk to many other genres. Since 1998 he’s DJing and in 2006 he decided to settle in Valencia, Spain to produce his own music. Since then he’s been releasing on labels like Culprit, Leftroom and of course Ellum, who has now become his main affiliation. This ... Read more

DGTL Podcast #009 by Adriatique

Less than a month until DGTL Festival kicks off with the biggest names of the underground such as Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, DJ Koze, Maceo Plex and Dixon. Time to start with our first podcast in collaboration with the festival. This time mixed by Adrian and Adrian, better known as Adriatique. With more than 80 artists from around the world the NDSM Shipyard will be blowing up again during the easter holiday. Besides having the best DJ’s and live acts the underground has to offer it is always a festival which surprises with other aspects like DGTL Art and ... Read more

Top 10 Dutch Spring/Summer Festivals In 2015

The first rays of sunlight are slowly starting to seep through and all of Holland’s cafe terraces are filled to the brim within a second. The Dutch are an opportunistic kind of people when it comes to weather, especially when the weather is actually good. It’s no surprise then that dance music lovers across the country are counting down the days to the first festival they get to visit this season. As the choice has increased yet again this year, it’s getting harder and harder to take a pick. That’s why we’ve lined up some of the coolest festivals coming ... Read more

Special DGTL Festival Opening Night Announced, Featuring Four Tet, Mount Kimbie & More

DGTL is outdoing itself again in creating excitement for its two day festival by adding a special opening night. This year, the extra kick-off event will take place in DGTL’s indoor homebase: the awe-inspiring Scheepsbouwloods, famous for its annual DGTL ADE parties. And by lining up 5 rare breeds in electronic music, DGTL makes sure there’s no excuse not to start your DGTL adventure on Friday night, April 3rd. The Scheepsbouwloods has been the stage to many of the organization’s indoor events because of the perfect combination of the raw, industrial setting and killer underground line-ups. The yearly DGTL ADE ... Read more

DGTL Festival 2015 Preview

With less than 60 days left to go, the buzz surrounding the yearly Dutch festival season opener is starting to grow rapidly. Ever since its beginning in 2013, DGTL has proven to be a powerful player on the Dutch festival calendar. DGTL Festival 2015 will continue to take care for music, setting, art and a sense of environmental responsibility to a new level. Here’s a peek at some of the features that make DGTL more than just a festival. Aside from the astounding line-up (that we covered here) there are plenty of other aspects to this year’s edition that will make ... Read more

All Twelve Stages Of DGTL 2015 Announced

DGTL 2015 is closer than you think. As a sign of this, all the twelve stages with line ups are now announced. With two days of only the best that the underground has to offer, DGTL 2015 will be a weekend you simply cannot miss. The amazing line up features names like Steve Rachmad, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mano Le Tough, Andhim, Tsepo, Mind Against, Adriatique, Kölsch, Art Department, Jamie Jones and many, many others. Two of the stages are curated by labels, that are among the top players of the industry. On Saturday, the Ellum Audio crew will take the self titeled stage, with ... Read more

DGTL Festival Announces Full Line-Up For 2015

For the past couple of years, DGTL Festival has been the worthy kick-off of the Amsterdam festival season. As they have spawned varied and impressive line-ups each and every time, 2015 will be no different. DGTL Festival returns to the NDSM Shipyard. During the Easter Holiday over 80 artists from around the world showcase the very best of innovative electronic music. From popular international acts like Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Dixon and Ten Walls, to underground kingpins such as Michael Mayer, Move D and John Talabot. Combined with an extensive art and awareness program DGTL Festival 2015 is the perfect ... Read more

DGTL Life And Death ADE Podcast #001 By Mind Against

This native Italian, but Berlin based duo needs no introduction. Mind Against started in 2011 and barely 3 years on they are the crown jewel of the Life and Death label. Life and Death, the core label of Mind Against has a peculiar concept. For those not yet familiar: the music sounds overwhelmingly ominous with a psychedelic sensibility to it. It’s a concept that maybe seems less peculiar after exploring the musical backgrounds of its founders Manfredi Romano (aka DJ Tennis) and Greg Oreck, one half of New York house duo Thugfucker and partner Matteo Milleri from Tale of Us. ... Read more

ADE Report: DGTL, NGHTDVSN & Loveland,

Last week it was time for the 19th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event. More than 300.000 electronic music fans washed over Holland’s capital in search of their favourite DJ. Choosing from the list of over 450 parties with almost 2.500 artists is always one of most difficult tasks of the year. This time the combination of line-ups, friends, guest lists and fate brought me to DGTL, NGHTDVSN and Loveland. Although ADE officially kicked off on Wednesday, my first event was on Thursday. DGTL organized three nights at the NDSM shipyard and for the first one they had invited Life ... Read more

Exclusive Interview With DJ Tennis

When Manfredi Romano, better known as DJ Tennis, answers the Skype call, he sits in his Miami studio after just getting back from Hawaii. The short break had been a combination of business and pleasure, as he played at the Asylum Afterhours club and discovered the archipelago. The Italian DJ/producer, event organizer and Life & Death label manager looks very relaxed and tells that with his visit he fulfilled a childhood dream. “I dreamed of going to Hawaii since I was a kid, but even then it was better than I could imagine. I thought it was more densely populated ... Read more