Tag: Tom Trago

Zomertuin Van Bret Builds A Green Oasis In The Urban Jungle With 4 Sustainable Events

A green oasis in a concrete jungle, Zomertuin van Bret is a group of entrepreneurs who have come together to create an event series with the slightest environmental impact possible. On August 11, 12, 18 and 19, there will be no soulless industry commercialism, rather a space for sustainability with several initiatives to reduce environmental impact from artist, promoter, and audience alike. The programme will consist mostly of Dutch acts including Dekmantel Soundsystem, Eefje de Visser, Gallowstreet, Tom Trago and Young Marco amongst many others, while its visitors are encouraged to reduce their environmental consciousness. Information and tickets on the ... Read more

DHA Mix #353 By HAAi

We first met HAAi during the tale end of 2017, just post set at Morocco’s Oasis Festival. During our moment in the North African sunshine (a first for both) we discussed much about her acclaimed Phonox (London) residency, background in shoegaze and psyche bands, as well as her branching into full on label head with her Coconut Beats imprint and event series. Now, undeniably, one of the scene’s brightest new stars, HAAi has found her sets in demand everywhere from Sunfall Festival to Glastonbury, Boiler Room to Watergate, and everywhere in between. On Sunday, 1 April 2018, HAAi joins RA’s ... Read more

Moxie & Guests Go On Loop For Second Time At ADE 2017

With precious few moments left to set your last minute Amsterdam Dance Event plans, might we suggest the second annual On Loop as presented by Moxie. With a lineup consisting of only heavy hitters, and with select few tickets left after its first two rounds sold out, Moxie and On Loop collaborate with Donker Collective and KUMA to bring guests Leon Vynehall, Matthew Herbert, Shanti Celeste, and Chaos in the CBD to Amsterdam’s Sugarfactory on Thursday, 19 October. On Loop is a Moxie’s clubbing concept, where high-quality soundsystems and a comfortable party atmosphere make up the forefront. Their showcases can ... Read more

Welcome To The Future Returns In 2017 With Seth, Loco, Trago & Environmental Sustainability

For the eleventh year, Het Twiske’s mesmerising nature reserve will play host to of the Dutch summer’s most beloved festival events, Welcome to the Future (WTTF). With its leave no trace philosophy, organic food and free water bars, alongside cherished festival values like positivity, togetherness and freedom of expression, WTTF exemplifies a movement rather than a simple one-off. Of course, it is music that plays the biggest role in the WTTF experience, with favorites like Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Kölsch, Damian Lazarus, Kerri Chandler and Lil Louis manning one of the 8 stages. Alongside, are the ... Read more

10 House DJs Who Used To Make Hip-Hop (including a playlist)

Hip-hop and house music are a lot closer than you might think. Sure, they occupy very different cultural spaces and from a commercial standpoint and the two industries work in very different ways. From a creative perspective they are also two very different disciplines both in terms of production techniques and the way in which they are traditionally played out. Still, the origins of both genres share a lot in common. And guess what, a surprising amount of well known house and dance music DJs started out by doing hip-hop beats, some even still do both. Here we take ten key ... Read more

Lotgenoten Launches First ADE Event Alongside Aus Music

Known to dance music connoisseurs for their strong programming, intimate locations and eye for decoration, Amsterdam-based boutique promoter Lotgenoten will host events events during Amsterdam Dance Event 2016 (ADE) for the first time. On Thursday, October 20th, Lotgenoten invites the esteemed sounds of UK-based AUS Music, which will be bringing the likes of Ron Bacardi (aka Ben Sims), Boddika, Breach, Matthew Dear, local superhero Tom Trago and the label boss himself, Will Saul, to the decks. The event, which is located in a one of a kind location (and on a very special occasion), Stadsschouwburg, will play host to an ... Read more

Amsterdam’s ADE Insiders: Breach

Breach aka Ben Westbeech has seen the steady growth of his label ‘Naked Naked,’ with a prolific set of releases, both his own, as well as from the likes of Midland, Dark Sky, and Dusky. However, beyond releasing on ‘Naked Naked,’ Breach has been featured on Ramp/PTN, Pets Recordings,Dirtybird, and Aus which have set his production and DJ career into ascension. Now, with Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) on the horizon, the agenda shows no sign of slowing down, touring as well as an increasing number of collaborators making the journey to his fully loaded Amsterdam studio. For ADE, Breach will ... Read more

Dekmantel Release First Edition Of “Selectors” Documentary Series

Leading up to Dekmantel‘s 2016 edition and their September Croatian adventure, the festival and Grolsch have just kicked off their “Selectors” Documentary series. The first edition takes an in depth look at Amsterdam’s Red Light Radio and Red Light Records, speaking with the crews behind each. The radio station and “Digger’s Paradise” record shop act as seminal community hubs for underground dance music in Amsterdam, pushing out a passion for music that is unquestionable. Remember, Dekmantel kicks off next week from 4 – 7 August. The Selectors Stage will feature the likes of Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, Donato Dozzy, Lena ... Read more

Interview: Jackmaster

An artist is a stunt without his philosophy. Meanwhile, how many dance music artists even have a philosophy? Can there be a substantial philosophy behind DJing? As can this craft even be called art? Furthermore, how many of the times we go to parties and gigs, do we go for the DJ, who’s philosophy, personality and approach to music we are aware of? Furthermore, admire. This interview reveals one of Jack Revill, AKA Jackmaster. Today Jackmaster’s over ten years spanning career has led to his latest (and one of very few) release on K7’s prestigious DJ-Kicks series (out on July 8). Drawing ... Read more

Party Report: Amsterdam Open Air 2016

Needless to say Amsterdam Open Air Festival got really lucky with the weather on both of its days, as it tends to do year in and year out. Saturday seemed to lean slightly more towards hip-hop, pop and Caribbean electronic music acts, however there was always the Straf_Werk stage to run to for all the true house aficionados. The line-up was solid: Finnebassen started, with Jonas Rathsman following up with an unusually light set for him, perfectly fitting for the midday. He was followed by, apparently, a great fit of Nuno Dos Santos and Tsepo playing a B2B sunset set, finished ... Read more

Sterac Electronics Podcast by Steve Rachmad

Flying under his STERAC Electronics alias, Amsterdam legend Steve Rachmad provides an exclusive mix of stellar 80’s disco tunes. Hardly needing introduction, Steve has been responsible for classics such as the essential ’95 release ‘Secret Life of Machines’, and has worked under labels like Klockworks, Delsin, Mote Evolver and more under a slew of aliases. Often whirling around the grooves of Detroit techno, Rachmad is a producer, remixer and DJ, regarded by many as a champion of the genre within the Netherlands. Though his DJ sets are constantly evolving, he remains inspired by high quality disco, dub and electro from the early days. When his birth name is on the bill, it ... Read more

Amsterdam Open Air Podcast By Finnebassen

Stirring up the Amsterdam Open Air party fever is Oslo-based producer & DJ Finnebassen, who provides and exclusive podcast to showcase the Norwegian sound. Finnebassen became to be because of his silky smooth house impressions, including regularly performing at massive Oslo night spots Jaeger and The Villa, as well as regular gigs worldwide, with recent visits to Berlin, Greece, Brazil and many appearances around the UK. For this runaround however, he creates a set to gear us up for the massive Amsterdam Open Air festival this weekend. Returning to the recreational Gaasperpark from the 4th to 5th of June, Amsterdam Open Air will bring together ... Read more

King’s Day 2016: Loveland Van Oranje Festival Preview

Loveland will return to Amsterdam April 27th, marking another celebration of Kings day. Adam Beyer, Ben Klock, Pan-Pot, and Tom Trago are just some of the names announced. This year’s edition returns to the Meerpark in the east part of Amsterdam. However, they are offering more space for its patrons, with the addition of an open grass field for those to dance and chill-out out. According to the press release, their lineup is the most ambitious to date. Adam Beyer, Ben Klock, Agoria, Pan-Pot, and Kölsch are some of the headliners, while they will be supported by artists such as Beesmunt Soundsystem, Elias Mazian, and Carlos Valdes. Meerpark ... Read more

Rush Hour: The Philosophy Behind Amsterdam’s Landmark Record Shop

As recently announced, Rush Hour (RH) is moving to a new and more spacious shopfront. To celebrate this next big step, they are throwing a RH-Weekender party at OT301, April 8/10th. While the expansion comes as no surprise, the story behind RH’s rise and the development of its surrounding culture is quite a headpiece within the field of music distribution. In this article, we want to bring you in a little closer with this key component in the Amsterdam scene, through talks with RH’s co-founder Antal and Sadar Bahar, one of its guests of honour during the weekender. After 17 ... Read more

Amsterdam Open Air Releases Line Up For 2016 Edition

After five sold-out editions, Amsterdam Open Air is returning to Amsterdam’s Gaasperpark once again. During the first weekend of June, Open Air will set up shop at their continual location, hosting stages for over thirteen local promoters like Straf_Werk, Format, Slapfunk, Weiter.  Festival goers can expect to hear an international mix of rising stars, industry veterans, alternated by promising local talent, and bands. Next to favourited Dutch acts such as the Gallowstreet brass band and Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, there is plenty of highly anticipated dance programming this year, in the form of Fritz Kalkbrenner, Todd Terje, Green Velvet, Route 94, Oscar Mulero, Efdemin, George Fitzgerald, ... Read more