Author: Milan van Ooijen

is the editor-in-chief for Deep House Amsterdam.

The Pick Up: Eats Everything

Photo credits: Timo Steenvoorden Today we’re excited to announce the launch of a new recurring photo series with The Pick Up. This series portrays exactly what the title implies: the trip that DJs make from airport or hotel to their designated gig location. As we are deluged with in-the-heat-of -the-moment shots of star DJs on center stage, fists pumping in the air in front of a mass of people, or a dime a dozen self-absorbed Instagram selfies, it’s high time to provide some counterbalance by capturing artists in the beauty of the mundane.  Before introducing our first artist we shortly want to introduce the two returning driving ... Read more

Amsterdam Nightmayor Runs Petition To Save City’s Festival Scene

Amsterdam’s night mayor Mirik Milan and a collective of like-minded influencers want to turn the tide on a negative development in Amsterdam’s festival culture via a petition called ‘Ik ben een Amsterdammer en ik ben voor festivals’, which translates as ‘I’m an Amsterdam citizen and I’m pro festivals’. The petition is needed, the pro festival advocacy group claims, because there is a false image amongst Amsterdam’s general population that dance festivals and other music-based outdoor events are harming the city in various ways, naming factors like “noise or waste pollution, the hours festivals can last”, says Milan. He continues that “There are pretty much always reasons to be found for wanting ... Read more

DHA x The Boom Room Present: James Zabiela @ Snowbombing

Last month we traveled to the Austrian Alps to visit Snowbombing. In the picturesque mountain town of Mayrhofen we braced for a week of top DJ and live acts, partying, local scenery and Wiener schnitzels. During DHA’s own stage hosting on the festival’s Saturday, we had the honour to have James Zabiela on the bill. At the Bruck n’ Stadl that night Zabiela gave away a spectacular show laced with tech-house and acid. Luckily our partners at The Boom Room were there to record his set so you can enjoy it too.  See also: Report – Snowbombing Festival [soundcloud url=”” comments=”true” ... Read more

The Social Festival Releases Third Line Up Release

The third instalment of The Social Festival’s lineup has landed. Reading like a who’s who of A-listers, The Social have revealed a bill including Andrew Weatherall, Bicep, Carl Cox, Guy Gerber, Hot Since 82, Joseph Capriati, Laurent Garnier, Nic Fanciulli, Paranoid London and Sasha & John Digweed, and their third phase is no different. Social’s returning favourites George Fitzgerald, Mark Fanciulli, Patrick Topping, Richy Ahmed and Tom Trago will return to Maidstone again on the first day, while Solomun goes b2b with his Diynamic label compadres Adriatique on the main stage. Friday sees the welcome addition of Berlin’s Paul Kalkbrenner alongside headliners Sasha ... Read more

First Ever ‘Skyrave’ To Take Place During Liberation Day

“Now what says freedom more than jumping out of a plane? Well, jumping out of a plane and then throwing a party in the air..” On Thursday’s Liberation Day a group of friends will undertake what is perhaps the boldest stunt of their lives, a ‘skyrave’. The guys in question will jump out of an airplane midair along with a Soundboks speaker that will blast some adrenaline-fused music to soundtrack the experience. They will do the jump above Enschede, a city in the East of the Netherlands, to then land in the middle of the city’s Bevrijdingsfestival.  The idea comes from Amsterdam-based agency Tosti Creative, who are ... Read more

Behind The Tracks With Stimming’s ‘Alpe Lusia’ LP

Last month we premiered the title track to Stimming’s new organically recorded and produced Alpe Lusia, which came out on Diynamic on the 29th of April. Adding to the official release of the album now comes a behind the scenes look at how the LP was created track by track. Written and shot by Stimming himself, the below text and images briefly guide us through his thought- and execution process of Alpe Lusia’s music.  “Prepare” “This was the view I had nearly every morning. A new day, fresh cold air, morning dew on the grass, cows and their bells already active. ... Read more

Kraftwerk Planning 3D Concert Tour This Year

Fans are once again able to behold monumental electronic music formation Kraftwerk this year, as the act have announced a worldwide tour coming this year that will take them to Movement Detroit (we wonder whether grandma techno will be there to watch them), The Hollywood Bowl, Stockholm Music & Arts festival and a string of other US dates. In October, they will also perform their catalogue at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Here’s the full list of dates scheduled: 05-28 Detroit, MI – Movement Detroit 07-25 Verona, Italy – Arena Di Verona 07-29 Sopot, Poland – Opera Lesna 07-31 Stockholm, Sweden ... Read more

Dance Tonight: The All-In-One Event App for Electronic Music

Big news today as Dance Tonight, the all-in-one event app for electronic dance music has been launched across all major US and EU markets for both iOS and Android. The app is set to provide music fans, clubbers and festival goers with the most comprehensive dance music event guide in a single, easy to use interface with a focus on three main categories: Underground, Indie Electronic and EDM. The app tends to provide an easy solution for all possible situations: whether you are sorting last minute plans, plan a big night out with friends or just want to be up to ... Read more

Groningen Gains New Club, ‘Oost’, Focus On House, Techno & Disco

Groningen’s club scene has been enriched as of last week with the opening of new night venue ‘Oost’, a club with a focus on house, techno and disco, and a wilful use of its event promotion on social media.  Located at the Oosterstraat in Groningen’s city centre, the venue, which has a 250 person capacity, opened April 1st with Delta Funktionen. The following day Rolando and Jasper Wolff & Maarten Mittendorf were on the bill. That bill is brought to practice a little differently than in most clubs, as Oost only announces its Friday line ups a few days before, while the Saturday line up ... Read more

Record Shop Gives Away 20k Records On Record Store Day

Pittsburgh record store Jerry’s Records is again celebrating Record Store Day in the most generous way possible: by giving away 20,000 vinyl records for free.  To call the shop’s owner Jerry Weber a collector is not quite covering it, as Jerry has accumulated over one million records in his lifetime. “It will be about two or three times what I usually give out,” Weber told Post-Gazette. “I want to clear out the Bargain Basement a little.” That’s because the Bargain Basement contains over 100,000 records at the moment, which Jerry wants to have cleared out completely by the end of the year. Get a slice ... Read more

TheSoundYouNeed Announces Full Line Up for Malta

The first ever TheSoundYouNeed Festival in Malta is revealing more names in the lead up to its event. This is the debut instalment of the sun kissed and dreamy TSYN Festival and it is really sure to put Malta, the most fast rising and refreshing new dance market in the world, properly on the discerning dance lover’s map in 2016.  Taking place between 26th and 29th August 2016, the overlooked festival destination Malta will provide an on point setting and baking hot sun for the likes first wave names Hudson Mohawk, Fakear, FKJ, Sam Gallaitry, Bondax, Slow Magic, SG Lewis, Jungle (DJ ... Read more

Why You Need To Follow The “Paradise Garage Bot” Twitter Account

Fans of disco, early house and synth funk need not look further to get their groove on , as there’s a now a twitter account,  that posts tracks known from the hay day of legendary Manhatten nightclub Paradise Garage. The Paradise Garage Bot, which is linked to a mysterious online Japanese publication named Drummatrix, posts tracks every half hour on a daily basis, with the latest tweets linking to gems such as Curtis Mayfield – What Is My Woman For?, Sheila & B. Devotion – Spacer, Loose Joints – Tell You (Today), Cerrone – Take Me, and of course Emergency’s classic and Garage anthem Chemise – She ... Read more

Introducing Jookbox: The First “Social” Speaker

Pretty much every cool home party today ends up facing the same problem: everybody wants to be the DJ. This can result in passive aggressive snatching of the aux cable by those genuinely convinced of their superior iTunes/YouTube/Spotify catalog. That is now history, if it were up to the Jookbox, a new gadget that describes itself as being the world’s first ‘social speaker’. The Jookbox, created by tech company BSX Electronics, is a WiFi & app-enabled speaker that lets friends add music to a group playlist. It also comes with its own, one-of-a-kind app that allows multiple users to contribute their own music ... Read more

New Double LP ‘The Music Of David Lynch’ Drops This April

Twin Peaks fans and David Lynch disciples are in for a treat next month as the Twin Peaks Archive Twitter account just announced the release of a double vinyl compilation called The Music Of David Lynch. The compilation album features original work by Lynch’s longtime soundtrack producer Angelo Badalementi and re-renditions by guest artists like Donovan, Duran Duran, Karen O, Lykke Li and Life And Death’s DJ Tennis.  Lynch’s surrealistic master pieces have been known not just for their cinematography and storylines, but also for consistently providing skin-creeping soundtracks, like the main theme of his cult hit series Twin Peaks. ‘The Music of David Lynch’ drops ... Read more

Peep Show’s ‘Super Hans’ Is Gonna Start a DJ Career

Whoever has watched Peep Show, Channel 4’s highly successful pitch-black comedy about two flatmates and their bleak lives, ‘careers’ and romantic escapades, knows that one of its funniest side-characters is a guy called Super Hans. Super Hans, played by Matt King, is a nihilistic drug enthusiast and parttime musician that frequently drops by in the series, wreaking havoc in pretty much every situation he finds himself in. Even though the series ended late last year, the fanbase surrounding the show certainly didn’t. That’s why it comes as great news that Matt King has announced to be starting a DJ career this summer. Superhans DJing is ... Read more