One of the beauty’s of Amsterdam’s annual Dekmantel festival is the diversity in its annual lineups.
Not only does it feature one of the most balanced gender and cultural lineups in the scene, but also always focused on discovery, both as brand and as influencer. This year, the festivals 3 days sees many familiar Dekmantel faces (Antal, Hunee, Palms Trax, Call Super, Marcel Dettmanm, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Nobu, Midland, Floating Points, etc), but it is its slew of debuts and eclectic acts that catch our attention.
Here, we’re looking at five of the acts we’re most looking forward to checking out at Dekmantel 2017. with artists ranging from Chicago House legends to socally conscious Brooklynites, make sure you give these artists a chance on your Dekmantel agenda. Who else are you looking forward to seeing this year?
Helena Hauff has been something of a Dekmantel statement over its past few editions but, for us, it wasn’t until her genre smashing Lente Kabinet 2017 set (although her b2b with DJ Stingray from last year’s Dekmantel still has us buzzing too) where she truly entered our radar. With an esoteric musical soul dedicated to the rave, Helena Hauff is an electro lovers dream come true with a no nonsense approach to its robotic, driving elements.
Larry Heard (aka Mr Fingers)
Ever so slowly emerging from the shadows, Chicago’s Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers will bring his live set of idyllic House temperament to Dekmantel for the first time. The artist responsible for such seminal classics as ‘The Sun Can’t Compare,’ ‘Can you Feel It,’ and ‘Mystery of Love’ is one of those artist grabs that separate Dekmantel from the rest.
A pure DJ through and through, Dr Rubenstein is one of the scene’s most in demand artists. With no official affiliations to her name, Dr Rubenstein is simply a music-focused DJ with a steadfast approach to mixing, and progressive techno and acid.
A multi faceted representative of electronic music, Anthony Parasole represents the true grit of his Brooklyn hom, with the musical knowledge of a Berliner. Cutting his teeth in the city that never sleeps for the likes of The Bunker and, as a buyer for, Halcyon, Anthony’s brand of delivering astutely informed, storming techno on labels likes of OstGut and Marcel Dettmann Records.
Volvox & Umfang
Making their Dekmantel debuts are Brooklyn’s Volvox & Umfang. Volvox delivers high energy and jackin’ sets for the likes of New York’s iconic Bossa Nova Civic Club, while Unfamg seamlessly traverse the boundaries of house and techno, retaining a staunch level of grit and energy. Each are co founders of the Discwoman, a platform and booking agency that pushes the needs of women, trans and genderqueer within the music community