Curator: Harley Doorson
“It’s funny how time and place can be so decisive in the course of your life. If my parents didn’t move to ‘De Bijlmer’ almost 20 years ago, i might have never met my lifelong friends. If one of these friends never showed me this UK garage mix, i might never have learned to love house music, and probably wouldn’t be a DJ. It’s these series of coincedences that lead up to the creation of Cirkel. Cirkel was created out of a mutual love for music. For me the biggest inspiration is the so called lo-fi house movement by the likes of Greg Beato, Florian Kupfer, Mall Grab and lots of other musical minds. What really attracts me to this sound, is that it pushes the boundaries in what is right and wrong in making music, using distortion and saturation as a weapon to create a new vibe. Infusing this with acid, disco, funk, r&b and whatnot gives birth to something new altogether.”
Curator: Thought Project
“My experience with art has always been compulsive and obsessive. My creative experience with music began trying to emulate jazz sampled hip-hop beats, but i could never really “get” that hip hop vibe. Around that time, I went to my first proper, underground house event in Toronto and the experience blew my mind. I felt like I had stumbled into a strange new world. That initial feeling of discovery is something I try to emulate in my music, because at it’s core, dance music for me is about embracing absurdity and personal weirdness. This mix showcases the more lo-fi leanings of my selections, markedly on the house spectrum. When it comes down to it though, I will play anything that gets me excited whether it be house, disco, techno, weirdo rock records or instrumental hiphop.”
“In overal I never prepare for any gig or set I have to play, I choose the first track and let the music guide me through the rest of the journey. I find this way of working a pleasant thing, because first of all being unprepared keeps me focused and there’s always a factor of surprise present, not just for myself but also for the crowd.
Neither do I like to stick to one genre, that’s just impossible if you realize how many stuff is blended in to each other influence wise and how many good tracks are out there in different categories but fit with each other very well.
For this podcast I played with 4 decks, just to keeps things more exciting and I used an analog bass-machine (Korg Volca Bass).
Usually my main style is Detroit-Berlin or UK based but this set is a bit different from any other, it has the influence of experimental, progressive, house, techno, you name it, I mixed it!”
Curator: Pablo Diskko
“Generally, I don’t like putting my music in one specific category because I like mixing tracks from various genres, with a common dark, and maybe dirty element. I am very fond of the Acid sounds of techno, Ghetto house, breaks, edgy drums, and heavy basslines. It depends on the mood, and the environment of course, as to how my set will develop throughout the night. I usually like to start smooth, and transition gradually to a heavier sound, so that my audience has the chance to follow my story. I always aim to produce a story when I am playing and make it a personal experience for the dancers. “
“The ideal place would be a small dark, smokey room, with just one strobe light. I would say that I am mostly influenced by the 80’s and 90’s era. I’m a big fan of Omar S but the list could go on forever. I am happy when I see people sweat. “
Today’s mix is an all vinyl brought to us by Tim Zwerver.
The set is a blend of tracks with deep kicks, off beat percussions and wavey synths. Followed by some kickass alternative house and techno tracks.
Tim will close shop at the Westergasterras on Saturday the 28th at our vinyl only event Bazarsystem x Westergasterras