Curator: Nina De Koning
“I wish people would read more. Reading and writing are basically things I’ve done ever since I was old enough to do them. They have always helped me to understand things more, to understand life more. An author I have always been highly interested in is Sylvia Plath. She was a poet and writer that committed suicide after enduring years and years of extreme depression.
I read all of her poems (even used one of them in a track that is yet to be released) and now I am re-reading her novel ‘The Bell Jar’, which mainly focuses on the topic of depression. What I am gaining from re-reading her book is a sense of peace and support. I have been struggling with depression myself for quite some years now and because of the book I don’t feel alone in my battle anymore.
And yes, of course I can also watch a movie, tv series or documentary- I can even listen to a song to feel understood or educated. But it is in reading that I feel is the only way I can truly lose myself and let my imagination run it’s course. In my own way, I can identify myself with a character and find answers to questions I’m actually dealing with in my own life. It’s just a pity that every year there is a reduction in the amount of reading done by people my own age. Do we really find the Kardashians more interesting than Charles Bukowski or Nick Hornby?
Now you might think: what has this rant about reading and novels have to do with the music? Well, that’s an easy one for me to answer. To me podcasts are also like personal stories. So whenever I create a podcast, every song to me is like a chapter. It is always about trying to recreate that feeling I get when I am reading a good novel or play. I want my listener to lose themselves in the podcasts that I create, or in the music that I play at clubs.
So there you go: enjoy this “story”. And please don’t forget to occasionally open up a book. ”
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.”