Vincenzo Palumbo a.k.a. Irregular Synth’s first official gig took place in The Netherlands. “My parents had to give permission for the flight because I was only seventeen.”
The Polish hard techno DJ/producer Hellboy had his first gig at a techno party in Krakau, that he had organized himself. “Most of all I was very excited!”
In 2014 I interviewed trance hero Markus Schulz about his life in Germany and later in the USA, where he still resides. His goal was ‘to bring the fun back in trance’.
UK-garage pioneer Groovemaster Johnson has lived in The Netherlands for many years. Of course, we spoke about his unique first gig story. “Freaking out over a small bag of weed.”
Frau Hofmann and I met in 2017. After an interesting chat we agreed to do an interview about her first gig. She remembers: “The delay of the mixer was on the whole time. Hilarious!”
Dutch DJ/producer Dave Leatherman a.k.a. TFX is a true house pioneer who started DJing in 1987! He speaks vividly about his first gig. “With trembling knees, I put my first record on.”
In 2013 I interviewed Britsh dance vocalist Christian Burns. He told me about working with the likes of Armin van Buuren and Andrew Rayel. “Amazing stuff.”
During ADE 2013 I interviewed trance talent Andrew Rayel. Nowadays, the Moldavian prodigy is a well-renowned name in the industry. Check his story!
The first time I saw Gary Beck live, was in the Amsterdam Studios. In 2017 he told me about his DJ-debut. “Every mix was a train wreck.”
Dutch DJ/producer Rens van Nellestijn a.k.a. Full On Funk a.k.a. Kind Of One told me in May 2017 about his first gig: “I was mixing with trembling hands.”
Chilean DJ/producer Daniela Haverbeck and I often saw each other at Ruigoord. In 2016 we had a chat about her first gig(s). “I simply played both sides of every vinyl.”
When DJ Cellie and I run into each other, we always hug and have a laugh. About his first gig he told me: “I realized: pre-programmed DJing didn’t work.”