Edwin Rutgers (NL): “Waiting for the sound equipment”

Edwin Rutgers at the time around his first gig

We met at the opening of the Recycle Lounge Gallery Club in Amsterdam, where he was playing in the garden area. Not much later I asked Dutch DJ Edwin Rutgers about his first gig. “Our goals with Drie Nul Drie was to organize small-scale, beautiful and intimate events at special locations.”

Calm Chor (IND): “Music was my lifeline”

calm chor around the time of his first gig

Our first real conversation took place while walking through Amsterdam during ADE 2016. Later the Indian Calm Chor aka Ashvin Mani Sharma told me about his surprising DJ-debut. “I had two faders per channel and small fiddly EQ knobs.”

Buddy Suwijn (NL): “Rum-coke on the side and I was on!”

Buddy and Marceline 2018

Buddy Suwijn was a latebloomer in music, but when he returned to his old love in 2012, there was no stopping him. I’ve seen his career take off and develop and I’m happy for him, because besides his talent Buddy has a heart of gold. In 2015 we talked about his first gig. “I was the only DJ. Huh?!”

ZaVen (NL): “Even then, networking was key”

Zaven playing in Atlantis Alkmaar

Sven Dekker aka DJ/producer Zaven was born and raised in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. In 2016 he told me about his first gig. “When I saw how the crowd was dreaming away on my music, it tasted like more.”

Wesdex (NL): “I could accelerate the BPM”

wesdex 2015

The first time we met, must have been around 2012. The Dutch Wesdex is also known by the name ‘the green designer’. In 2015 he told me about his first gig. “It was exciting because the sound in a club’s DJ booth is totally different than in your bedroom.”