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In 2014 BeNRG enthusiasticly talked about his memories of the first time playing for an audience. "The DJ-booth was a scaffolding with a plank and some orange canvas"
“In 1994/95 I went to Club Mazzo in Amsterdam on a weekly basis. The music that was played there, was from outer space and the most fantastic shit I had ever heard. I didn’t play myself at that time, but to hold on to the vibe and the music of the weekends at Mazzo during the week, I started being vinyl myself. Also, I acquired two turntables (both completely different and certainly no Technics), and a mixer that was probably indeed meant to for actual mashing.” (laughs)
“Starting with techno/trance I started leaning more towards the harder house styles. This happened after attending a few Evlo parties (later HQ). I had just bought one of Billy Nasty’s cassette tapes and I was in love with his style: techno and uplifting hardhouse. Until this day, Billy is my über-hero.”
“About three years later, the group of friends with whom I hung out a lot at that point, organized an illegal rave. The location was somewhere in the fields of Ruigoord. That rave became my first gig. The first time I played for an audience, with the exception of those present who had been at after parties at my house, where I completely out of my mind sometimes played until six or seven in the morning.
“In those days, to score new vinyl, I often went to Transcentral, a record store that was run by Alexander Koning. He invited to play at an event called Fortress/Eye on the Future in de Hemkade in Zaandam. I think this was in 1998. There I was sharing a line-up with people like Tiësto, Damon Wild, Cellie, JP, Laidback Luke, Spider Willem, Jean and many more icons.”
“I was the opening DJ for the underground area. In my first minute I put on a track that was possibly considered to be more appropriate at prime-time. Or when you have to close. Funny detail: I had to stand on a crate because the stage was quite high. The uncomfortable pose didn’t help to get my nerves under control. Not good. I really don’t think I played a good set, but the crowd went berserk. What did help is that the place was packed, right from the beginning. When I think back to it now, I still feel a little uneasy. ‘I could have done that better’. But oh well, I was young and reckless.”
“During many following years, I always began my sets with a bang. Yet, now I’m a ‘bit’ older, my taste in music has changed. Increasingly I prefer deep house, tech house and funky techno. Sure, a hardhouse set here and there is nice. Those moments reveal that in the end I haven’t lost all my wild hair literally and figuratively.”