In 2010 I was invited to the newborn Dutch Facebook group Huppels. I was the 28th member. Huppels was initiated by people who love classic dance music since the emerging of the genre in the early nineties. Utter dance music lovers with a great sense of humor. One of them was the Dutch DJ BeNRG, who was possibly also the funniest person online I had ever seen.
Het Huppels group expanded – only on invitation – and soon turned into this extremely addictive online café. Most members couldn’t wait until they got home from work and sit down behind PC or laptop to dive into this extremely funny group op people while listening to the same great classic dans tracks that we all posted online. Every night going to bed became more of a challenge – how to tear away from this fabulous virtual bar/club/community?
On March 5th 2011 the first Huppels-party was organized in Amsterdam. By then the Facebook group counted over 150 members, most of whom had never met in real life, only online. In January 2011 I visited the festival Winter Wooferland in Paradiso, Amsterdam. Some of us had agreed to meet in the light engineer-area, because one of the initiators of Huppels was working there. And so we did: Ben and I met face-to-face! Mind you: at that point we were both visitors of the indoor festival, these days not only the both of us are incrowd, Ben also actually played at several editions.
Together we consequently attend(ed) many events, e.g. the Huppels Q-Day event in Amsterdam and the Huppels picknick in the Vondelpark. Today it feels like we’ve known each other forever. Whenever we meet while going out we have this rather weird tradition in which we pinch each other in the butt. Only the two of us are allowed to do that to each other, no-one else!
In September 2014 I interviewed DJ BeNRG about his first gig ever; the result was published on DJMag.nl. You can also read the interview (in Dutch) here. From meeting online a true friendship arose.