My First Gig Erik Sterk aka Enrico Fuerte (NL)

In 2015 Marcy Goes Wild had a chat with Enrico Fuerte. “Do the people want harder? They will get harder. No problem.”

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DJ Enrico Fuerte

In 2015 Marcy Goes Wild had a chat with the Dutch DJ/producer Enrico Fuerte. “Do the people want harder? They will get harder. No problem.”

“At the time of my first gig I was 26, so I am somewhat of a late bloomer. The performance came my way through a message on Partyflock, in which an organization was looking for a techno DJ who played varied techno.”

Hardcore and trance

“I had been playing at home as my own ‘main act’ for a year or two. I mainly played hardcore and trance on vinyl. I had bought my first CD-Js (the 400 series) about two weeks before I saw that message. I took my chances and mailed them a set. After a few hours I already received a reply that this was exactly the sound they were looking for.”


“Finally, the day was almost there; it was five days before my first gig. I was so worried about anything and everything and was so nervous, that I could barely sleep during those last five nights.”

Youth center

“After a two and a half hour drive from Eindhoven to Emmen, we arrived at a party. There were four of us: myself, two of my cousins and a friend. We ended up in a youth center with an area that was quite all right for a first gig.”


“The area filled up quickly. When I started my set, a few people had already come over to me, telling me that they were looking forward to hearing my sound. I never prepare a set so what I am going to pay is always just as much a surprise for me as for the audience.”

Dj Enrico Fuerte in action


“My set came along nicely when a problem arose. One that I couldn’t fix, because I had no experience with the situation at hand. The organization had placed the room speakers on the same table as the CD-Js. Every time the volume increased, The CD-Js skipped. Fortunately, a fellow DJ had a bag that we could put under the CD-Js. Problem solved. Afterwards I got lots of good reactions to my sound, which I have since expanded considerably.”


“Playing with vinyl and producing with Ableton three years later, I taught myself by watching a lot of YouTube videos and applying those tips to my own records. When I started playing, I didn’t know anyone in the scene. Therefore, I had to learn everything by myself, without tips from friends or anyone else.”


“Once, after a gig, someone tipped me to completely prepare my sets. I did this once, which resulted in a – in my opinion – terrible set. That leaves no room for improvisation or connecting with the public. Ever since then I always play by feeling and follow the flow of the crowd. Do the people want harder? They will get harder. No problem.”

Lady Aïda

“There’s not really a person that I look up to or idolize. There are plenty of good artists, but my personal experience is that the unknown names often play better and more surprising than established names. If I have to mention a name though, then it’s Lady Aïda. She’s also from Eindhoven, hehe.”

“I always like the build-up in my own sets: a dark, rising line. I miss that in nine of the ten other sets that I hear – it goes up and down. Lots of people like that, but it doesn’t work for me. My hardcore history probably plays a role here. That is why the end of my set, if the crowd is up for it, often consists of industrial hardcore at 130 bpm. I only do this when I am the closing DJ and the whole place wants to go completely mad.”


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