Archives for October 2011

Radio 1 Goes Dutch

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Pete Tong Pete Tong | 07:00 UK time, Sunday, 30 October 2011

Tonight we brought you 'Radio 1 Goes Dutch' with a 12 hour dance music marathon celebrating the best in Dutch dance music!! Click on the photos below to hear them - they're available for 7 days from today.

Radio 1 in Amsterdam

Becci Abbott Becci Abbott | 19:23 UK time, Friday, 28 October 2011

Check out our pics as Heidi, Chuckie and Judge Jules head to the 'Dam for some hard dance music and some rather tasty food!


Montage of our photos from Amsterdam


Kutski raves it up at the HARD Dance Event, Amsterdam

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Kutski Kutski | 15:06 UK time, Friday, 28 October 2011

HARD Dance Event held at Q Dance headquarters

HARD Dance Event held at Q Dance headquarters

So ADE is Europe's answer to Miami Music Conference, people sitting around in expensive suits, drinking over priced coffee trying to seal business deals to justify the money they have spent on passes, flights and hotels…

Cue HDE (HARD dance event), our rebel splinter group to the ADE which consists of DJ, producers and promoters from all of the harder styles gathering at the Q Dance offices to meet up and socialise outside of a club environment.
Headhunterz plays the Hardstyle ADE afterparty alongside Kutski

Headhunterz plays the Hardstyle ADE afterparty alongside Kutski

Of cause there is a business element, and many plans are laid for the following 12 months, but it is a lot less formal gathering, and the beer and food was flowing readily all day!

I was over there primary for a social trip to catch up with everyone, and do a bit of research of what everyones plans are for the near future, to make sure we catch all the best stuff for the show, but I also took part in a panel discussion about the UK hard dance scene, and took control of the airwaves for Q Dance radio for half an hour.

That's the thing I love about the hard scene is the feeling of community and common purpose. There is only friendly competitiveness, just about everyone one the scene knows each other and are good friends on a personal level too!

Following this 'hard day at the office' we all let our hair down at the first every hardstyle ADE after party with myself, Headhunters and Ran-D taking control of the decks at the sold out sugar factory in the evening, before the rowdy rebels spilled into the DJ Mag 'Top 100' party where TEN of the top one hundred DJs in this predominantly house and trance poll where hardstyle and hardcore!!!

The future is bright, the future is HARD!!!!!
DJ Viper who deliveres a storming Double Dutch Halloween Horror Mix for my show tonight

DJ Viper who deliveres a storming Double Dutch Halloween Horror Mix for my show tonight

Laidback Luke & R1 Goes Dutch

Laidback Luke Laidback Luke | 16:00 UK time, Wednesday, 26 October 2011

I’m really excited to part of ‘Radio 1 Goes Dutch’. It’s a big compliment to my country that the BBC is dedicating a whole night to our music! 


I’ve put together a special mix of music that has influenced me as a DJ and producer. The mix represents the different eras and styles of Dutch dance music that have had the biggest effect on me. Most of the tracks are by Dutch artists but I also included producers from outside the Netherlands that had a big influence on the Dutch sound.


To start the show, I picked out tracks from the early nineties raves. Artists like The Good Men, Speedy J, Lemon 8 and Green Velvet who brought the Chicago bleepiness to the Netherlands.

Next I went into trance with tunes like ‘Out Of The Blue’ by Ferry Corsten and Tiesto’s ‘Flight 643’. This was the first time that Dutch artists made their name overseas. And I still love those epic chords and trancey synths!


I play a few tunes from around 2000/2001 when the Dutch started to get a bit funky. Check out DJ Roog aka Hardsoul.  I also play some tracks that show how our sound has been influenced by hip hop and R&B. None more so than DJ Chuckie who helped bring dance music to the masses when he switched from playing hip-hop to house.


Another big influence on the Dutch sound are the tribal beats of the Suriname community.  Suriname is a former Dutch colony in South America. And you can hear those tribal roots in tracks by Gregor Salto and Bingo Players.


Another big influence on our music is Switch from the UK. I remember one point a few years ago where every Dutch producer was trying to copy his style!


Towards the end of the show I start to introduce a new breed of Dutch masters. I’m really excited by producers like Munchi and TWR72.


And I end the show with the Dutch sound as it is right now, with music from Afrojack, our Swedish Mafia cousins, and yours truly!


I hope you enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed putting it together! It was great fun going through my old tunes.


PS: You can download a free mini mix of the show on Annie Mac's mini mix page from tonight!

Essential Mix - Art Department

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Essential Mix Essential Mix | 17:19 UK time, Friday, 21 October 2011


Having the opportunity to record an essential mix is a massive deal for us, for any dj it's about as big of an opportunity as they come to be creative with your art and to reach so many people at once. the project wasn't taken lightly at all as it can be quite a task to put something like this together. you're considering the fans you already have, the people who don't know your work, trying to convey everything you want to say within the allotted 2 hours and with 30 of the 10,000 songs you have to chose from, as well as building trust with the listener early on so that you have more freedom with your programming as the mix continues. We wanted to make it as special and interesting as possible, and keep a classic vibe about it so that people will hopefully want to listen to it for years to come, same as we have with the likes of Blackstrobe's Essential mix from 2004. The mix is filled with current and classic music from artists we love and close friends ranging from deep & hypnotic grooves to vocal house records, to electronica and back, with loads of edits made just for this mix. 

Art Department




Radio 1 Goes DUTCH!!

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Becci Abbott Becci Abbott | 21:11 UK time, Friday, 7 October 2011


So tonight Pete brought you the exciting news that on Friday 28th October 'Radio 1 Goes Dutch' with the whole of the 12 hour dance music marathon celebrating the best in Dutch dance music!!

During the evening we will be joined by the cream of the crop from the Dutch dance world... as well as bringing you exclusive DJ sets from the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) in Holland, which is one of Europe's biggest dance conference with over 100,000 festival visitors, 700 artists and 41 venues...BIG!!

We have been working hard to bring you an awesome line up and so here is what that night will look like...

:: 7-9pm we go Double Dutch with Pete Tong and Chuckie co-host!

:: 9-11pm Judge Jules teams up with the 1 and only Armin Van Buuren

:: 11-1am Kutski and special guests- going behind the scenes at HDE

:: 1-5am a special extended essential mix recorded at ADE with: Ferry Corsten, Sander Van Doorn, Afrojack and Sidney Samson

:: Then really excited to have closing our 'Radio 1 goes Dutch' from 5-7am - Laidback Luke Goes Dutch...with a very special show planned.

So that's 'Radio 1 Goes Dutch' on Friday 28th October 7pm-7am.

Put it in your diary!!

Modeselektor Essential Mix

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Modeselektor Modeselektor | 15:13 UK time, Thursday, 6 October 2011


We already did tons of DJ mixes over the years. The first ones we did when we were like 14 or 15 years old. Back then, we recorded them on tape. Everytime it was a big thing, almost an event when we recorded new mixes. You prepared well, invited friends over. This all took place in Szary's garage. Yeah, a small garage where usually old tires were stored. But nobody cared about that - it was all about listening to the mix. We recorded the Essential Mix just like that - in one run, with the spirit of those years way back. No concept really, just going with the flow, the feeling... BERLIN!

:: Modeselektor's Essential Mix

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