In March 2011 my life changed, I became a freelancer. No boss, no rules. After working at Mediamatic and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ it was time for something new. In two years time I’ve been working on some great cases as a freelancer, like 5 Days Off, Patterns + Pleasure Festival, Vodafone Firestarters and World Minimal Music Festival. I discovered new music, met many nice people, learned new skills and earned some money to spend a little time in Japan. It feels good to be free and I’m just getting started.. Here are some pictures to prove I’m not joking.
April 2011, World Minimal Music Festival
Photo: Ben Frost
For five days – from Wednesday 3 till Sunday, April 7 – be sure to visit the World Minimal Music Festival at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and/or Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. During the 3rd edition of this biennial festival, there will be lots of concerts with international musicians including Kronos Quartet, Konono No. 1 and Ben Frost, containing both ritual trance music, electronic beats and soundscapes. Next to the main program there are several special events during the festival, developed in collaboration with organizations like 22tracks, Subbacultcha! and Gonzo (circus). With dj’s, films, talk shows, minimal yoga and a 21-hour composition inspired by Erik Satie’s Vexations.
I’ve been working on the previous editions in 2009 and 2011. Now I’ve been asked to help Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ with the PR strategy and online marketing for the third episode of this wonderful festival. It feels good to be back!
Photo: 5 Days Off
Los Bangeles is based in the Netherlands (Rotterdam) and was founded in 2009 as an audiovisual weblog, focused on the sights and sounds of the U.S. West Coast. In January 2011 Los Bangeles developed into an online magazine passionately dedicated to telling the stories of creative individuals and innovative brands. For their blog they did interviews with Jameszoo, Ted Langenbach and many others. As a partner of 5 Days Off 2013, Loas Bangeles wanted to know something more about the festival and the people behind the scenes. So they asked me a couple of questions. You can read the whole interview here.
Photo: Antenna artwork by 21bis
On Saturday February 16th I’m organizing a party called Antenna at Canvasopde7e in Amsterdam. Antenna is an electronic music night with live shows and dj sets from my favorite artists and friends. For the third edition of the party I asked Stellar OM Source to play a live show. Currently based in Belgium, the artist has a production history dating back to 2005, self releasing homespun synth explorations and appearing on labels such as Olde English Spelling Bee and Digitalis. Those early productions saw the producer, real name Christelle Gualdi, explore technicolour visions of New Age psychedelia inspired by the digital age, with the dreamy chords owing a debt to the machine-driven soul of Detroit techno. These influences have come to the fore in her forthcoming (and much delayed) 12-inch for Rush Hour‘s distribution sub-label; the four tracks on offer combine Gualdi’s penchant for crafting delicious synthesiser melodies with pulsing drum patterns (source:junodownload.com).
Line up for Antenna on February 16th 2013: Stellar Om Source (live), Eelco Courvreur, Max Cole and myself, Bas B. Entrance only 10 euros. www.casvansopde7e.nl
Check out the interview with Stellar Om Source on Juno Plus and DJBroadcast.