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Dekmantel Festival 2020
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Dekmantel Festival 2020

Music This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl

In conversation with Darude
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In conversation with Darude

Music Famed for the global platinum-selling smash ‘Sandstorm’, Darude is recognised by many as one of the most influential artists to emerge from the dance scene in the past decade. With a DJ style that is a mixture of progressive and uplifting trance, fused with elements of tech, breaks and house, Darude’s music delivers a dynamic energy that gets any dancefloor moving. With over 15 years heavily touring North and South America, as well as leading shows in Asia and Australasia. His resume of accolades is a testament to the exponential growth of his profile as an international artist. Over the years he’s appeared on TV channels such as BBC, NBC, CNN and MTV, as well as having won a number of prestigious awards such as 2 x German Dance Awards, Dance Star Award, USA Golden Turntable DJ Award and he is a 3 x Finnish Grammy Award winner. His name has also appeared in numerous public-voted polls with previous entries in Top 100 DJs Poll and Americas Favourite DJ. We had a delight speaking with Darude about the current situation in the world and his new music.    How is the current situation in the world affecting you and other artists? As every other DJ & artist, I’m not touring until the coronavirus situation calms down and it’s safe for people to come together again. When I’m not on the road, my typical work weeks are not that different from this, though, everyone in the family being home now throughout the entire day presents some challenges to us all. Arranging and overseeing home schooling for our 10-year old takes a good bit of time, and trying to stay on top of a productive and positive family routine is taking a good bit of brain power and capacity, but so far we’ve stayed healthy - and relatively sane – so I guess we’re doing ok! :)    You’re lucky enough to have made a career out of the thing you love doing, and a lot of that has been down to successes such as ‘Sandstorm’, do you look back at the track with fondness at the opportunities it has given you?  Of course! I’ve done quite a lot since ‘Sandstorm,’ but it’s what started it all – it gave me the opportunity to tour and show people what I do and what I am about. Every time I hear the track or play it myself, I am extremely proud and happy!   What did it feel like representing your country at last year’s Eurovision? What was the experience like? It was a great honour to get to represent Finland! The whole journey was something I’ll never forget and I wouldn’t change it for anything! Getting to work with and share the experience with my dear friend Sebastian was great, and looking at my production methods and approaches from a different angle was a welcome change. I got to work with a great team of Finnish TV professionals for the Finnish national final and then on to Tel Aviv to be a part of one of the biggest live TV productions in the world – those experiences are invaluable both personally and professionally. Meeting the Eurovision fans was great as well, what a loving and excited bunch of people from all walks of life. Connecting with the fellow contestants was absolutely amazing as well – it lead to collaborations and even friendships!   What is the favourite place you have ever performed at and why? 2016 NYE at Kansalaistori in the city centre of Helsinki, Finland. I got to kick off 2017, the year we celebrated 100 years of Finnish independence, playing ‘Sandstorm’ to 100,000 fellow Finns, followed by an hour-long DJ set to keep the party going!    How would your year have looked differently if the current situation would have been different?  I’d be out on tour, US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, etc. We had a worldwide tour planned to start this summer, but it has, of course, been postponed, so we will also have to shuffle some music releases as well.   After so many years in the industry, what things have changed in those times? Is it now easier or harder to make it as an artist?  Available, advanced technology has made it more affordable for almost anyone to get their hands on some sort of recording and production tools, so I’d say harder, as there’s so much more competition now. I don’t mind that, though, because not everyone wants to or needs to be a superstar, but just to have fun expressing their feelings and talent through music. Also, I’m a prime example of someone who didn’t even know they wanted or could be a musician, but through technology I could actually program rhythms, chords and melodies that I was not able to play live at that point, and so getting creative in that way was possible. Anyone today finding something similar through mobile apps or computer software is probably feeling similar joy and exhilaration as I was, so I’m all for it!    When creating new tunes, how do you approach it? What is the first thing you start with? So many different ways! I used to be more of a grid based programmer in the beginning, like drum machine programming and I used arpeggiators a lot as well. I used to always start with drums and some bass, to get a monotonous driving foundation going first, then I’d start finding melodic elements to it, just listen to that until I started hearing things in it, then trying to get them out of my head and play or program on top of the beats. These days I sometimes still do that, but quite often I go through sounds and samples and start finding chords and melodies first, then come up with the beats and other production later. Sometimes I send instrumentals to singer-songwriters to write to and sometimes I get vocals from them first and create my music around it. Sometimes I have someone or many people in the studio, or over Skype, and we’ll vibe it out real time, come up with ideas or full songs from scratch.   What is next in store for you? Any new releases or projects you can tell us about? I’ll be putting out a bunch of original tracks this year. We’re shuffling our release schedule due to the pandemic, but stay tuned to my socials for the latest info. Hopefully fans will be excited about what I’m doing this year!    How do you think this summer will be in comparison to previous years with everything that is going on in the world? Well, it is certainly looking like it is going to be different than we’ve ever experienced in our lifetimes. In the grand scheme of things, I’m not worrying about missing out on performances and parties, because everyone in the industry is in the same boat right now. What I AM worried about is my family’s, my friends’ and my loved ones’ physical & mental health – not only because of the virus itself, but because the financial struggle that will be so tough for so many as a result of this world crisis. I worry about every person’s capacity to withstand the hardship in front of us, which is why, more than ever, we need to look out for each other, and do our part now. Especially for the heroes on the frontlines of this crisis doing the painstakingly hard work to save us all. I am incredibly grateful for the immense sacrifice they make for all of us daily.     Lastly, what is your favourite thing about being creative and what makes you happy? I simply love coming to my studio and sitting down and letting ideas flow. Sometimes it’s immediate, sometimes it takes days, but I’ve learned not to be too frustrated about time and to trust that something good, fun, touching, positive, etc. will come out eventually, however long the detour is! Music and family are what bring me happiness.  Famed for the global platinum-selling smash ‘Sandstorm’, Darude is recognised by many as one of the most influential artists to emerge from the dance scene in the past decade. With a DJ style that is a mixture of progressive and uplifting trance, fused with elements of tech, breaks and house, Darude’s music delivers a dynamic energy that gets any dancefloor moving. With over 15 years heavily touring North and South America, as well as leading shows in Asia and Australasia. His resume of accolades is a testament to the exponential growth of his profile as an international artist. Over the years he’s appeared on TV channels such as BBC, NBC, CNN and MTV, as well as having won a number of prestigious awards such as 2 x German Dance Awards, Dance Star Award, USA Golden Turntable DJ Award and he is a 3 x Finnish Grammy Award winner. His name has also appeared in numerous public-voted polls with previous entries in Top 100 DJs Poll and Americas Favourite DJ. We had a delight speaking with Darude about the current situation in the world and his new music.    How is the current situation in the world affecting you and other artists? As every other DJ & artist, I’m not touring until the coronavirus situation calms down and it’s safe for people to come together again. When I’m not on the road, my typical work weeks are not that different from this, though, everyone in the family being home now throughout the entire day presents some challenges to us all. Arranging and overseeing home schooling for our 10-year old takes a good bit of time, and trying to stay on top of a productive and positive family routine is taking a good bit of brain power and capacity, but so far we’ve stayed healthy - and relatively sane – so I guess we’re doing ok! :)    You’re lucky enough to have made a career out of the thing you love doing, and a lot of that has been down to successes such as ‘Sandstorm’, do you look back at the track with fondness at the opportunities it has given you?  Of course! I’ve done quite a lot since ‘Sandstorm,’ but it’s what started it all – it gave me the opportunity to tour and show people what I do and what I am about. Every time I hear the track or play it myself, I am extremely proud and happy!   What did it feel like representing your country at last year’s Eurovision? What was the experience like? It was a great honour to get to represent Finland! The whole journey was something I’ll never forget and I wouldn’t change it for anything! Getting to work with and share the experience with my dear friend Sebastian was great, and looking at my production methods and approaches from a different angle was a welcome change. I got to work with a great team of Finnish TV professionals for the Finnish national final and then on to Tel Aviv to be a part of one of the biggest live TV productions in the world – those experiences are invaluable both personally and professionally. Meeting the Eurovision fans was great as well, what a loving and excited bunch of people from all walks of life. Connecting with the fellow contestants was absolutely amazing as well – it lead to collaborations and even friendships!   What is the favourite place you have ever performed at and why? 2016 NYE at Kansalaistori in the city centre of Helsinki, Finland. I got to kick off 2017, the year we celebrated 100 years of Finnish independence, playing ‘Sandstorm’ to 100,000 fellow Finns, followed by an hour-long DJ set to keep the party going!    How would your year have looked differently if the current situation would have been different?  I’d be out on tour, US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, etc. We had a worldwide tour planned to start this summer, but it has, of course, been postponed, so we will also have to shuffle some music releases as well.   After so many years in the industry, what things have changed in those times? Is it now easier or harder to make it as an artist?  Available, advanced technology has made it more affordable for almost anyone to get their hands on some sort of recording and production tools, so I’d say harder, as there’s so much more competition now. I don’t mind that, though, because not everyone wants to or needs to be a superstar, but just to have fun expressing their feelings and talent through music. Also, I’m a prime example of someone who didn’t even know they wanted or could be a musician, but through technology I could actually program rhythms, chords and melodies that I was not able to play live at that point, and so getting creative in that way was possible. Anyone today finding something similar through mobile apps or computer software is probably feeling similar joy and exhilaration as I was, so I’m all for it!    When creating new tunes, how do you approach it? What is the first thing you start with? So many different ways! I used to be more of a grid based programmer in the beginning, like drum machine programming and I used arpeggiators a lot as well. I used to always start with drums and some bass, to get a monotonous driving foundation going first, then I’d start finding melodic elements to it, just listen to that until I started hearing things in it, then trying to get them out of my head and play or program on top of the beats. These days I sometimes still do that, but quite often I go through sounds and samples and start finding chords and melodies first, then come up with the beats and other production later. Sometimes I send instrumentals to singer-songwriters to write to and sometimes I get vocals from them first and create my music around it. Sometimes I have someone or many people in the studio, or over Skype, and we’ll vibe it out real time, come up with ideas or full songs from scratch.   What is next in store for you? Any new releases or projects you can tell us about? I’ll be putting out a bunch of original tracks this year. We’re shuffling our release schedule due to the pandemic, but stay tuned to my socials for the latest info. Hopefully fans will be excited about what I’m doing this year!    How do you think this summer will be in comparison to previous years with everything that is going on in the world? Well, it is certainly looking like it is going to be different than we’ve ever experienced in our lifetimes. In the grand scheme of things, I’m not worrying about missing out on performances and parties, because everyone in the industry is in the same boat right now. What I AM worried about is my family’s, my friends’ and my loved ones’ physical & mental health – not only because of the virus itself, but because the financial struggle that will be so tough for so many as a result of this world crisis. I worry about every person’s capacity to withstand the hardship in front of us, which is why, more than ever, we need to look out for each other, and do our part now. Especially for the heroes on the frontlines of this crisis doing the painstakingly hard work to save us all. I am incredibly grateful for the immense sacrifice they make for all of us daily.     Lastly, what is your favourite thing about being creative and what makes you happy? I simply love coming to my studio and sitting down and letting ideas flow. Sometimes it’s immediate, sometimes it takes days, but I’ve learned not to be too frustrated about time and to trust that something good, fun, touching, positive, etc. will come out eventually, however long the detour is! Music and family are what bring me happiness. 

In conversation with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
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In conversation with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Music  After regaining the #1 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll last year, capping off what was an impressive year that included releasing their huge single ‘Instagram’ alongside David Guetta, Natti Natasha, Daddy Yankee and Afro Bros, which stands out at over 150 million streams, and also collaborated with Paris Hilton on ‘Best Friends Ass’, which featured a music video starring the likes of Kim Kardashian West. Dimitri is also passionate about film, and recently featured in Rambo: Last Blood, while Mike also has aspirations in the urban music world, and has released a number of solo releases over the past year, as well as recently announced a new label, ‘Green Room’, for his solo music and other music in that style. The duo have also previously collaborated with the likes of Wiz Khalifa.    We had a delight to speak with Mike and Dimitri:    How does it feel to be listed at the top of the Top 100 DJ’s poll again?  Dimitri: We’re really happy to have the fans continue to support us like this. We work really hard to keep engaged with them and always try to give them something new and exciting, whether that’s new music, a new aspect to our shows or new projects that we get involved in, so it’s great to see their love and appreciation. Without them none of this would be possible, so we’re truly grateful.    Mike:We’ve always had a special relationship with our fans. They fuel our passion and drive to always push forward.     How does COVID-19 affect your work and cancelled gigs?    Mike:We’re all in this together right now and it’s the only way we’re going to get back to how life was before this, by sticking together. For us, it’s been a change because we’re so used to being on the road for weeks at a time, travelling and playing shows, so we’ve had to adjust just like the rest of the world has. For touring musicians, this gives an almost unprecedented opportunity to write new music with so much free time, and I expect to hear a ton of amazing new music coming out of this.    What do you do and suggest to our readers to do during quarantined time?   Dimitri: We’re used to being flexible and try to maintain a routine whilst on the road to keep us in the best state physically and mentally, and I think that is especially important during this extraordinary time. People need to carry on exercising and eatting healthy, and spend time communicating with their friends and family. There are so many ways to keep in touch, so it’s been fun seeing the new creative methods that people are using to stay in contact with one another! The most important thing in all of this is people’s health and wellbeing.    How does the huge success of your single “Instagram” make you feel?   Dimitri: It’s a great feeling. The song took a while to write, but we all were really happy with the outcome, and to see that being received so well by our fans means everything to us. It was great having so many talented artists work on ‘Instagram and just bouncing off each other.   Mike: We love to collaborate with artists and producers whose work we admire. For this project everybody brought something different to the table and the synergy was really smooth.   What do you guys have in store for the future?   Mike:We’ve spent a lot of time in the studio recently, working on new music and finishing projects, so we have a lot of new sounds ready to drop in the next few months. We’re really excited about our upcoming music schedule, fans can expect some interesting collaborations and a bunch of new singles from us too.    You were recently featured in Rambo: Last Blood. How is it like trying something new like acting? How was the experience & do you have any other similar projects that you are working on?   Dimitri: I’ve always been fascinated by film, conveying stories and emotions on screen the same as you would when working on music. Being involved on different sets and working with hugely skilled actor/actresses in the film industry has taught me a lot about showcasing different themes, and I think that has had a knock-on effect on our music as a result. Getting to work alongside big screen heroes like Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Bouncer and Sylvester Stallone in the latest Rambo movie are highlights of my side career in the film industry and push me on to achieve more. I’m always looking at new projects to be involved in, I will be announcing some more soon!    You have recently announced your new label “Green Room”, congratulations! How do you source artist for your new label and tell us more about the launch.   Mike: Thank you! This has been a project I’ve been working on for a while, which is centred around my love for urban music. I’ve been releasing a number of solo singles over the past year, so launching the label felt like the next natural step for this. I am constantly on the lookout for new music and listening to new talent and different styles, so the aim of the label is to nurture these guys and give them a platform to express themselves, as well as for me to release my own music. The label launched with my single ‘High Off Love’, which fans are really digging at the moment.   Lastly, what would be your favourite thing about performing live in front of a big crowd like Mysteryland, Tomorrowland and similar?   Mike: For us it’s all about the back and forth with the crowd that makes it so special. The connection with the fans is so strong and is always a two-way thing, we feed off their energy and that shows in the performance, and in turn the crowd reaction to that is memorable every time.  Dimitri: Playing our music to people and seeing them react has always been one of the most important things in what we do. To see our songs making so many people happy, creating memories and having an effect on their lives makes what we do worthwhile, I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of that and will be forever thankful for the position we are in.    For the weekend we suggest you listen their new track: https://open.spotify.com/track/00JoqMc5KZFLpdrtymo6f0  After regaining the #1 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll last year, capping off what was an impressive year that included releasing their huge single ‘Instagram’ alongside David Guetta, Natti Natasha, Daddy Yankee and Afro Bros, which stands out at over 150 million streams, and also collaborated with Paris Hilton on ‘Best Friends Ass’, which featured a music video starring the likes of Kim Kardashian West. Dimitri is also passionate about film, and recently featured in Rambo: Last Blood, while Mike also has aspirations in the urban music world, and has released a number of solo releases over the past year, as well as recently announced a new label, ‘Green Room’, for his solo music and other music in that style. The duo have also previously collaborated with the likes of Wiz Khalifa.    We had a delight to speak with Mike and Dimitri:    How does it feel to be listed at the top of the Top 100 DJ’s poll again?  Dimitri: We’re really happy to have the fans continue to support us like this. We work really hard to keep engaged with them and always try to give them something new and exciting, whether that’s new music, a new aspect to our shows or new projects that we get involved in, so it’s great to see their love and appreciation. Without them none of this would be possible, so we’re truly grateful.    Mike:We’ve always had a special relationship with our fans. They fuel our passion and drive to always push forward.     How does COVID-19 affect your work and cancelled gigs?    Mike:We’re all in this together right now and it’s the only way we’re going to get back to how life was before this, by sticking together. For us, it’s been a change because we’re so used to being on the road for weeks at a time, travelling and playing shows, so we’ve had to adjust just like the rest of the world has. For touring musicians, this gives an almost unprecedented opportunity to write new music with so much free time, and I expect to hear a ton of amazing new music coming out of this.    What do you do and suggest to our readers to do during quarantined time?   Dimitri: We’re used to being flexible and try to maintain a routine whilst on the road to keep us in the best state physically and mentally, and I think that is especially important during this extraordinary time. People need to carry on exercising and eatting healthy, and spend time communicating with their friends and family. There are so many ways to keep in touch, so it’s been fun seeing the new creative methods that people are using to stay in contact with one another! The most important thing in all of this is people’s health and wellbeing.    How does the huge success of your single “Instagram” make you feel?   Dimitri: It’s a great feeling. The song took a while to write, but we all were really happy with the outcome, and to see that being received so well by our fans means everything to us. It was great having so many talented artists work on ‘Instagram and just bouncing off each other.   Mike: We love to collaborate with artists and producers whose work we admire. For this project everybody brought something different to the table and the synergy was really smooth.   What do you guys have in store for the future?   Mike:We’ve spent a lot of time in the studio recently, working on new music and finishing projects, so we have a lot of new sounds ready to drop in the next few months. We’re really excited about our upcoming music schedule, fans can expect some interesting collaborations and a bunch of new singles from us too.    You were recently featured in Rambo: Last Blood. How is it like trying something new like acting? How was the experience & do you have any other similar projects that you are working on?   Dimitri: I’ve always been fascinated by film, conveying stories and emotions on screen the same as you would when working on music. Being involved on different sets and working with hugely skilled actor/actresses in the film industry has taught me a lot about showcasing different themes, and I think that has had a knock-on effect on our music as a result. Getting to work alongside big screen heroes like Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Bouncer and Sylvester Stallone in the latest Rambo movie are highlights of my side career in the film industry and push me on to achieve more. I’m always looking at new projects to be involved in, I will be announcing some more soon!    You have recently announced your new label “Green Room”, congratulations! How do you source artist for your new label and tell us more about the launch.   Mike: Thank you! This has been a project I’ve been working on for a while, which is centred around my love for urban music. I’ve been releasing a number of solo singles over the past year, so launching the label felt like the next natural step for this. I am constantly on the lookout for new music and listening to new talent and different styles, so the aim of the label is to nurture these guys and give them a platform to express themselves, as well as for me to release my own music. The label launched with my single ‘High Off Love’, which fans are really digging at the moment.   Lastly, what would be your favourite thing about performing live in front of a big crowd like Mysteryland, Tomorrowland and similar?   Mike: For us it’s all about the back and forth with the crowd that makes it so special. The connection with the fans is so strong and is always a two-way thing, we feed off their energy and that shows in the performance, and in turn the crowd reaction to that is memorable every time.  Dimitri: Playing our music to people and seeing them react has always been one of the most important things in what we do. To see our songs making so many people happy, creating memories and having an effect on their lives makes what we do worthwhile, I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of that and will be forever thankful for the position we are in.    For the weekend we suggest you listen their new track: https://open.spotify.com/track/00JoqMc5KZFLpdrtymo6f0

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In conversation with Martin Jensen
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In conversation with Martin Jensen

Music Martin Jensen originally wanting to take more of a ‘behind the scenes’ role as a lighting engineer and designer, but his unmistakeable talent as a DJ quickly placed him in the spotlight as a creative powerhouse. “I’m drawn to the songs that get into your head and seem to stay there. That’s the music that I love to create”says Martin, whose uncompromising and unorthodox production style has garnered listeners from all over the world and racked up millions of followers on Facebook.   His first few singles launched him into the musical stratosphere, showcasing his innovative way of crafting sounds and tracks that resonant with fans from all over the globe. His breakthrough viral track “Sí” featured a sample of famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. And follow up single, “All I Wanna Do”, cemented his position as one of the world’s leading hit makers as he has also gone on to collaborate with names including The Vamps, and #1 artist James Arthur. Continuing his meteoric rise, “Solo Dance” has gone down as one of the most-recognised tracks in recent years, from pop chart plays, to keeping the dancefloor on fire, it also featured a young singer that wanted to remain unknown. “She wanted to be anonymous and we kept our promise.”  Says Martin Jensen, who goes on to explain the idea behind the song’s lyrics.“It’s about going out clubbing, and that it is really only a great night if you’ve been dancing all night long.” – an ethos that no doubt many fans can get behind. With an unbelievable upshot in its popularity receiving over 1 million streams daily upon release and hitting over 1 billion streams and counting; ‘Solo Dance’ is quickly converting new listeners to fans and beyond around the globe, but it doesn’t stop there. Lending his golden touch to remix work for Rita Ora, Ava Max and artist of the decade Ed Sheeran, the sky appears to not even the limit to Jensen’s skills. Martin was also named one of DJ Mags top 100 DJs in the world in 2016, the first Danish artist to enter since Trentemøller in 2007,a very well-deserved feat as he is not only at the midst of his heights, he’s just getting started with an extensive dot-to-dot of tour dates to boot. “It’s a massive achievement for a DJ. It’s just as awesome as reaching the charts in the US or the UK” says Martin Jensen. “It’s amazing and extra awesome because DJ Mag’s top 100 is created by its readers – the fans that actually listen and dance to the music.” Continues the 25-year-old Danish DJ and Producer phenomenon. “Next I’m going to conquer the world!” .  As well as performing atTomorrowland, Lollapalooza and the largest party venue on the planet, World Club Dome, he has not only proven but exceeded the level of quality to his shows and live achievements at a selection of some of the most heralded events on Earth.  Wrapping up 2019 with an extensive US bus tour and set to white-knuckle ride his way through 2020 with a timeline of exclusive new projects and dates across his calendar, get poised for Martin Jensen’s biggest and best year yet!   We had a delight to speak with Martin:   How would you put/ describe your work into past, present & future? What I did in my past was about music touring and all that kind of stuff as you know me from and the present is sitting  home and gaming staying safe! The future is hopefully getting out there again really soon and start playing shows again, the Corona is a hard time for everybody and we have to respect it but it’s especially hard when you’re living as an artist where your income comes from playing live shows. Right now, all the artists and friends I know, none of them have anything they can do but sit in the studio and produce new stuff but we also like getting out and doing the shows. To be honest, that is what pays the bills! So for now, it’s a pretty hard time for all artists and DJs but hey, this thing isn’t gonna stay forever!     How did you first get involved in making music? I’ve been playing as a DJ for many many years and one day I was like “Hey I don’t just wanna be a DJ playing in cubs, I wanna be the guy in the main lights so I started producing, too, to see if it would work. My first track was ‘Night After Night’ which I released to craziness! After I released it, a few months later I got a record deal and everything went super fast. It was nice to try to do “the impossible”, a lot of people said to me “Martin you’re never going to be a DJ, you’re never going to make it as that”, so it was a good feeling to try and to prove them wrong – I must say that.   When making music, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to, when creating a new tune? The first thing I do when I’m creating new music is definitely starting out refining with singer/ songwriters in a session and then just trying to jam out of that; if we hit something , let’s go for that  and if we don’t, we need to find  new way to create it. I never really just start out with making a beat, for me it is more important that everything is just about the lyrics and the melodies and if you just start with the production, for me, it’s not my natural way of creating a  track.      Tell us about your new track ‘Carry On’ with MOLOW, how did that come about and what inspired the single? It’s quite funny because I had no idea who MOLOW were before the single, but the whole thing came out of the record label I’m signed to. They came to me asking if I wanted to be a part of the single and after I heard the early stages of ‘Carry On’ from them I was like “Woah, this is a dope single, I need to be a part of this!”. I liked it but could see a few things I wanted to add so I asked if they would be open – everyone was happy with our final track and then we actually released it kind of fast. They were super easy to work with and it felt super easy to create once the inspiration flowed. Especially now in the time of Corona, it sends a message with the lyrics to ‘Carry On’, so you know it feels inspiring with the times that were in at the moment.   What can we expect from you in the coming year? Right now, who knows if I’ll be sitting in my studio for the rest of the year or if we’ll all be back out touring, I’m hoping by the end of the year things will look good with touring and I can see everyone smiling when I get back out there. That is definitely my #1 goal!   What is your career highlight so far? My highlight to be honest would be everything I’ve been doing at the moment; playing the clubs, releasing music, that is it, every day is a highlight! Yu know, I appreciate it so much to be able to do what I’m doing and now being back home, it makes me realise how awesome it actually is that I’ve built my career to this. Now, when I do get back on the road, I’ll appreciate it so much more, not just sitting at home but being able to get out and show the world why I am here.   What is the funniest fan gift you have ever received? It is a bit of a weird gift! There was a girl at one of my shows who came up to me and asked me for an autograph and I said “Yes, no problem, of course!” but she wanted me to autograph her leg and I was like “Oh, ok” – I signed her leg and then she said “I want to have it tattooed!”! When I got home from tour two weeks later, I had a note on Instagram with a picture and she actually got it tattooed, I was like “Oh my gosh!” because I didn’t just give her my autograph I gave her my signature so after that, I made a new one but she saw it as something special. It wasn’t just a gift to me but a gift to her, also.    You also just started a new fashion merchandise line – tell us about how the process was creating that, and why you decided to do so? I have a merch line right now where it has my name and logo across the arms, or the chest, or the back and I wanted to create something else, so I wanted to create something fashionable for my fans. This line of merch I have now is something you’d wear going to a concert or being casual, it’s not something you’d wear to go out on like Christmas Eve or whatever, but this line is for going to school, hanging with friends, so I wanted to create a fashion line and my manager Marc, he also has a very good eye for design, and Natasha my girlfriend is a model, so she also knows a lot about fashion, they helped me with a full team effort to create the pieces. It felt really great to work together as a team away from being in the studio, or being on tour, so we could be different and I think the results are great. It’s now available online!    How is it like being one of  DJ MAGS top 100 DJs? For me, to be one of the it’s just absolutely insane, if you’re sitting down and thinking about it for a second, I’m one of the 100 best DJs in the world but I’m actually also in the top 50 DJs in the world which is just absolutely insane compared to how many DJs and people are actually out there! For me to have this recognition from the industry and my fans is amazing and crazy and I appreciate it every day. I love you guys for that, really!     Who would your dream collaboration be? There is no doubt about that, that would definitely be Taylor Swift! For me, she is the most inspiring and genius musician we have on earth, her lyrics, melodies, everything is just so on point with every track and I really admire how she handles all the pressure.    Thank you for having me and see you with some new music soon! Bellow a new tune: "Carry On"  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hn18kuDh8o&feature=emb_logo   Martin Jensen originally wanting to take more of a ‘behind the scenes’ role as a lighting engineer and designer, but his unmistakeable talent as a DJ quickly placed him in the spotlight as a creative powerhouse. “I’m drawn to the songs that get into your head and seem to stay there. That’s the music that I love to create”says Martin, whose uncompromising and unorthodox production style has garnered listeners from all over the world and racked up millions of followers on Facebook.   His first few singles launched him into the musical stratosphere, showcasing his innovative way of crafting sounds and tracks that resonant with fans from all over the globe. His breakthrough viral track “Sí” featured a sample of famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. And follow up single, “All I Wanna Do”, cemented his position as one of the world’s leading hit makers as he has also gone on to collaborate with names including The Vamps, and #1 artist James Arthur. Continuing his meteoric rise, “Solo Dance” has gone down as one of the most-recognised tracks in recent years, from pop chart plays, to keeping the dancefloor on fire, it also featured a young singer that wanted to remain unknown. “She wanted to be anonymous and we kept our promise.”  Says Martin Jensen, who goes on to explain the idea behind the song’s lyrics.“It’s about going out clubbing, and that it is really only a great night if you’ve been dancing all night long.” – an ethos that no doubt many fans can get behind. With an unbelievable upshot in its popularity receiving over 1 million streams daily upon release and hitting over 1 billion streams and counting; ‘Solo Dance’ is quickly converting new listeners to fans and beyond around the globe, but it doesn’t stop there. Lending his golden touch to remix work for Rita Ora, Ava Max and artist of the decade Ed Sheeran, the sky appears to not even the limit to Jensen’s skills. Martin was also named one of DJ Mags top 100 DJs in the world in 2016, the first Danish artist to enter since Trentemøller in 2007,a very well-deserved feat as he is not only at the midst of his heights, he’s just getting started with an extensive dot-to-dot of tour dates to boot. “It’s a massive achievement for a DJ. It’s just as awesome as reaching the charts in the US or the UK” says Martin Jensen. “It’s amazing and extra awesome because DJ Mag’s top 100 is created by its readers – the fans that actually listen and dance to the music.” Continues the 25-year-old Danish DJ and Producer phenomenon. “Next I’m going to conquer the world!” .  As well as performing atTomorrowland, Lollapalooza and the largest party venue on the planet, World Club Dome, he has not only proven but exceeded the level of quality to his shows and live achievements at a selection of some of the most heralded events on Earth.  Wrapping up 2019 with an extensive US bus tour and set to white-knuckle ride his way through 2020 with a timeline of exclusive new projects and dates across his calendar, get poised for Martin Jensen’s biggest and best year yet!   We had a delight to speak with Martin:   How would you put/ describe your work into past, present & future? What I did in my past was about music touring and all that kind of stuff as you know me from and the present is sitting  home and gaming staying safe! The future is hopefully getting out there again really soon and start playing shows again, the Corona is a hard time for everybody and we have to respect it but it’s especially hard when you’re living as an artist where your income comes from playing live shows. Right now, all the artists and friends I know, none of them have anything they can do but sit in the studio and produce new stuff but we also like getting out and doing the shows. To be honest, that is what pays the bills! So for now, it’s a pretty hard time for all artists and DJs but hey, this thing isn’t gonna stay forever!     How did you first get involved in making music? I’ve been playing as a DJ for many many years and one day I was like “Hey I don’t just wanna be a DJ playing in cubs, I wanna be the guy in the main lights so I started producing, too, to see if it would work. My first track was ‘Night After Night’ which I released to craziness! After I released it, a few months later I got a record deal and everything went super fast. It was nice to try to do “the impossible”, a lot of people said to me “Martin you’re never going to be a DJ, you’re never going to make it as that”, so it was a good feeling to try and to prove them wrong – I must say that.   When making music, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to, when creating a new tune? The first thing I do when I’m creating new music is definitely starting out refining with singer/ songwriters in a session and then just trying to jam out of that; if we hit something , let’s go for that  and if we don’t, we need to find  new way to create it. I never really just start out with making a beat, for me it is more important that everything is just about the lyrics and the melodies and if you just start with the production, for me, it’s not my natural way of creating a  track.      Tell us about your new track ‘Carry On’ with MOLOW, how did that come about and what inspired the single? It’s quite funny because I had no idea who MOLOW were before the single, but the whole thing came out of the record label I’m signed to. They came to me asking if I wanted to be a part of the single and after I heard the early stages of ‘Carry On’ from them I was like “Woah, this is a dope single, I need to be a part of this!”. I liked it but could see a few things I wanted to add so I asked if they would be open – everyone was happy with our final track and then we actually released it kind of fast. They were super easy to work with and it felt super easy to create once the inspiration flowed. Especially now in the time of Corona, it sends a message with the lyrics to ‘Carry On’, so you know it feels inspiring with the times that were in at the moment.   What can we expect from you in the coming year? Right now, who knows if I’ll be sitting in my studio for the rest of the year or if we’ll all be back out touring, I’m hoping by the end of the year things will look good with touring and I can see everyone smiling when I get back out there. That is definitely my #1 goal!   What is your career highlight so far? My highlight to be honest would be everything I’ve been doing at the moment; playing the clubs, releasing music, that is it, every day is a highlight! Yu know, I appreciate it so much to be able to do what I’m doing and now being back home, it makes me realise how awesome it actually is that I’ve built my career to this. Now, when I do get back on the road, I’ll appreciate it so much more, not just sitting at home but being able to get out and show the world why I am here.   What is the funniest fan gift you have ever received? It is a bit of a weird gift! There was a girl at one of my shows who came up to me and asked me for an autograph and I said “Yes, no problem, of course!” but she wanted me to autograph her leg and I was like “Oh, ok” – I signed her leg and then she said “I want to have it tattooed!”! When I got home from tour two weeks later, I had a note on Instagram with a picture and she actually got it tattooed, I was like “Oh my gosh!” because I didn’t just give her my autograph I gave her my signature so after that, I made a new one but she saw it as something special. It wasn’t just a gift to me but a gift to her, also.    You also just started a new fashion merchandise line – tell us about how the process was creating that, and why you decided to do so? I have a merch line right now where it has my name and logo across the arms, or the chest, or the back and I wanted to create something else, so I wanted to create something fashionable for my fans. This line of merch I have now is something you’d wear going to a concert or being casual, it’s not something you’d wear to go out on like Christmas Eve or whatever, but this line is for going to school, hanging with friends, so I wanted to create a fashion line and my manager Marc, he also has a very good eye for design, and Natasha my girlfriend is a model, so she also knows a lot about fashion, they helped me with a full team effort to create the pieces. It felt really great to work together as a team away from being in the studio, or being on tour, so we could be different and I think the results are great. It’s now available online!    How is it like being one of  DJ MAGS top 100 DJs? For me, to be one of the it’s just absolutely insane, if you’re sitting down and thinking about it for a second, I’m one of the 100 best DJs in the world but I’m actually also in the top 50 DJs in the world which is just absolutely insane compared to how many DJs and people are actually out there! For me to have this recognition from the industry and my fans is amazing and crazy and I appreciate it every day. I love you guys for that, really!     Who would your dream collaboration be? There is no doubt about that, that would definitely be Taylor Swift! For me, she is the most inspiring and genius musician we have on earth, her lyrics, melodies, everything is just so on point with every track and I really admire how she handles all the pressure.    Thank you for having me and see you with some new music soon! Bellow a new tune: "Carry On"  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hn18kuDh8o&feature=emb_logo  

In conversation with GRiZ
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In conversation with GRiZ

Music GRiZ’s sound is a mixture of electronic elements, funk, hip-hop and bass. Last year saw him release his acclaimed ‘Ride Waves’ album, which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. He completed two tours of the US around the album, taking in over 30 shows in the process.  To give a bit of background, Last year  his collaboration with Subtronics, ‘Griztronics’, hit huge success, becoming the #1 trending song on Tik Tok and was placed in a number of end-of-year lists, including Billboard’s Top 50 dance songs of the year. GRiZ’s message is all about showing love and spreading love, and every year he launches a GRiZmas initiative , consisting of a number of events to raise money for local causes (including group meditation etc…), amassing over $100,000 this year, and he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ community, after coming out in an open letter via the Huffington Post. GRiZ has also just been announced high on the bill at this year’s Coachella, which was moved to a later date this year, and performed also at last years’s Electronic Family festival in the Netherlands.    I had the opportunity to speak with Grant about his work and his life. See below the full interview:   What were your beginning with electronic music like? I think that the best things in life come to you  out of places that are unexpected and out of leaving yourself open to putting energy into things & letting that energy flow you into the next space instead of trying to push against the currents. I'm putting energy out there and if it's not resonating back to me,  then i'm gonna switch it up.  When I was 14, my friend's older brother introduced me to music production software and electronic music, so we got it all in once and I was already musical at the time playing an instrument and I loved working on music. It was always just easy to do it, I did not have to sit myself down and push myself to do it so it kind of came naturally. And here we are now, still feel the same and that hasn't changed.    Could you firstly tell me more about your twelve day festival called GRiZmas?   I think that the most important thing is an invention to bring fans into Detroit from even the times when Detroit was less populated city as compared to a lot of other cities, Detroit is many things and for sure a very musical city as well.  Due to the amount of fans we really wanted to engage with the fans and have fun besides the primary objective which is to raise money for charity.  When I was in elementary school I was offered to play a musical instrument like many other kids. Back in 2009 many music school programs were cut in public schools in Detroit. We can contribute by creating an solution which is GRiZmas. With the primary objective to raise money for charity. What the charity then does is that they offer after-school music programs and arts programs as well as computer technology programs to kids.  We hope this can be as inspiration also for other people to get involved as well. While it won't fully solve the problem, as the education issue is way larger than anytime before.   How did you become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what are the positive outcomes since you have started?   I saw my position in the music scene as a place of visibility, people see me on stage. When i was growing up, I did not have many role models to look at that i could particularly relate to. I represent myself, therefore I needed to be first comfortable with myself and what was going on with me. So I wanted  to find myself in the good space with it and now I use this platform as an extension to show kids that it is cool to be gay, and it's lame to be gay & and it's normal to be gay. I think that by exposing different lifestyles it becomes more "normal".    Describe Amsterdam with your own words.   Hazy but on point. Dream-like in a way for sure. It surely changes in different seasons and it's always a cool experience.   What are your expectations of Coachella as this year sees you make your debut?   I'm excited. I've been playing at festivals for almost a decade and this is one I have never played at, as we were waiting for it to be the right time besides being in the right mental space with what the festival has to offer. Playing this year it's really fantastic to come at it from a place of ownership of my brand and who I am, which also comes to a great realisation that GRiZ is counter culture and at a place like Coachella that is really cool. I think that people from Coachella try to think outside of the box and keep it new and fresh. I’m also excited about releasing some new tracks there and show people that dance music has so many different faces and put our  flag on the moon, check it out.   What is your message with creating music? I just want it to be emotional and reflecting of my feelings and honest. Positively, inclusivety and pride of course. Deep down the surface for it to be emotional. I want you to come to my show and cry, get chills, give somebody a hug... music is all these different things to me.   How was it like collaborationg with the likes of Wiz Kalifa, Snopp Dogg to name a few on your new album?   They're cultural icons and I have been listening to their music forever. I never though I would have an opportunity to even have a conversation with them let alone have their vibe mingling with my music. Still the experience hasn't sunk in yet. It's such an honor.   What else do you have planned this year? Among many festivals internationally both completely new shows or some I have played before, also releasing a lot of new music this year. Continue to keep things fresh and come out with new music and enjoy the experience.   GRiZ’s sound is a mixture of electronic elements, funk, hip-hop and bass. Last year saw him release his acclaimed ‘Ride Waves’ album, which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. He completed two tours of the US around the album, taking in over 30 shows in the process.  To give a bit of background, Last year  his collaboration with Subtronics, ‘Griztronics’, hit huge success, becoming the #1 trending song on Tik Tok and was placed in a number of end-of-year lists, including Billboard’s Top 50 dance songs of the year. GRiZ’s message is all about showing love and spreading love, and every year he launches a GRiZmas initiative , consisting of a number of events to raise money for local causes (including group meditation etc…), amassing over $100,000 this year, and he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ community, after coming out in an open letter via the Huffington Post. GRiZ has also just been announced high on the bill at this year’s Coachella, which was moved to a later date this year, and performed also at last years’s Electronic Family festival in the Netherlands.    I had the opportunity to speak with Grant about his work and his life. See below the full interview:   What were your beginning with electronic music like? I think that the best things in life come to you  out of places that are unexpected and out of leaving yourself open to putting energy into things & letting that energy flow you into the next space instead of trying to push against the currents. I'm putting energy out there and if it's not resonating back to me,  then i'm gonna switch it up.  When I was 14, my friend's older brother introduced me to music production software and electronic music, so we got it all in once and I was already musical at the time playing an instrument and I loved working on music. It was always just easy to do it, I did not have to sit myself down and push myself to do it so it kind of came naturally. And here we are now, still feel the same and that hasn't changed.    Could you firstly tell me more about your twelve day festival called GRiZmas?   I think that the most important thing is an invention to bring fans into Detroit from even the times when Detroit was less populated city as compared to a lot of other cities, Detroit is many things and for sure a very musical city as well.  Due to the amount of fans we really wanted to engage with the fans and have fun besides the primary objective which is to raise money for charity.  When I was in elementary school I was offered to play a musical instrument like many other kids. Back in 2009 many music school programs were cut in public schools in Detroit. We can contribute by creating an solution which is GRiZmas. With the primary objective to raise money for charity. What the charity then does is that they offer after-school music programs and arts programs as well as computer technology programs to kids.  We hope this can be as inspiration also for other people to get involved as well. While it won't fully solve the problem, as the education issue is way larger than anytime before.   How did you become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what are the positive outcomes since you have started?   I saw my position in the music scene as a place of visibility, people see me on stage. When i was growing up, I did not have many role models to look at that i could particularly relate to. I represent myself, therefore I needed to be first comfortable with myself and what was going on with me. So I wanted  to find myself in the good space with it and now I use this platform as an extension to show kids that it is cool to be gay, and it's lame to be gay & and it's normal to be gay. I think that by exposing different lifestyles it becomes more "normal".    Describe Amsterdam with your own words.   Hazy but on point. Dream-like in a way for sure. It surely changes in different seasons and it's always a cool experience.   What are your expectations of Coachella as this year sees you make your debut?   I'm excited. I've been playing at festivals for almost a decade and this is one I have never played at, as we were waiting for it to be the right time besides being in the right mental space with what the festival has to offer. Playing this year it's really fantastic to come at it from a place of ownership of my brand and who I am, which also comes to a great realisation that GRiZ is counter culture and at a place like Coachella that is really cool. I think that people from Coachella try to think outside of the box and keep it new and fresh. I’m also excited about releasing some new tracks there and show people that dance music has so many different faces and put our  flag on the moon, check it out.   What is your message with creating music? I just want it to be emotional and reflecting of my feelings and honest. Positively, inclusivety and pride of course. Deep down the surface for it to be emotional. I want you to come to my show and cry, get chills, give somebody a hug... music is all these different things to me.   How was it like collaborationg with the likes of Wiz Kalifa, Snopp Dogg to name a few on your new album?   They're cultural icons and I have been listening to their music forever. I never though I would have an opportunity to even have a conversation with them let alone have their vibe mingling with my music. Still the experience hasn't sunk in yet. It's such an honor.   What else do you have planned this year? Among many festivals internationally both completely new shows or some I have played before, also releasing a lot of new music this year. Continue to keep things fresh and come out with new music and enjoy the experience.  

Awakenings Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary this year
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Awakenings Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary this year

Music   Awakenings Festival, the world’s largest outdoor techno festival, has just announced the line up of its 20 year anniversary. The iconic festival will return to the festival grounds in Spaarnwoude on June 27 and 28 for two full days of techno. Starting as an underground community, Awakenings has established itself over the last two decades as one of the leading brands in the techno industry. With over 100 artists performing in eight different areas at the biggest outdoor techno festival in the world, Awakenings Festival will once again showcase a broad spectrum of techno artists, from the pioneers of techno and international headliners to new and upcoming talent. Similar to last years’ sold out editions, Awakenings Festival will welcome an international crowd of 80.000 visitors. The festival’s all-star line up includes pioneers like Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Robert Hood, Richie Hawtin & Carl Cox. Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens, Reinier Zonneveld andDax J will also return to Spaarnwoude to play on both days. On top of that, Maceo Plex will host his Mosaic area for the third year in a row and Joris Voorn will return to the festival grounds with ‘Joris Voorn & Friends’. Awakenings will as always offer a platform to a new generation of artists. This year, upcoming names like VTSS, ONYVAA, Park Hye Jin, SAMA’, Chris Stussy and Kevin de Vries have been added to the line up. Other widely-respected names that have been announced for the anniversary edition include Adam Beyer, Joseph, Len Faki, Sam Paganini and Tale Of Us. In addition to the jaw-dropping line up, Awakenings Festival’s anniversary year will once again feature innovative and groundbreaking stage designs and next level production during this massive weekend. Today at 18:00 o’clock, Reinier Zonneveld played a unique role in unveiling the full 2020 line up, performing a live set from a boat on the Amsterdam canals, broadcasted on Awakenings’ Facebook and YouTube page. Prior to Awakenings Festival, the festival organisation will host three nights and one full day of techno during Awakenings Easter in the Gashouder, a perfect way to get in the mood for the 20 year anniversary with over 60 hours of techno in one weekend. For the full line up, tickets and more information, visit www.awakenings.com/festival Awakenings Festival 2020 Date: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th of June Time: 12:00 - 23:00 CEST Location: Spaarnwoude (near Amsterdam)   Awakenings Festival, the world’s largest outdoor techno festival, has just announced the line up of its 20 year anniversary. The iconic festival will return to the festival grounds in Spaarnwoude on June 27 and 28 for two full days of techno. Starting as an underground community, Awakenings has established itself over the last two decades as one of the leading brands in the techno industry. With over 100 artists performing in eight different areas at the biggest outdoor techno festival in the world, Awakenings Festival will once again showcase a broad spectrum of techno artists, from the pioneers of techno and international headliners to new and upcoming talent. Similar to last years’ sold out editions, Awakenings Festival will welcome an international crowd of 80.000 visitors. The festival’s all-star line up includes pioneers like Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Robert Hood, Richie Hawtin & Carl Cox. Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens, Reinier Zonneveld andDax J will also return to Spaarnwoude to play on both days. On top of that, Maceo Plex will host his Mosaic area for the third year in a row and Joris Voorn will return to the festival grounds with ‘Joris Voorn & Friends’. Awakenings will as always offer a platform to a new generation of artists. This year, upcoming names like VTSS, ONYVAA, Park Hye Jin, SAMA’, Chris Stussy and Kevin de Vries have been added to the line up. Other widely-respected names that have been announced for the anniversary edition include Adam Beyer, Joseph, Len Faki, Sam Paganini and Tale Of Us. In addition to the jaw-dropping line up, Awakenings Festival’s anniversary year will once again feature innovative and groundbreaking stage designs and next level production during this massive weekend. Today at 18:00 o’clock, Reinier Zonneveld played a unique role in unveiling the full 2020 line up, performing a live set from a boat on the Amsterdam canals, broadcasted on Awakenings’ Facebook and YouTube page. Prior to Awakenings Festival, the festival organisation will host three nights and one full day of techno during Awakenings Easter in the Gashouder, a perfect way to get in the mood for the 20 year anniversary with over 60 hours of techno in one weekend. For the full line up, tickets and more information, visit www.awakenings.com/festival Awakenings Festival 2020 Date: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th of June Time: 12:00 - 23:00 CEST Location: Spaarnwoude (near Amsterdam)

Beyond Sensation
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Beyond Sensation

Music Dance-lovers can indulge themselves! Legendary promoters ID&T stir millions of memories this week as they announce that on Saturday night July 4th 2020, they will bring a brand new show to the Johan Cruijff ArenA: Beyond Sensation. Inspired by the most groundbreaking dance concepts of the organization, ID&T is taking the next step with Beyond Sensation. It will be a premium dance experience that focuses even more on live entertainment, show and spectacular production. Beyond Sensation marks the start of a new chapter for ID&T and will be the prologue of something even bigger. On the 4th of July, the creators of Sensation will give a preview of how they envision the future of live entertainment. Organizer Eric Keijer: “When we started the Sensation adventure in 2000, we had no idea it would become that big. In 2017 we stopped at our peak because we felt it was time for something new. With Beyond Sensation we’re going to take the first step in that direction.” Register now on the website to be the first to get your tickets in February & March. Hotel packages are available from December 16th. More information and details about the event can be found at Sensation. Dance-lovers can indulge themselves! Legendary promoters ID&T stir millions of memories this week as they announce that on Saturday night July 4th 2020, they will bring a brand new show to the Johan Cruijff ArenA: Beyond Sensation. Inspired by the most groundbreaking dance concepts of the organization, ID&T is taking the next step with Beyond Sensation. It will be a premium dance experience that focuses even more on live entertainment, show and spectacular production. Beyond Sensation marks the start of a new chapter for ID&T and will be the prologue of something even bigger. On the 4th of July, the creators of Sensation will give a preview of how they envision the future of live entertainment. Organizer Eric Keijer: “When we started the Sensation adventure in 2000, we had no idea it would become that big. In 2017 we stopped at our peak because we felt it was time for something new. With Beyond Sensation we’re going to take the first step in that direction.” Register now on the website to be the first to get your tickets in February & March. Hotel packages are available from December 16th. More information and details about the event can be found at Sensation.

DGTL Amsterdam creates blueprint for a circular festival
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DGTL Amsterdam creates blueprint for a circular festival

Music After making great strides in the field of circularity for years, electronic music festival DGTL is taking a crucial next step during its upcoming eighth edition. As a pioneer in the field of innovation and sustainability, DGTL has created a circular blueprint that can be applied to both a festival and a city. DGTL Amsterdam, which kicks off the festival season on April 11th and 12th at the NDSM Docklands, is therefore the world's first electronic music festival that pursues full circularity.   The DGTL sustainability program has been running since 2013 and has been aimed from the outset to close cycles in the areas of energy, water & sanitation, food, commodities (waste) and mobility. As the aim this year is to close the entire DGTL circle, organisers have deemed the term ‘CYCLE’ their overarching theme for the 2020 edition. DGTL will close the cycles for a number of on-site systems, including energy, commodities, water and sanitation.    Of course, DGTL remains first and foremost a music festival, and for years have been working with a sustainable way of programming, combining international headliners with local talent. With over 65 artists spread out over seven stages, DGTL focuses on deepening and broadening the music line-up. For the broader audience, the Modular and AMP stages create a real festival vibe. Connoisseurs and purists can find their way to the techno stage Generator or the more underground-focused Filter. An increasingly prominent part of the program is set up for live performances on the large LIVE stage. View the full line-up at https://dgtl.nl/artists/line-up.   Collaboration with the city of Amsterdam It’s entirely feasible toview a festival as a temporary miniature version of a community. People work and consume, move, eat and sleep. Much like in a community there are all kinds of different flows such as money, energy, food, exchange of knowledge, water and creativity. For this reason, DGTL sees its festival terrain as a living lab for circular innovation in neighbourhoods and cities. By entering into partnerships with, among others, the City of Amsterdam and the Central Government, the festival takes on urban challenges on themes such as the energy transition and a new more sustainable form of sanitation.   Energy neutral With regard to energy, the objective this year is simple: during show days, energy consumption must come entirely from renewable sources. This means from sun, wind or other inexhaustible sources. The City of Amsterdam has invested in the event facilities at the NDSM Docklands; for example, the construction of additional power boxes has increased access to the main power grid. This means that all energy-demanding parts of the festival - such as bars, lighting and the food court - can simply use the sockets on the NDSM Docklands for their power supply. DGTL's energy system will be completely energy-neutral and emission-free during show days and the festival is parting ways with traditional diesel generators.   From urine to water, from poo to compost DGTL has also started a pilot together with the City of Amsterdam, researchers, toilet suppliers and processors to realize a circular sanitary system at the event. Urine is converted into (gray) water and faeces are processed into compost. DGTL hopes that this pilot offers a blueprint which neighbourhoods, cities and the music and events industry can learn from.   Plant-based menu After the introduction of a meat-free food court in 2016, in recent years DGTL has moved towards a menu consisting of rescued food and imperfect products. This year DGTL is taking astep further by offering a fully plant-based (vegan) menu put together by a select group of chefs.   Mobility Another important spearhead is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as a result of mobility movements. By far the largest part of DGTL's greenhouse gas emissions is caused by the travels of visitors. Artists’ flights, transport of suppliers and the use of machines during the festival build and dismantling process also produce emissions through burning fossil fuels. DGTL is closely looking at ways to make mobility (visitors, suppliers, artists) as efficient and sustainable as possible.   Regarding the fuel used for the machinery used during the set-up and breakdown of the event, DGTL will switch completely from diesel to biodiesel this year. With this, the festival reduces the CO2 emissions in that area by 89 percent. This year, DGTL also focuses on making traveling by train attractive for both national and international visitors. The festival offers special ticket deals, promoting national and international train transport when purchasing a ticket for DGTL Amsterdam. DGTL aims to direct as many visitors as possible towards travel by train instead of flight travel.   About DGTL: DGTL is a global electronic music festival with editions in Amsterdam, Santiago (Chile), São Paulo (Brazil), Barcelona & Madrid (Spain), Tel Aviv (Israel), Bangalore (India) and during the Amsterdam Dance Event. Besides the focus on music, the organisation brings a mix of unique art installations and revolutionary sustainability projects. Their sustainability program distinguishes them within the festival landscape. For the full line-up and more information please visit www.dgtl.nl   DGTL 11 & 12 April 2020, NDSM Docklands, Amsterdam TICKETS: https://dgtl.nl/mydgtl/tickets FULL LINE-UP: https://dgtl.nl/artists/line-up FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/421732865305915/ After making great strides in the field of circularity for years, electronic music festival DGTL is taking a crucial next step during its upcoming eighth edition. As a pioneer in the field of innovation and sustainability, DGTL has created a circular blueprint that can be applied to both a festival and a city. DGTL Amsterdam, which kicks off the festival season on April 11th and 12th at the NDSM Docklands, is therefore the world's first electronic music festival that pursues full circularity.   The DGTL sustainability program has been running since 2013 and has been aimed from the outset to close cycles in the areas of energy, water & sanitation, food, commodities (waste) and mobility. As the aim this year is to close the entire DGTL circle, organisers have deemed the term ‘CYCLE’ their overarching theme for the 2020 edition. DGTL will close the cycles for a number of on-site systems, including energy, commodities, water and sanitation.    Of course, DGTL remains first and foremost a music festival, and for years have been working with a sustainable way of programming, combining international headliners with local talent. With over 65 artists spread out over seven stages, DGTL focuses on deepening and broadening the music line-up. For the broader audience, the Modular and AMP stages create a real festival vibe. Connoisseurs and purists can find their way to the techno stage Generator or the more underground-focused Filter. An increasingly prominent part of the program is set up for live performances on the large LIVE stage. View the full line-up at https://dgtl.nl/artists/line-up.   Collaboration with the city of Amsterdam It’s entirely feasible toview a festival as a temporary miniature version of a community. People work and consume, move, eat and sleep. Much like in a community there are all kinds of different flows such as money, energy, food, exchange of knowledge, water and creativity. For this reason, DGTL sees its festival terrain as a living lab for circular innovation in neighbourhoods and cities. By entering into partnerships with, among others, the City of Amsterdam and the Central Government, the festival takes on urban challenges on themes such as the energy transition and a new more sustainable form of sanitation.   Energy neutral With regard to energy, the objective this year is simple: during show days, energy consumption must come entirely from renewable sources. This means from sun, wind or other inexhaustible sources. The City of Amsterdam has invested in the event facilities at the NDSM Docklands; for example, the construction of additional power boxes has increased access to the main power grid. This means that all energy-demanding parts of the festival - such as bars, lighting and the food court - can simply use the sockets on the NDSM Docklands for their power supply. DGTL's energy system will be completely energy-neutral and emission-free during show days and the festival is parting ways with traditional diesel generators.   From urine to water, from poo to compost DGTL has also started a pilot together with the City of Amsterdam, researchers, toilet suppliers and processors to realize a circular sanitary system at the event. Urine is converted into (gray) water and faeces are processed into compost. DGTL hopes that this pilot offers a blueprint which neighbourhoods, cities and the music and events industry can learn from.   Plant-based menu After the introduction of a meat-free food court in 2016, in recent years DGTL has moved towards a menu consisting of rescued food and imperfect products. This year DGTL is taking astep further by offering a fully plant-based (vegan) menu put together by a select group of chefs.   Mobility Another important spearhead is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as a result of mobility movements. By far the largest part of DGTL's greenhouse gas emissions is caused by the travels of visitors. Artists’ flights, transport of suppliers and the use of machines during the festival build and dismantling process also produce emissions through burning fossil fuels. DGTL is closely looking at ways to make mobility (visitors, suppliers, artists) as efficient and sustainable as possible.   Regarding the fuel used for the machinery used during the set-up and breakdown of the event, DGTL will switch completely from diesel to biodiesel this year. With this, the festival reduces the CO2 emissions in that area by 89 percent. This year, DGTL also focuses on making traveling by train attractive for both national and international visitors. The festival offers special ticket deals, promoting national and international train transport when purchasing a ticket for DGTL Amsterdam. DGTL aims to direct as many visitors as possible towards travel by train instead of flight travel.   About DGTL: DGTL is a global electronic music festival with editions in Amsterdam, Santiago (Chile), São Paulo (Brazil), Barcelona & Madrid (Spain), Tel Aviv (Israel), Bangalore (India) and during the Amsterdam Dance Event. Besides the focus on music, the organisation brings a mix of unique art installations and revolutionary sustainability projects. Their sustainability program distinguishes them within the festival landscape. For the full line-up and more information please visit www.dgtl.nl   DGTL 11 & 12 April 2020, NDSM Docklands, Amsterdam TICKETS: https://dgtl.nl/mydgtl/tickets FULL LINE-UP: https://dgtl.nl/artists/line-up FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/421732865305915/

Lowlands announce the first line-up for 2020
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Lowlands announce the first line-up for 2020

Music A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise is exactly what it promises to be: a true backpacker’s Garden Of Eden and Holland’s most adventurous cultural outdoorevent, offering a cutting edge choice of only the best in alternative music, film, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature and street theatre.  For three days in August, a township with 60,000 inhabitants arises in the middle of the country. The Lowlands festival hosts no less than twelve stages in three large areas (among which a cinema and theatre), about 250 different acts and performances, dozens of restaurants from all corners of the earth, food and drink stalls, a large market with everything from clothes and CD stores to a barber’s shop, sports facilities, a sauna / hottub area, its own currency, a local radio station, a daily newspaper (Dutch only) and, last but not least: seven luxury campsites with hot showers and real, flushable toilets. A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise really is the ultimate summer holiday extravaganza! This year Lowlands will take place on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of August. Though Lowlands covers a wide spectrum of different cultural activities, the main focus still is on alternative music: from rock to pop via hip hop; from metal to electro via world music and hereby not neglecting drum ‘n bass, house and techno. Admission tickets for Lowlands 2020 are €220 (€10,- Ticketmaster fee included) and tickets are only available through Ticketmaster Netherlands. Access to the regular camping and the use of our shuttle bus service is always included in the price of a ticket. First line-up is already out and includes incredible artists like: The Chemical Brothers, Stormzy, Bring me the Horizon, Koffee, Noisia, Liam Gallagher, Chromatics, Die Antwoord, London Grammar, Lewis Capaldi and many more. For more updates follow @lowlands_fest on instagram. A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise is exactly what it promises to be: a true backpacker’s Garden Of Eden and Holland’s most adventurous cultural outdoorevent, offering a cutting edge choice of only the best in alternative music, film, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature and street theatre.  For three days in August, a township with 60,000 inhabitants arises in the middle of the country. The Lowlands festival hosts no less than twelve stages in three large areas (among which a cinema and theatre), about 250 different acts and performances, dozens of restaurants from all corners of the earth, food and drink stalls, a large market with everything from clothes and CD stores to a barber’s shop, sports facilities, a sauna / hottub area, its own currency, a local radio station, a daily newspaper (Dutch only) and, last but not least: seven luxury campsites with hot showers and real, flushable toilets. A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise really is the ultimate summer holiday extravaganza! This year Lowlands will take place on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of August. Though Lowlands covers a wide spectrum of different cultural activities, the main focus still is on alternative music: from rock to pop via hip hop; from metal to electro via world music and hereby not neglecting drum ‘n bass, house and techno. Admission tickets for Lowlands 2020 are €220 (€10,- Ticketmaster fee included) and tickets are only available through Ticketmaster Netherlands. Access to the regular camping and the use of our shuttle bus service is always included in the price of a ticket. First line-up is already out and includes incredible artists like: The Chemical Brothers, Stormzy, Bring me the Horizon, Koffee, Noisia, Liam Gallagher, Chromatics, Die Antwoord, London Grammar, Lewis Capaldi and many more. For more updates follow @lowlands_fest on instagram.

W Amsterdam
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W Amsterdam

Travel Split between two unique historic buildings, a former telephone exchange building and a former bank, W Amsterdam is an intriguing design mix of heritage and contemporary style where nights never end and the pulse is set high with a full calendar of exclusive W Happenings. W Amsterdam is one of the two Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) hotels in the city centre. The hotel is split between two monumental buildings. Key features and facilities of the hotel include: 238 Rooms & Suites, 2 Destination Restaurants: MR PORTER & THE DUCHESS, Rooftop W Lounge & WET Deck, 414 Square Meters of Events Space, Wired® Business Center,  WHATEVER/WHENEVER® Service, AWAY® Spa,  FIT®, X BAR,  X BANK Creative Incubator Space & retail and more. Experience the innovative design and luxury of our 238 stylish guestrooms, including 23 suites, three WOW suites and two lavish Extreme WOWSuites. Enjoy the comfort of a luxurious W signature bed with pillow top mattress and luxurious 400-thread count sheets. Let us treat you to a blissful moment with our signature range of bliss amenities exclusively packaged for our W guests. From intricate and abstract details to state-of-the-art entertainment, featuring a 40” LCD TV and Marshall speaker. Lay back and enjoy the city views and the electric culture. At  W Amsterdam restaurants, decadent indulgences await your exploration, immersion, savoring, lingering, mingling, socializing, canoodling and celebrating.From the comforts of the cozy W Lounge with stylish spaces to mix and mingle, to savory bites at our signature restaurant.  W LOUNGE W’s reinterpretation of the traditional lobby, W Lounge, is the first stop for all arriving guests at the hotel. Located on the sixth floor of the Exchange building, W Lounge is at the heart of the hotel with unparalleled 360-degree views over the city. W Lounge features a distinctive set of stairs that flow into the bar and echo the iconic steps of Dam Square on the streets below. MR PORTER Is a unique concept that artfully blends qualities of the modern steakhouse with the buzz and experience of a chic lounge, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with superior quality in all aspects of the words. MR PORTER distinguishes itself by emphasising the social experience and taking a vibe-driven approach to fine dining. The venue’s DJ creates an infectious, high-energy atmosphere while the sleek environment with its signature island bar is designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle. Ultimately, MR PORTER aims to redefine the modern dining experience with its blend of incredible flavours, world-class service and the perfect ambiance. THE DUCHESS It introduces Amsterdam to the elegance of traditional London hospitality, balanced with Viennese grandeur and the and the subtle flavours of Southern France. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is inspired by the light and refined flavors from Southern France and Italy, also known as Nouveau-Ni oise Cuisine. Cuisine Ni oise originates from the old town of Nice where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with influences of Italy across the border. AWAY SPA Welcome to an escape within an escape, where the whirlwind of W winds down and AWAY® means a disappearing act from the everyday into an insider scene of surprising sensations. Is the go-to place for glamour. Revitalise your body with on of our tailormade treatments of revive your soul in our Sauna and Steam rooms and treatments that vary from facials, tanning, massages and more. AWAY® Spa Amsterdam is also home to a team of celebrity therapists offering head-to- toe treatments to leave you red-carpet-ready. The full experience is truly spectacular. W Amsterdam offers a variety of photogenic views as well as incredible modern and traditional cuisine amongs one of the most unique and truly chic Away Spa.  For more about W Amsterdam and their amazing anemities go on wamsterdam.com Split between two unique historic buildings, a former telephone exchange building and a former bank, W Amsterdam is an intriguing design mix of heritage and contemporary style where nights never end and the pulse is set high with a full calendar of exclusive W Happenings. W Amsterdam is one of the two Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) hotels in the city centre. The hotel is split between two monumental buildings. Key features and facilities of the hotel include: 238 Rooms & Suites, 2 Destination Restaurants: MR PORTER & THE DUCHESS, Rooftop W Lounge & WET Deck, 414 Square Meters of Events Space, Wired® Business Center,  WHATEVER/WHENEVER® Service, AWAY® Spa,  FIT®, X BAR,  X BANK Creative Incubator Space & retail and more. Experience the innovative design and luxury of our 238 stylish guestrooms, including 23 suites, three WOW suites and two lavish Extreme WOWSuites. Enjoy the comfort of a luxurious W signature bed with pillow top mattress and luxurious 400-thread count sheets. Let us treat you to a blissful moment with our signature range of bliss amenities exclusively packaged for our W guests. From intricate and abstract details to state-of-the-art entertainment, featuring a 40” LCD TV and Marshall speaker. Lay back and enjoy the city views and the electric culture. At  W Amsterdam restaurants, decadent indulgences await your exploration, immersion, savoring, lingering, mingling, socializing, canoodling and celebrating.From the comforts of the cozy W Lounge with stylish spaces to mix and mingle, to savory bites at our signature restaurant.  W LOUNGE W’s reinterpretation of the traditional lobby, W Lounge, is the first stop for all arriving guests at the hotel. Located on the sixth floor of the Exchange building, W Lounge is at the heart of the hotel with unparalleled 360-degree views over the city. W Lounge features a distinctive set of stairs that flow into the bar and echo the iconic steps of Dam Square on the streets below. MR PORTER Is a unique concept that artfully blends qualities of the modern steakhouse with the buzz and experience of a chic lounge, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with superior quality in all aspects of the words. MR PORTER distinguishes itself by emphasising the social experience and taking a vibe-driven approach to fine dining. The venue’s DJ creates an infectious, high-energy atmosphere while the sleek environment with its signature island bar is designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle. Ultimately, MR PORTER aims to redefine the modern dining experience with its blend of incredible flavours, world-class service and the perfect ambiance. THE DUCHESS It introduces Amsterdam to the elegance of traditional London hospitality, balanced with Viennese grandeur and the and the subtle flavours of Southern France. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is inspired by the light and refined flavors from Southern France and Italy, also known as Nouveau-Ni oise Cuisine. Cuisine Ni oise originates from the old town of Nice where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with influences of Italy across the border. AWAY SPA Welcome to an escape within an escape, where the whirlwind of W winds down and AWAY® means a disappearing act from the everyday into an insider scene of surprising sensations. Is the go-to place for glamour. Revitalise your body with on of our tailormade treatments of revive your soul in our Sauna and Steam rooms and treatments that vary from facials, tanning, massages and more. AWAY® Spa Amsterdam is also home to a team of celebrity therapists offering head-to- toe treatments to leave you red-carpet-ready. The full experience is truly spectacular. W Amsterdam offers a variety of photogenic views as well as incredible modern and traditional cuisine amongs one of the most unique and truly chic Away Spa.  For more about W Amsterdam and their amazing anemities go on wamsterdam.com

Park Centraal Amsterdam opens in the cultural heart of the city
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Park Centraal Amsterdam opens in the cultural heart of the city

Travel   Modern makeover marks new chapter for Amsterdam hotel and the inception of a new hospitality brand deeply rooted in Dutch culture: Park Centraal. Refined design with a touch of 1970s glamour, inspired by a revolutionary, rule- breaking decade in The Netherlands – a defining aspect of the hotel’s DNA, Ground floor designed by Amsterdam-based studio FG Stijl including Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking, with an emphasis on reinvented classics; 189 guestrooms, eight meeting rooms and artwork from contemporary Dutch artist Kat Klerks. Boasting a significant historic legacy and housed in one of the most recognisable flatiron-style buildings in Amsterdam, Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has been given a renewed lease of life through a significant rebrand that embodies its heritage and its enviable location, in the city’s cultural epicentre. Connecting Dutch influences and contemporary design Within a short stroll, guests will find the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, the vibrant Leidseplein, De Pijp and music temple Paradiso, a church converted in the Seventies and where world-famous musicians are known to perform. Each of the 189 rooms combine comfort with Dutch influences and contemporary design beautifully. Deep colours, rich textures and artworks by local artist Kat Klerks combine to create sophisticated and cosy spaces in the heart of Amsterdam, with many more finess touches in each of the rooms. Park Centraal Amsterdam’s ground-floor interiors designed by the locally-based studio FG Stijl feature a blend of classic and contemporary touches. On arrival, a striking three-dimensional ceiling sculpture guides guests to a chic 1970s-inspired reception desk where special lighting, patterned oak floors and arched mirrors combine to create a sense of drama. The hotel’s art collection includes 16 porcelain heart-shaped pieces by FOS Studio Collection, a nod to its position at the very core of all the action and culture in Amsterdam. “Park Centraal is a true celebration of its surroundings; a place where history, contemporary design and invigorating spaces inspired by the Dutch way of living and nearby landmarks intertwine. The building has functioned as a hotel for over a century and we are incredibly proud to have played a role in its transition into a destination that’s current and exciting”, says Bram van der Hoek, CEO & Partner, Europe Hotels Private Collection. Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking Occupying the hotel’s former lobby space, new hangout for eating and drinking, ‘Bar Claes’ has been designed with a sensitivity towards the hotel’s guests and in harmony with the local lifestyle, where balance prevails. The vibrant space features multiple corners to work or leisure. From a centrepiece marble bar to a tucked-away fireplace with sitting room-style furniture and a space to play pool, allowing groups, couples and solo travellers to each choose their desired environment. Park Centraal’s playful and rule-breaking character extends to the Bar Claes’ drinks menu, where all-time favourites (Dry Martini) are offered alongside twists on classics (Verjus Mojito). The theme continues throughout the food menu, with dishes ranging from ‘Holtkamp Cheese Croquettes’ to reimagined favourites, such as ‘Claes Deviled Eggs’ with trout roe and smoked fish salad and ‘China Town style prawn toast’ with ginger, chili and brioche. Room rates from EUR 149,- per night.   About Park Centraal Amsterdam Located steps away from Amsterdam’s quintessential Vondelpark and Museum Square, the building that houses Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has hosted guests since the late 19th century. Contemporary with a historical edge, locals and visitors can enjoy the hotel’s 189 inviting guestrooms, each of which feature selected artworks by Dutch designer Kar Klerks, Zenology products, a Marshall and Park Centraal Bedding Collection; eight meeting & event spaces; Bar Claes; and the nearby critically acclaimed Asian-fusion restaurant, MOMO with a fresh menu. The reopening of Park Centraal Amsterdam marks a significant overhaul for the historic 189-room building, which has functioned as a hotel since 1880. For more information and bookings proceed on www.parkcentraal.com Hotel has many great anemities and offer a vairiety of things to do both in the hotel and in the near area as it is truly based on the heart of the city, with museums only 5 minutes away by walking, to hot new restaurants as well as all the best shops just around the corner.  About Park Centraal As the name suggests, Park Centraal focuses on central locations, imbued with contemporary design, heritage and locally-inspired spaces to eat and drink that breathe Dutch culture throughout. With an ethos inspired by the quality of life in The Netherlands, Park Centraal aims to reflect the country’s balanced and social lifestyle, where a healthy working atmosphere is carefully combined with pleasure, manifested through vibrant bars, music and quality food. Following its inaugural opening in Amsterdam, Park Centraal will expand to The Hague in Spring 2020. Which is very exciting. Park Centraal is managed by the Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection which was founded by award winning entrepreneur Liran Wizman. http://www.parkcentraal.com/   Modern makeover marks new chapter for Amsterdam hotel and the inception of a new hospitality brand deeply rooted in Dutch culture: Park Centraal. Refined design with a touch of 1970s glamour, inspired by a revolutionary, rule- breaking decade in The Netherlands – a defining aspect of the hotel’s DNA, Ground floor designed by Amsterdam-based studio FG Stijl including Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking, with an emphasis on reinvented classics; 189 guestrooms, eight meeting rooms and artwork from contemporary Dutch artist Kat Klerks. Boasting a significant historic legacy and housed in one of the most recognisable flatiron-style buildings in Amsterdam, Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has been given a renewed lease of life through a significant rebrand that embodies its heritage and its enviable location, in the city’s cultural epicentre. Connecting Dutch influences and contemporary design Within a short stroll, guests will find the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, the vibrant Leidseplein, De Pijp and music temple Paradiso, a church converted in the Seventies and where world-famous musicians are known to perform. Each of the 189 rooms combine comfort with Dutch influences and contemporary design beautifully. Deep colours, rich textures and artworks by local artist Kat Klerks combine to create sophisticated and cosy spaces in the heart of Amsterdam, with many more finess touches in each of the rooms. Park Centraal Amsterdam’s ground-floor interiors designed by the locally-based studio FG Stijl feature a blend of classic and contemporary touches. On arrival, a striking three-dimensional ceiling sculpture guides guests to a chic 1970s-inspired reception desk where special lighting, patterned oak floors and arched mirrors combine to create a sense of drama. The hotel’s art collection includes 16 porcelain heart-shaped pieces by FOS Studio Collection, a nod to its position at the very core of all the action and culture in Amsterdam. “Park Centraal is a true celebration of its surroundings; a place where history, contemporary design and invigorating spaces inspired by the Dutch way of living and nearby landmarks intertwine. The building has functioned as a hotel for over a century and we are incredibly proud to have played a role in its transition into a destination that’s current and exciting”, says Bram van der Hoek, CEO & Partner, Europe Hotels Private Collection. Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking Occupying the hotel’s former lobby space, new hangout for eating and drinking, ‘Bar Claes’ has been designed with a sensitivity towards the hotel’s guests and in harmony with the local lifestyle, where balance prevails. The vibrant space features multiple corners to work or leisure. From a centrepiece marble bar to a tucked-away fireplace with sitting room-style furniture and a space to play pool, allowing groups, couples and solo travellers to each choose their desired environment. Park Centraal’s playful and rule-breaking character extends to the Bar Claes’ drinks menu, where all-time favourites (Dry Martini) are offered alongside twists on classics (Verjus Mojito). The theme continues throughout the food menu, with dishes ranging from ‘Holtkamp Cheese Croquettes’ to reimagined favourites, such as ‘Claes Deviled Eggs’ with trout roe and smoked fish salad and ‘China Town style prawn toast’ with ginger, chili and brioche. Room rates from EUR 149,- per night.   About Park Centraal Amsterdam Located steps away from Amsterdam’s quintessential Vondelpark and Museum Square, the building that houses Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has hosted guests since the late 19th century. Contemporary with a historical edge, locals and visitors can enjoy the hotel’s 189 inviting guestrooms, each of which feature selected artworks by Dutch designer Kar Klerks, Zenology products, a Marshall and Park Centraal Bedding Collection; eight meeting & event spaces; Bar Claes; and the nearby critically acclaimed Asian-fusion restaurant, MOMO with a fresh menu. The reopening of Park Centraal Amsterdam marks a significant overhaul for the historic 189-room building, which has functioned as a hotel since 1880. For more information and bookings proceed on www.parkcentraal.com Hotel has many great anemities and offer a vairiety of things to do both in the hotel and in the near area as it is truly based on the heart of the city, with museums only 5 minutes away by walking, to hot new restaurants as well as all the best shops just around the corner.  About Park Centraal As the name suggests, Park Centraal focuses on central locations, imbued with contemporary design, heritage and locally-inspired spaces to eat and drink that breathe Dutch culture throughout. With an ethos inspired by the quality of life in The Netherlands, Park Centraal aims to reflect the country’s balanced and social lifestyle, where a healthy working atmosphere is carefully combined with pleasure, manifested through vibrant bars, music and quality food. Following its inaugural opening in Amsterdam, Park Centraal will expand to The Hague in Spring 2020. Which is very exciting. Park Centraal is managed by the Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection which was founded by award winning entrepreneur Liran Wizman. http://www.parkcentraal.com/

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Music Sorry I'm late! Allow me to introduce myself ; my name is Asma Emy El Ghalbzouri and i am the Music and Culture editor for Numéro magazine Netherlands. As we strive to make up for lost time when it comes to music we would love to give you a recap and a small taste of all thats coming in 2020.   Let's start at the beginning and honor some of the most amazing festivals this summer. Mojo has been a big player in Holland for some time now and Lowlands has been their pride and joy. Although the festivals features quite a bit of hip hop acts,it didn’t stop them from wanting to dabble in a full hip hop festival and with great success if you ask us. WOO HAH is a splendid gathering in the south of Holland with a wide selection of hip hop’s latest and finest.   Mysteryland never ceases to disappoint either. A wide variety of house,edm and techno djs, all of them being household names in their genre, grace the immaculate and beautifully decorated stages for energetic sets. I have always had a soft spot hardstyle and hardcore. it is the most fascinating part of Dutch culture and grew to be a worldwide phenomenon. Defqon being one of the coolest and most celebrated of them all really blew me away this summer.   We also visited some festivals abroad in a region that is finally celebrated and honored for its amazing musical talent ; North Africa. We have choosen to explore Morocco and the country has stolen our musical hearts. We spoke to different established and emerging artists and we were mesmerized. Loco Dice, Chromeo and Yesin Bey played Oasis festival and I was so delighted to find out that Dave’s mother is from Moroccan jewish decent. I remember walking the streets of New York back when I used to be a hairstylist and got to assist backstage at the seasonal hectic fashion frenzy also known as fashion week. Chromeo blasting in my ears with help of revolutionary item called the ipod. Dj Kicks (remix) is one of the coolest albums out there and i will fight you for it.   Moroccan dj’s Yasmean, Dris Bennis aka Casa Voyager and African kings Art Comes First played immaculate sets and took us through a magical journey that embodies progressive Africa at Oasis festival.As the night progressed Walshy Fire,Art Comes First and Chromeo decided to share a stage and played a back to back which I will forever cherish as one of the most enchanting musical moments in my life.   Atlas Electronic gave us hedonistic and gypsy vibes. Dj Gan Gah showed up and out as he plays a set featuring well known edited chaabi and reggada songs. I must say he is one of my favorite discoveries yet! Born in Morocco and now residing in Brussels,this Moroccan powerhouse mixes Moroccan folk music in techno and house edits making it possible to enjoy at any music festival. I would suggest you check out his Habib Tronics on Spotify,its the new wave chaabi music he created just for our enjoyment. Zohra Idrissi aka Gypzee seranedes us under a star filled sky with the sweetest funky songs. She reminds me of a young Erica Badu. Sassy and lyricly on point. This Moroccan beauty, who lives in London, has slowly but surely making her way in music and this time blessing us with this beautiful performance in this magical country she calls home as well.   The interviews with all these amazing artists and more are featured in our music and culture special about Morocco which will be posted in 2020!   We lavishly resided in excellent care at Riad 144 in the old town of Marrakech as owner Jean Witho opened his heart and home to wandering artists and reporters. This Riad has a few of the most exciting and beautiful rooms I have ever seen. Each one with a different theme displaying different sides and styles of Morocco. The Berber room displaying beautiful amazigh art or the more “modern” room if you will with African contemporary pieces. Tobias the turtle roams free in the communal area just to make sure all the guests have a good time and will join you for your afternoon tea or beautiful glass of wine.   We have some great interviews with legendary djs, producers, rockstars and rappers making its way to online and print. We spoke to the movers and shakers when it comes to innovation in sound, venues, managing artists and festivals. We had drinks with emerging artists and went to heaps of listening parties to share in their new found excitement.   We can't wait to share more and to inspire you to listen to great artists and visit different places around the world to change your “backdrop” as you dance the night away. We wish a very magical 2020! aftermovie of Oasis Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dx9DwpbEgM&feature=youtu.be  special thanks to Riad 144 - https://www.riad144.com/   Sorry I'm late! Allow me to introduce myself ; my name is Asma Emy El Ghalbzouri and i am the Music and Culture editor for Numéro magazine Netherlands. As we strive to make up for lost time when it comes to music we would love to give you a recap and a small taste of all thats coming in 2020.   Let's start at the beginning and honor some of the most amazing festivals this summer. Mojo has been a big player in Holland for some time now and Lowlands has been their pride and joy. Although the festivals features quite a bit of hip hop acts,it didn’t stop them from wanting to dabble in a full hip hop festival and with great success if you ask us. WOO HAH is a splendid gathering in the south of Holland with a wide selection of hip hop’s latest and finest.   Mysteryland never ceases to disappoint either. A wide variety of house,edm and techno djs, all of them being household names in their genre, grace the immaculate and beautifully decorated stages for energetic sets. I have always had a soft spot hardstyle and hardcore. it is the most fascinating part of Dutch culture and grew to be a worldwide phenomenon. Defqon being one of the coolest and most celebrated of them all really blew me away this summer.   We also visited some festivals abroad in a region that is finally celebrated and honored for its amazing musical talent ; North Africa. We have choosen to explore Morocco and the country has stolen our musical hearts. We spoke to different established and emerging artists and we were mesmerized. Loco Dice, Chromeo and Yesin Bey played Oasis festival and I was so delighted to find out that Dave’s mother is from Moroccan jewish decent. I remember walking the streets of New York back when I used to be a hairstylist and got to assist backstage at the seasonal hectic fashion frenzy also known as fashion week. Chromeo blasting in my ears with help of revolutionary item called the ipod. Dj Kicks (remix) is one of the coolest albums out there and i will fight you for it.   Moroccan dj’s Yasmean, Dris Bennis aka Casa Voyager and African kings Art Comes First played immaculate sets and took us through a magical journey that embodies progressive Africa at Oasis festival.As the night progressed Walshy Fire,Art Comes First and Chromeo decided to share a stage and played a back to back which I will forever cherish as one of the most enchanting musical moments in my life.   Atlas Electronic gave us hedonistic and gypsy vibes. Dj Gan Gah showed up and out as he plays a set featuring well known edited chaabi and reggada songs. I must say he is one of my favorite discoveries yet! Born in Morocco and now residing in Brussels,this Moroccan powerhouse mixes Moroccan folk music in techno and house edits making it possible to enjoy at any music festival. I would suggest you check out his Habib Tronics on Spotify,its the new wave chaabi music he created just for our enjoyment. Zohra Idrissi aka Gypzee seranedes us under a star filled sky with the sweetest funky songs. She reminds me of a young Erica Badu. Sassy and lyricly on point. This Moroccan beauty, who lives in London, has slowly but surely making her way in music and this time blessing us with this beautiful performance in this magical country she calls home as well.   The interviews with all these amazing artists and more are featured in our music and culture special about Morocco which will be posted in 2020!   We lavishly resided in excellent care at Riad 144 in the old town of Marrakech as owner Jean Witho opened his heart and home to wandering artists and reporters. This Riad has a few of the most exciting and beautiful rooms I have ever seen. Each one with a different theme displaying different sides and styles of Morocco. The Berber room displaying beautiful amazigh art or the more “modern” room if you will with African contemporary pieces. Tobias the turtle roams free in the communal area just to make sure all the guests have a good time and will join you for your afternoon tea or beautiful glass of wine.   We have some great interviews with legendary djs, producers, rockstars and rappers making its way to online and print. We spoke to the movers and shakers when it comes to innovation in sound, venues, managing artists and festivals. We had drinks with emerging artists and went to heaps of listening parties to share in their new found excitement.   We can't wait to share more and to inspire you to listen to great artists and visit different places around the world to change your “backdrop” as you dance the night away. We wish a very magical 2020! aftermovie of Oasis Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dx9DwpbEgM&feature=youtu.be  special thanks to Riad 144 - https://www.riad144.com/  

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