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08.12.2016 | Words by: Luc Mastenbroek.

Traditionally January is the month for deejay holidays. During the summer break, there’s non-stop festivals, and now the festival plot ever thickens (I believe Dutch festival seasons runs from March to November), the only month to go to Bali is right at the start of the year. 

Luckily we were able to convince more than enough nice people to play our club. For a club almost without live sets – I guess we’re just too into continual dancing to lengthy records – we invited quite a few live acts for this month, three great shows that will put live back into the club. After watching this short footage of their show after Cabaret Voltaire in France three hundred and twenty-seven times, we couldn’t resist inviting Volition Immanent to the club. Parrish Smith on synths and drums and Knekelhuis head honcho Mark van der Maat on vocals, this might be the perfect punk break between sets by Intergalactic Gary and Interstellar Funk. Another dimension, another dimension.
Speaking of punk, when Lucy invited Oake to perform live last November, we couldn’t help getting a little anxious after seeing their rider: drums, guitars, a twelve channel mixer, live vocals – a full stage live performance that we believed impossible to fit into this small fixed booth on ground level in a dark basement. What followed was the wildest thing we’ve witnessed this year: while Oake’s Eric played drums, guitar and (very) heavy (and loud!) electronics in the booth, Bathseba wandered through the room singing – her haunting vocals echoing through the room. For the third edition of his night, Lucy invited Rrose to return, also with a live set this time, preceded by Positive Centre on ambient duties for the opening hours.

The third live act we asked topped JP Enfant’s (thanks for the beautiful still life homie!) wish list. With a new album for Delsin Records on the way, Artefakt is on a run producing some great tracks for the label, and though they’ll need two train tickets from Berlin to get here, they can be rightfully called a local act. Separately Robin Koek and Lapien count as two of the finest Dutch electronic composers, and together it’s more than the sum of its parts. Setting the tone for Artefakt is Dystopian's newbie Jon Hester.

Three is a bit of the magic number here: for this month we’ve also invited three deejays we got really excited about last year to debut in our basement. On the first Friday on the year, Maayan Nidam will play next to Willow of Workshop fame. Maayan Nidam made our favorite minimal record of 2016 (and we’ve been told there’s a revival going on, so hey!), whilst Willow produced our favorite deep house twelve inch, that you maybe could’ve heard in one or two beautiful NTS (big up!) radio shows. And on opening duties for Jackmaster we asked Peggy Gou to play De School for the first time – not in the last place because we loved her EP on Rekids.

But as always it’s not only about the new, we’d rather make our own team. At the end of the month Antal will return for a long set, whilst he asked Sassy J to return for opening duties. Call Super (aka Elmo Crumb – we also don’t know how he comes up with these personas) will play De School for the third time on Friday January 13th, sandwiched by the princes of the Dekmantel empire, Casper Tielrooij and Thomas Martojo. And a day after Konstantin will play the club for the fifth time already, solo and longer than ever. Well, perhaps maybe not as long as his ten hour set on a sunny Sunday with DJ Dustin (so many memories here I had to take a break from typing for a minute but here we go), but it might come close. For sure his all night set will be a beautiful prelude to the plans we’re making with the Giegling crew for the coming year.

To escape the cold, our café is open seven days week, for tea and hot chocolate. We’ll screen new One Minutes by Pinar&Viola and we’ll start with a new film series on Sundays - for (almost) the most intimate film experience - there’ll only be six tickets available for every film. January also might see the first art interventions by the Sandberg residents, while Sandberg graduate Donna Verheijden will show her work at our second big exhibition, as part of the Tijdgenoten series. There’s not much to show yet, but we’ll have more news soon. Only thing we can say right now is there’ll be some Katy Perry involved.
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