Joris Voorn

Joris Voorn

Joris Voorn sits at the epicenter of the Dutch electronic music scene, the most renowned and instantly recognisable artist from Holland, representing underground house and techno on a wider global stage. For a country with a population of just seventeen million Holland’s contribution to world electronic music is unsurpassed. While house and techno trace their roots to the marginal and mainly black American underground, its taken a relatively small country in the European lowlands to flip electronic music on its head and turn it into the global powerhouse it is today. In 2016 few could deny that Amsterdam is the global capital of electronic music and few artists embody the melting pot of musical influences that define the city’s underground techno scene more than Joris Voorn.

Joris is the embodiment of the modern-art and tech-savvy touring DJ, with both feet planted in firmly in the underground techno world, but a keen eye for contemporary art, photography and a long-standing love of architecture (you only need to check his Instagram or EP covers to see where this all comes together). Born in the Dutch town of Tilburg, the son of a composer and a music teacher, Joris gained international recognition with his breakout ‘Muted Trax EP’ on Keynote which was followed quickly by his universally acclaimed ‘Lost Memories EP’ on Sino the following year. Its follow-up ‘Lost Memories Part 2’ in 2004 included the standout track ‘Incident’ which became an immediate and firm fixture in the sets of many of his now-peers including Carl Cox, Derrick May and Laurent Garnier and was one of the standout tunes of that summer at clubs everywhere from The Sub Club to Circo Loco.

Since then he has gone on to release three hugely critically acclaimed artist albums, ‘Future History’ (released on on Sino in 2004), ‘From A Deep Place’ (released on Green in 2007) and the most recent ‘Nobody Knows’ voted electronic album of the year 2014 by Billboard Magazine in the US. He has backed these up with dearly loved mix compilations for Belgian techno bastion Fuse, Australia’s Balance series and most recently London underground superclub fabric.

In 2005 he founded the founded ‘Green’ the first of two labels which he runs with long-time collaborator Edwin Oosterwal. This has provided a platform for Joris’ two most recent albums, plus some of his biggest hits including 2013’s ‘Ringo’ and his 2016’s ‘Looks Fake Obviously’. The second label ‘Rejected’ has given him an outlet for more straight-up house tracks aimed squarely at the dancefloor such his various installments in the ‘Dusty House’ series of Eps plus somewhere to release tracks from his peers such as Deetron, Anton Pieete, Ian Pooley and Steve Rachmad. These two labels represent the opposing ends of the ‘Spectrum’ of underground music that Joris is proud to champion. In fact, this word is so synonymous with the wide range of underground musical styles that inspire and inform both Joris’ DJing and production work that he decided to call his forthcoming radio show and event series ‘Spectrum’, allowing him to fully explore the full reach of his extensive musical tastes and share them with a wider audience.

Throughout the years Ibiza has always played an active part in Joris’ summer touring diary, from early gigs at We Love on Sundays at Space, through to his more recent La Familia nights at Ushuaia with Nic Fancuilli, in 2016 Joris has in the enviable position of holding not one but two key residencies in Ibiza, at ANTS at Ushaia alongside the likes of Maya Janes Coles and Kolsch, and El Row at Space alongside Eats Everything, Paco Osuna and Groove Armada.

2017 has proved to be a monumental year for Joris with the launch of his expansive Spectrum concept. Encompassing club nights, festival stages, a globally broadcast radio show and a photography series, it’s his chance to show off his wider musical tastes with extended sets and his skills as a curator. Taking in events at landmark venues like Amsterdam’s De Marktkantine and London’s Village Underground, it represents a big new step in his career that is gaining plaudits far and wide. It’s also the year he lands as a resident at Hï Ibiza for their In The Dark sessions on Thursdays, while he also plays several dates across the road for ANTS at Ushuaïa. He also continues his lifetime residency for Amsterdam’s Awakenings, playing special vinyl-only sets to celebrate their 20th anniversary. In short, you’ll find him at many of the world’s biggest techno destinations.

Outside of Ibiza, Joris is a regular fixture at all of the key clubs and festivals on the global underground circuit performing multiple weekly shows at events across Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Detroit, Chicago and New York. These include clubbing institutions such as fabric (London), Output (New York), Womb (Tokyo), Fuse (Brussels), Faust (Paris), Warehouse Project (Mancheser), elrow (Barcelona) fabrik (Madrid), Zouk (Singapore) and Spazio 900 (Rome). As far as festivals are concerned Joris has a long-running relationship with both the Awakenings and Strafwerk/Digital events series in his native Holland while further afield he can be found playing at festivals such as Parklife (Manchester), Movement (Detroit) Tobacco Dock (London), Ultra (Miami), Mysterylands (Amsterdam), Hideout (Croatia), Electric Zoo (New York) and BPM (Mexico).

Joyhauser

Joyhauser

Joyhauser is one of the most exciting, incendiary acts in today’s techno scene. Since their emergence in 2017 the notorious duo have smashed dance floors across the world, picking up a huge following and gaining support from many of the scene’s most influential figureheads, including Amelie Lens and Pan-Pot and Adam Beyer.

The culmination of a friendship formed in 2004, Joyhauser represents the combined talent of Joris Cielen and Stijn Vanspauwen. Preferring to take their time, the duo cultivated and nurtured their productions over many years before presenting it to the public. The hard work and patience paid off when the 2018 release ‘Galaxy Phase’ sent Joyhauser into the stratosphere, its melodic yet potent sound captivating techno lovers across the globe.

Parallel to making music they have built a strong reputation as a DJ duo with standout peak-time performances across the world commanding the big stage at many of Europe’s best-known clubs and festivals, including Awakenings, Extrema Outdoor, Tomorrowland and Pukkelpop. Years of experience on the decks, and the dance floor, permeate into their productions meaning every track gives ravers an energy-fuelled, emotive encounter, with a series of killer releases on Terminal M, Second State and Kraftek.

Part of Belgium’s new generation of exceptional techno talents, Joyhauser are a potent partnership with the drive, determination and experience to deliver each and every time…

Kamp!

Kamp!

KAMP! debuted in 2009 with the “Thales One” EP, the first attempt in Poland to go against the then-popular trends in electronica. Its follow-up, “Breaking A Ghost’s Heart”, is considered a milestone in the Polish history of the genre. Not attaching themselves to labels, in 2010 members of KAMP! released a double A-side “Heats/Distance of the Modern Hearts” a bit by accident, fitting into the role of “a new hope in Polish electronica” and attracting attention from international labels. The first international Kamp! release was out in 2011 on Portuguese label Discotexas. The premiere of “Cairo” was an impulse for KAMP! to head out in new directions that led to their debut album “Kamp!”, released on the band’s own Brennnessel label. Dream-pop musings, fitting the album just as well as house tracks, earned KAMP! over 10,000 copies sold and huge demand from clubs and festivals, starting in Shanghai, through London or Prague to Los Angeles.

Summer 2014, KAMP! released an EP by New York City based Cascine, becoming this way one of a few Polish bands so much asserting their presence in the western music industry. This release opened the door to be regularly able to promote their material abroad.

Their second album “Orneta” was a surprise drop in October 2015. “Orneta”, as each and every sophomore, especially the one following a commercial success of its older brother, was being awaited and rated even before the first listen. It’s something no band can escape. “Orneta”, indeed, is a dancefloor sort of album, but also a contemplative and melancholic one. And, as we’ve seen with KAMP! so far, it blossoms into a rather energetic piece when performed live.