CLR is back in Amsterdam for another edition of the label's artist showcases on Saturday, October 19th. The event is taking place in a new venue, the Studio 80 warehouse, with a lineup including Chris Liebing, Daniel Miller, Tommy Four Seven, Monoloc, Juan Sanchez, Dimi Angelís and many more.
Leading up to the event, CLR is releasing a series of interviews with the artists. First up is Juan Sanchez...
You have been witnessing and actively taking part in Amsterdam´s Techno scene for quite a few years now. What would be the most crucial change in the local scene in the last ten years, and how would you explain it?
A lot has changed in the last 10 years, in a positive way i think. In the beginning of the last decade Amsterdam did not have any clubs left with an international appearance. Famous clubs of the 90's like, Mazzo, Roxy and iT all disappeared. By this time the Amsterdam club scene reached rock-bottom. Around that same period the big 'minimal' revolution started, techno was fast and hard and build up out of loops before where now everything became more minimalistic and sophisticated and slower. This movement started a complete new scene with a lot of new faces. A lot of people were working together back then and lots of great music was made over here and played out all over the world. This gave Amsterdam back its international image. I was never very involved in the whole minimal game but it surely influenced me.
Also a lot of new clubs opened in the last 10 years, Studio 80, AIR, Westerunie, Sugar Factory and let's not forget the major impact that ADE has had. The last 5 years of Amsterdam clubbing have been booming!
Is there an artist or a band that has influenced you in your childhood and/or youth you will always admire as one or some of your musical heroes?
I've been playing the guitar since the age of 8 so all the heroes of my childhood are guitar players, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Al di Meola, Paco de Lucia.
When i started Dj-ing in 2001 I listened a lot to Dave Clarke, Richie Hawtin and of course most of the time to Chris Liebing's work!
What is your all-time favorite moment in music history?
That has to be that moment where James Brown asks Michael Jackson, who happens to be in the audience, onto stage somewhere in 1983.
check it out here.
Even though this is an often asked question, what is your take on digital DJs versus vinyl DJs? Do you agree with any of the die-hard positions on the topic or do you have a different opinion in between of them?
I respect DJ's that still play vinyl, you have to be lucky nowadays to find a (working) turntable in the clubs. I used to play vinyl and i loved it! But I experienced a lot of advantages by playing digitally.
I think a great DJ should always rock the dance floor, the people in the audience want good music and a good show, so it doesn't really matter to me how this is done!
I guess Amsterdam is quite intense during those ADE days, how does it feel to get invaded by so many people from all over the planet?
I'm very proud that this great event is held in my home town. Very nice to see everyone and have a chat or do business with. And then there are all the great parties with all the great artists, too much to handle really!
I wish everybody a amazing week over here. I'm really looking forward to play at the CLR Warehouse party on saturday night! Hope to see you all there!!
Saturday, October 19th 2013
Studio 80 Warehouse
1014 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Google maps: http://bit.ly/14BR48D
Visit the event page for full details.
Early bird: € 22,50 - SOLD OUT
Normal: € 27,50 - SOLD OUT
Last minute: € 29,50
Available at: http://bit.ly/16L0Ssz