Amsterdam, Holland—Most of the movers and shakers of the global DJ and dance music scene will be in Holland this week for the 15th annual Amsterdam Dance Event, which runs Oct. 20-23. That includes us.
With its daytime conferences and networking sessions held at the Felix Meritis Centre and the nearby Dylan Hotel, nearly 2,500 industry professionals are expected. At night, ADE will present an astonishing number of performances, with nearly 700 DJs and artists appearing at more than 40 area venues.
Once again, DJ Times will be an ADE media sponsor. Remember how Henry Hudson braved the trade winds for the Dutch and came upon New York? We’re returning the favor.
On the conference side, expect plenty of history, technology and healthy debate. On “D25: Detroit Techno Celebrates 25 Years,” moderated by Derrick May, the session reviews the genre’s influential story while featuring “three generations” of panelists, including Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Stacey Pullen, Kenny Larkin, Carl Craig and Monty Luke.
At a press conference, revolutionary DJ/artist Richie Hawtin (pictured) will unveil the cloud technology that powers Burn Studios, the global music community platform. On “Being Authentic: Putting the A in Authenticity,” New York-based DJ Tommie Sunshine will be joined by Brit jock Dave Clarke for an artist-development discussion that, true to its title, is sure to get passions ignited.
Another illuminating session promises to be “Club Crisis: What Crisis?” With the rise of U.S. festivals, the continuing strength of Ibiza and the fortification of DJ scenes from Berlin to Los Angeles, entertainment lawyers, booking agents, DJs, label reps and promoters will discuss the state of global club culture and perhaps explain why the near future is looking bright.
ADE will also present its unique series of keynotes and live interviews. This year’s schedule includes discussions with: Pedro Winter (aka Busy P) of Ed Banger Records; Miles Leonard of Parlophone Records; Tom Tom Club’s Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth; Dutch DJ/producer Chuckie; German DJ titan Paul van Dyk; New York house legend Todd Terry; and Detroit musical pioneer Jeff Mills.
And, of course, there’s the annual “Demolition,” a session that sees DJ/producers having their new tracks publicly evaluated—sometimes with open arms, other times with devastating honesty. This year the tunes will be handled via Soundcloud and the panel will include session mainstay Dave Clarke, plus Todd Terry and journalist/PR man Jonas Stone.
The evening’s festival portion will present a who’s who in electronic music. Talent for ADE’s evening events includes: Armin van Buuren, Sven Våth, Sasha, Paul van Dyk, Joris Voorn, Roger Sanchez, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, M.A.N.D.Y., Steve Bug, Josh Wink, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Jeff Mills, Chris Liebing, Sander kleinenberg, Ellen Allien, Nick Warren, Hercules & Love Affair, Fedde Le Grand, Sash Funke, Chuckie and Kelis.