The Dutch Touch
Amsterdam—Over 3,800 DJs and dance-music pros attended Holland’s Amsterdam Dance Event this past Oct. 17-21. And, as always, DJ Times was there to monitor and participate in the conference portion of the show, attend the evening events at 75 area venues, and network the week away outside ADE’s two main hotspots—the Felix Meritis Centre and Dylan Hotel.
It was an exhausting, but fruitful week catching up with all the global DJs, managers, promoters and agents. As is always mentioned, ADE is an industry conference that finds all the major players involved, so connecting with someone important to your business is relatively easy. The “festival” portion of ADE—with clubs like Studio 80, Escape and Air, for example, all within a short walks of each other—is also a pleasure to navigate.
We caught superb performances in the evening from a variety of top jocks—Martin Butterich, Loco Dice, Ferry Corsten, Dubfire, Dave Clarke, Davide Squillace and Sander van Doorn among them—and enjoyed conference seminars featuring Danny Tenaglia (interviewd by Tommie Sunshine), Armin van Buuren, Chuckie and more. As it always seems to do, Amsterdam Dance Event delivered the goods—heavy-duty business opportunities and knowledge acquisition, plus plenty of top-flight fun at night. Here’s what it all looked like.