Dekmantel Festival

01 / 02 / 03 august 2014

Taking things up a notch

Dekmantel Festival is here to stay. That’s right, we are not going anywhere. We strongly believe that we can add unforgettable summer reminiscence to your collective memories each and every year. How? By building our beloved three-day festival little by little, step by step. After all, our adagium hasn’t changed one bit. ‘Small festival, big names’ means we will always favour quality over quantity. We will be serving up close to 100 artists this time and only the very best of what electronic music has to offer nowadays. It’s the quality you can expect from Dekmantel, we won’t settle for mediocrity.

On August 01/02/03 we will return to the lush forests and grassy meadows of the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest). Last year these magical surroundings have proven to be the perfect setting for the intimate festival we had in mind. Expect forward thinking techno, contemporary house, obscure disco and edgy bass music. Last but not least: you don’t have to go home during the weekend as we invite you to our festival bedrooms for the very first time. See you in August!

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BODDIKA

A Dekmantel regular is Alex Green, better known as the prolific UK producer and DJ Boddika. Expect fresh and original house music accompanied by gurgling synths, crippling breakdowns and dynamite bass. This guy = pure energy.

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CINNAMAN

So every kid wants to be a DJ nowadays, right? Lesson 1: check out Amsterdam's finest when it comes to selection, skills and gut feeling when it's about knowing where electronic music is headed nowadays. From UK-bass to hip-hop and from Chicago house to RnB: you can expect just about anything from the Cinnaman.

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DAPHNI

Daniel Victor Snaith alias Caribou alias Daphni. We opt for the latter when it comes to mesmerizing, club-oriented DJ-sets from this genius mind. Snaith will make his first-ever Dekmantel appearance, and hopefully not his last.

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DEKMANTEL
SOUNDSYSTEM

Although the common denominator is obvious here - an indisputable love for quality electronic music – the strength of Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij and Jan van Kampen lies in their complementary skills when manning the stage. Prepare for something extraordinary when the three of them share the decks.

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DJ HARVEY

Let's set things straight: Harvey is a boss. He was a key figure in the development of electronic music in the UK in the early days and still he is one of the frontrunners of the scene. The influential Englishman is known for his varied sets, which seamlessly move from disco to psychedelia to krautrock to obscure house and back.

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GERD JANSON

We can't think of the one thing Gerd Janson does best, but we do know he's got his knowledgeable head in almost every musical cloud. Whether it's researching, writing about, compiling, remixing, producing, curating or playing music; Janson goes left where others turn right, and that is exactly what we love him for.

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JACKMASTER & ONEMAN
present Can
U Dance

Well, can you? Can U Dance is a concept presented by Jackmaster & Oneman, two of contemporary dance music's most prolific artists. Both amazing DJ's, Oneman (Rinse FM) and Jackmaster (Numbers) now go head-to-head in what promises to be a gramophones x4 extravaganza.

JAMIE XX

Is there anything this young chap cannot do? Of course we all know Jamie Smith as the beat-genius and knobwizard from The XX, but if you visited Dekmantel Festival last year you know he's one a hell of DJ too. Our advise: don't miss out on this gig if you like your beats fresh, original, UK-ish and funky.

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JIMMY EDGAR

Originally from Detroit, 'one of the hardest places to grow up', the now Berlin based Jimmy Edgar launched his new Ultramajic label in 2013. Bringing some serious talent to the table, this versatile artist is able to serve you anything that fits between Detroit inflected electro and modern style UK house.

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JOHN TALABOT

John Talabot’s genre bending album ƒin championed many of the year-end lists in 2012, and we couldn’t agree more with the critics on this one. Remixing the likes of The xx and Shit Robot and recording for, among others, Permanent Vacation and his own Hivern Discs, the Catalonia-based Talabot plays everything from leftfield pop to new school deep house.

John Talabot performs on Friday as part of Talaboman.

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KARENN (live)

Aaarrrghh yeeeees! That's, in short, the feeling we get when either Blawan or Pariah is hitting a crowd with their innovative techno. Together these merciless dudes are Karenn, and Karenn takes things up a notch. Or two. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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LEVON VINCENT

Berlin based New Yorker Levon Vincent is one of those old school DJ's who is able to take complete control of the crowd. He can play with the atmosphere in a room by increasing the intensity with each carefully selected record, until the moment he decides he's ready to tear the place apart. You'd better be there when that moment arrives. Top DJ. Period.

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MARK DU MOSCH

Mark du Mosch is a Rotterdam based producer and DJ who has earned the highest amount of respect in the Dutch alternative music scene in the past couple of years. The reason is simple: he dares to go beyond the obvious, his raw yet emotional signature sound being distinctive, versatile and stunningly creative. Expect perfectly executed analogue bliss from a craftsman who is slowly yet steadily making his way into the records bags of global house and techno connoisseurs.  

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NICOLAS JAAR
(live)

So far it has been a great ride for wunderkind Nicolas Jaar who has been pushing the boundaries of electronic music solo and with his recent Darkside project. He will bring his breathtaking one-men show to Dekmantel Festival, so expect surprising instrumentation and those all-important weird-signature-sound-Jaar-noises.

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PRINS THOMAS

Well, where to start with Prins Thomas? Some keywords maybe? Norway, space-disco, vinyl lover, bass player, Full Pupp, Internasjonal, italo-fusion-prog-krautrock. In short: highly capable allround super dj who has always been a Dekmantel favorite. Don't miss out.

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PROSUMER

The legendary Berlin based Hardwax record shop and the equally mystified Panorama Bar: could one wish for a better education when it comes to house music? Achim Brandenburg, better known as Prosumer, learned his craft at two of Germany's most prolific dance music institutes. The result is a house DJ who easily is one of our all-time favorites.

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SURGEON

An example for many, Birmingham artist Anthony Child has been at the very forefront of innovative techno for several years now. He's trademark sound is solid yet funky as hell, and you'll be astonished by his hip-hop styled DJ skills. Try to keep with his rapid cutting and flipping, this guy knows how to shake a party up.

Surgeon performs on Friday as part of Trade.

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TALABOMAN

Remember 'Sideral'? Well, we most definitely remember the DJ-Kicks compilation that featured that collab between Axel Boman and John Talabot. It was easily one of our favorite comps from last year, while 'Sideral' was a highlight on its own. We are pleased to announce this rare back-2-back session featuring two of the most on-point artists out there.

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TOM TRAGO

Amsterdam based Tom Trago is one of the sons and heirs of the electronic music fortress that's called Rush Hour. Curating his own offshoot Voyage Direct, and playing prime-time spots worldwide, this kid is leading the way for underground Dutch house music. All-time Dekmantel favorite.

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TRADE

For a few artists we make an exception and invite them on stage more then once. Why? Because we simply can't get enough of both Blawan and Surgeon. Now, imagine these two cracks share the stage together?! 1 + 1 = 3. O yes.

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3 CHAIRS

Heavy tag-team alert! 3 Chairs is the electronic music equivalent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: an otherworldly super group that will take you on a rollercoaster ride through genres like jazz, house and techno. We will continue the namedropping now, so hold on to your chair: 3 Chairs are Rick Wilhite, Marcellus Pittman, Moodymann and Theo Parrish. Kaboem.

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Ben UFO

The DJ's DJ to be, or is he already? Mister UFO is a conscious and outspoken non-producer, but his ability to spin records like no other makes up for the lack of output in that area most definitely. The fact that he runs one the most prolific and forward thinking contemporary records labels (Hessle Audio) doesn't hurt either.

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BICEP

Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar are Bicep, a Belfast based DJ and producers duo that has been turning heads off late with their energetic sets and productions. Expect nothing but pure madness when these guys ride on a UK house groove, giving it an old school feel.

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DEKMANTEL
SOUNDSYSTEM

Although the common denominator is obvious here - an indisputable love for quality electronic music – the strength of Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij and Jan van Kampen lies in their complementary skills when manning the stage. Prepare for something extraordinary when the three of them share the decks.

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INTERSTELLAR
FUNK

Olf van Elden aka Interstellar Funk is part of Tape Records, one of the most exciting new labels at the moment. Furthermore he has a record collection that will ascribe every seasoned house and disco crack. Also on his shortl lived resume: the underground anthem 'House Train' released by the likes of Tom Trago. You'll hear from this rookie in the next few years, no doubt about that.

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JAY DANIEL

Speaking of talents from Detroit: meet Jay Daniel, a name that will be heard often in the next couple years, we have no doubts about that. His first-ever EP got released by Theo Parrish's imprint Sound Signature, and the skills Daniel brings to the turntables are otherworldly. Go check out the next big thing out of Detroit.

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JOEY ANDERSON

New York based Joey Anderson fits in the tradition of the dusty signature sounds from the likes of DJ Qu, Jus-Ed and Levon Vincent. In the first week of April, he will release his debut album on the Dekmantel label and trust us: it’s utterly brilliant.

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JOY ORBISON

Another Dekmantel regular, and to be honest, we truly hope to see this guy coming back for the next X years or so. In short: astonishing DJ, amazing selector, astounding performer.

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JUJU & JORDASH
(live)

'An obsession', that's what making music is for Gal 'Juju' Aner and Jordan 'Jordash' Czamanski. They helped shape the Dekmantel label to what it is today by releasing two acclaimed albums on the Amsterdam based imprint. Their third album will see the light of day in spring this year, and we wish them both a long lasting and never fading obsession. All-round awesomeness.

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JULIO BASHMORE

You can put this on your 2014 end-of-the-year list already: the debut album of UK house head Julio Bashmore. The versatile artist - flawless DJ, remixer, and class producer – delivers his first album on his own Broadwalk Records this year. The teaser that he and Jessie Ware produced is already out there, and it’s freakinly good.

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KYLE HALL

At the tender age of 15, Kyle Hall had the privilege to release a record on FXHE, the label of Detroit Don Omar S. The rest is, as they say, history. Hall has proven to be one of the most special talents to emerge from the 'birthplace of techno' as of late, and we are proud to present him at Dekmantel Festival.

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MORITZ VON OSWALD
TRIO (live)

Nope, it's not your screen that's malfunctioning, you are really reading this. Moritz + Max + Tony. All three of them. On the same stage. That equals as one of the most prolific techno/dub godfathers + a Berlin based sound scientist + the creator of afrobeat. Now you do the math.

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OSCAR MULERO

Turntable wizard and offbeat techno king: it's an honor to have Oscar Mulero make his Dekmantel debut. We are pretty sure this will be the perfect set somewhere during the late evening of our festival. Think dark, deep and energetic, this Spanish pro knows how to keep your body moving.

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Pangaea

Kevin McAuley better known as Pangea is one of the founders of Hessle Audio (together with Pearson Sound and Ben UFO), and thus at the very forefront of UK-bass music. Expect nothing but pure fire when he buckles up for one his is genre stepping DJ-sets.

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Pearson Sound

Formally known as Ramadanman and the head honcho of Hessle Audio, this DJ at heart will play you the latest you can find in bass music, but isn't afraid to drop something quite unexpected like Marley Marl or, on a more classical note, Mr. Fingers as well. Pushing boundaries from dub to techno is Pearson Sound.

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Rodhad

Rødhåd is one of the latest talents to break out of Berlin based techno mecca Berghain. As resident DJ and founder of the Dystopian party and record label, he has been credited for pushing some of the most forward thinking techno as of late. His DJ's sets are layered with funk, so if you like your 4/4 beats dark and groovy, check out this skilled DJ.

SAN PROPER

Amsterdam's night mayor, cult-figure, party animal but far and foremost a true musician turned DJ turned producer. Get ready for some adventurous psychedelic post punk informed house explorations.

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SHACKLETON
(live)

Intense, sub-bass fueled and highly distinctive, that pretty much sums up the breathtaking output of Sam Shackleton. Expect a carefully crafted live show with elements that serve a more edgy side of club culture.

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TR//ER (live)

The Dutch live debut of TR//ER at last years Amsterdam Dance Event was, to put it mildly, impressive and... loud. Solo these guys are at the forefront of modern day techno, fusing in elements of rave and breakbeat. So here's our warning: this is not for the weak hearted. Go check this is out if you think you can handle it.

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ANDREW
WEATHERALL

One should pronounce the name of Andrew Weatherall with great deference. The man has worked his way through the best and most cutting-edge of electronic music since the early nineties. A true DJ's DJ and a personal favorite, it's with great joy that we can announce the Dekmantel debut of this UK legend.

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ANSWER CODE
REQUEST

‘Brilliant UKG/Detroit techno/industrial-esque IDM hybrid EP’. ‘Excellent, smart techno rave’. ‘Superb mixture of killer techno’. If Hard Wax, the globally respected Berlin record shop, labels your productions with these words you know you are not too bad of a producer. Mr. Request, real name Patrick Gräser, holds a Berghain residency as well. You do the math.

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ATOM TM (LIVE)

It took Uwe Schmidt (Atom TM) twenty-six years to finish his Bauteile album together with Marc Behrens. Result: sound art with a capital 'art'. Schmidt will make his Dekmantel debut, so make sure to check out this German legend, man of many monikers and ‘the father of electrolatino.’

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BEN KLOCK

Name the number one techno DJ in the world at the moment please? If you’d ask us, there is only one plausible answer to that question. Mr. Ben. Klock. Guess that’s all the explanation you need. Glad to have you back, Sir.

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DEKMANTEL
SOUNDSYSTEM

Although the common denominator is obvious here - an indisputable love for quality electronic music – the strength of Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij and Jan van Kampen lies in their complementary skills when manning the stage. Prepare for something extraordinary when the three of them share the decks.

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DJ KOZE

Coming from a hip-hop background, oddball producer Stefan Kozalla aka Adolf Noise aka DJ Koze has enlightened dance music with some of the most off-center records collectible. Furthermore he's one of those DJ's who can take you on a genre-stepping trip, playing everything from minimal-techno to maximal-house.

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EFDEMIN

Together with his partner in crime Lawrence, deephouse crack Efdemin calls the shots for the unchampioned Hamburg based Dial Records. Bot the record label and the producer have built an immaculate reputation, always favoring quality over quantity and ignoring modern day hypes.

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JEFF MILLS

We are proud and happy to have the techno wizard on board once again; nothing beats a couple hours of space travel with Mr. Mills. And to drag up an old cliché: a legend like this doesn't need any further introduction, welcome back Jeff.

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LUKE SLATER

Luke Slater's name has been synonymous for quality techno for more then a quarter of a decade. Keywords? Funky, deep, dark and devastating electronic music. That pretty much sums this genius up.

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MAKAM (live)

One of The Netherlands finest talents and a long time Dekmantel friend and favorite is Guy Blanken, better known as Makam. Guy is a gifted producer and a real firestarter when he's behind the decks, so make sure you check this chap out if you are looking for a guaranteed party vibe. House, disco, techno: it all fits in Makam's bag.

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MARCEL
DETTMANN

Marcel Dettmann is a contemporary techno figurehead. The German producer and DJ draws from a deep knowledge of the genre's dynamic and variegated origins to put forward powerful, immaculate, and exploratory sound. Def one of our favorite techno DJ's ever.

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MARCEL FENGLER

Marcel Fengler might not be the most well-known DJ in the Berlin techno syndicate, but putting his name on the flyer guarantees hard, ultra tight, atmospheric techno music. Rest assured that this Berghain resident will serve up way more then the dark, grim industrial sound that's common at Europe's techno temple.

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MOUNT KIMBIE
(live)

Three years on from their debut album, Dominic Maker and Kai Campos aka Mount Kimbie are doing far more than nodding gnomically behind a pair of laptops on a blackened stage. Expect heavy, loose, live instrumental bliss combined with lo-fi aesthetic that defines their brilliant pre-dubstep folktronica.

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NINA KRAVIZ

What's not to like about Miss Kraviz? Arguably she's house music's first lady at the moment presenting herself as an artist in the very true sense of the word. It's not for the first time that Nina will hit the Dekmantel stage, and that's for very good reason.

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OSTGUT TON
SHOWCASE

Our current favorite when it comes to techno rosters? That's an easy one: the unchampioned output of the Berlin based Ostgut Ton label and genre bending techno dj's and producers have been on top of their game for several years now. It's with great pride that we welcome this unique collective back to the Dekmantel stage. Full line-up to be announced.

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PLAID (live)

Plaid are Andy Turner and Ed Handley, but you can also look them up in the electronic music encyclopedia under 'electronica legends'. Both were founding members of The Black Dog and for sure the name of Balil (Handley again) will also ring a bell. Don't miss out on this change to catch two absolute cracks.

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ROBERT HOOD
(live)

Welcome back mister Robert Hood. Out of experience (we like to call mister Hood a regular at our Dekmantel parties) we can assure you that he will chop down the Amsterdam forest with his razor-sharp electronic music. Despite the fact that Mr. Hood has been around for several years now, he always knows what's cooking when it comes to modern day techno.

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RYAN ELLIOTT

Growing up in Detroit and now living in Berlin where he holds a Berghain residency, Ryan Elliott is taking his influence from his hometown to do what he does best: playing rolling, dark-edged and timeless techno music.

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STEFFI

Eleven years ago, Steffi traded Berlin for Amsterdam as her home base for very good reason: she got offered a residency at Berghain/Panaroma Bar. Tons of mesmerizing DJ-sets, and album and releases on labels like Ostgut Ton and Underground Quality later, she has become one of Holland’s finest when it comes to forward thinking electronic music, whether it be house, techno or anything in between.

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SURGEON

An example for many, Birmingham artist Anthony Child has been at the very forefront of innovative techno for several years now. He's trademark sound is solid yet funky as hell, and you'll be astonished by his hip-hop styled DJ skills. Try to keep with his rapid cutting and flipping, this guy knows how to shake a party up.

Surgeon performs on Friday as part of Trade.

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TALE OF US

What's not to like when it comes to the Karm and Matteo Milleri project: deeply moving, emotional electronic music. Together they share a sonic vision that pulls together elements of house and techno with influences from pop music, nu-disco and even rock. From straight-up dance floor jams to low-slung ambient tracks, these Italian chaps will grab you by the balls in a millisecond.

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TOBIAS (LIVE)

Quite possibly 2014 will be the year for Ostgut Ton artist Tobias Freund. Not that he had an average career in electronic music to this day, on the contrary. But with the release of his second album, the impressive A Series of Shocks, we are sure that this quality techno producer will rise to new highs.

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YOUNG MARCO

Ok, please take our word for this: Young Marco is set to be the next cult DJ and performer hailing from The Netherlands. Make sure you check out this oddball selector at Dekmantel Festival, we promise you wont regret it. This guy has got records in his bag you didn't even know existed. For the freakz!

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