Though Miami is still an essential industry jolly-up, ADE is now where the work gets done amongst cheeky trips to the coffee shops and rounds of frothy headed beers, its historic canals and huge, picturesque waterfront houses just a short flight away for the cream of European producers.
Add to that a huge pulling power across the Atlantic — check this year’s line-up which includes Carl Craig, Kelis, Todd Terry, Kevin Saunderson, DJ Pierre, Richie Hawtin, Derrick May, Moodymann and Hercules & Love Affair to name just a few — an array of top class venues including festival favourite, the mighty Melkweg, and conferences taking in everything from ‘How I saved Kylie’s career’ to an interview with Tom Tom Club, and you have no excuses not to Van Gogh!
The main players from Holland’s house scene such as Afrojack, Chuckie and Sidney Samson couldn’t be hotter right now. They’re starting to work with gigantic US hip-hop/r&b stars via the ubiquitous David Guetta, but where did this scene come from and what is it — apart from geography — that binds the various players together?
Pick of the Week
Amsterdam Dance Event 2010 is a veritable treasure trove of dance music brilliance. But how do you decide which clubs and events to go to, when the line-ups are so intimidatingly mahoosive? Come with us, as we guide you through the freshest that ADE has to offer…
Bursting Through the 'Dam!
Tom Trago - one of Amsterdam's freshest underground house and techno producers — recommends the coolest new artists breaking through and putting the 'Dam firmly on the map…
In the Grand Scheme of Things
Fedde Le Grand is unstoppable. With his Flamingo Recordings label flying high, and his gig diary more packed than ever, the Dutch houser has never been in more demand. His ADE-themed covermount CD for DJmag this month 'Amsterdam Takeover Mix' is a tech house doozy, so we asked him to share his experience of the city and the event…