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Joris Voorn

Performing everywhere worldwide, 2010 saw Dutch producer Joris Voorn make the transition from techno's underground into dance music's mainstream. While he had originally gained his reputation as a purveyor of deep techno, Voorn's big release this year was 'The Secret' on Sven Väth's Cocoon, which owed more to the electronic disco of Patrick Cowley than Detroit melodies. "Sven's asked me for a release many times, and with 'The Secret' I had something I thought would really fit. I'm sure it won't be the last one on Cocoon, although I don't have a follow up yet," says Voorn, who has just returned from a tour of Singapore and Japan. Despite the direction that his own output has taken, Voorn feels that from a DJing perspective, house music offered the most interesting sounds this year. "2010 has seen, even more than 2009, the return of pure house music to the mainstream - it's nothing really new or interesting, but good for the dancefloor," he says. Speaking of house music, Voorn's Green and Rejected labels focused on this sound and had a successful year, bucking the ongoing trend of falling sales. "We've had a great year music-wise. Edwin Oosterwal released his debut EP 'Dusty House Room 4' on Rejected, which got played a lot by everyone. We also released Ripperton's fantastic debut album on Green, which was an honour and a success," Joris says. Over the coming months, Green is releasing remixes from Ripperton's album - including one from I:Cube - and a new single from Pitto, while Rejected has an EP from Steve Mac and Voorn himself, while the highly respected Ben Klock and DVS1 will lend their remix touch to Voorn's own 'For The People'.