▼ at RAM Records Night

▼ at RAM Records Night

RAM Records Night December 6th 2014

The recipe for tonight: a brand new venue with a crystal clear sound system, hallucination inducing visuals and lights, a bunch of young revolts and some of the biggest names in Drum and Bass. Probability of shaking off a winter depression, while clapping your butt cheeks to the beat: quite high!
Michael Janiec from 3voor12 did a report of this night, with an major ‘Impact‘, like a ‘RAM‘!

Michael: The new ‘Roosje’ is something to behold: Imagine a 15-story building (with apartments sitting on top) and at the wider base a state-of-the-art ‘music temple.’ The new location is sitting right in between the Nijmegen station and the police headquarters. Pretty solid logistics one might say! Our feeble attempt to smuggle in a half-smoked joint was partially in vain. Luckily the policy and thus the security is pretty chill, so we could keep the joint.. Cheers! Either way, with this line-up we might actually be ready to die happily after tonight.

Upon entering the visuals call for immediate attention: a series of spotlights casts different colors and moods in an orchestrated fashion. In the background a projection of the ‘RAM Records’ logo morphs continuously. Lenny and Oktogon are playing b2b, Oktogon replaces Razzle tonight. It’s clear these two are a time tested match; both challenge one and other behind the decks. Right now they’re walking a fine line between losing the attention of the crowd and playing it too heavily too early. They find the sweet spot luckily enough, with a solid blend of chill-out, vocal, minimalistic and highly percussion driven tracks. Lenny puts his hands in the air due to sheer joy; he manages to ignite even more people into dancing. Meanwhile the floor is steadily becoming more crowded and the anticipation rises still.

The MC is getting ready and a sound check takes place; one that leaves a rather vague impression of his abilities. Hearing him wrongly guessing the name of the current DJ doesn’t help either. Soon after the announcement of the first RAM Records performance is made. Enter DC Breaks. This guy doesn’t have a hard time firing up – after a quick succession in well-timed blends and cuts, DC Breaks switches up the pace with ‘Sub FocusTimewarp.’ The MC doesn’t have a hard time keeping up with this and finally reveals why he’s here in the first place. The crowd winds up even more as the set progresses, it’s semi-packed and almost ‘electric’ in vibe and energy. The perception of time does seems to fade away.

Andy C is a known performer in Nijmegen, rightfully so! He’s one of the biggest players in the Drum and Bass scene and has a long going streak being it. And oh boy, I can tell you: he doesn’t plan on slowing down one bit! Within seconds, a very energetic and indeed very iconic character is revealed. I have not seen a DJ move to the music like this ever before, it’s like he takes hold of the beat and really takes control of it. As for the music that follows: it’s rather ineffable. He also drops Noisia’s ‘Asteroids’, the timing truly sends a shockwave through the crowd. Rather fitting for a party called ‘Impact.’ Andy C is actually driving back home right afterwards in his Range Rover, as he wants to be in time for breakfast with his family! All good things come to an end though, as well with this sublime set of Andy C. It’s worth to mention his set was laced with ‘hands in the air’ moments, the resulting breathing space was more than welcome in any case.

The last contender is up soon after. With a certain amount of guts, Audio fades out the last tune of the previous DJ, the MC has a different take on this and calls Andy C to play another one. Andy’s ‘Get Free’ remix bends the desirous crowd into puppy-like submission. A few insider jokes are shared between the two DJ’s and Audio finally begins. Beast mode = on, and speakers in a higher gear. This guy drops relentless combinations and takes the crowd through a crash course of high caliber funk. Especially his ability to make chains of double drops is really strong; the tracks seem to communicate with each other in a sense. His current material like “Break It” also is played. As the fatigue sets in, he is able to push the visitors one step further, while keeping the energy fluid and danceable. We’ve interviewed Audio right before this very set, expect the item within a couple of days on AEM within this report.

To conclude this evening: Nijmegen and Doornroosje remain forces to be reckoned with in the Dutch Drum and Bass. While different parties were planned in Holland on the same evening, the attendance and the performances at this show did not disappoint. Full capacity was not reached during tonight, but the room was pretty crowded. There’s still room for improvements of course; the sound system might just use a little more punch earlier on. As for the visitors: a lot of dedicated fans were there and the atmosphere was ecstatic at times; to a certain extent also ‘ecstatic’ due to MDMA influences. It doesn’t matter, because everyone was clearly enjoying themselves and no ‘incidents’ were noticed.

A goodbye for now, but you can bet that all eyes are on Impact right now. We cannot wait to see what more they have in store at the new Doornroosje!

Report: Michael Janiec
Photography: Sarah van Herten

 Rating (4 visitors ):

Concept: 8,3
Sound: 8,1
Artists: 9
Lights/Visuals: 7,3
Location: 8
Accessibility: 8
Facilities: 7
Security: 8
Atmosphere: 8,8

Overall Rating: 8,4

 Audio Interview

He came, he saw and he burned the whole place down. Metaphorically speaking luckily, Doornroosje is still standing. The crowd was ablaze though and Audio was on fire during his set. He will return once again in January during Blackout and Drum ‘n’ Bass in your Face. We got a chance to talk about the past, his highlights this year and about what we might expect from this man in 2015!

Michael: What’s your first impression about the new Doornroosje?
Audio: Seems amazing, I just got here and been walking around; it’s brand new. Holland continues to build new clubs, a lot of countries don’t. It’s a struggle to find a good venue, while Holland seems to build them quite regularly, which is great.

How do you feel about playing a night with Andy C and DC Breaks?
 We’ve played before, so it’s not my first time. I’m excited about it though, it’s always good to have a RAM party!

How did you come up with the name ‘Audio’? What’s the story?
 I was sitting with a mate of mine, it was early in the morning and I needed a DJ name. He eventually said: “You should be called Audio.” I was like: okay, I will be called Audio. That was basically it.

When was that?
 That would be around 1998/1999, my first releases started to happen around 2002.

Does your image as an artist entwine with the tattoos you have?
 Yes, I’m kind of known for it now. Once you become known for something a little bit, it gives an opportunity to wholeheartedly go with it. Once I got the ‘Drum & Bass’ on my knuckles, people started to associate me with that. I would have gotten tattoos regardless of this, I just wouldn’t get tattoos on my hands and on my face. I would have to get a normal job, now I can go a bit more extreme.

Do certain tattoos have a story tied to them in a context of music?
 Mostly they don’t, but I do have the Virus label symbol tattooed.

What have been the biggest changes since your first release and how have they influenced your field?
 Internet and MP3’s. It has affected it money wise. There’s not a lot money from people buying records, they buy MP3’s now. It has affected the way that people own music; you can go to the internet and just listen; you don’t have to leave your house.

What do you cherish from back in those earlier days?
 I cherish the fact that you had to know people to get their music. These days if you like a tune, you can hit someone up on the computer. In those days music was distributed by giving cd’s; you would know people and you would be friends with them.

What do you embrace in those changes now?
 The fact that someone in the deepest and darkest ‘where ever’ can get my music and buy it. Yet, the change is like a double-edged sword; it has good stuff and it has bad stuff. Also the fact that I am known and I can go to Australia and they know who I am. The first time that I went there and it happened, well it really blew my brains out. It helps you to realize how powerful music is and how much reach it has.

How did the music video for “Heads Up” come about? What’s the story?
 RAM said they wanted to do a video for it. I was like ‘cool!’, so they got a company they worked with quite a bit. They had a concept and they wanted to make it go together with the tattoos; a dark and aggressive kind of vibe. I went down there with two of my good mates, all those people in the SWAT-team are my friends. No actors were involved. We shot the night bits during that night and they added the other stuff. When they sent it to me, I was really impressed!

Perhaps more videos in the future?
 Would be nice to, I don’t mind doing them. If anyone was to put the time and effort to do a project for something I’ve done; it’s all good.

Where does the intro voice sample come from?
 It’s from the movie called ‘Nine.’ It’s an animated movie about these dolls. They got numbers and different types; clones basically. It’s like a Tim Burton animated movie vibe.

Which releases are you currently working on that you could tell us about?
 I’m working on an album for RAM at the moment.

Any estimated date yet that it would be released?
 Not yet. Albums I have done before had a bit of a time constraint. With this album I don’t have that as much, so I’m going to give it more time and make sure I am happy with it. It will be ready when it’s ready. Another project is going to come before that, I can’t say much about it but you will see!

What has been your biggest highlight this year?
 Probably going to EDC Festival in Las Vegas and playing there with the RAM boys. It was my first time playing in America. Also Boomtown festival, where I closed the ‘Arcadia’ stage on a Sunday night. It was amazing. My wife was there, which is a rare occasion. I had a really good time. I looked up and there were a lot of people. I looked up again and there were people as far as I could see in every direction, it’s like the whole festival came.

Pretty cool your wife joined, it isn’t really her kind of music?
 She doesn’t really like it, but we have two kids at home. She’s usually at home looking after the kids while I’m out playing.

How would you describe your visits to Holland?
 Hazy, that’s pretty much it.

How many times have you been in Holland?
 I’ve lost count. At best I come here about six or seven times a year.

Any simple, but not so obvious truths you want to share with the people that have taken the path of producer?
 Everyone has to find their own path. There’s no easy way, it’s just hard work. That’s it.

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