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Up Close & Intimate, A Interview With: Roy Verschuren

Kono Vidovic February 2, 2015 16 1


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Roy Verschuren.

Roy Verschuren came on my pad of music when Head Honcho of Technic Fabrique “Rob Schoorstra” and me were making preparations for our party “Technic Fabrique X Dirty Disco Radio” Which we are throwing on the 27th of February in the Cue Bar in Amsterdam. While we were making preparations and looking into artists that would fit our night we stumbled up on Roy Verschuren, Rob already knew Roy and suggested that he would fit in very good at our party especially for opening and warming up the place. I checked his sounds out and came to the same conclusion as Rob. 😉 Roy has a fantastic music selection and his vibe goes from deep house music to jazzy vibed off beat / broken beat records back to house beats trough a fine disco groover.

So with that being said we decided to book Roy Verschuren for our party and see if he was available on that date, and so he was. To give a better picture of the people I’m working with an what we are doing here at Dirty Disco Radio. I decided to create the “Up Close & Intimate, A Interview With” Sessions here at this website.

The interviews I’m holding are about everything and everybody the whole electronic music scene consists of, so you can expect some great well known names but also the less known names from the scene are important to me to do interviews and Q&A with. All these people with their love for music and passion in what they do are responsible for today’s music scene.

So sit down relax, grab a drink and enjoy the interview with Roy Verschuren.

roy verschurenUp Close & Intimate, A Interview With: Roy Verschuren

Let’s start with little introduction, what is your real name and when did you start DJ’ing, what or who were your early passions and influences?

– Hi, my name is Roy Verschuren. I started playing 8 or 9 nine years ago, first hip hop which was definitely my biggest early passion, then soul, funk and jazz and eventually I got more into house and techno.

What are the most special moments in your artistic career?

– There were a few ones. From playing at ADE a few times along with artists I really admire, some cool festivals, to a b2b session with two of my friends in a packed Sugar Factory. And I really loved playing at a bunch of after hours.

How did you know that music production and DJ’ing were things you definitely wanted to pursue in life?

– Music is something I’m obsessed about for as long I can remember as cliche that might sound. It’s something I just need to do one way or another in most of my free time.

What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJ’ing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?

– My main challenge always to search and listen tracks for hours just to find that one unique great song.

What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?

– I just select tracks which I feel seem appropriate for the gig and play them at home a bit to get in the mood.

What makes you decide to play a particular track during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?

– It all depends on my mood, the time that I’m playing and the crowd in front of me.

Do you feel a crowd is actually able to appreciate the intricacies of complex DJ’ing, if they don’t actually know what, precisely, is happening behind the decks?

– Some of them do, yes. But I feel that most people don’t really care, they just want to get a few drinks and dance and have fun.

Take us with you on a perfect night out in Amsterdam. Where do we start, what clubs do we go to, where’s the after party?

– First I would go to the Cue Bar for a drink or two. After Cue Bar I would go to Studio 80 probably. But it could be anywhere really, it all depends on the line up. Perfect after party would be chilling out with your friends ideally in an house or apartment with some basic DJ equipment.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?

– Most people tend to be surprised when I tell them I have a ten year old daughter and an twelve year old son.

Roy Verschuren

Thank you for having this little Q&A with me Roy, we can expect your guest-mix in our Dirty Disco Radio 105, and after that we will see you playing live at our party “Technic Fabrique X Dirty Disco Radio” in the Cue Bar in Amsterdam om the 27th of February.

More info about Technic Fabrique X Dirty Disco Radio (Click attend and invite your friends to make it even more fun)

Roy Verschuren on Soundcloud.

Roy Verschuren on Facebook.

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DJ | MUSIC CURATOR & SELECTOR | PODCAST MAKER | BLOGGER Professional online interpreneur. Coffee practitioner. Electronic music culture maven. Total music guru. Infuriatingly humble problem solver. Food & sports fanatic.

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