Up Close & Intimate, A Interview With: Rutger Heij

Rutger Heij.

Together with his colleague and friend Lorenzo Davillo, Rutger Heij is coming to play and party with us on our party on the 27th of February “Technic Fabrique X Dirty Disco Radio” in the Cuebar in Amsterdam. Next to these fine gentlemen you will also find DJ Roy Verschuren, Hyperkiss, Daniel Robson, Me Myself and I, Kono Vidovic and last but not least Berry Juice. It will be a very happy party if you are in and around the neighbor hood of Amsterdam you are more than welcome to come party and have a drink with us.

Next to the DJ set Rutger is doing on our party i also invited him together with Lorenzo to do the guest-mix on our radioshow / podcast tonight (16th of February) it’s a pre-taste of what to expect from them on the 27th. We also did a little interview / Q&A with Rutger Heij to get to know him a little bit better and the people responsible for today’s electronic music scene.

 1.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?

My real name is Rutger Heij, haha so no secrets 😉 I started DJ’ing ruffly 6 years ago. My uncle DJ Darik was to one who had convinced me this was what i wanted to.

 2.What are the most special moments in your artistic career?

Most probably i would say the festival’s Beachboom, Straf Werk, Magneet, Boothstock and of course the booking i had in Portugal club Bauhaus.

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

I started very young with producing music, i do not have an particular day when i decided i wanted to pursue this in life, i would like to say, it grow with me.

4.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?

I would like to become a valuable asset in the house scene and make our collective Obvious Collective a respected organization in the scene.rutger heij

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

I always start off whit a track that shows love beauty and soul.

6.How do you prepare for a gig? Is there a ritual that you always do?

Haha usually with a bottle of fine liquor.

7.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?

I always play what i want to play, music that i feel music that shows strength, music that i can find myself in.

8.When there’s more music than one can possibly take in, it is becoming increasingly hard to know what constitutes an original and a remake anymore. What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting originals and sources?

Usually i like the originals the older the better.

9.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

Sometimes you just have to show them 😉

10.The relationship with the audience is crucial for a DJ, and yet it seems to be a fragile one. How do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?

U never really know what the crowd wants right? Experimentation is the key.

 11.DJs that just press play on their laptop may have given technology a bad name, but without technology, there’d be no DJ’ing in the first place. What’s your perspective on the relationship and the balance between technological advances, music and the art of DJ’ing? How have particular technologies changed your style of DJ’ing?

Nothing big really i am a man who grows with technology not go to war with it.

12.Can you give us a hint of the musical treats and surprises (new tracks, edits etc.) you’re going to serve us any time soon?

There is an album coming with High Soundsystem and one release of my own, more i can’t say 🙂

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

That’s simple we go to a party of my friends the Donker Brother’s

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

I don’t like afters. I like to party all night long but once i got home i would like to go to bed.

15.If you could collaborate with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Dj Sneak because the man is a legend.rutger heij

Thank you very much for having this interview with us, and we are looking forward to hear see you play at our party this month on 27 February.

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