Both fairy tale streets and post-industrial corners of the city are covered in the ADE ambience for the five October days. The curious and the sleepless ones, covered in coats and umbrellas, are hanging at the creative playgrounds. Sharing experience and getting to know each other is what the day is for. And when the night falls down, the senses and emotions are going to take over and turn into a shared capsule of raw energy. No coats or umbrellas needed then.
As The Ambassadors of De Marktkantine, we travel around the city taking retro-feel photos, meeting new people and catching up with old friends. We want to reflect on ADE 2015, which cherishes the old traditions and welcomes new talents. Just like we do.
The Innervisions Family Reunion
The Innervisions Thursday night is marked by the sophistication and melancholia that come perfectly together with Kristian's (AME) pullover and our retro filming techniques. The much-loved heroes from Berlin are sharing their family celebration with De Markkantine's hype crowd. The house is full and it feels like a rock stars’ concert at first. But the dancing devotees know what the party is about. Especially those who are picking up their coats after 8 in the morning.
The ADE brings old friends together and fun goes on behind the scenes too.The whole scenario is left to your imagination.
The Ellum Showcase at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Featuring a Backstage Talk with Scuba
The Friday night takes us to the Ellum showcase at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. The techno coalition of Maceo Plex’s label keeps the crowd going and moves between the floors, dancing at each other’s sets. The family values well respected. This is how big things happen. Behind the scenes, we talk to Scuba, one of the evening's headliners, who is also hosting his Hotflush night at De Marktkantine soon (RSVP).
Scuba: I think most people who got somewhere in the music world, had the times where they said to themselves : 'This is going nowhere'. But if you are doing it for the right reason - because you enjoy it and it gives you pleasure to do it - you should go on.
I was involved with the early dubstep scene in London, and for at least four years dubstep was not doing anything. There was one club in the city, where the same 120 guys and 30 girls would come once a month to listen to this music or try to make it in between during the weeks. That felt like it was going nowhere. But it was fun and that is why it was ok.
You have to take advantage of the bits of luck that come your way too. I think that one of the situations that felt the luckiest to me was when I first moved to Berlin and was offered to do the Friday nights at Berghain right after my first meeting with their programmers. I think it was the case of being at the right place at the right time.
Trippy Goodnight Stories with the Hivern Discs
As the Friday night ends only at 1 PM the next day, the actual Saturday starts already with the darkness. It is the Hivern Discs night, and the tricky approach of De Marktkantine, not to announce their line-ups, got us curious and somewhat confused.
As Roman Flügel and John Talabot were taking care of the main hall, we checked out the second dance floor where the new-coming talents were driving the crowd insane. The confusion worked out really well as we stayed dancing for hours to the energetic Italian duo Marvin & Guy followed by mesmerizing trippy set of Red Axes from Israel.
Later on we talk to Dori and Niv (Red Axes) about what makes reality psychedelic, as this is how their music is often described and how their trippy spacy rhythms made us feel like.
Red Axes: Everything is psychedelic. The thing is that everybody's perception is different and what is psychedelic for one person can be completely straight for someone else. This can occur while listening to music, watching a movie or reading a book. When we were kids, everything was much more crazy. So everything depends on how we see the world and how open our minds are for the exploration.
Finally we catch up with Reza Athar, the programmer of De Marktkantine. Having been collecting records himself, DJ-ing and organizing two nights at Radion, Reza is very enthusiastic about keeping things somewhat mysterious but yet simple and bringing together well-respected veterans and talented new-comers.
Mariana: The special thing about De Marktkantine's approach is to keep a bit of mystery by not communicating any timetables, right?
Reza: Yes, this is our approach and we want to keep it this way. Sometimes we announce the running order but not the actual time of the acts. This way we want to keep it more exciting, because people are planning their parties and we want to bring more enthusiasm to the dance floor.
We also have a couple of new things in the club itself: like a new dance floor and a new bar upstairs. But we don't make any special announcements about this. We want people to experience new things themselves.
Mariana: It seems like you really enjoy the organizational part of your events?
Reza: I really like working on a line-up and inviting people who I want to see playing together during the same night. The line-up needs to be in balance and this is what I want to achieve: bringing together well-known and more underground names, like Red Axes tonight, for example. I want to encourage new discoveries for our audience.
Anna: So you do promote the music that you actually enjoy yourself.
Reza: Well, yes! But this is what I also mean by balance: we are going to host both underground parties and more commercial events at De Marktkantine. It is a big venue and everybody should be able to find something for their taste at our place.
Anna: What is your impression of this year's ADE?
Reza: It is beyond expectations! One of my main goals for the five nights that we are hosting during the ADE was to make everyone feel cozy and comfy. Because this is one of the most essential things to me personally in the clubbing experience: even if tickets are sold out and the house is full - you don't want people to be dancing in your personal space. And I think it was achieved at De Marktkantine.
Discovering the Album Covers at Mini Gallerie
As the ADE is not only about partying but also sharing knowledge and exchanging visions, we travel around the city hungry for art and communication.
We drop by Mini Galerie where Julia van der Meer is hosting a cross-genre exhibition 'Uncovered: The Art of the Album Cover'. It is the second edition of the project, and the artworks showcased at the gallery are used for the album covers of producers such as African Sciences, Fachwerk, Falco Benz and others.
The album covers exhibited at the gallery are original works of Boris Tellegen, Graphic Surgery, Martina Merlini, Louis Reith, 108, Atelier Bingo, The Things We Are, and Blaqk. You can follow Mini Gallerie on Facebook.
We discuss the beauty of reflecting music in graphics, using analogue materials and connecting dots.
Julia: The whole year I am looking for the album covers and artists who make artwork for labels that become pieces of the exhibition at my gallery. Therefore, it is really nice for me to take part at the Amsterdam Dance Event, because, although this project is connected to the music world, not everybody from this world wants to walk into a gallery. Sometimes I receive visitors who are strongly connected to the music production, but have never been to a gallery before. And Mini Gallerie being a part of the ADE, makes it more accessible for people, who either know the musicians that I am working with, or recognize the records showcased in the exhibition.
The Final Night With Maeve
On the Sunday afternoon, the way to De Marktkantine feels familiar and already a bit nostalgic as this is going to be our last night of the ADE 2015.
It is the Next Monday's Hangover night and Radio Slave mixed with Thom Yorke and the Knife brings back the deepest of memories and stimulates the new sensations. Mesmerized by the soft light we are drifting away from the everyday life that normally starts on Monday.While Job Jobse teamed up with Jennifer Cardini were pushing the limits on their floor, the overwhelmed DJ booth of the main stage was taking it to another level too.
Fuelled up by the dancing enthusiasts and white wine, the Maeve's crew was having a not-too-cool for school party, that had no chance to stop even if neighbours were to call the police. Even Mano Le Tough, usually serious and focused on his set, could not help but laugh at his in-booth high school action and applause to the crowd. Love over Entropy says that 'The world is perfectly indifferent'. Well, little did he know about this very night, himself being a part of this ADE spring ball.
Afterward: for the Dancers, Thinkers, and Sleeping Beauties
The Amsterdam Dance Event is one of those occasions when people know what they are here for: to celebrate each other’s achievements, build memorable connections and make sense out of what the electronic dance music stands for. For the beginners, it is also a reminder of how passion, belief, and common effort can work out in something big and meaningful.
The sensitive minds are going to feel the after-tension of the whole happening for the rest of the next week, at least. It is a good side effect though: for letting old things lose their importance and making sense out of new leanings. The Northern air is clean, and the October moon is blue. We're keeping ourselves vitaminized and looking forward to the new beginnings.
words & photography by Mariana Berezovska
curated by Anna Bogomolova / Blitzkickers