Hyp Picks For ADE 2013

With the annual Amsterdam Dance Event officially kicking off today we thought it’d be a good opportunity to round-up a few of the daily happenings we’re thoroughly looking forward too.

For anyone unsure, ADE is the world’s leading electronic music event; part conference for music industry professionals, part multi-venue festival, presenting a world-beating array of dance music names in and around 80 venues that include former shipyard buildings, infamous clubs and abandoned warehouses. ADE covers all aspects of electronic music and club culture, areas such as visuals, technology, art, film, media, fashion and lifestyle are covered via 4 days of specialist talks, Q&A’s, workshops and parties.

Wednesday 16th October

Focus on South Africa: Bridges for Music


17:00 – 18:00
Felix Meritis (F5 Panel Room) | Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam

ADE director Richard Zijlma recently visited South Africa as a guest speaker for the Cape Town-based Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference, to learn more about the scene. He was introduced to the conference by the international charity Bridges for Music who work with electronic music to bridge gaps and enhance opportunities in disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities.

Most recently Bridges for Music ran workshops with Skrillex, Luciano and Richie Hawtin in the South African townships in cooperation with the organisers of the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival. Learn the full picture from the people on the ground who work with the kids who will form the next generation of turntable and production talents coming out of South Africa


Colors @ Trouw

Colors @ Trouw

Tickets here.

Thursday 17th October

How to Run a 21st Century Music Label


14:30 – 15:30
Dylan (D2 Panel Room) | Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam

A decade after the emergence of Napster the challenges of the digital world are starting to seem more like opportunities, and it is clear that there are now a significant number of labels doing well in the digital world. Where and how are they making their money? What have they learnt that can be applied to any company, and how has their business model changed in order to make the best of the 21st century and its possibilities?

Moderator: Gary Smith (Boutique Editions, FR)
Writes about music, TV, technology, advertising and runs social media projects.

Jon Berry (Kompakt, DE)
Label manager of Kompakt.

Chris Goss (Hospital Records, GB)
Managing Director of Hospital Records.

Eelko van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, NL)
Owner at Spinnin’ Records.

Lionel Marciano (Real Tone Agency, FR)
Label Manger at Real Tone Records, Apollonia Music,
Bass Culture Records, One Records, Point G Records, Cuttin’Headz

Kostas Michalis (Press & Play, GR)
CEO of Press & Play.

Peter Quicke (Ninja Tune, UK)
Managing director at Ninja Tune.

Horst Weidenmuller (K7 Records, DE)

Prins Thomas b2b Gerd Janson | Konstantin Sibold | Boiler Room Amsterdam


Two of the best selectors around going head-to-head for BRTV. Tune in here.

Friday 18th October

D.I.S.C.O. How Deep Are Your Roots?


6:00 – 17:00
Felix Meritis (F5 Panel Room) | Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam

This panel will be taking the ultimate insider’s view on disco, how it evolved and its influence on modern electronic and popular music.

On the panel: Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Greg Wilson and Tommie Sunshine.

Dekmantel ADE @ MC Theater


Speaks for itself really.

Saturday 19th October

Demolition Part XVII


18:00 – 19:00
Felix Meritis (F3 Panel Room) | Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam

Anyone who is really serious about making music has to, at some point, face the truth, to pose the big question: Are my tracks any good? And there’s no better way to find out than by dropping your latest work into the Buma JR. Demo Box, then coming along to the Demolition Panel on Saturday at ADE Next. Thanks to a panel of DJs, producers and music industry figures headed by legendary DJ Dave Clarke, you’ll get a clear picture of the value of your work, and maybe even some tips as to how to improve what you’re doing. Don’t be shy, drop your CD or USB stick in the Buma JR. demo box! (any time between 11.00-16.00).

As Clarke says: “Although the title of the panel suggests explosive commentary you should see this as an opportunity to get support and great insight into your unsigned music by some of the top professionals in this field. The winner may even get their music played on White Noise!”

And that is not all, the winner and runner up will be overloaded with prizes to take the next step in their studio setup!

The rules are all Demo’s must be unsigned/ unreleased original material from the artist themselves. All entries must be clearly titled with artist name and track title, plus email address/ contact details. If more than one track is on the demo a mark to signify which track to play to the panel.

Resident Advisor @ Trouw


Another flawless line-up at one of the Dutch capital’s most revered venues.

Sunday 20th October

Secretsundaze (ADE Special) @ Studio 80


The only way to polish off your weekend really as secretsundaze do what they do best. Remaining tickets here.