Insider Tip: This information center is stationed in the Leidseplein but don’t expect to purchase tickets here. Wristbands are de riguer. But if you want to buy a la carte you need to go the venue especially if the website crashes. Heavy use #ADE15 Problems happen at festivals and broadband use is one of them. #ADEGreen15 can we find a solution for this? I suspect #Spotify integration caused spotty service on the ADE site which made it impossible to buy tickets. Another caveat: Box offices don’t open till 6PM and by then your party will be SOLD OUT.
The Amsterdam Dance Event is an annual music conference occurring mid October in The Netherlands that focuses exclusively on HOUSE music and all its sub genres and transmutations for five days. It’s backed by the Dutch government which was intelligent enough to realize that any art festival that attracts 365,000 tourists deserves support. The ADE is one of the big money makers for the country with recognizable names such as Dee Jays Armin Van Buren,TIESTO, and David Guetta filling stadiums at ticket prices going for 150 Euros or more. But it’s not just all mega commercial success: Art and Pioneers of the genre, legends in their own right Derrick May,Juan Atkins,Carl Cox, Dave Clarke and many others remain constellations.Students,new artists,label heads and international press flock to the event. 2015 marked its 20th year. Divided into thirds, it features not only parties but also Panels and “Playgrounds” (a euphemism for sponsors selling gear and equipment). Concentrated in the center of Amsterdam around the 50 nightclubs located in the Leidseplein, it’s convenient. Museums also get involved with this years predilection for Graffitti Art from New York.To understand the scale of the ADE there were 340 official events with an estimated 5000 professionals and 2200 artists presenting. As you would hope, the Dutch have led the way towards sustainability. For the past three years a sub conference has been held called ADE GREEN. Opening the festival it’s ambition to engage and expand the conversation among promoters and festival goers on finding solutions to waste,water and energy management. For the curious you can read the the official statement : Festival_program_Amsterdam_Dance_Event_complete_54764-2
Now please allow me to introduce myself to you dear reader. My name is EKAYANI, an artist signed to TGEE Records UK. I traveled from Brooklyn not only as an artist to push my new single but also as a reporter for WBAI 99.5FM Pacifica Radio which is one of five independent community listener funded radios in the United States. My personal philosophy is that it’s always better in life to make friends and form relationships with other people rather than to exclusively push ones own agenda.That makes for a lonely world.This is my very real time account which I fancy to be part travel guide with the highs and frustrations I experienced at the ADE from October 14 to 18, 2015. This is the companion post to Ekayani ADE Adventure A Radio Narrative on WBAI FM 99.5 that aired on From the Sound Board on 12/16
De Brakke Grond as the Vlaams Cultuuthuis is known was the location of the 1 day ADEGreen Sub Conference located in The Dam aka downtown of Amsterdam.
Day ONE – 10/14 ADE Green Sub Conference is dedicated to sustainability, reducing waste at festival culture and most importantly generating energy. Established by Jacob Sylvester Bilabel three years ago, he served as moderator and provocateur.Based in Berlin, he sees the mission of the ADE GREEN as pushing forward social innovation. As such there were many keynote speakers invited in partnership with Julies Bicycle, ID&T, Green Events Nederland, Green Music Initiative, Open-House and Vereniging van Evenementen Makers (VVEM). Listen to Jacob as he explains his positive approach.
Urine generating energy through cells is the slide on display by presenter Rob Scully organizer of Glastonbury Festival. Rob points out that GBF is a temporary city so why not use the human waste to provide the #energy needs in #refugee camps where need is dire #ADEGreen15 zero waste
Managing energy was the theme of the panel talk Major Tom to Ground Control
Moderator Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival GB) asked invitees Rob Scully (Glastonbury Festival) and Govert Reeskamp (Overlook) to report on their tactics on energy conservation and generation. The loss along the grid which is as high as 40% can be attributed to generators that are simply not to scale.Too big for the job they generate too much energy and burn too much energy.To paraphrase Rob Scully, working with Aggreko, the largest temporary energy suppliers in the UK by aggressively monitoring all stages of use has helped improve their business model by lowering spending, increasing profits and efficiency. With 15. 5 million liters of diesel used annually at 300 summer festivals in the UK, the era of #plugnplay is over. Moving on with the stat filled discussion on controlling costs and demand management, Govert Reeskamp analyzed the transport costs Into the Great Wide Open Festival that takes place on an island with access available with only one ferry. This presents unique challenges to supply the 6000 ticket holders to this island festival in NL that possess a variety of terrains and little open space. Beach, forest, and dunes must be contended with so the use of #solar and a #wind generator has been part of the process to get to zero fossil fuel consumption.
From Clicktivism to Activism: Keynote Sea Shepard moderated by Jacob Sylvester Billabel,CEO Alex Cornelissian, a vegan,has been with Sea Shepard, the only private navy enforcing international law in the oceans since 2002. From the NL and a self described “average guy”, he started off as a cook during his first mission in the Galápagos Islands. Tracking illegal fishing lines for #whaling #dolphins #turtles #sharks,his premise is Oceans Die, We Die Listen to his galvanizing and exciting talk about making change happen in real life https://embed-live.beatport.com/#type=single&stream=790” target=”_blank”>Follow this link to watch the Video of Alex ‘s Talk at ADE GREEN
Recently featured in The New York Times for the taking down of the rogue fishing ship the THUNDER Interpol convicted the captain and several crew members fining them 15 million Euros but “since that’s impossible to repay” it looks like jail time for these destructive activities that perpetrate slavery and humantrafficking Message? Stop illegal fishing This was so positive. Congratulations to Sea Shepards new office in Amsterdam!
10/15 Day TWO Getting the VIP Treatment: Techno Legend Dave Clarke rocks Club NOVA
Day 2 was the highlight of my festival experience. Ostensibly I was to interview the Techno Legend, British born Dave Clarke who has been plying his craft for 20 years now. Lennii Razmann told me about this interview and I just went with it ignorant of whom I was actually meeting. That’s when I spotted Clarke on the cover of DJ Magazine. A happy coincidence that his milestone would fall on the 20th Edition of the ADE, I was ushered into CLUB NOVA a small little joint by New York standards located just off the Leidseplein. Dave’s philosophy is music first. On short order I was swept up into the magic of being in an old school dance party which to me was like a tent revival. I don’t think Dave understood what I meant but it made for a humorous moment with the man who is down to earth, whole and just living his life’s passion. Once outside I chatted with Sceptical C
10/16 Day THREE Hanging out at The Melkweg Eat at Jo’s Cafe Finding Educational Opportunities & Matt Black
Mural by Brian Elstak
It’s been said that an army runs on it’s stomach and at the ADE that stomach is Eat at Jo’s. Situated inside The Melkweg a premiere touring stop and a hub in Europe, you can meet anybody there who is doing anything important. The cafe is very, very busy during the ADE providing hot meals both vegan, vegetarian and otherwise to the hungry masses. Erik Tunison (Die Kruezen drummer, punk fans!) and his wife Mary Jo are both expats from Minnesota. They change the menu daily Wednesday through Sunday. This is where I ran into Matt Black the co founder of the charted duo Cold Cut (1987) for the third time so I knew something was up. Delightful to speak with and gracious, Matt is also the co founder of Ninja Tune Music having just celebrated 25 years of the label. Not a man to rest on his laurels, he is the inventor of a new app for electronic music, the co signer of the smash group ODESZA and was a keynote at ADE Green.
Listen to 8 Ninja Tunes remixed from his app Ninja Jamm https://www.mixcloud.com/mattblack1/matt-black-ninja-jamm-ade-mix
EDUCATION My conversation with Iris Eschel began with her casual remark that the festival was still largely male dominated.(We were both standing at the bar at East at Jo’s and were surrounded by men). Iris who was a student attending the first ADE in 1994 is now an educator at the University of the Arts.She has been bringing students to the ADE since 2002. I had a warm chat with Iris on the educational benefits of student interns conducting surveys,manning registration, and networking at the even and hope to posting that sound bite later. Stay tuned.
Ladies of House One of the frustrations I experienced was not being able to catch all of the 84 ladies officially presenting their skills and new releases at this years event. No time for Amy Becker
, Anane Vega, Mary Jane Coles, Helen Ting and dozens of others. I did manage to get a quick interview with DJ Isis and ventured out to her set at Club NL.
Unfortunately, there was no one banner under which I could go to hear ALL of the women which would have been my dream. Spread out over several nights and locations I had to make a choice. I opted to check out Aïsha Devi at the Sugar Factory on 10/17 for her release party for “From Matter to Spirit”10 tracks of self produced compositions released on (HOUNDSTOOTH). Besides founding her label, Danse Noire and releasing leftfield electronic music, it was a no brainer that I would be intrigued by this Swiss-born, Nepalese-Tibetan electronic singer/producer. As far as I knew, I was the only female working in electronica specializing in spiritual topics, dabbling in Sanskrit and working from spirit to nightclubs. Her track Mazda is wonderful.
Aïsha Devi ADE15 Sugar Factory 10.17
Finally the diva Aïsha Devi takes the stage after Throwing Snow’s deafening set. Ethereal the comparison to #Bjork will be obvious as she composes programs and plays her own sets. The language she is singing in remains mysterious to my ear and her voice range is medium to upper register. Using pounding bass to make her point, her soaring vocals above scissor like sonic waves, she, as other northern singers I’ve heard,manages to remain engaging while aloof. This is my commentary on a digital age which may be the perfect sheath for her style of Buddhism. She is wearing mayavadi tilak a symbol of impersonalism. Somehow the person, however isolated, always remains a central focus in Buddhism. That is it’s paradox. High art, on the floor staring intently at her there is a group of devoted males wearing black. #Acolytes? She’s wearing track shoes. – Ekayani
Chappell native of the ATL has been residing in BeNeLux for a dozen years singing, writing and working in his preferred genre of house music. He explained to me the softer side of house music found outside of Amsterdam. I hope to have that interview up soon recorded where we met at La Cage. In the meantime check out his new release https://itun.es/us/p9vh_?i=1058889574
10/17 Day FOUR
My Interview with MAASK, a beat boxer he is a rising star in Holland. He presented a short set for ADE15 at The Nieu Anita. Maask is an unusual act in a #House music dominated event as for most it’s strictly turntables. #Opera mimicry, looping are all tools he uses to engage his audience.Stay tuned for a clip from MAASK!
I just had to give props to my guide DJ and MC Lemony Lennii,host of Megalo Mondays on The English breakfast Radio Show Amsterdam. A dual resident of Utrecht and Amsterdam, he was an indispensable guide to me…and anyone visiting. He knows Amsterdam like I know New York which is to say like the back of his hand.
10/18 Day (and night) FIVE
Full of “breakfast” parties and closing parties, I was on an airplane speeding back to Brooklyn as festival attendees were getting EVERYTHING they could from the last day and night of the ADE. Enjoy “C”s Hard Style set the last night.