19-10-2012 | 11.34
We’re still recovering from ADE day 1 and hey, it’s ADE day 2 already! Trouw-resident Patrice Bäumel gives his opinion on the festival. And takes the opportunity to give Maya Jane Coles a warm welcome.
To Patrice ADE stands for getting hardly any sleep. “ADE is getting bigger and more important every year. During 5 days in a row Amsterdam is the center of the dance scene. I try to see as many people as possible. Well, at least those who mean something to me personally. Nice colleagues like Agoria and Marc Romboy. But trying to catch up is not always easy with everybody being so busy. At night you’ll find me at Trouw. It’s an opportunity for me to return favours, for instance by introducing contacts from abroad to the club. Martin Kling, a Swedish booker who is related to Perns in Stockholm, is staying at my place during ADE. It’s my way to make him feel welcome in Amsterdam.”
Black and grey
Patrice dropped in during ADE’s daytime program. For him the congress is definitely not the place to be. “I looked around and saw only grey haired people dressed in black. I said to myself: do these people relate to what I experience when I’m working or enjoying clublife? I see too many businessmen, people from agencies, the layer between the artists and the audience. And for them it’s all about marketing. Take this so called top-100 which claims to bring forth the ‘best dj in the world’. Compare this to Coca Cola, the so called number one drink in the world. Suppose I’m a guy who only drinks organic apple juice. Do you think I could care less about Coca Cola being the most popular drink? All I can say is: to people who are in the know this top-100 has no relevance whatsoever!” Point taken, Patrice.
Patrice is looking forward to this coming weekend at Trouw. “I say: try and make it till Monday morning, if you can. It will be one big flow! All the businessmen will be on their way back home and the only ones left are the music lovers. It separates the boys from the men, haha. These are the days to let yourself go.”
Maya Jane Coles has taken her seat in the restaurant and Patrice gives her a very warm welcome. “I met her in London five years ago in a pub called The Horse and Groom. A friend said: ‘Watch her. She’s gonna be big.’ And yes, she sure is big right now!”
Text: Bonita van Lier