25-10-2012 | 11.30
One night with Dimitri Kneppers.. must be everybody’s dream. Friday 26 October we will be dancing around him till the break of dawn. Will the theme be ‘RoXY revisited or ‘Trouw Now’?
Dimitri starts to sigh the moment you drop the name ‘RoXY’. Well, sorry, but that’s what many house adepts instantly think of once they hear the name ‘Dimitri Kneppers’. “Of course RoXY in those days was magical. The summer of 1988 was the new ‘Summer of Love’, a kind of ‘hippie revival’ and house music was rising. RoXY was renowned for its extravaganza, but those days are over. Being one of their residents I got a lot of opportunities and exposure, but RoXY is gone and it will never come back. And you know what? It wasn’t really about music. It was all about the hurly-burly, the craziness. It separates RoXY from clubs like Trouw where music is king.”
Aren’t there any similarities at all? It’s taking Dimitri just a split second to come with the right answer. “Room for experimenting. I can tell my own ‘story’. Having a mind and style of my own, that’s kind of crucial to me.”
So there’s magic at Trouw as well? “If you look at it from a musical point of view: definitely! Based on their program Trouw is in the front league, and for that the club is earning a lot of respect from people in the industry. Here it’s not the ranking or popularity of the DJ’s that counts, it’s the quality of the music they are bringing to the floor. Is it unconventional, is it cutting edge? Not once, but time after time. You see, it’s an on-going process. Rush Hour is one fine example of a record label that fits in perfectly.” To Dimitri playing his sets at Trouw is like playing in his own living room. “It sure feels like home to me!”
Are there any new sounds hidden in his suitcase this coming Friday? “Yes, there are! I’ll bring two new tracks. ‘Techno por favor’, produced by Reinoud van Toledo and myself. Plus a vocal remix by San Proper of ‘Detroit Summer’, again a track of my own. Really happy with that one!”
And there is more to come. Dimitri will bring Georgio Schultz, a DJ who will play keyboards. Live, that is.
Let’s look back at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. Dimitri is sorry to have missed DJ Harvey, but luckily bumped into his soul mate Derrick May. “He and I are sort of hand-in-glove. We did a couple of back-to-back sessions and every time there was this incredible energy between us. He challenges me in a way that is incomparable. All for the love of music.”
Text: Bonita van Lier