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Sooner and later

Sooner and later

13-11-2012 | 10.01

Giving the audience as much as possible, that is what Delta Funktionen goes for. On November 16th, for the first time in his career, he will play all night long. Knowing the sympathetic Frisian, he will exploit the provided freedom to the max. ‘I love extremes and contrasts.’
 
How did you, as a Frisian kid, discover that there was music that appealed to you?
‘I rented cassette tapes and CDs at the library in Heerenveen. Turn Up The Bass, that kind of stuff. When I was old enough to go to raves... or well, when I was actually not old enough yet, I came in contact with techno. That was an eye-opener for me: wow, what’s this! Because I was so moved by the music I often traveled to Amsterdam on my own to go to parties. And then back, on the first train the next morning. My friends couldn't really take it, they thought it was strange music. Now they all go, fortunately. Now they’re regulars.’
 
Do you think nowadays there are still youngsters like you were back then?
‘Not renting the cassette tapes of course. But with visiting nights I think there are people like how I used to be. People that think: I love that kind of music, I don’t care that I have to come from far away and that I am alone, I’m going anyway!’
 
Do you, while playing, ever think about if you might make a difference for someone like that?
‘No actually I don't think about that. There are so many DJs. It would be wonderful if you get to touch people in the way that inspires them to make music themselves. If you can manage to get that across... that’s maybe the nicest compliment you can get. But it’s not a goal for me.'
 
So what is a goal for you?
‘I want people to go home with the feeling ‘this night was different from all the other nights we had this month’. It has to be special. I always try to take a lot of emotions and influences and to make them into a whole. I want to give the audience as much as possible.’
 
November 16th you’ll be playing Trouw for the third time this year. Do you have a special bond with the club?
‘Yes of course! I feel a very strong connection with Trouw and with the people working there as well, it just clicks. I believe I have played every Planet Delsin night in Trouw, except for maybe one. And it’s always great. You sense that you’re building something, also the relation with the audience.’
 
How was your debut full length achieved?
‘Before Traces I released mainly techno, but I played much more diverse and I often got the question after a set when I would produce something that was more in line with how I spin. For me there are two ways of making an album: you can tell a story, or you present a collection of tracks. At first I was very focused on making an album that tells a story, but at one point I thought: let it go and save that for later. Come with a collection of tracks and do it with that. The record contains the roots of my personal search in the field of electronic music; it’s a reflection of what I love and where I get my inspiration. Maybe my next record will be one with a story.’
 
Why not this one?
‘Because I wasn’t ready yet. At this moment I have nothing that occupies me in such a way that I want to make a record about it. You can force it, but in the end that doesn’t make sense because music is feeling. You have to burst out your feelings. I was afraid to over-conceptualize. Maybe this is where I’ll find my next challenge.’

Text: Tessa Velthuis