Different LEGO

Interview with Cinnaman

Different LEGO

09-12-2012 | 11.40

Saturated with the dark, there was the emergence of the Colors-night 2,5 years ago. Put Cinnaman (favorite color purple; depressing and hopeful at the same time) behind the turntables and the full color-spectrum will pass before your eyes. With a higher intensity than ever. Because Cinnaman is happy, and you can hear it.
What do the Colors-nights mean to you?
‘A lot, obviously. These nights are a big part of my DJ career. It was a turning point when I started them, also in my spinning. I came from the dark and returned towards myself, towards how I used to play. I have done Viral Radio for a while, which was pretty dark. With Colors I came back to the Rednose vibe. Just like before playing everything in a nice way. A bit sexier and less puristic and serious.
The Colors-nights started around the British sound that inspired me a lot, the UK funky-stuff. But in the end that’s also just house music. I call everything house music. I’ve always had a weak spot for the British sound; speed garage, 2step. Everything we do with Colors is a sort of wink to that sound, we also book a lot of English DJs. I think Colors has become a broad night, with sometimes weird combinations that to me are really logical. I work with different LEGO than other people. It’s about the music, whether it’s hip-hop or disco.’
Or classical music?
‘It has happened that I started a Colors-night with half an hour of beatless music. Ambient, classical. I am really a huge fan of classical music, of Satie and Debussy. I find it intensely wonderful. I came in contact with classical music through a record that I once sampled, from the Japanese Isao Tomita, which I found in a secondhand store. Reading the back of the record, I found out that his tracks were all interpretations of classical pieces. Since then I’ve got a thing for classical. Great to listen to at home. At good volume. On the couch, just listening. Hiding a glass of red wine next to me. Then I feel like an old guy, I feel like my grandpa.’
Not long ago, your episode of My Son the DJ came online. How was it to participate?
‘Very nice and very special. And also an honor. It has become a beautiful document about me and my parents. I’m happy that I participated, although at first I had doubts. I found it quite heavy to show something that personal of myself, and to involve my parents as well. I’m pretty closed off when it comes to things like that, but sometimes it’s good to give a bit more of yourself.’
You played at Boiler Room. How did that go?
‘That’s not really a success story. I was ill, had a temperature. And it was a strange situation. Yet I find it difficult to say ‘I don’t feel like going, I don’t feel well’. So I took some painkillers and I went anyway. In the end I’m not happy with the result. I asked them to take it offline, but so far they haven’t done it. I prefer to always show the best of myself. I think everybody wants to do that.’

In another interview you called playing at Boiler Room ‘weird’.

‘You’re looking at a wall, while you know there’s a camera pointed at you and there might be 30.000 people watching you. That’s sort of weird. And there’s an audience behind you, that you don’t see nor hear. For me it’s really important to get a reaction from the audience. You totally don’t have that. Ok, you don’t get that with a radio show either, but then you’re in a cubicle and you get to be in the zone.’
Do you relax while spinning?
‘More and more. I’m enjoying it more and more. I’m doing well at the moment. I’m happy. I think you can hear that in my music and my sets. And maybe it also works the other way around, that I feel good because my music is going well. Things are closely connected.’
So for the time being you’re not going back to your dark purple period?
‘I don’t want to say that purple is necessarily dark. But no, for the moment I’m not going back. I sometimes wish I had a crystal ball to see the future.’
Really? Would you want to look in a crystal ball? If I would have one in my bag right now...
‘Uhm no, I wouldn’t. I don’t need to know. That’s the good thing about living: surprise. If you know it all, it’ll be boring.’

Text: Tessa Velthuis