26-05-2013 | 14.46
Friendships go long way back if you are a house veteran like Dutch DJ and Trouw resident Dimitri Kneppers. Many of these started at the infamous Amsterdam-based club RoXY in the 90’s, during the legendary Hi-Tech Soul Movement (HTSM)-nights.
Georgio Schultz, a well known Dutch house producer, met Dimitri almost twenty years ago. When it comes to music, they are still ‘hand-in-glove’. “I know exactly how we met for the first time. It must have been 1993. I was 19 years old at that time and probably too young for a club like RoXY. But the music they played there just fascinated me. I had been listening to Dimitri’s work for a while and hoped that he would be willing to listen to one of the housetracks I had produced myself. So one Thursday night I waited for Dimitri to arrive at the club, nervously holding a DAT (Digital Audio Tape) in my hand. A taxi stopped in front of the entrance and there he was. I opened the door for him and he immediately allowed me to carry his heavy case full of records into the club. I don’t know if you remember the steep staircase. Well, it wasn’t that easy to carry all this weight up the stairs. But at least I managed to pass the notorious bouncers!”
Dimitri was kind enough to listen to Georgio’s tape, but unfortunately it got stuck halfway. “Of course he didn’t use it that night. I still remember the brilliant sound of his set, due to the terrific accoustics. And to cut a long story short: Dimitri liked my productions and we finally decided to cooperate more often. Musically we were on the same wave length, that’s for sure.”
“What is so special about Dimitri”, Georgio continues, “is his emotional approach of music. Once we are in the studio he knows exactly what kind of sound he is searching for. But unlike many of his colleagues he doesn’t use tecnical terms to explain what he means. Instead he uses terms like ‘more feminine’ or ‘more playful’, thus creating an emotional flow. As soon as Carl Craig got hold of our track ‘You F.O.’ he decided to release it on his label Planet E. He was caught, as he put it, by a certain emotion in it. I guess you could call that Dimitri’s influence. Definitely!”
Text: Bonita van Lier