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A weekend trip to Proper's Cult

A weekend trip to Proper's Cult

25-06-2013 | 20.25

This Saturday San Proper is taking his residency to De Verdieping with Proper’s Cult. On the next day, you’ll find him upstairs at Trouw & Concrete All Day Long. I had a chat with San talking about his new label, the upcoming weekend and his long lasting relationship with the Parisian guys behind Concrete.
 
Saturday is going to be your first all-nighter in De Verdieping, what do you have planned?
“I planned to make it a fine night with Proper-vibes only, which it’s still going to be, but there is a special guest coming. I invited The D to do a small 45-minute showcase. He is an amazing producer from Amsterdam. The second release of my new label will be on his name. The night, Proper’s Cult, is also going to be the name of this label which I’ll launch that same day. I want to make it a real Proper night with some live music, unreleased tracks and other craziness. The first single is in stores now, Auto Sea. It’s actually the last single of my album Animal. With this track, I want to close down the Animal project, and start working on this new one. So this is going to be the first unofficial release on the label, and will get the label mark Proper’s Cult 00. Of course I will play some of the Animal tracks in my liveshows, that record still needs to be played a lot. But I’m putting more of my focus on the label and the club night from now on.”
 
The next day there is a Concrete party in the Trouw, how did you get in touch with Concrete?
“I am a guest at the Concrete event. Since the beginning I’ve been pretty connected to these guys because they booked me before at Twisted parties, before the name change. These guys gave the Parisian sound a true kick-start. And now is their time to start touring with their concept, so they ended up at Trouw pretty quickly. They wanted me to come and play that day, I couldn’t say no to that. If I’m already doing a marathonset, I might as well pull through to the next event, since the Concrete event starts when Imprint & Proper’s Cult finishes. I'm doing a back-to-back set with Ark, something we’ve never done before. There is always this kind of rivalry between us, a friendly feud, so I’m curious to find out where this set will take us.”
 
Just like you, a lot of Concrete guys release on Perlon. Will there be a transition from the Proper’s Cult vibe to the Perlon vibe?
“Probably not, because they’re pretty close to each other. My night is pretty related to Perlon as well, which is close to my own sound. The Concrete guys are also doing their own label, and I have four tracks ready to be brought out on that label as well. One I made together with my studio-neighbours here in the Volkskrant building, Beesmunt Soundsystem. The other three tracks are mine, and one of those is being guided by vocal features from Elias Mazian.”
 
Do you see some kind of connection between Trouw and Concrete?
“There is some kind of bond, but they’re very different as well. Trouw is a club with a pretty varied program. This of course is completely different from a Sunday afternoon rave. But what you do notice with both the organisations is that they’re some kind of family, and that is why it’s not a coincidence that Concrete ended up here.”

Text: Ruben Leter