Clear skies ahead

Interview with Jan van der Lugt

Clear skies ahead

27-07-2013 | 12.24

He was temporarily kind of done with it, but Lost In A Moment rekindled his love for Innervisions. However, Jan van der Lugt, mentioned by Nuno dos Santos as one of the promising DJ for 2013, is absolutely no Innervisions clone; forgotten hit songs and unreleased rarities get a shot with him as well. 
I read in the NRC newspaper that you are the biggest Innervisions fan ever. What’s up with that?
‘That is a bit blown out of proportion. But the last 2 years Innervisions is definitely the red thread of how I want to play. I endorse their vision entirely. I reread every interview since 2007, and it’s clear that they want to do what feels good, and that they aren’t concerned with trends and hypes. And you shouldn’t be too shouty as an artist, like here I am, book me. If you are doing something and people recognize it, they’ll start talking about it. And that’s much more natural than you going up to a promoter at every single party. That’s something I myself try to avoid. I don’t want to get booked just because I’m a smooth talker. Of course the music from Innervisions also appeals to me, otherwise I wouldn’t play as I do now. And the vibe that they bring, that’s what I want to convey with my music.’
But Innervisions is a whole group of people, and you’re by yourself. Is it even possible to make a comparison?
‘As an individual, being in the game for just a short time, I can’t exude the same as what others have worked on for years. It’s more like recognition. I feel right with Innervisions, it’s my comfort zone. I can connect with 99% of what they put out there and what they release. I am very enthusiastic about the latest Secret Weapons EP. Only with the Howling-project I thought to myself: why, guys?
How did your musical taste develop?
‘I began by playing commercial music in a lounge bar in Enschede. Kind of the Shermanology thingy. I found playing interesting but I didn’t have my own equipment, so I kind of bluffed my way in. A friend of mine, who I knew through Hyves, played as well. Thanks to him I engrossed myself in deep house and tech house. He sent me The Bright Forest by Culoe de Song. I found it very cool, but I could never play that, certainly not in Enschede. At some point my style started resembling my friend’s style a tad too much, so we agreed to stop sharing music for a while as an experiment. Now I look for it in old tracks, forgotten hit songs that stood the test of time. With tech house you go from climax to climax to get the hands up in the air. That is something I really don’t want anymore. When I play and the crowd goes wild, of course that’s cool. But secretly what I like even more is when I play a record that not many people know, that it makes them stop talking and look up. And that makes me feel like I’m getting their approval.’
Do you consider yourself a music snob?
‘If by music snob you mean someone who, on someone’s birthday, immediately runs to the speaker system with his phone to change the music, then yes. If I wasn’t a music snob I would now play the Beatport top 10 in Escape, I think. The music I play takes me quite some time to find. Of course I have some hits in my sets from time to time. I still play You Gonna Want Me by Tiga. I believe that record even hit the top 40 in the Netherlands, but I don’t care because it’s a good track.’

Text: Tessa Velthuis