This website uses cookies to give you an incredible experience. By using this website you agree to the terms This website uses cookies, learn more ×

Label Worx

Top

 

NEWS NEWS

NEWS

Rotterdam's Suicide Club has found a recipe for success in a city of contrasts
Posted By : Laura Holness
|
Posted Date : April 17th, 2019
Suicide Club combines DJs with dining, and Dutch reserve with dancefloor enthusiasm.

The Groot Handelsgebouw building - an eight-storey office block and an architectural symbol of post-war Rotterdam - is an odd setting for a night that showcases some of Holland's leading underground DJs. But then the Suicide Club is an unusual night. Arriving on the eighth floor we exit the lift facing an open kitchen, food service still in full swing. Ambient jazz fills the air above the murmer of conversation and clatter of plates and glasses. With room for 200, the club is small, with a round bar, decorated in turquoise tiles, in the middle. Wrought iron modular shelving sits above it, a few sections filled with ornate stained glass. Warm, low hanging lights sit above the tables. So far, so gastro. Has this place really played host to the likes of Carista, Luke van Dijk and DJ Deeon (and tonight, local hero De Sluwe Vos)?

Doorhost Bella is the first indication that this is something more than a restaurant. Known for her vogueing, tonight her glossy hair is neatly pulled back into a ponytail, and she's dressed in a bejewelled bra and long, black kimono-style jacket. An older, smartly dressed couple in their late 50s sit at the bar, a group of excitable English tourists who've clearly been there for a number of hours occupy a sofa and table in the corner and a younger couple stride in in their finery - he in smart shirt and trousers, she in ornate black evening gown and floor-length fur coat that appears to have been made from 1,000 minks. It's a strangely glitzy crowd for this proudly industrial city.

Then there's a sudden, abrupt change in the music, which becomes louder, drowning out the chatter. A deep groove with hints of Middle Eastern stringed instruments emanates from the speakers. Resident DJ Minors begins his set. He dreamily weaves Bedouin & Pattern Drama's 'Spiral Eyes' with the hypnotic sounds of Parisian duo Amentia's 'Miracle D'Hwange'. The strip lights that run down the floor-to-ceiling windows flash between red, orange and blue, giving the room a club-like ambience.

The floor fills up with club-goers standing in twos and threes, scanning the floor. They appear somewhat reserved. 'Yeah, when I play abroad I always think, 'Wow! People are losing their minds!' Sometimes it's really hard work in Holland,' De Sluwe Vos tells us before his set. We leave him to get ready for his set and take a walk out onto the terrace. It's vast and wooden, flanked by heaters with dreamcatchers hanging from the rafters. Looking out over the city below, Rotterdam is clearly a city of two halves. To the right sits the harbour; the bridge and old town basking in the warm, orange glow of street lights. To the left, the new, high-rise glass-fronted buildings stand proudly symbolising the somewhat hotch-potch rebuilding of Rotterdam that has seemed a constant since much of this huge port was destroyed by bombing during during WWII.

Back inside, the room is now pulsating with dancing bodies. It could be the alcohol that's loosened them up, or it could be the palpable energy oozing from De Sluwe Vos' music and movements. The booth sits neatly between the main area of the floor and the raised stage. There's a cage to the right of the booth where a voluptuous, bondage-clad dancer gyrates. The club is reaching full capacity. Now there are pockets of 20-somethings dressed in techno-black uniforms appearing. A group of dark-haired girls in black cocktail dresses and heels arrive, hair groomed to perfection. Then another group of girls appear, who wouldn't look out of place in East London, all hats, corduroy jackets and Doc Martens.

De Sluwe Vos is showcasing his technical ability, effortlessly jumping between three CDJs, looping and cutting tracks, moving seamlessly from the 90s rhythm of Dub Duo's 'Empty Town' to pounding techno. He teasingly withholds the bass on Nyra's 'Tears I Can't Hold' as the soulful vocal and guitar riff fill the room. The crowd are focused on the music now; in particular, the one guy who's been enthusiastically fist-pumping for the past two hours.

But again, more paradox. A trip to the toilet in an English club usually leads to lengthy chats with strangers and Facebook friend requests the next morning from people you have no recollection of meeting. In Rotterdam it's slightly different. One local girl, Esther, 26, is a little more receptive. Her light brown hair neatly pulled off her face, smiles shyly, agreeing with our observation: 'Yeah, that's typical of Dutch people,' she says softly. 'They're more introverted.' But they don't stay in: 'There's always a party. You can go out every night. Even on a Monday.'

It's a culture that the city wants to encourage - a true, open-all-hours city, with nightlife existing alongside homes and business. Rather than the kind of haphazard throwing up of apartments that could lead to the closure of music venues, the authorities are giving it careful consideration. Nikki, one of the owners of the club, explains that the authorities want to combine nightlife with apartments: 'They're very helpful. They're thinking about how they can build a city for the future, because Rotterdam is so unfinished. They're building [apartments] that are isolated from the noise outside because they want to make a city that is attractive [to people] and has this 24-hour culture.'

The underground scene here is certainly thriving: Rotterdam is home to Operator Radio, Pinkman Records and Clone Records, clubs such as Now And Wow and Toffler and upcoming festivals like Boothstock in May and Expedition in June. And as we leave at 5am, the party shows no sign of stopping. The flashing red lights and the silhouettes of writhing bodies can be seen from the street below, the soft thud of bass just audible over the wind off the harbour. Like one of the supertankers moored there, Rotterdam might take a while to get going, but once it does, there's no stopping it.
Mixmag.net

 

Next Article : SoundCloud: Curated Playlists

Do you have questions?

Our team of specialists are on hand to answer all of your questions so please don't hesitate to get in contact.

GET IN TOUCH

Join Label Worx today

Signing up is quick and easy using our online form. Complete this and one of our Account Managers will be in touch.

SIGN UP TODAY

More News

New DSP: Boomkat

Our News   /   September 17th, 2019

New DSP: Boomkat

Boomkat Limited is a specialist, independent online record store that has been trading since 1998 when they opened up a record store in Manchester called Pelicanneck. They have been online since 2002 and in that time they have supplied the finest Vinyl, CD, Cassette and Download releases to customers in over 100 countries. Their focus is not on any one particular type of music; instead, they are constantly on the lookout for what they consider to be the most innovative, exceptional, interesting and often overlooked music out there - regardless of where it has come from or who it is made by. We cannot guarantee acceptance, but if you think the above is for you, please let us know.

New DSP: Hard Wax

Our News   /   September 17th, 2019

New DSP: Hard Wax

Hard Wax was founded in 1989 by Basic Channel duo Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald. Built on a no-nonsense policy, this is one of the most respected record stores in Europe. With 30 years of experience, and the respect of DJ's and customers alike, Hard Wax specialises in Techno and has a boutique range of rare past and future classics. Along with the reputation, comes an expectation of selling only tracks that they approve and fit with their already extensive vinyl collection. Whist we can't guarantee acceptance, if you would like to be put forward for the opportunity to be stocked at Hard Wax, let us know.

How Clean Is Your Beatport?

Industry News   /   September 5th, 2019

How Clean Is Your Beatport?

Beatport recently announced that they will begin to delete all releases, released before January 2019, that haven't sold any units since the release date. This is intended to become a yearly occurrence from Beatport. This is not new, stores like Juno and Traxsource have been doing this for years. So even if you like it or not, it is something everyone in the music industry is going to have to get used to very soon.

Beatport refresh their Indie Dance / Nu Disco genre

Industry News   /   September 3rd, 2019

Beatport refresh their Indie Dance / Nu Disco genre

Beatport has announced a refresh of its Indie Dance/Nu Disco genre category, in recognition that each style warrants a space of its own. The existing category now becomes Indie Dance, solely showcasing that genre, while Funk/Soul/Disco is updated to become Nu Disco/Disco (including Funk/Soul as a sub-genre).

New DSP: KKBOX

Our News   /   September 3rd, 2019

New DSP: KKBOX

We are very pleased to announce another new DSP - KKBOX! Taiwan-based music streaming and download service, KKBOX has a library of over 40 million tracks. Founded in October 2004, KKBOX has agreements with a significant number of international and local labels in South-East Asia. The Service is currently live in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan. Covering a large area of South East Asia, this is a very exciting and large market, and we look forward to increasing the reach for all of our labels!

Spotify Extends Free Trail To Three Months For New Subscibers

Industry News   /   August 29th, 2019

Spotify Extends Free Trail To Three Months For New Subscibers

Apple Music has long been a thorne in Spotify's side. While Spotify has twice the subscribers than its main competitor, Spotify is now extending free trials of its Premium services to three months to match Apple's offer.

Hull's top tech firms fighting for prestigious Yorkshire Tech 50 spot

Industry News   /   August 27th, 2019

Hull's top tech firms fighting for prestigious Yorkshire Tech 50 spot

Some of Hull's top tech firms are in the running to be named as one of the most exciting companies in Yorkshire. Business Cloud's Yorkshire & Humberside Tech 50 vote will shine a light on the region's best businesses which have technology at the heart of everything they do.

Apple Music Launches New Predictive Shazam Discovery Top 50 Chart

Industry News   /   August 23rd, 2019

Apple Music Launches New Predictive Shazam Discovery Top 50 Chart

Apple Music has launched a new chart called the Shazam Discovery Top 50, a weekly global ranking of the biggest trending tracks on the music recognition platform.

How To Grow Your Career on SoundCloud...

Industry News   /   August 22nd, 2019

How To Grow Your Career on SoundCloud...

What's next in music, is first on SoundCloud, so make sure you're always ahead of the game with SC101.

New DSP: NetEase

Our News   /   August 21st, 2019

New DSP: NetEase

We are pleased to announce a new DSP - NetEase! Netease Cloud Music is a freemium music streaming service developed and owned by NetEase, Inc. and is one of the 3 main music streaming services in China. We are excited to add this DSP to our roster, and welcome the opportunities it brings for our labels.

Spotify Untold Book May Become A TV Show After Screen Rights Optioned

Industry News   /   August 20th, 2019

Spotify Untold Book May Become A TV Show After Screen Rights Optioned

Swedish authors Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud have made a splash with their book 'Spotify Inifran'

New DSP: UMA

Our News   /   August 16th, 2019

New DSP: UMA

Established in 2014 United Media Agency license music, audio and video content, as well as distributing on partner Internet sites and through their own products. UMA's regular partner is one of the largest Internet holdings in Russia - the Mail.Ru Group, whose sites reach over 85% of all Russian internet users on a monthly basis. They also hold 100% shares of Russia's most popular social network VKontakte. This is a very exciting step, and we look forward to working closely with them!

Beatport Announces Merger With Sample Store Loopmasters

Industry News   /   August 15th, 2019

Beatport Announces Merger With Sample Store Loopmasters

Beatport has announced a merger with sample store Loopmasters.

Hi-res Streaming Service Qobuz Says It Has 25k US Listeners

Industry News   /   August 14th, 2019

Hi-res Streaming Service Qobuz Says It Has 25k US Listeners

Despite all the industry-conference panels predicting that high-resolution music is the next big leap for our industry, the idea has yet to really catch fire with mainstream listeners. For sure, artists and labels like the idea of music sounding like it did in the recording studio; companies like MQA have been working hard to put together partnerships across devices and streaming services; and when surveyed, fans tend to approve of the idea of higher-quality music.

Spotify Is Still Adding More Users Across Europe And North America Than In Asia, The Middle East And Africa Combined

Industry News   /   August 13th, 2019

Spotify Is Still Adding More Users Across Europe And North America Than In Asia, The Middle East And Africa Combined

We break down Spotify's Q2 performance around the world - with some surprising results.

Insider Knowledge, Facebook Loves Music Event

Industry News   /   August 8th, 2019

Insider Knowledge, Facebook Loves Music Event

Pssttt... Don't tell anyone, but we have all the inside secrets from Facebook themselves. Last month we attended the Facebook Loves Music event at the Facebook headquarters in London. A premiere event that we couldn't turn down and we hope there will be many more to come. We found it so beneficial and interesting, we just can't keep it to ourselves any longer!

How To Get Your Track Played In Ibiza?

Industry News   /   August 5th, 2019

How To Get Your Track Played In Ibiza?

If you wanna make it on the island you need to follow this advice. Right now, hundreds of young dance music aspirants are trawling the streets of San Antonio with one thing on their mind: Breaking. The. Scene.

Forging Electronic Futures in Karachi

Industry News   /   August 2nd, 2019

Forging Electronic Futures in Karachi

Overcoming Pakistan's conservative mindset and sometimes-dangerous political tensions, a small group of artists are building a future for electronic music in Karachi.

 

afemaudiolockchewmfitnativepaypalprimerightsteryoutube