The King of Electronic Music Conferences
5 events not to miss during this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event
Since its inception in 1995, Amsterdam Dance Event has flourished into the undisputed king of electronic music conferences. Each year, a who’s who of the dance music world descends on the city for five days crammed with panels, workshops, showcases, tech demonstrations and parties – lots and lots of parties.
A networking haven, ADE attracts around 400,000 visitors to the city, among them top-flight DJs, artists, label managers, technology giants, publishers and promoters through to bedroom DJs, unsigned producers and legions of dance music fans. It’s where deals and discussions take place by day and dancefloors are destroyed by night.
Featuring 2500 artists, 600 speakers and 1000 events across 200 venues, this year’s ADE runs from Wednesday, 16 October – Sunday, 20 October. The programme is jam-packed but here’s our five events not to miss…
1. Moog Music’s Synth Playground
Adopted by early electronic artists from around the world, the Moog Synthesizer changed the musical landscape. Its role in dance music cannot be underestimated.
As part of ADE Sound Lab, Moog Music is setting up an immersive synth playground where you can check out the vintage modular systems that started it all to cutting-edge modern polysynths. You can get your grubby mitts on the 16-voice polyphonic Moog One, Legacy Moog Modular Systems and the new semi-modular Matriarch. Synthesizer specialists and factory engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and there’s a series of masterclasses to ramp up your synth knowledge.
De Brakke Grond, Wednesday, 16 October – Saturday, 19 October
2. For Fake’s Sake
Buying fans, likes and plays, then scaling it up to a regular income. Sadly, it’s a thing these days – tactics deployed to create a successful career. Why is no one being held to account for this? How can this digital arms race be dealt with to safeguard the future of the scene from vacuous, same same “artists”. And then there’s the issue of influencers (shakes fist angrily). How do you recognise the genuinely influential ones? Agents, managers, festival organisers and artists discuss what could and should be done.
DeLaMar Theatre, Wednesday, 16 October, 2pm
3. Celebrating Nightclub Culture
The nightclub is a seminal part of dance culture – havens of diversity, community spirit and an openness to all. Sub Club Managing Director Mike Grieve, Nista General Manager Ferran Camarasa, Output founder Nicolas Matar and Ali Saleh, co-founder of The Gärten in Beirut, come together to celebrate and discuss the long-lasting culture institutions that these club families have become, and how they will inspire the future.
The history of each club is also the basis of a new documentary that’ll be premiered during the evening, before Sub Club residents Harri and Domenic (above) get behind the decks and carry the party on til late.
The Ballantine’s House, De Hallen Studios, Wednesday, 16 October, 4pm. Register for tickets here.
4. Frequent Flyers
Climate change and the battle to save the planet – it’s something we hear about every day and that’s how it should be. We should all be taking steps to reduce our environmental impact. But what if you’re an international DJ constantly flying around the world?
How can you keep your environmental impact low when you pursue an international DJ career, book artists from abroad or organize an event in another part of the world? The answers are still up in the air (literally).
As part of ADE Green, Eli Goldstein from Soul Clap and DJs for Climate Action, filmmaker and climate journalist Bernice Notenboom, DJ/Producer Job Sifre and Tom van Wijk from AIR Events, come together to discuss what responsibilities event organisers, bookers, managers and artists have in changing the need for flights? They’ll debate whether reducing the amount of travelling could even be beneficial for artists and the culture.
DeLaMar Theatre, Friday, 18 October, 1.15pm
5. DJ Bone’s Huge Charity Fundraiser
Legendary Detroit techno artist DJ Bone has partnered with Amsterdam club Shelter for a special fundraising party. All proceeds from the 10-hour techno showcase will be split between two local homeless charities, as well as Homeless Homies, Bone’s own charity that’s funded by all sales of music on his Subject Detroit label.
Organised with the help of his wife Anne Dulan, Bones’ party will be headlined by the uncompromising, high-paced DJ himself, as well as Peggy Gou, Ben Sims, Dubfire, Deetron, Spencer Parker, KiNK and Sandrien amongst others.
“I’ve known many of these artists for years, even decades, but Anne did all the hard work,” says Bones. “I’m extremely thankful for her and her vision and to have such generous and caring friends.”
Shelter, Friday, 18 October, 10am – 8pm
Daily ADE Cards, which allow access to daytime events all over Amsterdam, are €17. A four-day ADE Conference pass, which allows access to the complete conference and ADE by Day programme, is €325. A five-day and night pass, which will give you access to the complete day and night programme, is €475. Find more ticket info here.