DJs have always held a special place in my consciousness, think about it, a lot of your memories are attached to a song you heard on a dance floor or over the radio. These songs are collated and put together by DJs who in recent times have become more and more influential.
What Is ADE?
The Amsterdam dance event (ADE) held every year in Amsterdam is a celebration of everything that comes together to make a DJ or music producer.
The festival, which is usually held in October, comes in two formats – Conference and Festival.
ADE Conference puts a spotlight on the business side of the DJing and music production. At conference, you get to listen to music industry professionals give you insider knowledge about everything that makes the DJ and music business tick.
ADE Festival, on the other hand, features music events ranging from large festivals to boutique events at little coffee shops and bars in and Amsterdam featuring everything from talented and world famous DJs like Martin Garrix to upstart DJs that are still relatively unknown.
So why does ADE matter? Well, the Netherlands has produced some the world’s top DJs in the past couple of years. The DJMag top 100 DJs has about 6 DJs all from the Netherlands in the top 10 category with the top five spots all claimed by the Dutch with the exception of “Dimitri Vegas + Like Mike” from Belgium who were able to claim the number two spot.
If you intend to become a DJ someday or are just a rabid fan of music, especially the EDM genre then you definitely want to stop by ADE.
You get to meet some of your favorite DJs at “meet and greets” and hear all they had to do to become masters of their craft.
Attendees, depending on the tier of ticket you purchase, also get to try out some of the gear used by their favorite DJs — I am talking about state of the art equipment like CDJs and Vinyl record players.
Amsterdam is a pretty festive city. It is no coincidence that in recent times, the city has become associated with DJs and Models who trot the runway. There are literally parties hosted by homegrown DJs in every nook and corner of the city.
These parties will keep you occupied into the early hours of the morning.
At ADE in 2017, a staggering 2,502 artists performed for over 395,000 visitors over the course of the event.
DJs whether you know it or not hold unique power over our consciousness. They control the pace of music you hear over the radio, in Nightclubs, at your favorite bar or office event.
There is nothing more refreshing that there is a festival celebrating the uniqueness of these priests of music. For once, it’s about them and not us. Until the next time, keep living life to the fullest.