Local Rockstars: Frits Wentink hanging out at the freezer section

Local Rockstars: Frits Wentink hanging out at the freezer section

Sep 17, 2014 |  by  |  Event, Music
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Born and raised in Amsterdam, lives to dance and dances to live on electronic music, has a small vinyl addiction, appreciates a little sarcasm now and then, thinks musicals are annoying and loves those moments where you lose track of time completely.

Whether you went out last weekend to check out an uber-geeky beat magician or a depressingly awesome indie rock band, we all know there’s always some serious musical talents rocking around the Dam. You might not recognize them all yet, but don’t worry, you will soon. In this series of interviews we talk to remarkable artists about their music and their inspirations.

The guy that’s just casually chilling at the freezer section of a supermarket over there is called Frits Wentink, and you’ll keep hearing more and more from in the near future. Well, from him or one of his four other aliases that all have a different musical direction, that is. You might know him as Felix Lenferink, Frederik Eisink, Urkelle or as one half of Will&Ink. Confusing? Maybe. Intriguing? Definitely.

You have A LOT of aliases. Do you have a lot of different personalities as well? 

“If only…”

Besides the obvious advantages such as being versatile, does it have a negative side as well to have so many aliases?
“Yeah, definitely. My agent is always trying to explain that you have to build a name for yourself, and that takes time. If I keep switching it’s hard for people to keep up with what I do. You also have to gather new followers on Soundcloud and Facebook every time again. It keeps giving me a rush though. In the upcoming three months I’ll release seven vinyl’s under four different aliases. I can only be proud of that.”

What was your most memorable moment behind the decks?

“Spinning with Paulus van der Heijden, aka DJ Plus.”

Are you happy with the current scene in Amsterdam right now?

“I just moved to Berlin. The grass always seems greener on the other side. Not that everything is better here, but some clubs are really cool. I’m not just talking about the vibe and late opening hours. Atonal festival was two weeks ago. It’s nice to see an entire room filled with people that come for artists such as Tim Hecker or Abdulla Rashim. I don’t see that happening in Amsterdam any time soon.”

What music are you currently fascinated with?

“I listen to a lot more hip-hop lately. All new producers that are influenced by the loco ’90s sound. Shungu, Sabata, Matatabi, Youtaro and Wun Two for example. I can’t get enough of it.”

“I don’t really look up to electronic producers though, it doesn’t happen a lot with DJs and producers. I look up to my heroes from the classical world, or hip-hop or jazz. I get bored easily with contemporary house or techno producers. By the way, I think someone such as Bambounou always has a good point when it comes to that.”

You’re playing at The Great Escape in Studio 80 this Saturday. What are your expectations?

“A lot of beer, and some good food with the boys beforehand.”

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