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Oliver Heldens, Sander Van Doorn, and Bakermat are just some of the DJs that performed this year at Sensation The Legacy. Celebrating their 15 years of the all white attire electronic music dance event. This is my first week here in Amsterdam from the U.S., so I got to spend 4th of July experiencing my first ‘European Rave’ (with the mistake of wearing all green… yes I learned my lesson).
Man oh man, what a difference it is to say the least. No surprise here!.. so much better in every aspect! I was able to catch up with Laidback Luke, who also performed at the very fist Sensation White, back in 2005.
If you could do a collaboration with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?e
“I still to this day regret Aaliyah passing away. I was such a big fan. Honestly, I’m that big of a fan I can’t ven listen to her music now without shedding a tear. Basically, when I started listening to her, I started producing. I always hoped to collaborate with her.
Did her music have some influence in the beginning of your musical career?
“The beats that she use to make with Timberland, and the start of Missy Elliot and everything in that time, they really inspired me in my producing. Those beats were amazing!”
So, I heard that you use to do graffiti art?
“Haha, people keep telling me that! Honestly, drawing is my first talent in life. When I got to my teenage years in turned into graffiti. I did that for about 2 years until I got caught. Right after that, I started focusing on music. When I got caught, I was like, this is the illegal route. I need to stick more time to doing something creative that’s legal.”
“It started in 1992. In the Netherlands, this was the big uprise of dance music.
When was it that you decided you wanted to make music?
“I was always a dance music head. Basically in that same era, the first track I heard was Technotronic’s Pump up the Jam. A friend of mine showed me that you could remix this on the computer! Back in 1992 the computers were really shitty, but I was blown away. I realized I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.”
Anything in specific that pushed you to reach your goal of becoming successful?
“It’s been a very tough and odd road. Even up to this day, the haters you get the jealous people you get, people who don’t believe in you. Its very tough. You just have to persevere it. All the people that said no to me, like my parents saying ‘how many other kids like you want to become DJ? Why do you think you’ll be successful?’ The only thing I said is ‘you watch me!’ and I kept on going. So all the people that said no ignited that for sure!”
After ending my time with Mr. Luke, you can tell this guy is still the same boy that grew up here. Overall, Sensation The Legacy delivered. I was also able to check out some other performers by the name of Dirtcaps and YAX.X that I’ll definitely be checking out while I’m here.
Photos by Nadia Benkhatar.
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