An ode to music with Jelle Hamstra from 751

An ode to music with Jelle Hamstra from 751

May 9, 2017 |  by  |  Event, Music
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Dancing around the world with funky socks and bananas, has a fetish for doors and hands, thinks glitters make live for fun, dreams big and lives by the quote: playing it safe is dangerous.

Music is everything, it’s the only thing that can truly make me feel myself and free my mind. When I was little, my father took me to the record store every Saturday, just to chill there for a few hours.

And that’s why I had a talk with Jelle Hamstra from 751 at Red Light Radio, kind of his second home. Besides doing a radio session once a month here, labeled with funny themes like bathing and thinking, stoned kalimba or extensive hydration, he also works at Red Light Records to share his musical interest. And as if that wasn’t enough, he also works for Young Marco’s record label Safe Trip, whose office is in the same building, and he does some license work for Dekmantel. Jelle is a busy bee!

How did this label management job at Safe Trip started?
“I knew Marco (Young Marco) trough Tako from Music for Memory, where I worked first, partly as an intern. But after a year I got more in touch with Marco and when he eventually asked me to help him out with his Safe Trip label, I decided to go for it and give it a shot.”

Since you’re working at a label; are you thinking about releasing something yourself?
“One day this is most likely to happen. Together with a friend I experiment with hardware about once a week. But we don’t want to put too much pressure on the project, because it could lose its spontaneity. I tried it before but because I didn’t have the right equipment and experience it didn’t work out in the end. But now we’re working together in a healthy and productive way. There is just so much to be taught about all these machines. I think it can be fun.”

Is spontaneity important for you as a DJ?
“Yes, I think it’s good to distinguish yourself and use your specific interest.”

When I asked him about his typical interest or which genre he would you put himself in, he replied: “For radio shows I like to work in themes, no a specific genre I guess. During most of my DJ sets I tend to bring several personal classics, some sureshots, some experiments and a few recent purchases.” Jelle did a European Female Special radio session for example, big like for that one.

What can we find in your own ‘record store’?
“Collecting records is one of my biggest passions so at home I like to organise everything based on countries. Things like Swedish ambient, Mexican, Brazilian, digital reggae, afro or for example ’80s synth pop. – And to have a little sneak peak in his good taste, he made a little playlist for us.”

To give us a little sneak peak into his good taste, he made a little playlist for the occasion. Listen up and enjoy his music at Lente Kabinet 2017!

Lente Kabinet 2017

When: May 27, 12:00-23:59
Where: Recreatiegebied Het Twiske
Tickets: €39,- | Here
More info: Website & Facebook event

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