|March 20, 2015|
|Rue des capucins, 63 1000 Brussels|
► European Tour /// Spring 2015► TOM TRAGO (NL /// VOYAGE DIRECT)
► WILLIAM KOUAM DJOKO (NL /// VOYAGE DIRECT)► ALL NIGHT LONG
For the 4th edition of KULT. we invited the Amsterdam based producer, internationally renowed dj and label boss Tom Trago who is joining forces with William Kouam Djoko for the FIRST MISSION of their VOYAGE DIRECT European Tour.
As requested they will be playing ALL NIGHT LONG, so expect some serious mayhem behind the decks!
It’s gonna get intense. It’s gonna get wild.
It’s gonna get KULT.
► TOM TRAGO (NL /// VOYAGE DIRECT)
Tom Trago’s relationship with music is particularly intense. “I couldn’t imagine life without music,” he says. “I feel this physical need to make music every day. It’s like my body needs it as much as it needs food, water or sunshine.”
Right now, Trago’s immersion in music is almost total. An internationally renowned DJ, producer, live performer and label owner with three critically acclaimed albums to his name, the Dutchman divides his time between all-day studio sessions, DJ gigs and live shows all over the world, and a steady stream of musical collaborations with friends from Amsterdam and beyond. You sometimes wonder how he finds any time for sleep.
His dedication to the cause has been unflinching since his earliest years. He grew up in a free-spirited, artistic household, surrounded by music and encouraged to make his own. Due to suffering from juvenile chronic arthritis, he couldn’t get out of the house much, so entertained himself by recording his own home-made radio shows using the weird and wonderful albums he found in his parents’ record collection.
At the age of 15, he decided that he would devote his life to music. “I just had this realization that life is so short, you have to pursue your dreams,” he says. “My dream was music. That’s all I ever wanted to do – to listen to it, discover it, make it and play it.”
Ever since, he’s been living that dream. Success wasn’t instant, and in his early years in Amsterdam he barely eked a living DJing in coffee shops, earning just enough to afford to feed his vinyl addiction. “As long as I had enough to live and buy records, I was happy,” he recalls. “It also gave me more time to make music.”
As he still does now, Tom poured his heart and soul into making music. Early experiments with blends of experimental hip-hop, jazz, Latin influences, Afrobeat sounds and soul-flecked broken beat caught the ear of local labels and producers, before he began to apply his composition and production skills to house music.
By the time local label Rush Hour snapped up his debut single, “Live With The BBQ”, in 2006, he’d already developed a trademark style that blended the best of three decades of dance music – disco, boogie, synth funk, Detroit techno and more – with insatiable house rhythms and an intrinsic grasp of what makes dancefloors tick.
It’s this blend, no to mention his love of collaborating with musicians, vocalists and producers from Amsterdam and beyond (think Romanthony, San Proper, Awanto 3, Cinnaman, Tyree Cooper and Bok Bok), which makes his music so irresistible. Given his impressive track record, it’s perhaps unsurprising that several of his tracks – not least the rush-inducing “Use Me Again” – continue to receive club plays years after their release.
His immersion in music may be total, but Tom Trago’s musical journey is far from complete. In fact, it’s only just begun.
► WILLIAM KOUAM DJOKO (NL /// VOYAGE DIRECT)
William Kouam Djoko has been active in the Dutch house scene for almost a decade. Starting off with a solo 12” on ThirtyOneTwenty in 2009, “Hard Loving” was his first real breakthrough. It was picked up by some of the world’s biggest DJs and starred on compilations for Watergate, Cocoon and the Balance Series.
In the spring of 2012, William Kouam Djoko’s career took another big step with the release of the iconic “We Are Your Brothers & Sisters” on Voyage Direct, without a doubt one of the summer’s most hypnotizing anthems.
Apart from being a gifted producer, William is also responsible for Trouw Amsterdam’s successful Late Night Society club night. Together with cohort Boris Werner, esteemed guests have included Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Wareika and Mathew Jonson. Additionally, William has been running his own club night in the basement of Trouw since April of 2014 until its closure this January.
William Kouam Djoko’s energetic DJ sets and live performances, in which he incorporates his vocals with a vivacious stage performance, have earned him spots at every major Dutch festival and some of the most renowned venues around the world.
Doors: 23h /// 8 Euro before 00h – 10 Euro after 00h
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