Here’s what’s going down in my ears at the moment:
EDM has a hella long tradition in the Netherlands. Since the early 80’ies when Ben Liebrand set the bar for what is possible on the dance floor, producers and DJs have poured out in a steady flow. Buddies Koen Mestrum and Teun Pranger are donning the Keljet moniker together and what they have brought to the scene is a variety of original productions and gorgeous remixes for names like Goldroom, Chela, Matvey Everson, Evvy, Kings Of Tomorrow and The Knocks.
I rounded up the lads and aksed them some questions:
What do you guys consider the biggest achievement sound wise so far?
We’re proud to have a remix out on Kitsuné, one of the labels that inspired us from the start. The amount of plays we get on some of our tracks and remixes is also something we could have never dreamed of.
What do you reckon distinguishhes the Netherlands’s sound from the rest?
There aren’t that many producers making Nu-Disco in the Netherlands so it’s quite hard to say. The Netherlands is more famous for his House and EDM dj’s, so maybe you can say the tracks that are a bit more house inspired are more influenced by other Dutch DJ’s.
Which three icons has influenced your sound the most?
Daft Punk, Kraftwerk & all the modern music we play in our DJ sets.
How does a day at the office look for the Keljet boys?
We’re in the studio two days a week at the moment. We get there early and try to make as much music as possible. All other stuff like e-mailing people, legal stuff and social media are done the other days so we can have as much quality studio time as we can.
You occasionally give away tracks for likes and for free. Labels like French Express practice the same agenda. How do you see the industry evolving? Will we see more artists and labels go in this direction?
Giving away tracks for free is a great tool to gain some following on social media quite fast. You don’t earn much by selling your music, so it might be better to just build a solid fan base that will visit your shows.
Music blogs have become trendsetters and taste makers. The whole setup for unsigned artists has changed a lot ever since the the internet has become dominant in the whole distribution game. Earlier an artist’s biggest aspiration was getting signed. Nowadays some artists even prefer staying unsigned and thus retaining their freedom. What are your aspirations?
At this point we think we should send over new material to the bigger labels in the scene, the ones that can make a difference releasing your track. When you release on a label with a following smaller than your own it might be best to release stuff yourself. It’s so easy to do with services like Songflow.com for instance. We’ll just shop around once new material is done and make up our mind then.
Which direction do you think the disco scene is taking? Has this whole retro thing run its course, or do you think there’s still inspiration and energy left in it?
There are so many differences in the Disco/Nu Disco scene. Some tracks sound really like they’re the theme song of an 80’s movie and others are just inspired by the disco sound. We think the Nu Disco scene will get even bigger in a couple of months.
How would you define your sound? Recently you have slowed down the BPM and gone for a very lush and melancholic vibe in your remixing. Is that a vibe you’re carrying on to your own productions?
We used to try to make all our remixes fit into our DJ sets. When we got a couple of remix requests for tracks that were around 100 BPM, we decided to let that go. We do play them sometimes when we play on a sunny day at a pool or something. Our new own productions are ranging from around 105 to 122 BPM so it actually did change the way we produce.
Five fast ones:
What’s slated in the near future for Keljet?
We’re working on 3 new original tracks at the moment and have 2 remixes finished that will be out in 2014. We have some remix requests on which we’re still working, but we can’t tell if something good will come from them yet haha.
Which artists are you looking out for this summer?
Kygo was playing his only show in Holland this summer so went to see him at Amsterdam Live on Stage this summer.
Biggest game changer sound wise this year?
Everyone who’s involved in making pop influenced nu-discoish housemusic haha. We support so many people at the moment, it’s hard to name one in particular.
Best Keljet moment of 2014?
The amount of plays we get on our remixes and some remix requests we got. Hearing our tracks on Dutch national radio was also one of the highlights this year.
Worst Keljet moment of 2014?
We don’t really have any hard moments this year. Maybe just some remixes we did which we really loved but didn’t get approved by the label.
Here are some of their most recent gems.
I’ve been waiting for over a year and I never thought I’d see the day. BUT! HERE IT IS!
Josh Legg, aka. Goldroom serves up a tres chicque remix for The Knocks. This one’s got summer anthem written all over it!
Friend The Knocks to get the track!
As time is, and will continue to be, a precious commodity in my life I’ve decided to turn audioavalon into a more digest-ish kinda blogging experience. There will be a weekly update, and the occasional odd one-off surprise post now and then. Without further ado, here’s the digest for week 4:
Olivers Vaughn & Goldstein rock the membrane with a set of freshly squeezed tracks right off their discolicious super studio. Go buy now!
Dana Bergquist & Peder G have been a force to be reckoned with for quite a while. This deep, melodic excoursion goes to prove it!
Lancelot of ‘We Can Dance’ fame goes deep and low with these Housey shenanigans. Diggage!
One of my favorite labels, Future Classic, put this diamond in the rough up for grabs. Holy Other is new in my ears, but ‘Held’ is gonna stay there for some time. Lovely soundscapes!
Viceroy teams up with Chela (of Sweetness Alive fame with Goldroom). How about this catchy ditty?
Speaking of Goldroom, who seems to dominate this week somehow, who’s gone done another splentacular remix. This time he touches down on Charli XCX‘s ‘You (Ha Ha Ha).
Todd Terje & Lindstrøm, Norwwegian super producers and Disco rivatalists, once again team up to take on Lanzarote, a fresh and bouncy chugger full of sunshine.
Last but not least two selections off MB Disco’s newest: Alico vs. Cagri – Les Mondes Engloutis. I was faster than a speeding bullet when I hit the purchase button in the iTunes store. How cool is this? The Psychemagik remix takes you deep into space whereas the Ray Mang incarnation cowbells all the way to nirvana. What a magnificent release!
Top 25 of 2012
01 Christopher Norman & The Reverb Junkie – You Don’t Know (Alin Dimitriu remix)
This one just blew my mind completely. The vocals really shine in Alin’s heartfelt orchestration. Foreverlove!
02 Moon Boots – Sugar
Summer anthem of 2012. Brilliant hook and cunning use of the Janet factor!
03 Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
Another anthem from the Menergetic king of disco-swag Todd Terje himself!
04 Özgür Can feat. Rasmus Kellerman – The Kings
Finally the blip blop master of the Öz released his debut album! Huuuuuge track!
05 Jonas Rathsman – Since I Don’t Have You
French Express kept on dominating all through 2012. World domination imminent with this stomper!
06 Perseus – Seychelles
Yet more French Express. The head honcho himself with this Balearic track full of sun and juices!
07 Isaac Tichauer – Every Word
Isaac blew my mind with his remix for Tony Betties, but this is in a completely different league!
08 The Supermen Lovers – Say No More (Jupiter Remix)
Those frenchies know how to create energetic hooks!
09 Speech Debelle – I’m With It (Louis La Roche Remix)
Quite unique take on how to remix a hip hoppy rap track. Supremely executed by the Roche himself!
10 Jakwob – Electrify (Sega Bodega remix)
We don’t like dub-step. So it’s something rather special when a dub-step track ends up on our top of the year list!
11 Jupiter – One O Six (A.N.D.Y. Remix)
A.N.D.Y.’s really got his thing down over the course of 2012. This one marked a highpoint!
12 Van She – Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix)
The producer of the year 2012 has got to be Plastic Plates. The way he just kept topping himself is UNCANNY!
13 Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek (End The Noise Remix)
This one was quite a find I still feel. How lucky that End The Noise let audioavalon.com have the exclusives for this before anybody else.
14 Bryan Ferry – Alphaville (Todd Terje remix)
The Terjelator at his thing again. This time he took the Ferry.
15 Drop Out Orchestra ft. Christopher Norman – In The Dark
What can I say? I Love D O O, and I love Chris! So when they team up magic happens!
16 Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Klar & PF Remix)
The most played song of 2012 in the only remix that didn’t get played nowhere near enough. Klar & PF are a duo to watch!
17 Goldroom – Fifteen
Goldroom didn’t release his remix for Alpine’s ‘Hands’. I’m still a bit cross about that. But this one’s a nice band aid on that unhealing wound.
18 Munk & Peaches – You Can’t Run From My Love (Classixx Remix)
Classixx have been favorites of mine for years. They have a great way of reinventing themselves and their sound.
19 Ben Browning – Feels Like
Sing-a-long of the year. Happy time!
20 Perseus – Love In Zanzibar
Deep and delicious chords served with a slice of lemon.
21 ColeCo – Ricky Smiley
This one was everywhere this summer. Respect!
22 Collage – Romeo Where’s Juliet? (SYE ‘Dub Like The Romans Do’ Edit)
Quite a catch in my opinion. Great great edit!
23 Nine Lives feat Jaki Graham – 1985 (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
D O O! Do the voodoo you do!
24 Chris Malinchak – There I Was (Original Mix)
25 The Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love (Poolside Remix)
It was way too hard to get this one here in Euroland. Still on my playlists!
Josh Legg, who is Goldroom, shares another ray of sunshine through audio with this pretty little thing. For now it’s only available in the American iTunes store. But keep an eye out for that to change.
While you’re at it why not sign my petition to get Alpine to release Josh’s remix of ‘Hands’?
Goldroom is back with a tremendous remix! Filled to the brim with his signature synth work and an awesome feeling of sunshine glacing the whole production. Delicious!