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Welcome to our liveblog! A full-blown feed of our entire event, updated throughout the 10 days of Dekmantel Connects. A chance for you to keep track of what’s happening at the moment, with photos, videos, background info and live updates. For more practical information and timetables, check out our program page or the info page. For any assistance, email us at [email protected]. For now, stay tuned!

Wednesday 23 December - 22:30

After 100s of hours of music, conversation, workshops, radio takeovers, editorial features and visual art we have reached the end of the inaugural Dekmantel Connects

After 100s of hours of music, conversation, workshops, radio takeovers, editorial features and visual art, and more contributors than we can count –– visible and behind the scenes! –– we have reached the end of the inaugural Dekmantel Connects.

This project was a collective effort of all involved, with months of prep condensed down into 10 individual 12-hour bursts of activity. At a time of crisis for creative industries, and deep uncertainty here in The Netherlands, we wanted to push something positive into the world before the door slams shut on 2020.

Thanks to our partners Lynk & Co and Bud NL, our local home Het HEM, and all collaborators for helping facilitate this leap into the unknown.

We hope you at home have found something to enjoy in the programme: a new favourite DJ, an audiovisual collaborative act you can’t wait to see live soon, a set of tools to start something new yourself, or even a new way of thinking about the world.

Have a safe and happy holidays. We'll be back in 2021. Take care til then.

– Dekmantel

Wednesday 23 December - 22:24

Photo gallery: upsammy w/ Diego Grandry

upsammy and Diego Grandry in full, flowing, fantastic effect this evening. Two artists could hardly be more perfectly matched to juggle the synthetic and the organic, investigating where the natural world ends and how far the digital realms can take us. A perfect broadcasted performance to see Dekmantel Connects out.

Wednesday 23 December - 21:39

Live Act: upsammy w/ Diego Grandry

And now, the grand finalé. Dekmantel Connects ends with a beginning: upsammy and Diego Grandry are premiering a brand-new show right now, with the visual artist pairing rendered digital landscapes to upsammy’s complex electronic compositions.

Come lose yourself in their worlds.

Wednesday 23 December - 21:29

Photo gallery: Intergalactic Gary & mad miran

Two generations of Dutch talent, with limitlessly curious ears and a taste for sci-fi electronics. Tonight, mad miran and Intergalactic Gary brought their bags of tripped-out deep cuts to the platter – what a b2b it was.

Wednesday 23 December - 20:05

DJ Show: Intergalactic Gary & mad miran

For the last our of Bud NL DJ sets, we present a match made in the heavens: Intergalactic Gary and mad miran are stepping up for an interstellar session for what we believe is the very first time. Don't miss out on this one.

Wednesday 23 December - 18:56

Live Act: Animistic Beliefs w/ Jeisson Drenth

In session for the next hour are Animistic Beliefs and Jeisson Drenth, bringing you CACHE/SPIRIT.

A highly personal, data-driven visual show from a specialist of the form will be matched to hard-hitting analogue electronics — come get an early look at a 2021 touring project.

Wednesday 23 December - 18:42

Photo Gallery: The whole afternoon has been nothing but all smiles and top music

Minor AM are wrapping up their radio takeover now with the ever-blissful Elias Mazian. The whole afternoon has been nothing but all smiles and top music.

Thank you Elias, MAYO, Jasmín, Haron, RAFF, Nathan Kofi and the full Minor AM crew for making our last afternoon of radio for Dekmantel Connects – and for 2020 – a special one.

Wednesday 23 December - 18:32

Live now: Elias Mazian

One of Amsterdam’s favourite locals, Elias Mazian, is here to wrap up a day full of amazing music. Thank you Minor AM for a perfect final radio broadcast!

Wednesday 23 December - 17:30

Live now: Nathan Kofi

De Lichting's Nathan Kofi has stepped behind DJ-booth for the second last Minor AM radio show of the day. Tune in!

Wednesday 23 December - 17:19

Interview: CACHE/SPIRIT: Animistic Beliefs and Jeisson Drenth share the stories that shaped their must-see experimental AV collab

What happens when ritualistic techno, experiments with digital image production techniques, and the delicate exploration of intersectional identities, come together? The answer – but equally the question – is CACHE/SPIRIT, an ongoing collaboration between Rotterdam-based producers Linh Luu & Marvin Lalihatu (aka Animistic Beliefs) and media artist Jeisson Drenth. Set to tour the world with their audio-visual liveshow at the onset of 2020, covid forced this forward-thinking threesome to hit ‘reset’. And so, CACHE/SPIRIT evolved from a performance for dark dancefloors into an online artist residency as well as a travelling video installation. At present, CACHE/SPIRIT is all of the above in no particular order; while its gallery set-up is currently on show in Zürich, the output of the artist residency can be explored on DGTL FMNSM.

This week, Dekmantel Connects presents the club performance that started it all: a high-speed, high-tech, high-volume journey into three deeply personal accounts. Here, the artists provide the complex context of their collaborative work; ‘You could just consume CACHE/SPIRIT as it is – and enjoy it – but we really felt the need to explain why we made it.’

Let’s start at the very beginning. How did the three of you meet and start working together? What attracted you in each other, and in each other’s work?

Linh: Jeisson and I met each other first. I was doing sales for a place in Rotterdam, and Jeisson – already working as a freelance artist – was looking for a workspace. I gave him a tour of the building and we started talking. He showed me his work, which I really liked, and we became Facebook friends. From there, we started bumping into each other at events, talking more and more. I showed Marvin his work because I was really excited about it, and we started thinking about doing something together. Later, Jeisson proposed to get together.

Jeisson: I wrote you a very formal email. ‘Good morning. Let’s explore options. Yours truly…’ [Laughs]


Linh, what exactly about Jeisson’s work made you feel excited?

Linh: He was making a video for an event and showed me how he was doing photogrammetry (photography-based 3D modelling). I read about this scanning process before but hadn’t met someone who actually does it. I got really fascinated by the process and the way the work looked.


So, how did you start working together?

Marvin: Our first real collaboration was a music video for one of the tracks on our album, An Eye For AI, in the summer of 2019. We immediately thought of Jeisson to make a work for it and asked if he was down. He was!

Read the full interview here. Words by Leendert Sonnevelt

Wednesday 23 December - 16:50

Now playing: RAFF - Disparate Fragments (by RAFF)

Wednesday 23 December - 16:24

Live now: RAFF

Clone’s RAFF is here! The Rotterdam-based DJ is a next generation talent who is reimagining techno and electro from a new perspective, lock in.

Wednesday 23 December - 15:11

Photo Gallery: Minor AM is on a roll, and they're not done yet...

The Minor AM crew is on a roll and are not done anytime soon. Tune in to hear Jasmín now, with RAFF, Nathan Kofi and Elias Mazian following up in the next hours.

Wednesday 23 December - 14:53

Now playing: Zomby - The Lie (by Jasmín)

Wednesday 23 December - 14:43

Live now: Jasmín

It's little surprise why Jasmín is one of The Netherlands' most well-regarded contemporary DJs – and a favourite of ours too – with a sharp ear for memorable melodies and strident rhythms that can captivate any audience.

Jasmín's set for Minor AM's takeover of the Dekmantel Connects airwaves will surely add another string to her bow. She is live now, tune in.

Wednesday 23 December - 13:33

Now playing: Leila - Don't Fall Asleep (played by MAYO)

Wednesday 23 December - 13:15

Live now: MAYO

Amsterdam's MAYO is here to serve up dark electronics for the next hour. Lock in.

Wednesday 23 December - 12:48

Live now: Haron

Minor AM's takeover of the Dekmantel Connects airwaves begins the unique sound of BAKK's Haron. Get cosy and settle in for seven fine hours of music to come.

Wednesday 23 December - 10:30

Get to know: Minor AM

Born in 2019, Minor AM is the Amsterdam-based artist agency already making a distinct mark. Fed up with the rusty dynamics of the industry, initiator Ilyas Fdis decided to take matters into his own hands; establishing an agency built on transparency, knowledge sharing, durable growth and community building.

More than anything, Minor AM functions as a real home for the new generation. It is currently the haven of rising local gems including Mary Lake, Fafi Abdel Nour and Suze Ijó, but also represents global underground champions such as Octo Octa, MoMA READY and AceMo. No matter how fresh or established, or what sound they bring to the dancefloor – what this budding agency and all its artists have in common is a trailblazing sound and spirit.

Coming to you on the airwaves of Dekmantel Connects, Minor AM has enlisted six NL-based gems outside the regular roster. From obscure house and ethereal techno to full-on EBM – please welcome Haron, Mayo, Jasmín, RAFF, Nathan Kofi and Elias Mazian.

Words by Leendert Sonnevelt

Wednesday 23 December - 09:30

We have reached the finalé of Dekmantel Connects

After 100s of hours of music, conversation, workshops, editorial features and visual art, and more contributors than we can count –– visible and behind the scenes! –– we have reached the finalé of Dekmantel Connects.

One final push and then the marathon is over. Collapsing over the finish line though? Could never be us.

Here is what the last day brings: First of all, we give the airwaves over to Amsterdam’s premiere agency, Minor AM. The likes of Jasmín, Haron, RAFF, Elias Mazian and more will be appearing across the takeover.

Then we leap straight into the first of two hugely exciting audiovisual performances. Animistic Beliefs and Jeisson Drenth's CACHE/SPIRIT show is set to be special – and you can read more about how this hard techno duo and multidisciplinary artist carved their own lane, via an extended interview published on our site just after lunch.

The final of our Bud NL head-to-head DJ shows takes place after this. An interstellar session awaits when Intergalactic Gary and mad miran bring their bags of tripped-out deep cuts to the platter – very much a match made in Dutch heaven, this one. Then, we end with a new beginning: our own upsammy will premiere a new show with Diego Grandry, wherein the visual artist pairs videogame landscapes to upsammy’s synthetic-organic-always-fantastic productions. And then we breathe.

This project truly was a collective effort of all those involved, with weeks and weeks of effort condensed down into 10 individual 12-hour bursts of activity. We dearly hope you at home have found something to enjoy in the programme: a new favourite DJ, a band you can’t wait to see live soon, a set of tools to start something new, or even a new way of thinking about the world.

Stick with us for the last day, and then have a safe holidays yourself.

Wednesday 23 December - 09:15

The final day of Dekmantel Connects is here

Here we go: the 10th and final day of Dekmantel Connects! One last push and then the marathon is over. Collapsing over the finish line though? Could never be us.

Today we have a Minor AM radio takeover, Animistic Beliefs and Jeisson Drenth's CACHE/SPIRIT show, mad miran b2b Intergalactic Gary, and a world-first of upsammy and Diego Grandry combining for an organic/synthetic audiovisual feast.

All in all, an action-packed way to see out our new project. We do hope you join us — the fun begins at 12pm.

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