In recent years there have been few places the DT team would rather be than in Amsterdam’s Trouw. Initially intended as a temporary nightspot, the former newspaper factory quickly found a special place in our hearts as it offered one of the finest clubbing experiences in the world launching some of the Netherland’s most promising rising stars and it was with great sadness that we received the news that the club would be entering its final 12 months as of this January.
One such talent to come out of the Amsterdam institution is resident and Life and Death label manager, Job Jobse who has quickly forged a reputation as one of the ones to watch, winning plaudits from some of the scenes biggest names with Tale Of Us and the Innervisions camp already amongst his growing army of fans. Regularly showcasing his diverse musical knowledge, we can certainly see why he’s resident at one of the world’s most respected clubs, as well as managing label of the moment, Life and Death, at such an early age.
So with these achievements in mind and him being about to touch down in London on Saturday March 8th for to play for new night We Concur at Crucifix Lane alongside Mano Le Tough, Clockwork and Mind Against, we sat down with the gifted young Dutchman to find out more about where the meteorically rising DJ came from and where he is headed for in the future.
Firstly let’s start off with asking you is that your real name? Our editor once met Frankie Knuckle’s and asked him how he came by his DJ name only to find out Knuckles is his actual surname…
My real name is actually Job Jobse. That’s what you get with hippie parents, I guess they thought it was funny. And I have to agree, I really like my name by now. They always say I was destined to be an artist with a name like this.Your DJ career started when you were programming nights at Trouw, where you continue to be a resident. How do you feel about the closure of the club?
It’s a huge shame. Trouw has been a really important part of my life in the past 5 years and I can’t really picture yet how it will be without it. Besides that, it’s also a really important part of the city. Trouw has done so much for club culture in Amsterdam since it opened. I believe a whole generation, including me, got into this thing because of that place. Amsterdam will not be same anymore. On the bright side, we still have almost a year left to enjoy it. And now that everyone realizes the end is near, the nights just keep getting better and better. I think the energy level will keep on rising until it comes to a giant peak on the last night. And then there will be a big black hole… Haha.
The good thing about that is, it’s up to everyone to fill that hole. Trouw has always had some sort of a monopoly when it comes to the clubs in the city. Something that wasn’t forced by anyone, it just evolved naturally, as it really is the best club in Amsterdam. With its closure there arises a big opportunity for other people to create something new.
Aside from Trouw, you have played around the world. Do you have a favourite country to play in? Do the crowds differ much between countries?
I love France, the UK, Spain and playing in Germany is always good. Last year I played a few shows in the US and they were really great. I wasn’t sure what to expect but people were really excited over there. It was fresh, like they heard everything for the first time. Oh, I must not forget about Malta, there is a very special guy there who built a little clubbing empire for himself and his people.
But I have to say I enjoyed everything actually. I love travelling and somehow I’m in the position right now where I’m not really having any “bad” gigs. Of course getting invited to play somewhere could never really be a bad thing, but being in a situation where people don’t get what you are doing can be difficult. Luckily there has been nothing like that. As I’m not the biggest DJ-star yet, promoters are usually really aware of what I’m doing before they invite me, not just because my name looks good on a flyer. So the parties I end up at are nearly always really fitting.
Who are your DJ heroes?
Dixon has always been a big personal favourite and inspiration. Not only as a DJ but also on a bigger scale. I used to work with him when I was an intern at Innervisions and that is kinda where it all started for me. I also really love James Holden, Gerd Janson, Optimo and I-F to name a few but actually the people who are the closest to me – Luc Mast, Steffen Bennemann, Barnt and DJ Tennis are my biggest inspiration for what I’m doing right now.
What was the first music you ever bought with your own money and how old were you at the time?
The first CD I ever bought was the single of 2Pac – “Changes”, a little while after it came out in 1998. I was around 9 years old at that time. I still love it to bits. Later, Bruce Hornsby’s original also became a favourite. The first vinyl I bought was David Bowie’s “Heroes”, a few years later.
How do you prepare for a set?
I like to do a little bit of research about the party I’m invited to play for. To try to find out what the club or space is like, see which people they’ve invited before, listen to what their residents play. Then I make a selection, broad but never too big, and see how it goes down. I like to believe that I can adjust quite well to a certain place, as I have a very broad spectrum of music I like to play out, while still staying close to myself.
You have made a great name for yourself as a DJ now. Does that put pressure on you in terms of producing – are you nervous about releasing your own tracks?
Yes, a bit. For a lot people it started the other way around. First they bring out some tracks and then they get invited to play. I’ve never released anything and yet I’m already going places. However, it’s working out fine for me right now, so I want to take all the time I need and not rush anything.
When can we expect to hear some of your own tracks?
I’m working on some stuff but actually I want to stop saying that it’s coming. I did this for a while but I think it’s better to just get it out there when it’s done. But hopefully still this year. Ah, there I go again…
Cool. We’ll look forward to that then. Tell us, what do you enjoy more, DJing or label managing?
It’s a perfect combination. I think I would be quite an unhappy guy if my only occupation was to DJ on the weekends and I had nothing on my hands during the week.
What are your aspirations and ambitions over the next few years?
To keep growing as an artist and more importantly keep enjoying all the great things I’m able to do as much as I can.
If you weren’t working in music and never set foot in club, what do you think you would be doing with your life now?
My back-up plan always was – and still is I guess – to become a history teacher (like my mom) or a chef (like my dad). We Concur is a new night in London, a city short on good club venues and a tough nut to crack. What advice do you give them to ensure success?
I think the key to success always is to be a bit different than the rest. Which is maybe easier than it sounds. If you stay true to yourself and do the thing you really believe in you are already automatically one of a kind, right? It’s super corny, but possibly true.
Based in London? You can catch Job Jobse playing for new night We Concur on Saturday March 8th at Crucifix Lane alongside Mano Le Tough, Clockwork and Mind Against. Click here for more details and tickets
To further get you in the mood for his impending London date we thought that we’d secure the services of Job with this exclusive mix for your listening pleasures. Check it out below: