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Modular Synthesizers with Eelke Kleijn

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The fact that Eelke Kleijn DJs in his socks and produces in a standing position tells you a lot about what you need to know about him. He never feels more at home than when he’s behind the decks, and there’s no separation between the booth, his studio and the dancefloor. This natural air that he brings to all facets of his music is something that’s reflected in its organic feel, and it has helped his creative identity to shine in a crowded scene.

Three albums into a well-established yet still rapidly ascending career, Kleijn is an artist very much in his element. Success has come on his own terms, without compromise or calculatedness. In the grand scheme of things, he’s an underground artist, but one who has effortlessly made the jump into the wider world when the time and opportunity have felt right. His remixes for the likes of John Legend, Pendulum and James Newton Howard & Jennifer Lawrence are a testament to his ability to reach wider audiences without giving up on his core values.

With a background playing piano, guitar and bass and a healthy sideline in composing for film and TV, his productions are imbued with a deep sense of musicality and emotion, always engendering a strong sense of space, place and occasion. His work scoring Hollywood blockbusters like Rush, Parker and This Means War has been met with great acclaim, with plenty more on the way.

Thinking of producing with Hardware instead of just your laptop? In this video, I’m joined by Eelke Klein who discusses his favourite piece of hardware. We asked Eelke to talk us through his favourite hardware in the studio and he chooses his modular set-up.

Eelke Kleijn plays Sea Dance Festival, Montenegro, taking place August 30th – September 1st. You can grab a ticket here or need a hotel head to booking.com.

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