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DT654 – Michel de Hey


Electronic music has always been about discovery. Taking dance floors to the next level with exciting new sounds, capturing audiences with a continuous element of surprise – innovation has invariably been the driving force here. One of the guiding lights in this ever-changing scenery is surely Michel de Hey, renowned for his 30 years of experience in the field, a worldwide respected DJ, producer, label boss and promoter. With his story still developing, things are getting more interesting by the day.

Of course, the early days of Michel de Hey’s career speak volumes. Coming up in a still infant dance music scene, back in the late 80s, he quickly becomes one of Holland’s most upfront DJs. Known for his fluent techno style (often referred to as tech-house because of its clubby, uplifting qualities, at other times presenting a more gritty sound honoring his heroes from Detroit), Michel de Hey tends to wow audiences with his performances, always steady in delivering surprising new records and able to effortlessly switch between large rave gigs, mainstage festival and underground club environments.

In short, he turns into an omnipresent artist; flag bearer of the Rotterdam techno scene, playing every club and festival in the country, while also being one of the first Dutch DJs to explore the rest of the world, playing high profile gigs from Berlin and Ibiza to Japan and the US. Here’s an artist able to get things going at Circoloco the one day, followed by festival Mysteryland the next. Or taking on your local club and world-renowned techno rave Time Warp in the same weekend; Michel de Hey is a specialist to the masses, as well as a tastemaker to the specialists.

And yes, this story has an open ending. With Michel de Hey’s clubnights at an all-time high, his productions getting better by the day and new crowds continuously discovering his charismatic and striking DJ performances, there’s no saying in what lies next for this Dutch notoriety. Whatever it is, it will showcase electronic music in its most current shape, fresh and invigorating, with Michel de Hey as its most trustworthy guide.

Listen to it below, on Spotify or iTunes here

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Just listen, no words needed 🙂

What’s your personal favourite track on it? 
It’s like having more children, you can not say you like one more than the other.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix? 
My love of music.

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently? 
So, this is the part where every festival and/or promoter gets upset if I do not mention them… but the 5 hour B2B I do with Benny Rodrigues at Toffler is a yearly tradition I always enjoy!

What have you got coming up? 
A new release on Rejected together with Boris Ross, a full LP/album, a remix for a project of Orlando Voorn and dj wise a 10-hour solo set at Thuishaven which I am looking forward to, as for me this is what DJ’ing is about

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?  
Keep reading and I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do playing them…

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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