Money does not interest me. Nor does power. Or fame. What matters to me, is emotion. Feeling emotion. And nothing touches my emotions deeper than music.

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  • This is where I heal my hurt.

    This is my church.

    *phone rings* Sorry, excuse me. … indistinct chatter… OK guys, that was the manager of Faithless on the phone. Says I can’t use the last phrases.

    This is my church.
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Okay. Let me put it otherwise. I founded Voidd 20 years ago, in 1995, only because I felt a void in what was offered regarding house music at the time and I desperately tried to find music that suited my needs. I started producing music that I thought really had to be made and found some friends who thought the same.

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(Imagine Simon, Yong Gui and me (the early founders of Voidd, the band) calling the officials to register the name ‘Void’. “No sir, that name is taken.” ‘Ehm.. okay let me call you back.’ Five minutes later: ‘Yeah uhm, what if we put a 0 instead of the o?’ <sound of computer keyboard> “No sir, that’s not a valid entry, I’m sorry.” ‘What if we put a 1 instead…’ This went on for five times until we decided: let’s just add an extra D so we can go to bed, for christ’s sake)

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Now I find myself in 2015, and nothing has changed, basically. I feel less desperation than in 1995, but the urge is unchanged. There is so much to explore. So many musical possibilities that are undiscovered, so many emotions that are still untouched.

For me, that is the only reason to be in music. To put a piece of music on and be totally swept away by all the new insights that come to light when listening it.

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  • It’s a spiritual thing

    A body thing

    *phone rings* Sorry, excuse me. …indistinct chatter… Sorry guys, that was Eddie Amador’s manager on the phone. Says I can’t use the last phrase.

    A body thing

 

I started making music on the pc of my dad, using 8 bit samples in 4 tracks of Fasttracker on a Creative Labs Soundblaster. I was inspired by radioprograms like For those who like to groove and Rave Radio. I didn’t know where to buy the music that I heard, so often I tried to reproduce it, using Fasttracker.

 

  • On First Impression

    Maximum Magnitude

    Some people know that Voidd was a dance-act originally, but I guess only few people know that Voidd was first called Maximum Magnitude. This was the first and also last release under that name, on Jaydee’s label First Impression.

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    Maximum Magnitude

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I remember one of our first Voidd gigs, it was in Vrieshuis Amerika (nowadays Pakhuis de Zwijger) in Amsterdam, somewhere in 1996 or 1997. Yong Gui was the one who arranged it. It was a LAN party. We didn’t know what the hell a LAN party was, we just thought of it as a party and ignored the ‘LAN’.

I remember it being extremely foggy, and we had to drive 200 kilometers, in my first car, a crappy VW Golf. The car was full of people so we put our equipment (2 pc’s, mixing desk, 19” rack, microphone (-stand), cables and monitor speakers) on the roof, wrapped in plastic foil.

This was a hell of a ride, which took about 4 hours because the fog forced us to drive very slow.

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“Thank you for ruining my ears, Voidd!”

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Back then, Vrieshuis Amerika was the perfect crime scene: a deserted warehouse on a desolated wharf. We walked up the stairs towards the ‘party’ and I remember thinking: ‘I won’t be surprised if we bump into a corpse somewhere in this staircase’. It was unbelievably dirty and sinister. And then we walked into a room with so much light, it blinded our eyes. When our eyes started to get accustomed, we saw tables. Long tables. A lot of them. With people behind them. People looking at computers.

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One of them turned around, looked at us and started walking towards us. “You guys must be Voidd.” He showed us the stage: a 3 by 2 meter wooden platform, in front of a huge video screen. During the gig, I think 3 or 4 people looked up from their screen.

10 years or so later, we googled the gig and found an entry on some vague IRC forum: “Fuck you Voidd and thank you for ruining my ears with your way-too-loud distorted musical trash”. This guy must have been typing it while we played, without looking up from his screen.

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One of our many studio's over the years

One of our many studio’s over the years

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Vinylized, 3FM, Thievery Corporation

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Invoice Thievery Corporation for Voidd

Back then, we played a mix of everything. Mostly house and techno though, with excursions to drum ‘n bass, triphop and acid. We built our own studio’s, in Kamperland. We also built skate ramps, which we put in front of the studio. We built soundsystems as well. Looking back, we were as much construction workers as we were musicians.

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One time, we built a studio in a commercial building, so we had to isolate it. At that time, we didn’t know anything about acoustics, so we decided to make walls and doors half a meter thick, cramming the inside of them with rockwool. We forgot the ventilation, though, and we had blocked all windows with the self made walls. So in the end, we had to leave the door open at all times. So much for the isolation.

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Ten years later, we won Vinylized and a whole shitload of other competitions, performed on national radio 3FM and KinkFM and made a remix for Thievery Corporation (for which we got paid $500).

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Rosé, chaos, the Voidd hairdresser and quantum mechanics

Winning another contest

Winning another contest

One memorable gig was a home match, in Arsenaal theater Vlissingen. At that time the 4 of us were convinced that more and bigger was better, so we called some friends to play with us on this gig. In the end, 3 or 4 of them showed up, so we ended up with 7 or 8 people in total. We were too lazy, though, to rehearse, so I made a recording of the musical concept of the performance and handed copies out to everybody in order for them to be able to rehearse. They were free to create their own part, as long as it was ‘cool’.

Voidd Invites 2008

Voidd Invites 2008 @ Studio 80 Amsterdam

Then I went on holiday. Once I got back, we decided to do a quick rehearsal in the studio. It then started to occur to us, that this could be the most megalomane undertaking so far in our musical history. The amount of equipment was staggering. Once on stage, it took us 3 hours of building. Because we were totally unprepared, the technical staff was driven mad: they didn’t have a clue how to connect and organize this, absolutely bezerk, circus.

Add to this the fact that we asked for our fee in advance and converted this fee into booze, causing us to get messed up in a pretty quick tempo. Rosé wine was our favorite back then, I’m not sure how many bottles we consumed but I remember the delivery boy coming into the dressing room with this trolley stacked with wine boxes. Oh and we also had a hairdresser and a make-up artist, arranged by Simon and Jonathan. I remember doing an interview with local TV Omroep Zeeland, talking only about quantum physics.

The gig itself was absolutely hilarious. Everybody was doing their own show. There was no coherence, whatsoever. Mark (Steady Douglas) and I (standing behind a shitload of equipment) had decided to position ourselves behind the curtains, hidden from the crowd, for some reason. Jonathan was running around like a monkey on amphetamine, with all kinds of objects: a keytar, a tambourine, a snaredrum, a barstool, a pizzabox, what have you. It was absolute chaos. This was the only part that was, sort of, okay.

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Voidd events & Voidd Radio

Voidd Radio in Studio 80

Voidd Radio in Studio 80

In 2007 some of us moved to Amsterdam and started throwing parties called Voidd Invites, with Voidd as main act of the evening. This grew further and further and then we moved to Studio 80. Saskia and Jaap were aboard by then as managers. The parties were more fun than the band, so eventually we dropped the band and focused on the parties. Thanks to the efforts of Saskia, but especially Jaap there’s a very long list of Voidd parties and guestdeejays playing at those parties. Moritz played his first dj set ever on Voidd in 2008.

I was one of the first to bring Solomun to the Netherlands that same year. By that time, we started Voidd Radio in the radiostudio of Studio 80. Renzo came aboard (and decided to stay), later on Philip, Chris, Tjeerd, Cindy and Suzanne. We produced a staggering 110 shows, with a different guest deejay every week. I don’t think there’s a deejay we did not have. Mischa Duncan was a guestdeejay in Voidd Radio somewhere in 2012. It was a lovely time, throwing parties and doing radio. After a while, school, work and moving cities caused Voidd to end, I think it was around 2012.

And now again Voidd’s doing things differently. Acting closer to the heart. Acting more humane. What I believe in, is a musical conscience that is coherent, honest and based on emotion. Now matter how big a pal you are for me, or how much money or power you have; if I don’t like music, I don’t support it. I only work with people who let their feelings decide, rather than consensus.

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I don’t believe in big institutions, ownership, making a lot of money, mass media and commercialization. In this era of alternative currencies, sharing economy, disruptive business models, the network society, perceived value pricing, co-creation and crowd-funding, we don’t need governments or other third parties to regulate what we’re doing. We can do it ourselves. We will build and use our own network in order to get our creations out there. And we believe in an integrated way of building our platform. Music for the people, by the people.

  • And it will be my last.

    Music was my first love.

    *phone rings* Sorry, excuse me. … indistinct chatter… That was the manager of John Miles on the phone. Says I can’t use the last mentioned phrases. I told him to go fuck himself. It’s time to do things differently. Godspeed!

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