We’re starting off 2016 with a 20-year-old producer out of Loon op Zand (dirty South). Sensi Sye is his name and it’s short for sensitive Simon so to speak. This friendly fella is not afraid to talk about his feelings, which result into his spacey organic sound inspired by nature. It’s all about them F E E L S and no wonder he represents the Souletiquette collective.
Simon visited the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam this month and created something special for Werk Space. He talked about some personal stuff and was intensely thrilled to take part in our monthly project. Very soon we’ll treat you to a new track which will be available for free download. Shot & edit by our partner in crime Joao Costa.
Check out Sensi Sye on Soundcloud
20-year-old producer KA-YU, from the far north of the low lands, was our guest for the November edition of Werk Space. This Moluccan/Dutch producer and percussionist came down to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam to rep the Dark Than Wax collective.
KA-YU came with a draft for the track titled “Near Extinction” and ended up adding some soulful rhodes to the mix. The entire thing will be released next week on the Werk Space Soundcloud page, so be patient for another week please. We’ll end 2015 with Modern Funk producer Henning, so best believe we’ll go out with a bang.
Big up to Joao Costa for shooting and editing this video!
One of Amsterdam’s hottest producers right now goes by the name of Jarreau Vandal. This 23-year-old producer has been blowing up the clubs all over the Netherlands and Europe as a DJ. Him having a flu did not stop him from getting busy at the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam for this months episode of Werk Space. The Soulection representative got some help from from one of the dopest drummers in the UK, Richard Spaven. For those that are unknown to Spaven, he is toured with Flying Lotus, Jose James and Guru…nuff said.
Next week the track will be available online so stay put. As always this video serves as a short introduction and for more info we suggest you head over to Jarreau’s & Spaven’s social media pages.
Jasper Staal from the northern city of Groningen is a bit of an oddball at times, but a good guy never the less. He represents the Darker Than Wax crew and visited the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam for our monthly Werk Space series.
Together with his knob twisting friend and Beatsofreen, Jasper laid down the foundation for some fresh new music. Of course you can hear the full track titled “Higherrr” next week when it drops on Soundcloud. Until then enjoy this short video about the man of staal.
Roel ‘GOSTO‘ Vermeer is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from the city of Amsterdam. For the August edition of Werk Space he and his band visited the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam and recorded some wonderful new music. Enjoy a short recap of what went down that day and thanks to Joao Costa.
Look out for GOSTO’s new track on Soundcloud next week!
Frisco Funkster Teeko recently created the track “Love Like This” together with Sonya Distel and fellow Mugpush member Devaun Bantu. Devaun is a student at Ex’pression College, which has several campuses throughout the Bay Area. It’s primarily an audio/recording college and this year they launched their new audio/video series ‘Artist In Residence’.
This particular song came from a live Mugpush jam session recording. The improvised vocal track passed to Teeko as he expressed that he had an idea for it. He then imported the vocals to his turntable, where he started to chop up all the vocal parts he liked from various sections of the jam. He then placed them and soon the song began to arrange itself. They later brought in the lush vocals of Sonya Distel to complement the sound and provide beautiful female representation.
The last step was to bring the track to Ex’pression College to utilize their facility and come together with the students to share the experience enjoyed by all. Watch the video below to get an idea of what went down.
Teeko is sharing Love Like This as a free download (and many other songs) at the newly launched Explore.fm. Appearing as the first free music ecosystem for verified artists. The music platform launched today and promises a pure online music experience, where everyone can listen to and download music for free.
In return listeners can show love and donate either to their favorite artist directly or subscribe. In the latter case you can choose how many artists your donation should be divided with. The top artists you listen to most will now get your support in the form of a contribution. The idea is to create a great community of like-mined creators, but we suggest you go grab yourselves a bunch of fresh new music and find out what Explore.fm is all about.
Rotterdam’s finest, Giorgio Oehlers, came down to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam to join us for our monthly ‘Werk Space’ project. Like Stevie it got hotter than July up in there.
The 25-year-old producer represents the Darker Than Wax crew and decided to invite two musicians and get busy on a yet to be titled track. Giorgio whipped out the stage piano, while Bennie Semil took place behind the drums. Multi-talented musician Ben Stendam was slappin’ some mean bass, but assured us the misses slaps a lot harder.
Look for the full song to come out next week and we hope to introduce you all to a vartiety of Dutch talented producers. Shouts to Joao MB Costa (shot & cut) and Lexflex81 (logo design). Could not have done this with out you guys!
Earlier this month 21-year-old producer Patchwork out of Haarlem, came down to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam to join our Werk Space project. The young producer invited his ZenSupremacy label buddy Chef Red and recorded with a vocalist plus a rapper from the Caribbean. Between them they recorded a gang of new material, which we bet will be out shortly.
The yet to be titled track you hear in this video is one of the things they worked on, but it won’t come out till the end of the month I’m afraid. Have to give a big shout out to Joao Costa for all his hard work (plus jokes). We have Lexflex81 to thank for the bomb ass Werk Space ogo by the way!
The fellas from Create & Explore came together with Street Dreams Magazine & the Soulection crew and announced a series, titled CESOULSD, of pop up photowalks across the United States. Before each walk only 24 hours notice was given and the response and attendance was quite massive. Lots of like-minded individuals came out for one purpose. To inspire and create with one another.
During this initiative the crew also visited the Red Bull Studios and sir IAMNOBODI and Chris McClenney got together on this dope production. Our guess is that the title of this track is ‘So Hard’, but the name of the project is CESOULSD. Watch the video here and soak up the good vibes.
I remember in 2009 at the Beat Battle at the Rooms of Red Bull, Wantigga and the Bordeaux Bros. represented Deventer. Javaanse Jongens had released a dope EP on Nod Navigators and Wan was known as Wan Kei-You at that time.
Fast forward to 2015, we invited Wan aka Wantigga to joint us at the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam. For Werk Space episode five Wantigga asked Amsterdam-based producer Jarreau Vandal to work together on a collaboration track. They took ‘So Flute’ as a starting point and took it from there. As Wantigga puts it, they were just cooking up some music and the ingredients are nomnomnom.
Shot & Cut: Joao MB Costa
Logo Design: Lexflex81