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Interview: Moments of Clarity with Eelke Kleijn

Interview: Moments of Clarity with Eelke Kleijn

Following on from an extremely busy summer time which noticed Eelke Kleijn promote out his DAYS like NIGHTS occasion collection debut in North America in addition to make his first ever Burning Man look enjoying from the long-lasting Mayan Warrior artwork automotive, the gifted Dutch producer has now launched his ‘Maschine’ EP. Out now by way of his personal imprint, the 2 tracks “Maschine 1.0” and “Maschine 2.0” mark the ultimate two singles off his extremely anticipated ‘Moments Of Clarity’ album due for launch on DAYS like NIGHTS on November 16.

As Kleijn gears as much as drop his third album from his 15 yr profession, the variability of music that has already been launched borrow from his background as a progressive deep home DJ in addition to his work scoring Hollywood blockbusters reminiscent of “Rush,” “Parker,” and “This Means War.” From dancefloor anthems like “Punta Cana” and “The Calling” to the synth-pop impressed “Drive,” Kleijn additionally acknowledges the necessity for stability by together with downtempo and ambient tunes such because the LP’s title monitor, “Moments Of Clarity,” drawing on his coaching as a classical pianist.

After returning to his residence turf on October 20, Kleijn’s DAYS like NIGHTS teamed up with All Day I Dream guru Lee Burridge at Amsterdam Dance Occasion in The Netherlands as the 2 highly-respected labels and occasion collection joined forces for the second time. Wanting forward, Kleijn will head to Istanbul in Turkey on November 22 to play at Zorlu Studio adopted by a ten-hour open-to-close set at Amsterdam’s legendary Thuishaven on December 1.

We determined to catch up with him to debate all of this and extra because the yr nears to an finish.

Howdy mate, how have you ever been?

All good right here! Thanks for having me once more.

We final spoke at ADE in 2017 on the Armada pop-up. It was fast however you have been so busy with your new label and it’s partnership with ADID for ADE, which you repeated once more this yr. How did that go?

Rather well truly! It was undoubtedly a step up in comparison with final yr. Each rooms have been actually busy and the vibe was wonderful, one of my favourite events this yr for positive.

General how do you are feeling DAYS like NIGHTS has been progressing as a label in the previous few years?

I’m actually glad with the progress we’ve made to date! Everytime you begin one thing new, you realize it’s going to take a while to actually construct it properly. However I really feel like we’re getting there. I’m very proud to have acts like Analog Kitchen and Simon Doty & Zein be a part of us lately. On the remix entrance we’ve had Petar Dundov, Sébastien Léger and Nick Warren & Nicolas Rada work their magic. All the things is shifting in the best course for me.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve discovered as a label proprietor on this journey?

High quality over amount.

You debuted the label occasion collection in North America this yr. How did they go?

We did the primary DAYS like NIGHTS boat get together in New York lately with Man Mantzur and myself enjoying. I actually liked that occasion. Having the Hudson River and the New York skyline because the backdrop was very particular. We’re engaged on bringing DAYS like NIGHTS to extra locations all over the world with Argentina and Australia being the subsequent places.

Any specific favourite moments from that tour?

That very same tour additionally took me to Burning Man. That was a tremendous expertise and one of probably the most particular locations I’ve ever had the privilege of enjoying.

You’ve gotten a brand new album arising, from which you’re releasing some tracks as an EP earlier. How lengthy have you ever been engaged on this venture?

That’s proper, my new album ‘Moments Of Clarity’ is due out on November 16 by way of my label DAYS like NIGHTS. I’ve been engaged on it for 2 years roughly; the primary draft dates again to 2016.

How would you describe the sound of these tracks and the general album to somebody who hasn’t listened to it but?

I feel it’s a mixture of going again to my roots, but in addition experimenting with totally different sounds and influences. In the identical interval that I labored on the album, I began enjoying guitar and bass, so these devices have been recorded right here at house as properly. The album has a extra natural really feel to it in comparison with some of my earlier work, which was all the time slightly bit extra synth-based.

Is that this a dance-floor prepared album?

It’s undoubtedly a dance flooring album; 9 tracks out of 12 have made their approach into my DJ units. However on the similar time it’s an album you could take pleasure in at house. I’ve actually tried to strike a great stability between that.

Do you could have any favourite tracks from it?

I actually love all of the tracks on the album, but when I’ve to decide on I might say both “The Calling” or “Maschine 2.0.”

The place was this produced and with what hardware and software program?

I produce all the things in my residence studio in Rotterdam. Some of probably the most used gear for this album was my modular synth, the Dave Smith Mopho x4, my Moog Voyager and my guitar pedals by Strymon and Eventide. Software program clever it options so much of Omnisphere, UAD plugins, Kontakt and Steinberg Cubase as a sequencer. I typically submit movies on my youtube channel the place I give some perception into my manufacturing course of.

What do you are feeling was the primary supply of inspiration for this upcoming album?

I might say it was a mixture of messing round with my modular synth, and the truth that I obtained actually impressed by vocals that don’t essentially convey a message throughout, simply emotion. You’ll be able to hear some of that in The Calling. However there’s tons of tracks on the album that function vocals like that, e.g. Moments Of Clarity, De Orde Van De Nacht and Mojo’s Story as nicely.

I do know you’ve additionally been concerned with the scoring of Hollywood blockbusters like “Parker,” “Rush,” and “This Means War.” How did that half of your profession first start?

It began about 10 years in the past once I was discussing my future with my supervisor. He requested me what I needed to do in 10 or 15 years time, and I stated “making music for film.” We acquired began with that quickly after, first with small films and advertisements however fairly quickly after I landed my first Hollywood gig with “This Means War.”

That’s superb. Do you could have a unique course of for scoring these films versus your common productions?

Music for movie is usually far more orchestral-based, so once I work on trailers or advertisements I’ve a further two computer systems which are simply used for loading and enjoying sounds from pattern libraries. I additionally work from a briefing or a script, whereas in my very own productions I’m free to do no matter need. Although there’s undoubtedly similarities, often I think about them fairly separate issues.

Gotcha! 2018 is ending quickly. Do you are feeling you achieved what you needed from this yr?

I feel it was a fantastic yr, however there’s all the time extra to realize. You must carry on setting your objectives excessive!

Do you might have any private highlights from the final 10 months?

Enjoying at Burning Man was an enormous spotlight this yr for me.

Eelke Kleijn – Mayan Warrior – Burning Man 2018 from Mayan Warrior on Vimeo.

What are you wanting ahead to within the subsequent two?

I’ll be launching my reside present for the primary time very quickly. Additionally, enjoying a 10-hour set in Amsterdam at Thuishaven and visiting Argentina once more for a tour.

All of these sound implausible! The place will you be spending NYE?

I’m not completely positive but! Both at residence, or in South America almost definitely.

What’s on the pipeline for you in 2019 each personally and with your personal solo profession and label?

In 2019 the remixes of my album will cowl an enormous half of the yr. We now have some superb artists engaged on that proper now — I’m very excited to share it with the world. Additionally, I’ll be launching my hybrid reside / DJ setup at sure gigs.

When was the final trip you took and the place did you go?

My spouse and I went to Mauritius with our six-year-old daughter. I used to be there for a gig, however we stayed for every week with the household. I’ve been to Mauritius earlier than — it’s an exquisite island!

And the way concerning the subsequent one, something deliberate?

We haven’t deliberate our vacation for subsequent yr but, however we’re considering one thing nearer to house this time, perhaps Croatia or Greece.

Thanks Eelke, congrats on a implausible 2018 and greatest of luck with all of your upcoming tasks!


Eelke Kleijn’s ‘Maschine’ EP is out now by way of DAYS like NIGHTS and is obtainable for buy by way of Beatport

Cowl photograph credit score: Jos Kottmann

DAYS like NIGHTS Boat Celebration photograph credit score: Bryan Kwon


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