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Mendel

Though he loves the peaks of a dance floor experience, Mendel’s favourite moments both in and outside of the booth are the gentle, the sensual, the sweet ones. He strives for the dance floor to be a place of safe expression, particularly for those whom society usually pushes to the sidelines. Less fist-pumping, more care, more footwork, more smooching. That’s not to say that his sets are low in energy. Mendel understands and builds energy into his sets like no other, creating hugely danceable journeys that often result in unforgettable moments of euphoria. From boat parties in Brazil, to his all-nighters at Djoon and Giant Steps, to his own community-based Ciranda events. When it all comes together Mendel’s sensitivity makes for ecstatic dance floor magic.

 

Born and raised in Amsterdam, Mendel bought his first record player from a Waterlooplein market stall at the tender age of 10. He played his first set at 15 in hip-hop temple Cafe De Duivel. In these formative years, Mendel immersed himself in studying the origins of hip-hop, broadening his musical horizon. He got a job at Waxwell Records, a second-hand vinyl institution, and fell further in love with disco, boogie and house - the Black American sounds that have shaped him - as well as musical styles from even further afield. His sets nowadays reflect this broad spectrum of sounds; music that can be plucked from anywhere in the last fifty years, meticulous mixed for maximum emotion. 

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affiliations:

Rush Hour, Kalita, Notes on a Journey

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location:

Amsterdam, NL

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