Joris Voorn
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Joris Voorn

Joris Voorn sits at the epicenter of the Dutch electronic music scene, the most
renowned and instantly recognizable artist from Holland, representing
underground hou
se and techno on a wider global stage. For a country with a
population of just seventeen million Holland’s contribution to world electronic
music is unsurpassed. While house and techno trace their roots to the marginal
and mainly black American underground, its taken a relatively small country in the
European lowlands to flip electronic music on its head and turn it into the global
powerhouse it is today. In 2016 few could deny that Amsterdam is the global
capital of electronic music and few artists embody the melting pot of musical
influences that define the city’s underground techno scene more than Joris Voorn.
Joris is the embodiment of the modern-art and tech-savvy touring DJ, with both
feet planted in firmly in the underground techno world, but a keen eye for
contemporary art, photography and a long-standing love of architecture (you only
need to check his Instagram or EP covers to see where this all comes together).
Born in the Dutch town of Tilburg, the son of a composer and a music teacher,
Joris gained international recognition with his breakout ‘Muted Trax EP’ on
Keynote which was followed quickly by his universally acclaimed ‘Lost Memories
EP’ on Sino the following year. Its follow-up ‘Lost Memories Part 2’ in 2004
included the standout track ‘Incident’ which became an immediate and firm fixture
in the s
from The Sub Club to Circo Loco.
Since then he has gone on to release three hugely critically acclaimed artist
albums, ‘Future History’ (released on on Sino in 2004), ‘From A Deep Place’
(released on Green in 2007) and the most recent ‘Nobody Knows’ voted
electronic album of the year 2014 by Billboard Magazine in the US. He has backed
these up with dearly loved mix compilations for Belgian techno bastion Fuse,
Australia’s Balance series and most recently London underground superclub
fabric.
In 2005 he founded the founded ‘Green’ the first of two labels which he runs with
long-time collaborator Edwin Oosterwal. This has provided a platform for Joris’
two most recent albums, plus some of his biggest hits including 2013’s ‘Ringo’
and his 2016’s ‘Looks Fake Obviously’. The second label ‘Rejected’ has given him
an outlet for more straight-up house tracks aimed squarely at the dancefloor such
his various installments in the ‘Dusty House’ series of Eps plus somewhere to
release tracks from his peers such as Deetron, Anton Pieete, Ian Pooley and Steve
Rachmad. These two labels represent the opposing ends of the ‘Spectrum’ of
underground music that Joris is proud to champion. In fact, this word is so
synonymous with the wide range of underground musical styles that inspire and
inform both Joris’ DJing and production work that he decided to call his
forthcoming radio show and event series ‘Spectrum’, allowing him to fully explore
the full reach of his extensive musical tastes and share them with a wider
audience.
Throughout the years Ibiza has always played an active part in Joris’ summer
touring diary, from early gigs at We Love on Sundays at Space, through to his
more recent La Familia nights at Ushuaia with Nic Fancuilli, in 2016 Joris has in the
enviable position of holding not one but two key residencies in Ibiza, at ANTS at
Ushuaia alongside the likes of Maya Janes Coles and Kolsch, and El Row at
Space alongside Eats Everything, Paco Osuna and Groove Armada.
2017 has proved to be a monumental year for Joris with the launch of his
expansive Spectrum concept. Encompassing club nights, festival stages, a
globally broadcast radio show and a photography series, it’s his chance to show
off his wider musical tastes with extended sets and his skills as a curator. Taking
in events at landmark venues like Amsterdam’s De Marktkantine and London’s
Village Underground, it represents a big new step in his career that is gaining
plaudits far and wide. It’s also the year he lands as a resident at Hï Ibiza for their In
The Dark sessions on Thursdays, while he also plays several dates across the
road for ANTS at Ushuaïa. He also continues his lifetime residency for
Amsterdam’s Awakenings, playing special vinyl-only sets to celebrate their 20th
anniversary. In short, you’ll find him at many of the world’s biggest techno
destinations.
Outside of Ibiza, Joris is a regular fixture at all of the key clubs and festivals on the
global underground circuit performing multiple weekly shows at events across
Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Colombia,
Israel, Detroit, Chicago and New York. These include clubbing institutions such as
fabric (London), Output (New York), Womb (Tokyo), Fuse (Brussels), Faust (Paris),
Warehouse Project (Manchester), elrow (Barcelona) fabrik (Madrid), Zouk
(Singapore) and Spazio 900 (Rome). As far as festivals are concerned Joris has a
long-running relationship with both the Awakenings and Strafwerk/Digital events
series in his native Holland while further afield he can be found playing at festivals
such as Parklife (Manchester), Movement (Detroit) Tobacco Dock (London), Ultra
(Miami), Mysteryland (Amsterdam), Hideout (Croatia), Electric Zoo (New York)
and BPM (Mexico).
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