- Tech House, Techno, House, Progressive House
- Radio Show:
- Outside the Box on a variety of online and FM radio stations
- Record Labels:
- Outside the Box, Audio Therapy, GU, Baroque, 68 Recordings, Proton, Ready Mix Records
- Various Major Venues Worldwide see website or myspace for dates
The world of music today is closely related to technology, something Eelke discovered at a young age. Therefore it is not strange at all that he got involved in it. “I could have easily ended up with an ICT related job”, he adds. Over the years Eelke has built and repaired a fair share of computers and also designed a variety of websites, including his own. At age 14, he got his first job working as a website designer for a music store. It gave him the opportunity to explore the studio equipment they sold in much detail, bringing home every piece of hardware he could get his hands on during the weekends.
In 2003 Eelke released his first single “4.5 Billion Years” on Segment Records. This very limited 12 inch drew the attention of John Digweed and Seb Fontaine and is still held in high regard up to this day. It was not until early 2006 however, that Eelke would indefinitely make an impact on the dance scene. Many months spent in the studio resulted in a series of releases, the most noticeable probably being “8 Bit Era / Import Bride” on Baroque Records which was very well received and got included on Nick Warren’s “Global Underground 030: Paris” compilation. “8 Bit Era” also received solid airtime on Dutch National radio. Ever since, many labels have taken notice of the sympathetic Dutchman, resulting in remixes for the likes of Jeff Bennett, Madoka and Miss Nine. His tracks have been picked up for compilations like Hernan Cattaneo’s “Sequential 2”, Dave Seaman’s “Renaissance: The Masters Series 10” and Global Underground’s “Afterhours” series.
Spring 2007 saw Eelke taking the next leap towards fulfilling his dreams. Months of labour finally paid off when his debut artist album ‘Naturally Artificial’ was snapped up by Global Underground. It did not take the guys at GU long to see its potential. “Needless to say I am extremely happy about it!”, he adds. “Global Underground is one of the labels that have been around since the beginning, you don’t get a chance like this every day”.
It is difficult to describe Eelke’s sound in a few words though. “I am easily bored with music, I don’t like recycling sounds and ideas all the time”, he explains. “As with my DJ sets, I need variety in order to remain interested in what I’m doing. Producing different styles is almost like a way to express the different moods I’m in”. The signing of ‘”Walkabout” on Ork Recordings with Nick Hogendoorn is a perfect example, receiving critical acclaim from artists as diverse as Fish Go Deep, Nic Fanciulli and Anthony Pappa. Outside the Box Music, Eelke’s label launched in 2006, reflects his taste in music like nothing else. Many releases are not easy to pigeonhole into a certain style but instead cross the conventional borders between them. Eelke’s ambitions don’t stop at dance music however. His production work for Nike shows a very different side of his music, balancing on the fine line between hip hop and electronica. In 2009 Eelke wrote music for their “V is for Victory” and “Create_Space” campaigns.
So what else is there for Eelke you ask? We almost forgot to mention he is an excellent DJ as well, having played gigs in many European countries as well as Lebanon, Jordan, the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil just to name a few. His monthly 2-hour radio show and podcast “Outside the Box”, broadcasted on a variety of online and FM stations, gives him the opportunity to showcase his sound worldwide. “What I love about Outside the Box is that I can do whatever I want”, he says. “It is almost like trying to educate people with different sounds, I can play deeper than at an average club night”. In 2008 Eelke made his debut performances on larger festivals in the Netherlands, including the Renaissance area at Dance Valley, the lakeside at Extrema Outdoor and the mainstage at Loveland. He also followed in the footsteps of DJs like Sasha, Satoshi Tomiie and Sander Kleinenberg by playing at Moonpark Buenos Aires together with Hernan Cattaneo.
Meanwhile Eelke has continued his work in the studio. New tracks and remixes are due throughout 2009, and it is rumoured a new artist album is in the making as well. Rest assured, this is probably not the last we will hear from Mr. Kleijn.