by Fidel Trotman
Welcome Jasper and firstly can you tell us a little about where you are from?
Thank you Fidel it’s a pleasure. I’m from the city called Arnhem, an hour outside of Amsterdam and home base of the football club Vitesse and well known for its famous trolley buses :-). It’s a cosy place surrounded by beautiful nature and the perfect place to stay in balance with the more hectic weekends.
Who were your biggest influences when you first started out and are you still a fan of them?
I come from a family where Music has always played a central role. My uncle Danny was DJ-ing and introduced me to records like Grooveyard’s ‘Mary Go Wild’, Jeff Mills’ ‘The Bells’ and Octave One’s ‘Blackwater.’ From there on I bought my own Technics turntables and started playing music (vinyl). I practiced for nearly 3 years before I thought I was ready to play my first gig. DJs that I still listen to from the moment that I started till today are for example Louie Vega and Kenny Dope (MAW/Kenlou). They always bring something on top.
What made you get in the music industry and why?
To be honest I didn’t made a specific choice to get into the music industry. Its more that I started to do what I love most and that is playing good music and playing sets where people get into a state of mind where they feel great and still think about them a week later.
How did becoming involved with Franky Rizardo come about? You both seem to have a tight friendship and what have been your best moments working with him so far?
We’ve been close friends for over 10 years now and have travelled a lot and visited some great places. We always thought and talked about starting something together as we have a very similar view on music, events, etc. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Franky as he’s not only a super talented music producer and DJ but outside of that a really great person. We launched Flow 4 years ago and the brand is going really well and we’ve got a lot of great people supporting us around us which creates a warm, family-like, group of people. You could call it the “Flow Family”. I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people.
The best moment was during the recent FLOW Freedom Festival last May which took place in the central park of Arnhem where we celebrated Liberation Day. Franky invited his grandpa, who lived in Arnhem during World War 2, on stage and made him start the final track. It was a very special moment.
What exciting parties can we hear you play in the next up and coming months?
First of all I’m really looking forward to playing at Egg London on Friday June 16th with Flow. Aside from Egg Ldn you can catch me at festivals like Extrema Outdoor in Belgium, Summerpark Festival, Extrema Outdoor in Netherlands, Labyrinth Open and I’m also looking forward to playing Ibiza, Croatia and Bali this summer with dates being announced soon.
Name four tunes you have been rocking your dance floors and that never leave your record box?
• Uner ‘Cocoua’
• Clarisse Muvemba ‘Roses’ Bangana Remix
• Guy Gerber ‘Secret Encounters’
• Daniel Trim – ‘Novi’ Oxia Remix
What is it you love about house music?
It creates smiling faces, intense moments and makes your body wanna dance.. What more do you need? 🙂
You’re playing at Egg LDN with Flow and what makes Egg so special to play at compared to other parties you have gigged at and why?
I really love playing Egg. I remember from the last time I played here that the people are fully into it. I was playing a warm up set and people walked in and started dancing and showing love immediately. It’s definitely one of my favourite clubs!
Can you tell us about your DJ set up and are you venturing into production?
I always play with a Pioneer DJM mixer + 4 Pioneer CDJ’s, so I have the ability to add some extra loops to let the music flow a bit more plus a Pioneer RMX-1000 to create the goosebumps moments.
Are there any up and coming DJ/producers that you have noticed who are creating a buzz on the club scene?
Heard some new, very cool tracks from Kaaiman that will be released on LTF Records soon. Keep an eye on him. Also worth mentioning is an Amsterdam based dj called Prunk. Go check him out, great dj!
Finally! Where do you see yourself in the near future in terms of your career?
I’m not that kind of career planning guy. If I can do what I like most we’ll see what crosses my path and where the flow will bring me.
Jasper Fioole joins Franky Rizardo and Max Chapman for Flow on Friday June 16th at Egg London and all info at www.egglondon.co.uk