Flashback to Sixties

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They’ll be showing the nostalgic & Outrageous pirate radio movie “The Boat that Rocked” at my favorite coffee place in Amsterdam: “de Jonge Admiraal.” A coffee place it is.. but it’s more than that, they have good beers, cocktails, parties, live music & excellent food as well. At times in the weekend in the evening hours it feels more like an alternative mini club. Exactly the kind of funky yet cosy setting in which I like to revisit the sound of the Sixties and so I will, because they asked me to play a dancefloor set after the movie! Time for some wonderful English freakbeat, mod, soul blues & raw funk. Think of the Small Faces, the Kinks, Traffic, the Yardbirds & The meters & Taj Mahal.

Socrates back at IFFR

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Rotterdam is my home town, it’s where I grew up. I love it, I hate it. It can be harsh ugly & depressing place.. or a warm and funky city with a no-nonsens attitude, bursting with fresh energy.. The latter is definitely the case during the International Film Festival. So I always like to be involved in it one way or another and I have been for the past 10 years or so. This year I’m back at my favorite Film theater Cinerama for a DJ set on the 1st day of February. I always feel welcome here and they give me the freedom to play wathever I like basically:-) Starting at 20.30; IFFR 2016 here I come!

Interview @ Writers Unlimited Festival

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I love to have a real conversation without the need to be young fast and shocking in about 30 seconds.. So when I was invited by Wijbrand Schaap of the Cultuur Persbureau to have a chat for his live streaming report of the Writers Unlimited festival 2016, without any conditions or time limitations; I was happy to be part of it. And watching it now; I realise it’s a nice Socrates-introduction.. so If you’re wondering about the name, or my drive as DJ.. it’s all in here ;-) Mind you the interview is in Dutch. Enjoy!

Dizzy Jazz grooves

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I’ve been here before at the start of my DJ career.. Dizzy is a legendary Jazz club in Rotterdam. Unfortunately it had it’s ups and downs over the years and I’ve moved on. But now it has new inspired owners, a fresh programming with adventurous DJ’s s and truly progressive jazz bands like Zebra Zulu Quartet. So I’m happy to be back visiting this old friend with young fresh energy; Saturday January 23 for an eclectic jazz set starting at 9pm!

Writers Unlimited 2016

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First festival gig of the new year. Great to be back at Writers Unlimited! It has become one of my favorite festival gigs due to it’s audience open for spicy dancefloor grooves and the great warm people that organize this event and make me feel very welcome every time.. yes every time, as this is already the fourth year I’m playing here in a row.. Both the Friday & the Saturdaynight this edition, which is an honour indeed.

Sci-Fi groove mix

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Spacetrain to Planet X by Dj Socrates on Mixcloud

My latest mix is a space vibe & sci-fi movie inspired journey, travellig from psychedelic ambient music to downtempo dancefloor grooves.. Broadcasted at the Concertzender radio in November & now uploaded on mixcloud for your listening pleasure.. Enjoy the ride!

Bollywood explosion

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my latest musical party adventure! After a spaghetti flavoured feast at PLLEK in Amsterdam.. This November it’s time for a exuberant celebration of Bollywood music & culture! First we’ll have a cinematic experience, watching the “Hinglish” movie “The Second best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  Then there’ll be no less than 8 Bollywood dansers from the Shi-Rag School of Bollywood dance to open the party after the movie. Next up I’ll be spinning b2b with the excellent DJ Safri supported by the lush visuals of VJ Nipskoy. There be food & drinks nice lights and decorations.. what better way to enjoy the colourful days of Autumn!?

Spacetrain to Planet X

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Right! So it’s time for a fresh Autumn mix.. And how about we celebrate the start of darker days, spiciness & windy weather with a Space Odyssey! I’ve compiled and mixed an 1 hour trip into space. I’ve selected my tracks inspired by the exciting adventurous mood, slightly eerie beauty and timeless vibe of proper Sci-Fi movies. For me this is an unusually electronic adventure. But I’ve had quite a few beauties in my collection waiting for the right moment to be incorporated in a worthy soundscape. My electronic music preference is for warm earthy grooves, with strange trippy ellements rather than harsh emppty mechanic sounds. So I’ve maintained that vibe throughout the mix. Switch off your mind and jump on this spacetrain to Planet X! Broadcast Friday 6 at Concertzender Nederland. After the live broadcast it’ll be available for listening on demand.

Spaghetti Grooves

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Starting the Autumn season with a very special party inspired by the Spaghetti Western! Expect an orgy of surf, bluegrass boogie woogie psychedelic cumbia, mariachi music..
Check out the Facebook event here: bit.ly/SpaghettiOrgy

Tropical Psychedelic fiesta

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Fresh mixtape for a psychedelic flavoured dance night I’ve organising at RASA in Utrecht with the vintage world groove collective Rusty Beat Club. Free Download.