Live set at Shoeless

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Shoeless Festival – DJ Socrates Live by Dj Socrates on Mixcloud

Curious what a DJ Socrates set sounds like live? Well it’s something different every time.. but this recording of part of my set at Shoeless Festival gives a nice impression of the kind of vibe I like to build. Recorded in the tea garden of Theo one of the colourful people at the legendary artist colony Ruigoord in Amsterdam where the festival took place.

Spaghetti Orgy

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Spaghetti Orgy by Dj Socrates on Mixcloud

Made a new mix for the weekly radio show Solta A Franga at Concertzender Radio. This time inspired by classic spaghetti westerns and Ennio Morricone soundtracks. But I’m not the kind of guy to make a typical concept mix, which in this case would probably result in lots of italian soundtrack gems. To get idea of what this mix is like imagine tripping on a hot sunny day near the border of mexico,  meeting a pretty country girl having an encounter with a French circus and a bunch of drifters from spain. From there on things only get weirder as you end up in a wild west saloon full of Serbian cowboys and when you quickly get out through the backdoor you find yourself in the middle of a celtic banjo fueled country dance. When you’ve danced through that episode you’re happy to get on the train which turns out to be packed with bankers carrying large suitcase of cash, drinking champagne and enjoying shrimp cocktails.. Pff what a trip!

New Video: Socrates @ Oerol 2014

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Great thanks to Roberta Petzoldt for putting together this short & sweet video impression of 2 gigs I did at Oerol Festival There were some great dancers on the floor and a good crowd in general in for lots of different grooves. One of the highlights for me this year.

Fit as a Fiddle

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Every now and then the opportunity arises to collaborate with a live musician. I don’t actively look for it but if  things come together in a natural way.. to me that means it’s  meant to be :-) Jamming with classically trained violinist Arjen de Graaf at the Volkshotel in Amsterdam was one of those fun & spontaneous collaborations. Dub, Indian vibes & spicy electronica fused together quite well with Arjens haunting sound. Inspiring for the both of us so good chance we’ll be doing it again!

Summer of Love

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Playing at the mini festival “Summer of Love” organised by Natural Yoga on August 23! Live Music, DJ’s workshops, storytelling, good food, dancers it’s all there! At PLLEK on the NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam. Hope to see you there!

Reggae party – Socrates style

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Bon Vivant Skank by Dj Socrates on Mixcloud

I’ve been wanting to make a mix in this style and with this vibe for a while. Reggae has always been one of my favorite genres but definitely not all reggae, a lot of today is aggressive, obnoxiously loud in it’s production, unoriginal or just simply boring and bland. So this is reggae the way I like it.. Exotic & original, energetic & rebellious or deep and sensual. Hopeful & sunny, melodious, dynamic. & catchy. Over the years I’ve collected good reggae grooves from all over the world so in this mix you’ll find reggae from Brasil, France, Colombia, Sierra Leone, Germany, Italy, Spain the UK and off course Jamaica can’t be left out. The mix itself is made to be played loud in the car on a road trip, to start up your day or to play during a garden party.. whichever way you’ll play this.. I hope you enjoy these feelgood summer grooves: a reggae party in Socrates style!

Socrates @ OEROL!

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Yes! One o my most exciting summer gigs this year! Playing at the infamous theatre, music & arts festival Oerol on the dutch isle Terschelling. Two days, June Friday 13 (oh-oh) & Saturday 14. Longs sets so lots of time to play stuff from all my favorite musical genres :-) Plenty of friends coming along too, ready to dance their socks off! Really look forward to this one.

Spring mixtape

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Jungle Rollercoaster by Dj Socrates on Mixcloud

My new mix: a sun drenched funky trip with Latin, Swing, Funk a dash of Balkan brass & some full on Tropical Bass!

Socrates spicing up Kingsday

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Had great fun playing at PLLEK on the NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam during Kingsday.. A good spot for some alternative Kingsday grooves.. Afro Latin, Gypsy, Topical Bass and a few sips of single malt from my hip flask did the trick.

new mix for Concert Radio

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Made a fresh mix for the weekly DJ Radio show “Solta a Franga” broadcasted at the Concert Radio in Holland..
You can tune in Friday May 2, or listen to on-demand after the live broadcast on the this page: http://bit.ly/1kBTGJ1