Joris Voorn, Raw District, Tofke
Café d’Anvers presents:
Tickets available on Thursday 18 Jan at 18h.30 sharp:
After developing a more focused interest in house and techno, Joris invested in the versatile MC-303 Groovebox and began to experiment with synth sounds and drumloops.
Joris Voorn sits at the epicenter of the Dutch electronic music scene, the most renowned and instantly recognisable artist from Holland, representing underground house 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 sets of many of his now-peers including Carl Cox, Derrick May and Laurent Garnier and was one of the standout tunes of that summer at clubs everywhere 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 Ushaia alongside the likes of Maya Janes Coles and Kolsch, and El Row at Space alongside Eats Everything, Paco Osuna and Groove Armada.
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 (Mancheser), 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), Mysterylands (Amsterdam), Hideout (Croatia), Electric Zoo (New York) and BPM (Mexico).
Raw District is the fledgling house project from Belgian duo Vernon Bara and Massimo DaCosta. No newcomers to dance music, under the Vernon&DaCosta, the pair have released music on labels such as OM Records, AMA Rec, Robsoul, Aroma, OFF, Icon, Doubledown and many more. They have remixed artists including Brett Johnson, Fred Everything, Style of Eye, Miguel Migs and JT Donaldson, garnering support from great DJs like Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Jones, Mark Farina and DJ Sneak. Vernon has also made more techno-focussed tracks for Hot Creation and Supplement Facts under another moniker, Ultrasone alongside Igor Vicente. Early in 2013, they decided to start the new side project as ‘Raw District’ in order to focus on the deeper and darker side of house music. In their own words, “Raw District tracks feature fewer samples and more organic influences…the trademark soul, funk and disco influences are still evident, mixed up with the fresh European sounds coming straight out of Berlin.”
With a few releases on some of the most established labels such Crosstown Rebels, Souvenir Music or Defected they undoubtedly secured themselves as in-demand and talented producers.
Alongside their production and remixing credentials; Raw District’s reputation as a DJ has reached heady proportions following their appearances at renowed belgian festivals such Extrema Outdoor or Wecandance and their fresh residency at Labyrinth Club (Antwerpen-be).
Beside their own releases, Vernon and Massimo set up and run their own imprint, Homecoming Music, in 2010, which has been home to releases from Brett Johnson, DJ W!LD, Chris Carrier, Djebali, DJ Sneak, Phil Weeks, Tripmastaz and Inland Knights amongst others.
In 1989 Christphe Mark aka Tofke started djing at underground party's together with Deg (fuse). In 1990 Claude from City Parade discovered Tofke and gave him his chance to start at the age of 15 as Belgium's youngest dj in the very first afterclub in Belgium called The Globe.
At that time his music style was a new fresh techno sound. Soon he played all over Europe in clubs like:
Warehouse-Koln,E-Werk-Berlin, La Luna-Marseille, Rex-Paris...and raves like Mayday-Berlin, Love Parade-Berlin, Magic Kingdom-Switserland, Coalmine Rave-Croatia...
In all this places he played with dj's like:
Carl Cox ,Laurent Garnier, Jack de Marseille , Alex Patterson, Richie Hawtin, Marco Bailey... In 1993 he was elected third best Belgium dj by the readers poll of the magazine "Out Soon". Also that year he got in love with the Ibiza Island where he started to play on beach parties and private villa parties. From 1996 till 2002 he has been weekly resident for 2 years @ Pacha another 2 years @ Space. He also did one season @ Pin-Up for Coxwen. Beside that he played in all Ibiza major clubs such as Privilege, El Divino, Amnesia and more underground parties like Circo Loco @ DC10 and Km5. He also had the famous bar "Coolture Cafe Ibiza" together with his friend Carmello Martinez. Together with Daniel Munoz (former creative director @ Space) he started "Mad Productions". They where the first to organize Ibiza reunions in Belgium. As dj he played with all the Ibiza dj's like:
Pippi, Jose de Divina, Elias, Tania Vulcano, Bruno Cafe Del Mar, Smoking Jo, Javy Munoz, Oliver, Cesar de Melero... Back to Belgium he has been resident the last 15 years in almost every club such as:
La Rocca, Pacha Brussels, At The Villa, The Globe, Bump @ Fuse, Carat, Illusion, H2O, Creamm, Barocco... he's probably one of the most famous dj's from the early 90's scene in Belgium who still plays everywhere in clubs like:
Pacha-Marrakech, Cream-Gran Canaria, Ministry of sound London, Kadoc Portugal,Panama Amsterdam ... and spinned with all superstar dj's of the planet:Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Bob Sinclar, Armand Van Helden, Pete Heller, X-Press2, Sharam Jey, Felix Da House Cat, 2 Many Dj's, The Glimmers, Erick Prydz , Faithless , Deadmau5 ... to mention only a few of them. in 2004 he started together with partners in crime Alec.Stylez and Art.B "THE CREAMMINALS".
In 2007 Tofke start his own concept in the Backstage of La Rocca once a month witch is know the rendez vous for the people of the nightlive. As from 2007 where the new club Noxx opened its doors , it was obvious that Tofke was chosen as resident for their Salle Noire .
It was here that he shared the decks with names such as DUBFIRE, LOCO DICE, STEVE LAWLER, JOHN DIGWEED, AUDIOFLY...
2009 was the year that Tofke and partner Ugur Akkus created LABYRINTH PRODUCTIONS (www.labyrinthproductions.be)
a event and booking agency that promotes underground parties like
CIRCOLOCO @ CAFE D'ANVERS, PEOPLES @ CAFE D'ANVERS & COCOON @ CDA.Playing with Matthias Tanzman, Reboot, Livio & Roby, 2000 and One, Joris Voorn... ea
makes Tofke's one of Belgium's most wanted Techhouse dj's of 2010.