The affair began in earnest back in 1998 with Hofer's co-founding of a breakbeat night called The Sub, and, after a series of dalliances with different party concepts during the early part of the aughts—which included handing Ricardo Villalobos his Dutch debut, and touring the country as the DJing drag-queen Vanessa Del Rio—Melon subsequently ventured upon the winning formula in the form of his eclectic extravaganza Ratio?. The party hop-scotched over various locations in those nascent days, before settling into a groove at the much lauded Club 11. As you're probably aware, Club 11 is no more, replaced by Trouw, and Melon is still very much in the business of bringing top-tier house and techno talent to the Dutch capital on a monthly basis.
Returning to the loose notion above, Melon has supplemented his perpetual presence behind the decks with a discography that cites releases for Platzhirsch Schallplatten, Bangbang! and his own Ratio? Music imprint, in addition to an appearance on last year's edition of Innervisions' Secret Weapons series.
But, first things first, where the hell did the name Melon come from? "When I started DJing, and had to come up with an artist name, I was having dinner with two French girls and as the night evolved, and we had more drinks, I wanted to speak French but the only thing I could say was 'le melon.'" OK then. Melon plays for us on his home turf Trouw as part of our ADE party next month, so we figured it was the ideal time to grab an insight into what has been big in his box of late.