The 23rd edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s largest festival and business conference for electronic music, will run from October 17 to 21. It is the world’s leading festival and conference program, offering an extensive art, film, photography program, alongside music and the latest trends in technology and social good.
Some of the many artists performing this year include Bonobo, Charlotte de Witte, GAIA, Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Orbital, Peggy Gou and Richie Hawtin. The organisers expect to welcome a record breaking 400,000 visitors to Amsterdam.
ADE-director Richard Zijlma states: “We’re almost at the point of reaching the magical 400,000 visitors mark, and we still see lots of opportunities to grow. ADE aims to be a world stage for musical talent and the music industry. With visitors from more than 100 countries now you can confidently claim that Amsterdam is truly the beating heart of the worldwide music industry during ADE, while being at the same time a breeding ground for cultural and technological innovation for five days and nights.”
The opening concert will take place at Melkweg on October 17 with The Metropole Orkest and the Dutch modular synth artist Colin Benders. The Grammy award winning Metropole Orkest previously collaborated with Henrik Schwarz in 2016 and Fool with Jameszoo in 2017.
Colin Benders (featured in Hot Press in 2016) previously worked under the alias Kyteman. This isn’t his first orchestral collaboration as he also toured festivals across Europe as the Kyteman Orchestra for many years. Since 2016 Benders has been completely absorbed by his studio and live work with modular synthesisers.
Dave Clarke Presents returns at ADE 2018 for its 14th edition at Melkweg on October 19. The line up features Sam Paganini, Rebekah, a live performance by Octave One, Marcel Fengler, Mark Broom, Anetha, B.Traits, Dutch techno veteran Estroe and Mr. Jones.
My favorite things to do is explore the ADE conference and this year as always there are some incredible opportunities for attendees to learn from the best in the business. This is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest technologies, industry trends and generally just to absorb what’s going on. There are so many things to get inspired by.
ADE Tech is for people who want to know learn about the most important emerging technologies set to shape and influence the electronic music landscape. This year’s edition will feature Laidback Luke who will be giving a demo on the art of DJ-ing, Polo Molina, manager of artists such as Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, Afrojack, will be discussing the future of music and technology.
Octave One will present a panel titled ‘Unwrapped’. In this session the legendary Detroit duo will be revealing the mixed bag of high and low tech instruments that they have collected over the years, how they get the best from their equipment and how they choose what new technologies to adopt.
ADE Sound Lab focuses on everything to do with sound, creativity and technology, featuring seminars with Bonobo, Camo & Krooked, Jayda G, Joseph Capriati, Legowelt, Lena Willikens and Orbital. ADE Sound Lab’s ‘Studio XL’ invites music producers from all different backgrounds to host a masterclass session for aspiring producers. Colin Benders will give a valuable insight into his extensive live modular synth rig and the ins and outs of his work process. ‘In the Studio With…’ gives attendees the chance to work hands-on with people like Jordash aka Jordan Czamanski, De Sluwe Vos and Tom Hades.
Throughout the city there is lots going on, iconic Amsterdam Record store Rush Hour will be hosting in store events. I’ve always closed my Conference with a visit to the Kompakt Records pop up shop.
To learn more about ADE check out their site http://amsterdam-dance-event.nl/