#68 - Størm
Whilst Jordan Peak took the reigns previously, we now hand over to one of Holland’s rising DJ/producer talents, Amsterdam based Størm as he takes the EPM Podcast ever further into the deeper end of house and techno. As a resident of the Claydrum team Podcast #68 gives us a timely glimpse of what to expect at the next Claydrum event where he plays alongside Rødhad and fellow Claydrum resident Glenn Thompson. Building from house rhythms into a classic dub-techno finale, Størm rides the electro waves of Gunnar Haslam, Shlømo, Stevie P and Luis Ruiz before bump n grinding with Arnaud Le Texier, Elektrabel, Moving Thoughts and Radio Transmission and signing off with Rødhad, Jesse Jakob and Maurizio’s mighty re-working of Vainquer.
Størm is inspired by early Detroit and Chicago acid house and techno. He tries to combine the early roots of techno with the present day deeper techno sound. The combination of using timeless tracks and having no fear to think out-of-the-box often results in unexpected aberrations. Størm aims to hypnotize the dancefloor with a combination of classic and new style techno while constantly adding variety to his sets. This set for the EPM Podcast shows us just how he does it.
Q&A with Størm
1. One hour doesn’t give you the full range of DJ expression but would you say this mix is pretty indicative of your DJ sets?
It definitely shows what I’m aiming for during a performance. My DJ sets can vary; this mix is recorded at 132 bpm. A few weeks ago I was playing a set at a bpm of 122, still enjoying it as much as having a primetime time slot. I like to experiment a bit and that’s what I did in the mix as well. I always try to make my sets as cohesive as possible.
2. What were your first experiences of dance music? When did you get the bug?
My first experience of dance music was probably years and years ago, let’s say it was the Venga Boys and 2 Unlimited in the mid 90s. Techno crossed my path in 2008/2009, probably earlier but I might not have known what it actually was -haha. Anyway, it caught my attention when I visited Awakenings in Eindhoven in 2010. It was the total experience which caught my interest and from that day on I’ve never lost interest.
3. Have you always been based in Amsterdam? If not what drew you there?
I recently moved to Amsterdam, my roots are in Maastricht. I moved here because of my graduation internship. Fortunately, I’ll finish my studies in June 2015. Obviously, this is not the only reason I moved to Amsterdam. Bearing in mind the dance scene over here, it seemed to be a great opportunity to learn and find inspiration.
4. How did you hook up with Claydrum?
I met the founder of Claydrum, Luc Boers, approximately 5 years ago. We got along pretty well and after three years of walking the DJ-path all alone, he finally invited me to join the Claydrum artist roster.
5. If you could put on your own line up, money no object, who would be on the bill?
Difficult one, I’d go for artists who aren’t on the bill that often (in the Netherlands/random order): Raiz, Cleric, Developer, VSK, Arnaud Le Texier, Anthony Parasole, Zadig, Hertz Collision. But also Dutch artists likes Ritzi Lee, Sterac and ROD Malmok.
6. What was the last vinyl record you bought?
A few weeks ago I bought vinyl records of Raiz, Developer and Transhuman.
7. As a resident of Claydrum, how do you see the job of a resident within a club night?
In my opinion, the job of a resident is to create the perfect atmosphere before the headliner takes over the decks. You’re the one responsible for people to get into the mood. Opening a club night means you can set the standards for the rest of the night. It shouldn’t be underestimated.
8. House or techno?
9. What are your production plans for 2015?
As I’m focusing on finishing my studies, I won’t be producing till June. As soon as I’ve finished it, I’m planning to record an EP. I hope to realize this in 2015.
10. What are your top 10 records of all time?
It’s hard to pick only 10 tracks. I’d say the following tracks are very timeless and still banging and that’s sufficient to call them my top records of all time.
- CJ Bolland – Camargue
- Edge of Motion – Set Up 707
- Jeff Mills – The Bells
- Plastikman – Elektrostatik
- Hardfloor – Acperience 1
- Emmanuel Top – Le Sous-Sol
- Joey Beltram – Game Form (Robert Armani Remix)
- Mike Dearborn – Birds on E
- 100% Acidiferous – Tank
- LFO versus FUSE – Loop (Fuse Remix)
EPM Podcast 68 – STØRM tracklist
Gunnar Haslam – Kenosha (Amytal)
Shlømo – Rechaïm
Datura Dilema – Sistema Lejano
Stevie P – Subduction
Stef Mendesidis – Perception
Luis Ruiz – Spaceship Disappeared Into A Black Hole
Arnaud Le Texier – Oyabun
Synthek & Audiolouis – The Storm (Jeroen Search Remix)
Moving Thoughts – Psilocybine
Elektrabel – Desaft
Hertz Collision – Union Station
Radio Transmission – Find
Rødhad – Haumea
Hobi – Miron
Jesse Jakob – Jaak
Vainqueur – Lyot (Maurizio Remix)