Yuri Boselie has been an integral figure in the Dutch electronic music scene for many years. Based in Amsterdam he has worked tirelessly holding down residencies at the likes of Club 11 and Trouw for many years and he now rules the roost at the infamous De School. He is closely affiliated with both the Dekmantel crew and Rush Hour and has crafted a unique take on dance and club focussed music by taking risks and playing whatever, whenever. You never know quite whar your going to get from one of his sets and over the years he has blown the roof off of clubs with curveball selections across the realm of house, techno, garage, hip hop and all the spaces in between.
As a producer he has worked with a number of labels and has released music both independently and collaboratively with the likes of Breach and Tom Trago. This Wednesday will also see him announce the launch of a brand new label. All of the above is tied up with a regular show on Red Light radio which acts as an outlet for his own experimentation and love of music.
On the 27th of December he will join a heavy hitting line up at XOYO as part of the Dekmantel Soundystem residency where he will play alongside Antal, Orpheu The Wizard and Interstellar Funk
We invited him to record a mix which he does in fine spirit.
Listen and read the interview below:
Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Hello my name is Yuri Boselie and work under the name Cinnaman as DJ, producer. I also run a label in the city of Amsterdam called 'Visible Spectrum'.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
I hope it sounds like the beautiful painting “Tuin Der Lusten” by Jheronimus Bosch.
Where was the mix recorded?
It was recorded in my home on 2 technics and a xone92 mixer with records and serato in one take in the early morning. It was actually 3 hours but made a bit shorter as I was playing ambient stuff in the beginning and wanted a more club mix. I started slow and ended fast like a build I would do in a club, but as it was in a shorter time, it was nice and challenging.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Before going out to get into a vibe.
What should we be wearing?
Always wear what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
There are a few things very important: the vibe around you and of course good and clear sound. So my studio with a proper set up in there.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
RIP Swirl - Smiley
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
So many good mixes but Joost van Bellen - Speadfreaks Vol.1 (1999) is one that still brings good memories and I listened to it a lot when I started djing.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
This is very difficult to say as Djing nowadays is very different to back in the day. I always looked up to DJ EZ and Jeff Mills as DJ's and selectors, but nowadays I like dj’s who can surprise the audience. So if I have to make a choice it would be Rednose District (Aardvarck & Steven de Leven), a DJ collective from the Netherlands who have both surprise in there sets a story to tell, as well as being great DJ's.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I started on my dad’s decks. 2 x technics and a numark. Now I still have 2 technics xone92 and serato.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
The start, as it sets the tone for the rest of the set. I always try to build a story in my head and there in the beginning is very important for me.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record I can remember was like 30 years ago when I was 5 or 6. What I can remember is that it was a hip hop record from the 80’s. My dad gave me a turntable and I bought it at a flea market.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Like my favorite dish, a very colorful risotto haha.
If it was an animal what would it be?
A squirrel on a whale back
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I have so many records its hard to make a choice as I have lots of disco and jazz which can be difficult to mix.
Upcoming in the world of… Anything else we need to discuss?
my new label will be launched this wednesday so look out for it. got some new music coming in 2020.
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