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First Record Recollections: Edwin Oosterwal: Doe Maar: Doris Day En Andere Stukken

Reported by JontySkrufff on February 13, 2011

Dutch DJ/ producer Edwin Oosterwal is label manager and partner with Joris Voorn at the Rejected/Green labels.  For more on Edwin click below: 

Skrufff: What was the first record (or track) you bought; how old were you, why did you buy it, what did it mean to you? 

Edwin Oosterwal: “When I was about 9 years old I bought the album "Doris Day En Andere Stukken" by Dutch band Doe Maar. They were like the Dutch Beatles. Wherever they would perform it was full of screaming teenage girls. I really liked their music, but the main reason I bought the album was the immense popularity of the band.”

Skrufff: Did you ever follow any particular music movements before dance music?

Edwin Oosterwal: “Dance music was the first particular music movement that I followed. I started listening to dance music in my teens so there really wasn't any space for other music movements.”

Skrufff: How and why did you first get into dance music? How well do you remember your first rave?

Edwin Oosterwal: “Listening to the radio first got me into dance music. Especially shows like Steve Mason's the Experience on BFBS and For Those Who Like To Groove by Robin Jaydee Albers on Dutch national radio. I was simply blown away by the music they were playing on the radio. I would record almost every show and listen to it over and over again. My first rave was in an old school building in 1991 and the combination of the music, the strobe light and the smoke machine was crazy. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget it.” 

Skrufff: How much do you identify with the music you make now; and how much do you find people you're friends with like the same music?

Edwin Oosterwal: “Your musical preferences are definitely part of your identity. Just like there is a strong connection between music and fashion. As a professional DJ/Producer you meet a lot of people that are into dance music. So a lot of my friends like the same music.” 

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