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From Wednesday till Sunday, we have guest DJs from all over the world spinning records at the store. Come down, hang out. Everybody is welcome. Broadcast via facebook.com/rushhourstore

WEDNESDAY (7-9pm)
трип gathering
w/ Nina Kraviz & Deniro

THURSDAY (10am-9pm)
Worldwide FM +
Dopewax Records label showcase (7-9pm)

FRIDAY (5-9pm)
Vega Records label showwcase +
Patuá Discos +
ESP Institute

SATURDAY (7-9pm)
Knekelhuis label takeover w/ Das Ding (live), De Ambassade & parrish smith dj set.

SUNDAY (5-9pm)
Sounds Familiar takeover

 

 

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In anticipation of RH’s 20th anniversary celebration during Amsterdam Dance Event with Chez Damier among others, we are sharing a short interview with the artist on our website. This article is originally published in the fifth House Of Music magazine. Out now, you can grab your copy at your favorite record store worldwide.

Chez Damier by Marie Staggat

Anthony Pearson, better known as Chez Damier, came to Amsterdam for a DJ gig around the release of Ron Trent’s 6LP label boxset. We took the chance to catch up with the pioneering Prescription co-founder. After a long hiatus, he’s back in full force working on a variety of music projects. What is he up to these days? We met him just before his show to find out.

Chez Damier was a close witness to the birth of house and techno music. In 1993, he founded Prescription records with Ron Trent, the label that defined the 1990s deep house sound. Around 2010, new releases appeared on Mojuba records. Not only was one of house music’s greats on his return, he was also mentoring a new generation of artists.

Chez Damier kept his role during this interview. Meeting in the lobby of his hotel just before dinner, he answered a few questions, but most importantly, he gave me good advice. “Focus on what you need, not on what you want”, is a good one for me to remember. The smiling Chicagoan doesn’t seem to have lost any of his energy, and he continues to value working with people, up to the present day. He seems to be a character whose life experiences refined him and made him deliberate, without losing his naive and playful spirit of collaboration with others. It also appears since the start that he has valued having fun the most – more than anything else. “Ron Trent and I always had so much laughter. That gave me the spark to try things out and make tracks with him”, he says.

chez damier by Marie Staggat

Balance Alliance

After Ron and Chez parted ways, Damier took Balance records. It was like a divorce, Damier says. “We had to divide everything. It was like: ‘OK, you take Prescription and I’ll take Balance.'” He revived Balance years later, in 2009. As he already did in the past, he broke out of the Chicago circles, becoming a trusted mentor for young European producers this time. He released a triple-vinyl retrospective by Parisian house producer Brawther on his label, and the debut album of Brawther’s fellow Parisian Hugo LX. With Zurich-based Demetrio Giannice, Damier also worked under the Adventures In Barcelona moniker.

The Extravert

Damier’s role as a catalyzer goes back to the late 80s, where he established a fresh scene of music fiends in Detroit. The Music Institute became an important place in the development of techno music. KMS studio opened around the same time, the million dollar studio where Chez became manager and where he created most of the tracks together with Ron Trent. “To me, the period with Ron was very much about sound experimentation. Prescription was about trying things out and having fun”, he says. “We were exploring loads of the hardware that was available in Saunderson’s studio. To me, it was really about having fun. That gave me the spark. Of course we were talking about spirituality, but once we hit the studio it was all about finding ways to build a great track. From the day we met it was just amazing. We have the same kind of humor, this connection between us has never changed.”

Chez Damier was the extravert, Ron the introvert. This made them complementary. “The productions we made in the early KMS days were different from Ron’s solo stuff today”, Damier points out. One of the reasons leading to Ron and Chez splitting their artistic collaboration was a difference in their approach. “Ron had his style and I had my style. But after a while, I couldn’t get my creative kick out of it anymore and therefore I decided to move on.” However, Ron and Chez are still in touch. “We had our difficulties, but we also share the same kind of humor. To me, that’s what it was all build upon, just the laughter.” It’s been over two decades since Ron and Chez parted ways and both have grown in different directions. “Of course I would like to work with Ron again. But we would have to take it from today’s experiences , we shouldn’t continue from where we left off. Ron’s experiences are different from mine and it shaped us along the way. If we would regroup, we’d need to have conversations about what that means.”

The Spark

Chez Damier felt what he started in music wasn’t completed and he returned with the idea to operate less in the foreground. His current musical life suits him better than ever, because he’s in a position to share musical inspiration with others again. Then he starts asking me the questions. About my occupation and dreams and what I do in order to establish them. Chatting in the big hotel lobby, it was time for a cigarette break. Standing by the table in the middle of the smoking room, Chez Damier starts to give advice after being genuinely interested in me. After noticing that I transmformed from his interviewer into his apprentice, he asks me: “What do you see? Turn around and what do you see now? Well, it’s at least both your visions. And that’s what matters.”

 

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rhm After the first stops in Europe, Rush Hour continue their 20th anniversary tour in the USA with shows in New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago. More dates will be announced soon!

USA DATES

(tickets)

28-09 | Boston – Hunee & Antal
29-09 | NYC – Hunee, Antal & Dream 2 Science Live
30-09 | WASHINGTON – Antal + Ron Trent
06-10 | CHICAGO – Hunee, Antal & Ron Trent
07-10 | L.A. – Hunee & Antal

MORE 20th ANNIVERSARY DATES

(tickets)

16-09 | Rotterdam – Antal, Soichi Terada (live) NL
19-10 | Amsterdam – Chez Damier, Antal, Soichi Terada, Tom Trago
24-11 | London – Antal, Joy Orbison, Vincent Floyd, Mark Ernestus & more

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Rush Hour 20 years tour Australia
After stops in Europe and the USA, Rush Hour continue their 20th anniversary tour in Australia with shows in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and at Strawberry Fields.

AUSTRALIA DATES

Sydney | 16 Nov
Rush Hour 20 Year Anniversary w Antal, Hunee & Soichi Terada

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We’re super excited to be part of the Amsterdam based Strange Sounds From Beyond festival on June 25, 2017. Definitely a highlight this summer! Artists who grace the Rush Hour stage:

Daphni
Wally Badarou
Mutant Beat Dance
Antal RH
Interstellar Funk
DJ Okapi
Margie
Ninauploadz

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Rush Hour Weekender 2017

*Please note* Peven Everett has canceled his show on the Sunday. Therefore Sadar Bahar is joining on the Saturday!
This will make the night – now with two Chicago greats – even more nice we think! You can use your RA Sunday ticket for the Saturday, or ask for a refund before Friday the 31st of March at promotion@rushhour.nl.

After a wonderful first edition last year, Rush Hour are stoked to return with a highly promising, curious Weekender on two locations. Dream 2 Science, Hieroglyphic Being, Sadar Bahar, Vincent Floyd, Jordan Gcz and many more, are guest on the Friday and Saturday at OT301.

For this year’s edition, Rush Hour are happy to collaborate with Sounds Familiar and Red light Radio. Our friends from Sounds Familiar empower the line-up with Sadar Bahar and Patrick Gibin.

The Rush Hour Weekender started as a festivity for the opening of our current, bigger storefront. During the second edition the store turns 1 year, which will be celebrated with in-store sessions – these will be broadcasted on Red Light Radio and on Rush Hour’s online platforms. Please find more information here.

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ARTISTS

Dream 2 Science Live
This classic house trio will headline on the Weekender’s Friday. The New York house group’s only EP, a self-titled 12-inch from 1990, was out of print for 22 years until Rush Hour reissued it five years ago. The group will perform live for the first time in the Netherlands. Member Ben Cosmo D. was also part of the old school hip-hop group Newcleus.

Peven Everett Live
Peven Everett is undeniably one of the most prolific names in house and soul music to date. The musician closes gaps between house, r&b, jazz and hiphop. The American trumpeter is featured on jazz albums, but is also an outstanding figurehead in the Chicago house music scene.

Hieroglyphic Being Live
Jamal Moss, a.k.a. Hieroglyphic Being is an experimental composer & environmental sound artist born in Chicago, whose musical works & creations are seeded & inspired from afro-futurists concepts. The extraordinarily talented producer releases his music under many monikers, such as The Sun God, Africans With Mainframes, I.B.M and Interplanetary Prophets. His highly acclaimed Mathematics imprint releases music by the legendary Lil Louis, Steve Poindexter, next to a variety other curious and adventurous artists.

Vincent Floyd Live
The Chicago house pioneer worked with legends such as Larry Heard and Armando. Floyd released his soul drenched deep-house music on the legendary Gherkin sub-label and Dance mania imprints. Rush Hour started an artist series, re-releasing the legendary “I Dream You”, “Your Eyes” and released a collection of forgotten pearls through Floyd’s “Moonlight Fantasy” LP. A live show by the pioneer is a rare event, so we are overjoyed to have him during the Weekender.

Jordan Gcz Live
The Amsterdam based Jordan Czamanski (of Juju & Jordash and Magic Mountain High) is a major proponent of live, often improvised techno. His adventurous, lengthy live excursions are soulful, organic and futuristic. Get familiar with his (live) music through releases on his Off Minor imprint, Future Times and with his wonderful two Lushlyfe EPs.

Sadar Bahar
Disco king Sadar Bahar has been around since day one and his dreams are captured in grooves. After years and years of digging deep for records, the Chicagoan built a collection that’s too big to fit in his house. Although he has collected more records than he could possibly play, his search doesn’t stop. The King behind the decks is sanctuary…

Antal b2b Patrick Gibin
UK born DJ, producer and record collector living in Italy, Patrick Gibin aka Twice started his own record label Blend it! in 2011 with the first release of his successful and sought after Black Aroma edits series. His dj sets cover a wide range of genres, styles and tempos, from old to new sounds, all put together in an original and fresh blend. The soulful British Italian digs deeper than the obvious…

Rush Hour co-Founder Antal Heitlager prefers not to put a name to his style, the most he’ll concede is that his music is about a diversity that feels raw & spiritual. Antal has been a pretty silent force behind multiple labels and events in Amsterdam and internationally, until he outgrew to an influential DJ. When he plays out, we get a proper taste of his extraordinary vast musical knowledge and decades of experience.

Interstellar Funk
Olf van Elden alias Interstellar Funk is a young Dutch producer whose sound stands out because of its imperfections, its human warmth and its rough charm. Full of timeless melody that really makes you feel something, both his productions and his DJ sets are daring and thought provoking, always, marrying up new school sounds with the roots of house and techno, as well as dropping in the occasional new wave along the way.

KC The Funkaholic
Amsterdam’s funk father, Kees Heus aka KC the Funkaholic has been influencing the local scene since over 30 years. Never sticking to a genre, KC was the one to debute house music in Amsterdam’s legendary club RoXY in the eighties, while around the same time organizing and spinning at hip-hop parties. With Rush Hour, he started the legendary parties Disco2000/3000 in 1995. KC and Rush Hour also created the label Kindred Spirits.

Boye
Paradiso programmer and former Rush Hour coryphée’s musical knowledge is lightly put vast and extensive. He worked at Rush Hour for eight years. Good to have him back on the team during the Weekender’s Sunday evening!

Margie
As Rush Hour crewmember Margie’s Red Light Radio show implies – “Different day, different story” – she loves to surprise with her musical selection. Next to her monthly radio show, she manages Rush Hour’s House Of Music fanzine and writes about music for a variety of outlets.

Roel De Boer
Crewmember since day one, Roel de Boer has seen all in and outs of the RH company. Imagine how many releases went through his hands… Today he takes his background in house music to a whole other level. Adventurous DJ!

Mark RHD
Unassuming head of Rush Hour distribution and a variety of projects, who you might have heard playing dazzling sounds and songs under different aliases.

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Rush Hour Weekender x Red Light Radio broadcast

Red Light Radio joins the Rush Hour weekender for a special broadcast! Nice Saturday afternoon get together in the Rush Hour Store to get us warm for the night. Join us or tune in!

RUSH HOUR WEEKENDER x RED LIGHT RADIO
*12-13h* Satoshi
*13-14h* Sekan (Jiwa Jiwa)
*14-15h* Robert Bergman
*15-16h* Din Daa Daa
*16-17h* Wah Wah Wino
*17-18h* KAMMA & Masalo
*18-19h* Vincent Floyd

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rich medina presents jump n funk
Starting life as a small New York event aimed at raising awareness for Fela Kuti’s musical message, Rich Medina’s Jump N Funk party has now been rocking dance-floors across the globe for over 15 years. Honouring Fela’s contribution to music as well as his political and cultural legacy, Medina has made his events a platform to celebrate Afro-Life across the Black Diaspora.

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Com join us in-store at Rush Hour records, or tune in – broadcast live via our Facebook channel.

Fresh African records in store, w/ music from Nigeria * Senegal * Ethiopia * Mali * Congo * South-Africa * and much more

18:00 hr – 19:00 hr Tienson (Jungle By Night)
19:00 hr – 20:00 hr Antal (Rush Hour)
20:00 hr – 21:30 hr Rich Medina (Jump N Funk)

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Rainbow Disco Club @ Somewhere In Amsterdam

We are back! This time with our friends from Japan….

Our Tokyo based friends move their wonderful Rainbow Disco Club festival from the mountains of the Izu Peninsula, the beautiful landscape near the city of Tokyo, to OT301 in Amsterdam for a great night out. It is wonderful to host RDC as a club night! Soichi Terada is joining the crew, more artists to be announced.

Tickets are now available!
Rush Hour Store
Spuistraat 116
1012 TZ Amsterdam

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Rush Hour ADE instore sessions  2016
RUSH HOUR INSTORE SESSIONS DURING ADE 2016

19-10 Wednesday 7pm – 9pm CET
Blawan & A Made Up Sound
20-10 Thursday 7pm – 9pm CET
Moon B (live) & Suzanne Kraft
21-10 Friday 7pm – 9pm CET
Recloose & San Proper
22-10 Saturday 7pm – 9pm CET
Sounds Familiar w/ Ge-ology, Volcov & Patrick Gibin aka Twice

Come down, hang out, listen to some music during four days of RH instores!

WORLDWIDE FM @ RUSH HOUR STORE
Gilles Peterson pops in with his fresh radio station on Thursday, for a live broadcast 11 am – 6 pm.
Join us or tune in at worldwidefm.net!

Worldwide FM @ Rush Hour Store

RUSH HOUR @ DE SCHOOL
Pre-sale is sold out, but there are limited tickets available at the door, so we recommend to be early to avoid disappointment. Hope to see you there!

Rush Hour @ De School, ADE 2016

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Rush Hour Store Japan

 

Out now! RH Store Japan series:

ERI OHNO – SKYFIRE
Ehri Ohno - Skyfire

RURIKO OHGAMI – FUWARI FUWA FUWA

RURIKO OHGAMI	- FUWARI FUWA FUWA

RYO KAWASAKI – LITTLE ONE

RYO KAWASAKI - LITTLE ONE

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Rush Hour @ Rainbow Disco ClubNext week we head back to the mountains of the Izu Peninsula, the beautiful landscape near the city of Tokyo. It is a great honor to host the second Rush Hour label showcase at this inspiring festival, and to meet with Soichi Terada and his friends again in his home country. Hope to see you there when you are around!

Rush Hour Allstars @ Rainbow Disco Club (Sunday, May 1st)

San Proper
Hunee
Soichi Terada
Antal

INFO + TICKETS

Rush Hour @ Rainbow Disco Club 2015

 

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