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Thursday sees Rush Hour return to Shelter Amsterdam for a showcase with Antal, Hunee, Young Marco, and a live show trifecta featuring Soichi Terada, Kuniyuki, and Sauce81. This will be the final Rush Hour night in Amsterdam this year! Join the dance!

Presale Tickets
1st Release: 20,-
2nd Release: 22,-
3rd Release: 25,-

 

 

 

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the warehouse projectRush Hour join The Warehouse Project, Manchester, for their last edition beneath the streets. A large part of the RH family is invited, please find the full line up below. This will be the only RH night in the UK this year. Let’s dance together!

www.thewarehouseproject.com

HUNEE
ANTAL
MOODYMANN
GERD JANSON
SOICHI TERADA x KUNIYUKI x SAUCE81LIVE
SADAR BAHAR
DJ NOBU
SAN PROPER
SASSY J
SANDRIEN
JORDAN GCZ (JUJU & JORDASH)
DJ OKAPI
JON K
MAFALDA
MARGIE
KRYSKO & GREG LORD
HIGH HOOPS DJS

END OF STORE STREET EDITION
We hope you’ll join us for one last dance beneath the streets.

Those who have signed up will have early access to tickets Thursday 9am, general sale Friday 9am.

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Rush Hour are excited to return to Amsterdam’s Strange Sounds From Beyond with a stage on the festival’s Sunday! Non other than Leroy Burgess (with band!), Hunee, Antal, Young Marco, DJ Paulao, Margie and Satoshi grace the stage. 

- Join us on the Sunday, 24th of June! – 

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SSFB ARTIST BIO’S BELOW

LEROY BURGESS

Shamefully undervalued, tirelessly prolific and consistently inspired, “the Miles Davis of boogie” was born in Harlem, growing up as a gospel vocalist. Burgess soon added multi-instrumentalism and composition skills to his powerful baritone vocals, and began churning out countless records for disco and boogie groups as a behind-the-scenes producer or vocalist, sometimes carrying groups through with his raw talent and vision.

But Burgess didn’t stop. He fronted several projects – the most famous of which, Logg, released an acclaimed LP with tracks subsequently remixed by Larry Levan. When disco morphed into boogie, Burgess didn’t wilt away like other artists; he adapted, and his funk-tinged keyboard playing was ripe for the genre. But as the popularity of boogie began to wane and partygoers began to devour a new sound called house, Burgess again didn’t slide into the shadows; he collaborated with Glenn Underground, Chez Damier and Masters At Work.

Leroy Burgess has been around to watch genres ebb and flow like the tide, but he’s always standing there on the beach ready with his gospel-inspired vocals and keyboard.

HUNEE

Hunee has a playful element in his productions hard to categorize or pigeonhole. He’s unconcerned with what is new or in vogue, instead crafting wry beats which sometimes glimmer and sometimes growl. The engine under it all, though, is a propulsive sense of rhythm and the opinion that music should be fun.

ANTAL

Trying to pin Antal down to a DJing style is problematic. The most you’ll probably get from him is “soulful”, but it doesn’t matter whether that soul comes from a three guitars or a drum machine. Much like Rush Hour has grown over the years from house and techno into more obscure genres like Brazilian bossa nova, South-African kwaito and stacks of spiritual jazz, so too has Antal’s taste evolved.

YOUNG MARCO

Young Marco is almost a synonym for Amsterdam’s dance music scene. Starting out with several infamous residencies around the city, Marco grew into a respected producer releasing on Rush Hour and Lovefinger’s ESP imprint. He’s built and fostered a reputation as talented producer, label head and quirky party starter – usually with a cigarette in hand.

Predicting the next track in a Young Marco set is a little like predicting next week’s weather. As a sun-kissed tropicalia track draws to a close, it’s anyone’s guess whether the sun will continue with some Arabic disco or break loose in a thunderstorm of techno and electro. Surrounding his selections though is a love of the peculiar and the kinks – a sense of humor all too often missing on the dance floor.

After a debut album and worldwide touring, 2017 was a year for Marco to focus on compiling stellar releases on his label Safe Trip.

DJ PAULAO

Collector, selector and record store director DJ Paulão comes from a country standing in an elite circle of musical heavyweights. A country whose influence on humankind’s association with music can be matched by few. Along with gifting us genres like bossa nova, samba and choro, Brazilian culture has taught us how to rethink our relationship with music. DJ Paulão is a walking thesaurus of his country’s stockpiles of productions.

Most of the time you’ll catch him digging for tracks in Patuá Discos, his record store on a quiet street in the northwest of Sao Paulo. If you miss him there though, chances are he’s hosting a show on the station he helped found, Rádio Muda, or organizing legendary parties.

When listening to DJ Paulão, expect to be taken on a nomadic trip of Brazil’s musical heritage – spanning time zones and genres.

MARGIE

Music runs deep in the veins of this Eindhoven-born, Amsterdam-based multi-talent. Along with being a first-rate DJ, Margie aka Mijke Hurkx is also an award-winning journalist. Her work has featured in dozens of music publications but she’s perhaps best known as part of the Rush Hour Records family, editing their magazine and handling all communications.

In Margie’s world without genre borders, there’s only good or bad music. The music lover extraordinaire boasts of a record collection ranging from boogie, disco and techno to wave, gospel and whatever floats her boat. Her boundless music wisdom is unmistakable in her shows on Red Light Radio, where unapologetically, she spins tall musical tales with a genre-bending approach that never fails to deliver an element of surprise to her audience.

SATOSHI

Rush Hour family member Satoshi Yamamura is a record collector who, together with PAM, make up the music blog Okonkole Y Trompa. We think they found their strange name from a mesmerizing piece of horn work on a 1973 jazz fusion album, and their finds do the namesake justice. Growing from a humble Youtube channel where the boys could upload discoveries otherwise unavailable online, they now curate a website receiving rapid recognition, along with monthly show on London’s NTS.

Their collection is a diggers paradise: an oasis of rare releases, unfamiliar artists and dusty grooves nearly lost to the world. It’s impossible to narrow down their taste to genres – it’s whatever they find in the back of the crate. But they do seem to have an attachment to new wave, synth pop, ambient and jazz fusion though, plus dozens of others beside.

Satoshi and his Okonkole Y Trompa blog enjoy taking you on an ethnomusicological trip around the outer limits of music.

 

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If you could ask your favorite artist just one question… What would you ask?

Just before April’s edition of Het Weekend in De School, we collected some burning questions for a few of the artists performing at this 30+ hour music marathon.

… and they gave their answers!

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CHARLES MANIERQuestions from: Fanboy481, Margie, Beau Wanzer, Dabrye, Interstellar Funk

JAMIE TILLER

Questions from: Tolouse Low Trax, Jelmao, Sassy J, DX7kid1982

CARLOS SOUFFRONTQuestions from: Vladimir Ivkovic, Erika, BMG, DX7kid1982, Jan Schulte, Interstellar Funk

TOLOUSE LOW TRAXQuestions from: Jan Schulte, Charlotte, Tala Drum Corps, Suzanne Kraft, DX7kid1982.

SASSY JQuestions from: Volcov, fangirl418, Jamie Tiller, DX7kid1982.

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De School | Het Weekend 07.04 – 09.04, 2018
Programming in collaboration with Rush Hour

Saturday:
Antal (Rush Hour)
Carlos Souffront (No Way Back)
Charles Manier live (Bopside)
Izabel (Lullabies for Insomniacs)

Sunday:
Alessandro Adriani (Mannequin)
Interstellar Funk (De School / Artificial Dance)
Jamie Tiller (Music from Memory)
Nosedrip (Stroom)
Robert Bergman (Brew)
Sassy J (Patchwork)
Tolouse Low Trax live (Salon des Amateurs)

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co-07.04 BANNER HETWEEKEND

Rush Hour return with a weekender, this year in collaboration with De School. We are very delighted with all joining artists… See you there!

TICKETS

Saturday
Antal (Rush Hour)
Carlos Souffront (No Way Back)
Charles Manier live (Bopside)
Izabel (Lullabies for Insomniacs)

Sunday
Alessandro Adriani (Mannequin)
Interstellar Funk (De School / Artificial Dance)
Jamie Tiller (Music from Memory)
Nosedrip (Stroom)
Robert Bergman (Brew)
Sassy J (Patchwork)
Tolouse Low Trax – live (Salon des Amateurs)

+ interventions by Sandberg Instituut

Doors open: 23.00
Tickets: €18

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A photo impression of our favorite Sunday evening party. This time teaming up with the Rainbow Disco Club crew from Tokyo (February 4th, 2018)! 

Photos by Rob Thijs

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DJ Nobu & Antal
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San Proper
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KAMMA & Masalo
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somewhere in amsterdam x rainbow disco club
We are back with our favorite Sunday afternoon party on February 4, 2018! This time we are teaming up with the Rainbow Disco Crew from Tokyo. 

Online tickets are sold out, but there are limited hardcopy tickets available at the counter of Rush Hour store.

ROOM 1
DJ Nobu b2b Antal
Kuniyuki x Sauce81 (live session)
Kikiorix

ROOM 2
San Proper
Kamma & Masalo

Please note that we have changed the location as the party will be held at Claire. Food will be served from 6pm – 8pm.

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Rush Hour Store

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.

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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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