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Why the Music Industry Can Learn from DIE ANTWOORD

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Last week I read about Die Antwoord on the Birthday Party Berlin blog. The first time I watched their video, I was immediately convinced I had witnessed something I needed to share, to spread. Apparently I wasn’t the only one… One week later and the blogosphere is blowing up with posts about Die Antwoord.

In one day, they have doubled their Facebook fans from 5.000 to 10.000 and it seems like they’re still picking up steam, with blogs like Boing Boing, Dlisted and Mad Decent writing about them. Why is that? It is very simple. Die Antwoord is unique. They offer something fresh, in a remarkable way… In the digital age, where we can share all the music we want, being remarkable is THE most important characteristic for a band, group, musician, producer, etc. You have to be worth talking about.

So what did they do? Not much. They created a unique concept (or maybe this is just an extension of their personalities), uploaded their songs to YouTube, do a lot of performing and try to get people to spread the word. That’s probably why they give away music at live shows: “First 100 zeflings thru the door get a free hand-drawn full-length $O$ album (16 tracks) burned by die fokken rap-rave meesters NINJA en YO-LANDI.”

That’s it! Do something remarkable, connect with the fans and give them a reason to buy. Their album is due soon on Magnetron Music and I expect it to sell quite well for a debut, but of course it will be downloaded for free much more often… The “reason to buy” for now is going to be their live performances until they’ve built a considerable fanbase and they can start applying freemium on a bigger scale.

So who else are doing this? In The Netherlands we have an act which is quite similar, which also generated a lot of buzz when they first came to the scene; De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig. They’re actually label mates of Die Antwoord, just like a bunch of other great acts.

Another act that the music industry can learn from in my eyes, is MENEO, although MENEO is a bit less reachable for fans. Same goes for belladonnakillz.

Anyway, to conclude this post… I suggest you head over to the website of Die Antwoord and listen to their album. You can stream it in its entirety on there.


Sofia’s People (Great Portrait Video!)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Philip Bloom, a great filmmaker and director, visited Sofia last weekend. He decided to try out some equipment and went down the streets of Sofia with a video camera that looked like a photo camera. He smiled at people and tried to make them comfortable while taking their picture, but actually he was filming them. :)

The result is beautiful! Have a look at the video below.

Great job. It just shows that everyone is beautiful.

A Curious Cat!

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

The other day I got up before dawn because I wanted to take some shots of Istanbul as the sun came up. The set went alright, but the best picture has nothing to do with Istanbul by dawn… It’s this curious cat I came across (you can click the pic for a bigger version). I’ll be posting other pictures from the set regularly soon… The lower quality, unedited versions are already online for a sneak peek. Have a look in my Picasa.

Before I left I took another picture of the cat…

Istanbul has a lot of street cats, which I don’t mind. The dogs can be a nuisance, especially at night, but they are generally clean, healthy and well-behaved, unlike the ones in Sofia, Bulgaria. In my neighbourhood here in Istanbul, people put rests of food outside their window or put special food for cats on the pavement. Every now and then you’ll hear a cat outside your building meowing really loudly. One look out of the window and you’ll find out your upstairs neighbour is throwing food down at the cat – so be careful with sticking your head out of the window. ;-)

In Holland, I have not once seen a street dog and I doubt I’ve ever seen a street cat, but it’s hard to tell as most people just let their cats outside during the day.

Do you have a lot of street animals in your country? I see a lot of reactions from different parts of the world, so I’m especially interested in what type of animals? How do they behave? How does the general public feel about them? is about my life as a Dutch student living in Istanbul. I regularly write about my adventures in Istanbul and travels in the region. If you’d like to stay up to date, you can subscribe to my RSS feed or get email updates in your inbox. You can also follow me on Twitter.

spacescape – NoComment (Speeches & Eclectic Music Mix)

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I present to you the most recent mix I produced, called NoComment. It was commissioned by Andy Bailey, creator of the famous CommentLuv weblog plugin and concept. Via Twitter he gave me some feedback on previous mixes and based on his desires and the feedback I created a customized mix, adjusted to his wishes. He told me it’s fine to share this, so there you go! Enjoy this experimental DJ set! If you’re interested in a similar deal, email me at . I can do many styles and you can set the price yourself.

Only for the open-minded!

Artwork by earnest70six

This mix is a blend of speeches set to eclectic electronic music. Go on a 80 minute trip through history and let the music and speeches play with your moods, thoughts and ponderings. Great for passive as well as active listening. Get ready to get your mind blown right open!

The Bug – Freak Freak (00:00 – 04:51)
>> Nelson Mandela – Freedom for All
Emancipator – Wolf Drawn (04:17 – 07:26)
>> William H. Taft – The Republican Party Stands By Mr. Roosevelt
Braincell – Daybreak (06:53 – 13:02)
>> Dr. Timothy Leary – Think For Yourself
Ott – Neon Tetra (12:49 – 19:41)
Timothy Leary – Any Reality is an Opinion (19:23 – 25:35)
Spoonbill – Bouncing Stones (25:07 – 29:46)
Nitin Sawnhey – Streets (29:33 – 33:14)
Celtic Cross – Stargate Avalon (33:01 – 34:29)
Celtic Cross – Darshannon (34:17 – 40:22)
Pryda – Muranyi (40:05 – 47:46)
>> NLP – Skill of Conversation 05
DJ Scotch Egg – Scotch Goat’s Skull (47:43 – 49:15)
Nagual Sound Experiment – Black Lodge Dub (49:15 – 53-33)
>> Terence McKenna – Tree of Knowledge [8/8]
Venetian Snares – Második Galamb (53:25 – 54:04)
Venetian Snares – Szerencsétlen (54:04 – 58:36)
Entheogenic – Earth Song (58:23 – 65:53)
>> Barack Obama – Berlin Speech
>> Malcolm X – World Wide Revolution

Shpongle – Around the World in a Tea Daze (65:37 – 77:02)
>> Albert Einstein – Non-Violence
>> Albert Einstein – E=MC^2
>> Adolf Hitler – Appeal to the Nation 1932
>> Neil Armstrong – The Eagle Has Landed
>> Mahatma Gandhi – Soldier of Peace
>> Roswell Incident Announcement
>> George H.W. Bush – Death of Communism
>> Death of John F. Kennedy Announcement
>> Hitler Is Dead Radio Broadcast


This mix was commissioned by Andy Bailey. Thank you Andy!!

As always, support the artists and buy their work or go to their live shows!

Presented by The MiX-Files (subscribe to email updates or follow the RSS feed to get the newest mixes first!). Opinions very welcome!

Marmara Sunset Cruise

Monday, December 1st, 2008

A few weeks ago, or was it a month, we (the exchange students) received a special invitation from the rector of our university (or chancellor/president, if you will). A special boatcruise was planned and we would be having dinner with the rector on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Amazing!

Afterwards we would dance and the rector might teach us some Turkish folkdancing. “Wow”, I thought, “it’s really incredible what this university is willing to do for their exchange students”. Everyone was excited about it, partly because of the promise of free food and drinks ;-) , and most of the 100 exchange students at Yeditepe University planned on attending.

On the day of the cruise we arrived and it turned out the boat had already left. Miscommunication. The boat left 2 hours earlier than was announced to us. The university bus took us to another dock where the boat would come to pick us all up. When we got there, the boat was a lot bigger than I anticipated and what surprised me was there were a lot of people on board already…

We were then told that kids from high schools and their parents were already on board and that the rector had ordered the boat to come pick us up. Great! I let the new information sink for a minute and then realized that it had all been a great PR stunt. There were hundreds of people on the boat and this way Yeditepe could show off their international character. The cruise was quite different from what I expected and definitely not as intimate as it was made out to be, but it helped me achieve one of my goals for Istanbul:

To party on the Bosphorus! The Bosphorus is the strait that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea (and thus ultimately to the Mediterranean) and runs between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul.

As we got on we sailed out to the Marmara Sea and saw the Prince’s Islands (I think) and witnessed the beautiful sunset pictured above. Later, as the skies turned dark we sailed through Istanbul. The lights are beautiful and as I’ve said before, the best way to see the glory of Istanbul is from the water. We partied on the deck of the ship with a bit too many high schoolers and very loud Turkish house music. Oh, and free beer (which finished within half an hour) and free wine!

View the pictures of the trip on Picasa! Pictures of the sunset and the sea and of course the party! Sorry, I don’t have the right equipment to catch Istanbul by night. You’ll have to come and see it for yourself. ;-)

If you took a ferry or boattrip in Istanbul before, how did you like it? What was your experience? In the past I’ve partied in an empty office building, under a bridge, in an abandoned church (controversiaaaaal), a parking lot and in the forrests on a mountain in the Balkan range. What’s the most spectacular location you’ve partied at? is about a Dutch student living in Istanbul. I regularly write about my adventures in Istanbul and travels in the region. If you’d like to stay up to date, you can subscribe to my RSS feed or get email updates in your inbox. You can also follow me on Twitter.

spacescape – WombTomb (DJ set MP3)

Sunday, November 30th, 2008
Another mix by me for my project ‘spacescape’ with which I aim to take listeners on a trip through emotions, moods and mental states. Enjoy! Scroll down for tracklist and download link.
Electrons and neurons connected. Soundwaves versus brainwaves. Can this leave your reality untouched? A progressive and experimental mix of chilled out yet energetic electronic music.

Scuba – Hard Boiled [SCB Edit] (00:00 – 08:49)
Fatboy Slim – What They’re Looking For (07:56 – 13:45)
Josh Gabriel – Recife (12:44 – 16:51)
Vibesquad – Lone Salamander (16:38 – 20:28)
Talpa – Still Dreaming (19:10 – 25:54)
Shpongle – Flute Fruit (25:35 – 27:41)
Plastic Shell – Gutbucket (27:34 – 34:20)
Michael Knop – Fiddel Fiddel (34:03 – 41:31)
Butch – Mushroom Man (40:03 – 45:54)
Kaya Project – Saranghi Breaks (45:29 – 50:00)
Orocol – Crooked (49:37 – 55:05)
Aphex Twin – Digeridoo (54:42 – 61:47)
Paper Squad – Endless Mindput (61:28 – 69:05)
Shitmat – More Fire ['93 Ting Mix] (64:03 – 68:30)
Oren Barkan – Misra Malok [RMX] (68:12 – 77:05)

Download here: (MP3/VBR/126MB)

Much thanks go out to the producers of the tracks used. Support the scene! Buy their records or go to their live shows!

Presented by The MiX-Files (subscribe to email updates or follow the RSS feed to get the newest mixes first!). Opinions very welcome!

spacescape – Eclectrocution (Eclectic/Breakbeat Mix Download)

Thursday, November 20th, 2008
Brand new mix, filled with progressive and experimental breaks.
From high to low, east to west, keep up… scroll down!

psychedelic and progressive,
sometimes aggressive
gloomy, everchanging,
a little mind-deranging
rocking up & down like a boat
scroll down now for the download ;-)

Haldolium – The Last Dance [Andrè Absolut RMX] (00:00 – 09:50)
Juno Reactor – 10,000 Miles (09:21 – 15:09)
Moby – Extreme Ways [DJ Tiesto's Vocal RMX] (14:38 – 21:49)
Hybrid – Formula of Fear [Uberzone Vocal Mix] (20:50 – 26:33)
MIDIval Punditz – Raanjhan [Jalebee Bass For Breakfast Mix] (24:55 – 31:51)
Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Bethe Bethe Kese Kese [Gaudi's Dark New Wave RMX] (30:53 – 38:12)
Grievous Angel vs. Rubi Dan – Culture Killer (37:02 – 44:18)
Josh Gabriel – Summit (42:22 – 47:41)
Elite Force & Meat Katie – Nutron (46:00 – 52:26)
Layo and Bushwacka – Love Story [Stanton Warriors RMX] (51:04 – 56:58)
General Midi – Never Gonna Stop The Show [Dylan Rhymes Mix] (55:46 – 62:58)
Maelstrom – Makossa [Rob Reng RMX] (61:31 – 68:00)
Moby – Ah Ah (67:32 – 71:28)
Grievous Angel – Immigrant (71:13 – 78:00)

Download as MP3 (Varial Bitrate)

Artwork by Fr3a

First posted at The MiX-Files!

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Turkish Lamps

Friday, November 14th, 2008

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Taken in a touristy shop along Istanbul’s famous Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), this photo features the famous Turkish glass mosaic lamps. I’m not sure about the origins of them, whether they’re Middle Eastern, Central Asian or from other regions or just from Turkey, but they’re undeniably associated with Turkey. Every one of them is very unique and very beautiful and they make a great object for photography, don’t you think?

I see there are quite a bit of mosaic lamps on Amazon, what lamps do you prefer? The mosaic lamps there or the ones above? Though the ones on Amazon are true works of art, I prefer the more exotic ones.

Can anyone tell me more about the origins of these lamps? Can anyone tell me how to take these lamps on a long busride or airflight without breaking them?

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Dawn in Istanbul

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

click on the photo for alternate version

Just before dawn, Istanbul’s fishermen get in their boats and move onto the Bosphorus or the Marmara sea. If you walk or sit along the coastline, you can hear them talking or listening to music. A great place to visit in Istanbul, if you want to sit along the coast, is Kadıköy, which is also where this picture was taken. Inspired by the work of Michael Kenna.

Tell me, which is better, the above or the alternate version?

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Expat Experience! Edition 1 – Blog Carnival

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

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Welcome to the first edition of blog carnival Expat Experience!

Expat Experience is a collection of the web’s best blog posts about life as an expat around the world. What is it like to move abroad? What are the joys and difficulties of emerging yourself in a different culture? What about food, culture shock, language problems, or making friends abroad? How about maintaining contact and relationships with people back home? But let’s not forget the adventures one experiences as an expat… travelling in ones new home country, the social life, going from outsider to insider in a new environment.

Expat Experience is a reflection of all of this and more. We all have different homes and different destinations, but share one thing… We have made the move abroad. Whether you’re a long-term or short-term expat, serial expat or just someone that’s interested in the life of expats… Whether you’re interested in the lives of expats in your home country, an expat that wants to read about the experiences of fellow expats, or you just want to network with other expats and gain some attention for your own blog… Expat Experience offers a fascinating insight into the lives of expats globally.

Enjoy the read, enjoy the adventure! Enjoy the Expat Experience!


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