CONVERSATIONS | B-SIDE LOOKS BACK AT A YEAR OF FLIPPING OVER THE A-SIDE
A coin and a vinyl record share similarities. They're round-shaped, have two sides and can make happy. If you flip a coin, you have a 50-50 chance it's heads or tails. You could say that's the same for flipping a vinyl record
(please don't actually do this). But according to Nurali, Willemijn & Jurre, flipping a record results in a 100% chance of landing on the b-side. Since B-Side celebrates its 1 year anniversary, we've asked them about some highlights and how they plan on celebrating their birthday next Wednesday.
Hey guys! 1 year of praising b-sides, congrats! What are some highlight moment of this past year?
Noer: This would be Willemijn jumping on the speakers at our first edition. If Willemijn is on the speakers, you know it’s a party.
Jurre: For me this is two-sided, as I'm also playing records. But if I had to pick one moment it would be our last edition when I played for a packed Bovenkamer while the acid dripped from the walls for two hours straight…
Willemijn: There are just so many... I mostly like those hazy mornings when you leave the club all together; crew, friends and those last (wo)men standing who caused the DJ to extend his set for two more hours. I just can’t get enough of that.
How do you brief your DJs for a B-side night?
Noer: We don’t give instructions to our artists. Who are we to tell them what to play? The artists can figure out themselves what we stand for. It’s not about playing strictly b-sides – but about delivering great sets with tracks you don’t hear every day. Obviously some of them actually put a lot of effort in selecting solely b-sides. Sick, right?
We can imagine it being difficult. Cool to see some DJs strictly sticking to the b-sides. Who nailed it the best during this first year?
Jurre: I would pick all the “unknown” locals that played for us so far. Each and everyone did so well, even though they’re not very experienced to play for dancefloors.
Willemijn: Can I pick Jurre? You know what, I’m just going to do it. He just has a thing for filling the dancefloor, bringing the energy in with just a few tracks. He’s able to please a crowd with tracks or genres they didn’t know they liked before.
As next Wednesday is the anniversary, explain a bit on why you've invited Doc Sleep & Lokier for the celebration.
Jurre: We met them both personally in Berlin and were immediately caught by their sound and appearance. Their sound matches the vibe of B-side more than perfectly: dark and wavy, acid electro driven music.
Willemijn: I’m very glad we managed to cherry pick two quite unknown names for B-side, that have such a track record. It’s unbelievable Doc Sleep never played here before and Lokier only once. I can’t wait to jump on that speakers again.
Also can't wait to see Willemijn on the speakers while dancing to dark-edged electronica? Grab a ticket and join the birthday party next Wednesday.