Dekmantel 2016 – Red Light Radio: The Value of the Selector


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WORDS BY: D_KNOW

With Dekmantel Festival 2016 looming, there have been a few interesting festival-related projects emerging within the past few weeks – one of them being the release of a new Dekmantel Selectors mini-documentary. 2014 was the inaugural year for the Selectors Stage at the festival and it has been present ever since with the primary goal of showcasing ‘a select class of DJs’ with a ‘particular dedication to the craft that ties them all together’. Expanding on this, the Selectors documentary series gives an insight into the lives of some of these artists. Having already covered the likes of Ben UFO, Steve Rachmad, Joy Orbison and Mr. Ties, the first video for this year delves into the Red Light Radio collective from Amsterdam. Being an integral part of the Dutch underground since its inception in 2010, the individuals behind the online radio station represent everything a ‘selector’ should be. Constantly ‘crate digging’ and pushing the boundary of what is ‘acceptable’ for the airwaves, co-founder Tako Reyenga stresses the importance of building musical knowledge and wisdom through the physical act of searching for records that deserve people’s attention. All too often, radio stations are dominated by the concepts of ‘charts’ and ‘Top-10s’ and forget about those who are passionate about creating art rather than hits. This is where projects such as Red Light Radio make their mark as they defend and advance a tradition that, until a few years ago, was on the brink of extinction. These are the people responsible for giving lesser-acknowledged artists a reputable platform from which to spread their respective voices. In addition, these are the people who have the power to educate as they unearth music from around the world that would’ve otherwise faded into complete obscurity. Historically, these types of independent projects have been suppressed by commercial media time-and-time again – take for example the plethora of infamous pirate radio stations that were shut down after emerging in the UK in the 1960s. It is therefore the duty of true audiophiles to preserve them, and being a brand whose primary focus is on left-of-centre creativity, it is no wonder that Dekmantel sees the fundamental importance of supporting these independent entities. The nature of the fast-paced, celebrity-driven world in which we live ultimately calls for a re-consideration of the contemporary consumer culture in which we are coerced to participating in – independent radio is one such method of doing so, and it deserves our attention!

Take your time to watch the video and experience first-hand accounts of those involved in this project. Learn, be inspired and see why these collectives are important on a global scale.

Selectors Stage at Dekmantel Festival – (Including core Red Light Radio DJs)

Friday August 5, 13:00-23:00

THEO PARRISH, MARCELLUS PITTMAN, YOUNG MARCO, SAN PROPER

Saturday August 6, 12:00-23:00

DONATO DOZZY, LENA WILLIKENS, BEAUTIFUL SWIMMERS, ORPHEU THE WIZARD, TAKO, PENDER STREET STEPPERS

Sunday August 7, 13:00-23:00

MAGDA, MIKE SERVITO, INTERGALACTIC GARY, CALL SUPER, SASSY J

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  1. Hi DKnow
    Once again, so beautifully written. You certainly do have a way with words.
    Your article was well researched.
    I really enjoyed the video clip. Very interesting and I actually enjoyed the music!!
    Have a good flight to Amsterdam and I know that you will have an awesome experience,
    Be safe.

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