As the first waves of techno and electronica crashed on the shores of America, Dutch was plugging his headphones in. Dutch Star learned to DJ from California disco legend Mark Fahey in 1989. With inspiration from DJ Dan in 1990, Dutch Star broke completely away from the mainstream and began throwing parties in San Francisco with members of the legendary Rave Called Sharon. His first events were under the name BREAK INC., completely underground warehouse events in San Francisco. Over the course of the next decade, Dutch Star was one of the most influential Djs of early San Francisco Rave culture. He was influenced by both acid house music and the harder industrial & techno sounds coming from Detroit and Europe. The combination of his love for various styles of music and smooth mixing skills, quickly propelled is bookings across America.
In 1993, Dutch created the AREA 51 events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Attendance at his rave events topped over 15,000. It was these events that allowed him the freedom to be more creative with not only his music, but also the entire dance floor environment. Creating each event theme and also performing the parties allowed Dutch to create the perfect environment for the music he truly wanted his audience to hear and an experience to match. The new sounds of the underground were breaking around the world and Dutch became the lens that focused this new sound on San Francisco bringing in performers like Josh Wink, Joey Beltram, Laidback Luke among others.
Around 1996-97 the psy-trance sound was being discovered around the world, exported from the trance parties on the beach in Goa India. Interested in the new trance sound, Dutch began to seed this sound into each set. In 1999 while championing this new sound, Dutch joined with Mason Rothert, Jim Seagel, Brian McDonald and Brian Dobson in creating Thump Radio and the infamous (((THUMP))) parties. It wasn't long before his (((Thump))) Parties were legend. Artists like Infected Mushroom, Hallucinogen, GMS, Atmos, Vibrasphere, Ticon, Sun Project and Astral Projection, who had never performed in America, were welcomed on the (((Thump))) dance floor. (((THUMP))) soon became an important journey to North America for many trance artists and eventually paved the way for this new trance sound across the Americas.
Since 2005 until recently, Dutch was instrumental in the creation of the Opulent Temple Burning Man camp. He is now full swing into the development of the newest Burning Man Sound Camp called White Ocean. While trance remains close to his heart, his music has transformed toward a more minimal techno feel. His dance floor DJ sets average 124-132 BPM and are comprised of exceptional forms of techno & tech house. Melodic undertones coupled with hypnotic bass lines quickly distort time and space until the next thing you know, his set is over. Enjoy!
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