A couple of weeks ago I was at the Amsterdam Dance Event for the first time, which is one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world. This event is not only a networking platform for DJs, it’s also a great place to meet interesting people that are involved with dance music in different ways: producers, writers, photographers, directors and more. I was lucky enough to meet Claudia Assef on my press trip. I found her very fascinating: her knowledge, her way to talk aaand her amazing way to dress colorfully (which I sadly didn’t have the time to shoot). We bonded immediately and had great conversations at dinner about digital work and how electronic music evolved. Also, she is the founder of the first DJ Museum of the world, which I thought was a quite interesting idea, so I decided to do the first interview of my life with her in order to know more about the project.
The Amsterdam Dance Event is more than just connecting all the lovers of electronic music from different countries or a huge networking platform for professionals: despite the musical events, it also offers to the public an insight into art and movies connected with the scene.
My days at the Dance Event officially started yesterday, the schedule is pretty tight, but I really like to update you as much as I can.
After a brief lunch and meetup with other writers and creatives, Iamsterdam organized a very special canal tour for us. In the very beginning, I thought something like “Alright, let’s join canal tour #20”. Since I come to Amsterdam very often with a different person who’s never been here, the canal tour is quite a must. So for me it isn’t something new anymore.
Yesterday I played tourist for another good while, I walked all the way up to the city centre. For me it’s kind of ironic, because I don’t really need a map anymore to get around, especially when it comes to go the popular districts of the city. Amsterdam still surprises me though, because everytime I think I saw it all, I see new places like cafés, galleries and stores pop out of the blue that I never knew about it.