JORIS VOORN

Genre : Electronic

Homecountry : Holland

Joris Voorn sits at the epicenter of the Dutch electronic music scene, the most
renowned and instantly recognisable artist from Holland, representing underground
house and techno on a wider global stage. For a country with a population of just
seventeen million Holland’s contribution to world electronic music is unsurpassed.
While house and techno trace their roots to the marginal and mainly black American
underground, its taken a relatively small country in the European lowlands to flip
electronic music on its head and turn it into the global powerhouse it is today. In
2016 few could deny that Amsterdam is the global capital of electronic music and
few artists embody the melting pot of musical influences that define the city’s
underground techno scene more than Joris Voorn.
Joris is the embodiment of the modern-art and tech-savvy touring DJ, with both feet
planted in firmly in the underground techno world, but a keen eye for contemporary
art, photography and a long-standing love of architecture (you only need to check his
Instagram or EP covers to see where this all comes together). Born in the Dutch
town of Tilburg, the son of a composer and a music teacher, Joris gained
international recognition with his breakout ‘Muted Trax EP’ on Keynote which was
followed quickly by his universally acclaimed ‘Lost Memories EP’ on Sino the
following year. Its follow-up ‘Lost Memories Part 2’ in 2004 included the standout
track ‘Incident’ which became an immediate and firm fixture in the sets of many of his
now-peers including Carl Cox, Derrick May and Laurent Garnier and was one of the
standout tunes of that summer at clubs everywhere from The Sub Club to Circo
Loco.
Since then he has gone on to release three hugely critically acclaimed artist albums,
‘Future History’ (released on on Sino in 2004), ‘From A Deep Place’ (released on
Green in 2007) and the most recent ‘Nobody Knows’ voted electronic album of the
year 2014 by Billboard Magazine in the US. He has backed these up with dearly
loved mix compilations for Belgian techno bastion Fuse, Australia’s Balance series
and most recently London underground superclub fabric.
In 2005 he founded the founded ‘Green’ the first of two labels which he runs with
long-time collaborator Edwin Oosterwal. This has provided a platform for Joris’ two
most recent albums, plus some of his biggest hits including 2013’s ‘Ringo’ and his
2016’s ‘Looks Fake Obviously’. The second label ‘Rejected’ has given him an outlet
for more straight-up house tracks aimed squarely at the dancefloor such his various
installments in the ‘Dusty House’ series of Eps plus somewhere to release tracks
from his peers such as Deetron, Anton Pieete, Ian Pooley and Steve Rachmad.
These two labels represent the opposing ends of the ‘Spectrum’ of underground
music that Joris is proud to champion. In fact, this word is so synonymous with the
wide range of underground musical styles that inspire and inform both Joris’ DJing
and production work that he decided to call his forthcoming radio show and event
series ‘Spectrum’, allowing him to fully explore the full reach of his extensive musical
tastes and share them with a wider audience.
Throughout the years Ibiza has always played an active part in Joris’ summer touring
diary, from early gigs at We Love on Sundays at Space, through to his more recent
La Familia nights at Ushuaia with Nic Fancuilli, in 2016 Joris has in the enviable
position of holding not one but two key residencies in Ibiza, at ANTS at Ushaia
alongside the likes of Maya Janes Coles and Kolsch, and El Row at Space alongside
Eats Everything, Paco Osuna and Groove Armada.
2017 has proved to be a monumental year for Joris with the launch of his expansive
Spectrum concept. Encompassing club nights, festival stages, a globally broadcast
radio show and a photography series, it’s his chance to show off his wider musical
tastes with extended sets and his skills as a curator. Taking in events at landmark
venues like Amsterdam’s De Marktkantine and London’s Village Underground, it
represents a big new step in his career that is gaining plaudits far and wide. It’s also
the year he lands as a resident at Hï Ibiza for their In The Dark sessions on
Thursdays, while he also plays several dates across the road for ANTS at Ushuaïa.
He also continues his lifetime residency for Amsterdam’s Awakenings, playing
special vinyl-only sets to celebrate their 20th anniversary. In short, you’ll find him at
many of the world’s biggest techno destinations.
Outside of Ibiza, Joris is a regular fixture at all of the key clubs and festivals on the
global underground circuit performing multiple weekly shows at events across
Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Colombia,
Israel, Detroit, Chicago and New York. These include clubbing institutions such as
fabric (London), Output (New York), Womb (Tokyo), Fuse (Brussels), Faust (Paris),
Warehouse Project (Mancheser), elrow (Barcelona) fabrik (Madrid), Zouk
(Singapore) and Spazio 900 (Rome). As far as festivals are concerned Joris has a
long-running relationship with both the Awakenings and Strafwerk/Digital events
series in his native Holland while further afield he can be found playing at festivals
such as Parklife (Manchester), Movement (Detroit) Tobacco Dock (London), Ultra
(Miami), Mysterylands (Amsterdam), Hideout (Croatia), Electric Zoo (New York) and
BPM (Mexico).