Nu beschikbaar in het nederlands...
het is hier al mogelijk. Stuur maar door.

aub, voegt hier alleen informatie toe. Voor een feest met een datum, gebruikt de agenda. Ook alvast bedankt om gematigd te blijven, het is nachtinformatie voor iedereen. ;-)

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 Parade Controversy [details] (14/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas)
As previously told in our news, several organisations from Gent (, Christmass Kitchen Lab and Radio URGent) are setting up a radioshow to gather all the crews ignored or not included in the Parade. All sets will be broadcasted on 107.7 FM over Gent on Saturday 21 June, from noon till midnight. Clearly, they want the people to move out with a radio and build spontaneously an alternative soundsystem ... "The more radios, the better the sound system will be." says one of their press-releases on ... "When you see someone with a radio that day, you'll immediately know that he or she is there for the same thing as you : enjoy pure unfiltered music. The choice is yours."
This means that many people will have to carry their radio with them in the city for all the day... and I'm not sure they'll do that ... but anyway it's a great idea and it uses the best aspects of a radio-station broadcast: the musical brotherhood.
The line-up:
12.00 Raggamuffin Whiteman + guests (reggae, dancehall)
13.00 Purple Sunny Crew (reggae, dancehall, soka)
14.00 Wannamoov (nu-skool breaks, garage)
15.00 X-Mass Breakz (nu-skool breaks)
16.00 Funky Green Aliens (electro)
17.00 Filip DP and guest (tech house, techno)
18.00 Soundattack Collective (techno)
19.00 All Funghed Up (psytrance)
20.00 Moushka (Dhangar Nomads, Essence of Progression)
21.00 Christmass Kitchen Lab (acid, nu energy)
22.00 Mutate (hardtek)
23.00 Steel Reports ( experimental core )
00.00 Duplox (breakcore, junglecore)
01.00 Rudy Rocket & Soul MC (drum + bass)
02.00 Fried Chicken (drum + bass)

 Bus to Full Moon - Psytrance Festival (12/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas)
Tom & Ellen 'OhmShiva' are setting up a bus for the Belgians going to the Full Moon festival in Germany from 13 to 17 July for a price of 67 Eur all included. All infos at: or by phone at 0497/27.13.84.
Festival infos at
Info source: .

 Deejay Fashion 2 - slipmats & needles (06/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas)

Now it's time to talk about the slipmats and needles... the only tools not listed in the previous text.

A slipmat is a plain fabric circle of the size of a record which stands in place of the rubber disc of the record player. Thus the record slips well and the dj can retain it with a finger when the rotor keeps on running. It is a cheap but essential element of the mix. The fast start of a record comes from the strength of the rotor of the turntable and from the good slipping of the record. And all deejays know how a fast start is important. The first slipmats were made of rigid antistatic plastic... but it was heavy and not that good for the records. The deejays made then their own slipmats for years... but it had to be done with a non-dusty and anti-static-electricity fabric. Wool baize was the most common used fabric... until the synthetic baize came, and the industrial brands arrived with their own made versions. Now almost all brands and labels do slipmats of their own... they give it out or sell it out. But choose it of a heavy weight, coz too light slipmats stick to the records and you got to put it back in place at every mix.


The needles are something that came with the first music cylinders created both by Charles Cros and Thomas Edison. The purpose is the same for the iron cylinders or the vinyle records. The needle follows the furrow and forms the sound starting from the undulations dug in the plastic of the record. An easy test (to do with an old crap record you want to throw away) is to read a single 45rpm with a dressmaker-needle stuck in a cone of paper. This is NOT a good test to do with a collector item. At the start, the needle ended with a real diamond, but now it uses microscopic chemically recreated diamonds.

The head of the arm is usually made of 3 elements: the headshell, the cartridge and the stylus.
- The headshell is the structure of the head.
- The cartridge is the element transforming the needle impulses in magnetic impulses.
- The stylus is the element with the needle.
With the new versions (ortofon & stanton), the headshell and cartridge are one same element.

From the 60's, the two leading popular brands were Shure and Stanton. Their sound was just the best, and they produced many versions for all purposes. Shure was mostly advised for classical music and home soundsystem, when Stanton was already the reference for the deejays. One said that the Stanton was really 'sticking' to the record. Of course there were also some very specific brands for specialists, but those two really were everywhere a record was played, even until 1990. (also for audiophile specials)  - (Shure deejay supply website)

And then came a big surprise: a brand for refined quality-addicts (those who may put 10.000 Eur for an amplifier)... a brand totally unknown by the public, Ortofon, created a revolutionary headshell based on the design of the Concorde airplane. And it was cheap enough for all deejays! That futuristic design + the extreme quality of the elements + the cheap price = the fastest success ever saw. In a couple of months, the Ortofon Concorde was on top of all the turntables arms in Europe and quickly in the world. official homepage

Since then, many brands tried to duplicate the quality and the design of the Ortofon... but none took the leadership that Concorde keeps with the years. Only Stanton seems to recover a small part of the field with their new models available, mostly based on the Concorde



 Deejay Fashion - classics and fun (04/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas)

The needed stuff for the professional deejays never really changed in the last 15 years. Two turntables for vinyle records (with needles and slipmats of course) + a mixer + a set of headphones + some record bags to carry it. Yes ok... But which turntables and why? Which mixers and why? These are some answers for info and for fun. There is nothing commercial in this... no one paid us to stand on this page. This is only a statement of what professional deejays use, done by observing the scene. I just added some fun tools that I found on the way.

There are three different types of turntables for vinyles:
1) the classic turntable for home and collectors
2) the dj turntable with speed control (pitch) and move by wire transmission (it's far too sensitive but cheaper)
3) the dj turntable with pitch and Direct Drive (the rotor is at the center of the circle and drives the records).
Denon was already doing Direct Drive turntables since 1980, but the pitch was a hard to use running button... and then came the Technics SL-1200-MK2, the legendary tool that satisfies the deejay scene since the early 80's. It was the most resistant and precise turntable ever, and it's still the leader today. Its handy pitch control, the easy start/stop, its great functionnal look, all made it a best-selling over the years. One could say that the SL1200 has been part of the evolution of music since 20 years. Now there are the SL1210 and all the new variations from it.
You may find a new SL-1200 in Brussels at 625 Eur (all taxes incl.)

SL1210 MK website

But no one ever invented anything more for years... until Numark changed the rules with the TTX1. Everyone has been surprised by this new machine. All deejays were bored of all the fake 'new' turntables, featuring unuseful crap... but this was something real. The same resistance and quality, but with many new handy options: digital control, stretch effect (changing speed but not the tone), reverse playing, beat calculation, special hiphop version, etc... and, well, even more expensive. It has not been a revolution yet, but this has really been a change and could hit the score soon.
You may find it in Brussels at 730 Eur (all taxes incl.)

TTX1 website

By the way, a Direct Drive is not the magic word. It surely helps, but the magic word is: 'fast start'. And only a few brands can give that.
They also do turntables, but not of the same quality or duration. Since it's cheaper, it could help to know: Stanton, Gemini, Monacor, many sub-brands, (and JB-System but the pitch is reversed). You'll almost never see those in serious clubs.

The mixer (mixtable) is another thing, because American and European deejays have same needs but not the same references. In USA you'll see many Numark, Pioneer (the famous mixer with build-in effects) and Gemini ... when in Europe the most demanded name is Rodec (and sometimes also Pioneer). A strong tool for deejays, with wide frequencies, resistant plugs, the best VUmeter system available, and all single part can be removed and changed. After 15 years, nothing took the leadership of Rodec in the largest clubs of North Europe... clubbers know why. Now they even do cheaper reduced size mixers for home-deejaying.
You may find a new MX180 in Brussels at 1119 Eur, or a Mixbox at 450 Eur (all taxes incl.)

Rodec MX180 - Rodec MX300 - Rodec Mixbox

You'll also see mixtables by Numark, Ecler, Pioneer, Stanton, Vestax, Gemini, BST, ... of diverse qualities.

Here comes a really nice brand: Vestax. Not that the tools they build are the best on the market, but they really are inventive and searching for things we never would think of (or very late at night and badly drunk).
Well, their PMC-06T Mixer is a seriously nice and small tool for home-deejaying. The headphone output has a very handy split system.

But it starts to be interesting if you check this: thanks Vestax, now you can mix in your bed! Or simply upside-down. They created a turntable of which you can change the angle. The PVT-e2 Pivot Table. Look at this picture... no more comment.

You think they stopped there? No no... they also made the VRX 2000 ... a turntable with a cutting head that makes your own records. Yes, it puts your music onto specially designed Vestax vinyl blanks, from any source. Sure... it's expensive, and the blanks are sold around 30$ ... but it's a very innovative tool for all kind of deejays.

They also created a one-ear Deejay Headphone. Beyer did one, but it was half a professional studio tool... too heavy for most deejays. This one is more like a telephone (or a shower?). I saw some homemade on stages, but never a branded version. Now there it is.


Vestax website

And so, this is not really new, but it's what deejays use these last years to carry the records. The classic Magma DJ Solutions bag, and the classic Lynx hardbox. Name it flightcase or dj-case, whatever... each are between 70 and 100 Eur.

here is one possible shop where to find it but I found some at USA Import Antwerp.


Of course now there are some serious CD mixers and some specially designed effects box... even some very nice computer softwares to mix mp3 ... but here is a strict selection of the most demanded brands and tools for genuine professional deejays. Who said fashion?!?

Some of these are available online from Amazon
(at least they're safe, our selection on the dj-stuff page)
Some also available, with many others, at USL (online ordering),
                            11 Begonialaan - 1790 Affligem
Some also available, with many others, at Orbit Brussels (online ordering),
                             r.d. Marché aux Charbons - 1000 Brussels


 Trucks & Floats at City Parade Gent (04/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas)
These will be the trucks nd floats at the next City Parade on Saturday 21 June:
Perrier&City Parade - Cherry Moon - Kokorico - La Goa - DelMundo - Versuz - Le Motion - Alive Festival - Sottos - Mega-Tempel (Bocca 1972-1994) - Illusion - FFWD parade Rotterdam - Jim Tv - Donna - Studio Brussel - Axe - Coke Lab - Marko Truck - D&B - La Rocca - Culture Club (tbc) - Montuno Vibes - Papaya - Café d'Anvers (tbc) - Fuga - MB Elktroniks - Session - Kozzmozz - News rec - Music Man rec- I Love Techno (tbc) - Fuse (tbc).
Remind that the music of the Free Party will be only played by the different trucks ... the will be no podium. The Citizen party with international deejays will stand at Flanders Expo.

 Limitation for clubs of Pecq? (04/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas - source LaDH)
However the local drug&road statistics look better, the Mayor of Pecq soon will apply a new decree aiming to the forced closing of the club doors between 8 in the morning and 20:00. "I will meet the owners of the mega-dancings and I'll explain them well that we will prosecute after two or three calls to order" says the Mayor to 'La Dernière Heure'. Marc D'Haene has five clubs of this kind on his city district.
But the clubs are patients. "We will respect this decree, until the Council of State states our rights in one or two years", says the legal adviser of La Bush club. "Nevertheless, we think that the closing of the dance-clubs will only move, and even amplify the problem. [...] The amount of police officers must absolutely be adapted to the important population which comes to these mega-dancings."

 Healthier times around Tournai (04/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas - source LaDH)
Less drugs on the roads and in the clubs... it is a good sign. "It is true that it's now a little better in our district", specifies the Pecq Police chief. "We're hopeful. With our colleagues from Tournai, we keep an important presence on that field. We have services which exclusively work in this field and regularly return inside the venues to detect the deal of drug."
And things also get better on the roads says a Commissaire from Tournai: "There has been less of serious accidents for a few months. Our increased presence on the roads certainly explains it. Large operations with the Federal Police force are organized every two months. [...] And on Monday morning, we are very often near the accesses of the mega-dance clubs."

 Poppers soon illegal? (03/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas - source LaDH)
Last month, the Police force organized the complete inspection of a known sex shop next to the Brussels North Station. The Operation Was baptized 'Flacons!' and had the Poppers as target. Result: the magistrate seized a stock of 600 poppers bottles. The general accepted idea that the poppers would only be used by the gay community is now totally false. Sex Shop owners state that they sell it as well to gays as to hetero couples. It is even sold in the discotheques. Is Poppers legal or not? No one really answers since there is no law yet about it, and no specific composition by any European FDA. Poppers is Alkyl Nitrite ... and inhaled it is supposed to increase heartbeat + body heat. Most of them are produced in USA, Netherlands and Germany. It can be lethal if ingested, and is a strong skin and eye irritant. No need to say that it has nothing natural.

 FM Brussel still needs help (03/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas)
After 3 years of outstanding music broadcasts and cultural integrity, the (almost) only bilingual FM radio in Brussels has been burglarized on 2 March 2003. It was an ashamed act which sanctions a team of great quality. FM Bssl always supported the new cultures with deejay shows, programs with hybrids of opera and futuristic electronic musics, some French-speaking Hip Hop hours, etc ... a very wide range of styles and expressions. But 3 months ago the burglars took all CD players, minidiscs, reporter tools, the mixtable, 25 microphones, the headphones and 11 PC computers... so the studios were just left empty. Now FM Bssl recovers its shows step by step, but THEY STILL NEED HELP ... so if any of you can help them with microphones, headphones, any radio material... call them at 02-507.14.52 or go at the website here below.

 Night Birds in nature (02/06/2003 -- tekst: Nicolas)
Two non-profits associations are setting up evening-promenades to watch night birds (real ones, with wings!) in the province of Namur. The ASBL 'Aves' and 'Noctua'. The first makes it for 1 Euro, the second for free. You can reach them at 081-21.49.69, and at 071-71.44.52 to do it at Bambois lake (Fosses-la-Ville).
Yes, in Noctis we talk about the parties... sure... but we also love the night for what it is: a magic time.

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