When you're in Basel you'll find out that there are a lot of different cultures and languages. People from everywhere are visiting this important exhibition every year and that makes it an inspiring workplace up there! Even dutch people, who thought that I was an American or English DJ, were visiting the Invicta boot and gave me their cards. It was funny that we start talking in English and both thinking "where's that accent from?". Finally we found out that we could better speak in Dutch, for me it's a big easier!
I want to thank the whole crew at Invicta, especially the managing team from the US who I'll be visiting this month in Florida. But I won't forget to thank the European Invicta crew, their hospitality and for all arrangements. I hope we'll meet again at BaselWorld 2014!
DJ Erik de Gast (1980) is a jazz, funk and house artist who plays a wide variety of music at many events, festivals and parties. Always improvising, he maintains a good contact with his audience and plays what the crowd likes to hear. Because he plays in a large variety of clubs and places, he knows a great deal about audiences and their tastes.
Erik is also confident outside of jazz, funk and house music and can create a danceble 70's, 80's or 90's atmosphere.
Dressed in style often in a jacket and tie, accented with casual sneakers or faded jeans, he fits in with a modern and self-conscious audience. Give Erik the opportunity to demonstrate his exuberant character and he finishes his look off with a nice glass of single malt whisky or a long filler cigar. Good music should of course be accompanied with real enjoyment!
Erik plays throughout the Netherlands, from intimate cafes to trendy clubs. In the spring and the fall he provides fashion shows with musical accompaniment. You can meet him in the open air during for summer drinks, or in the winter at fairs and other events.
The modern dance and jazz influences in his "turntable sessions" are expressed mainly in melodic bass lines and piano. But other instruments like the saxophone or jambé are well represented. Erik de Gast regularly plays together with live saxophonists and percussionists of national renown.
In his house and lounge music you'll hear a distinct South American atmosphere with a funky edge; latin and bossa nova, drums mixed with memories of the disco era.