Ask the D.J – der Wolfshund.

We managed to coller the next OOS dj and man about town der Wolfshund recently. And posed him some questions relating to music and his djíng in general.

How would you describe your dj sets?

I like to mix it up. Hits and misses go side by side. It’s a thin line between playing what people think they want and what I think they need.

I’m a bit of a garage/beat head, but I’ve been getting more and more into 50’s R&B. I build my sets around those three genres. I don’t care if a track is obscure or popular, the groove is everything, people have to dance. But it is nice to play that lesser known song by that well known artist or a crazy cover. I try to work towards a climax – slowly build things up – after which I start all over again. I want to share my love of music and celebrate the good things in life and the genius of human creativity.

When did you begin, and what’s your musical history?

I guess I started out in Zwolle, about 15/20 years ago, desperately trying to get people to dance to Lyres and Back From The Grave stuff.

But as a little boy I was already playing Beatles records too loud on my parents’ stereo after school. Then at night, when my parants were home, the neighbours came over to complain and I got sent to bed right away. At least they got to hear Love Me Do twenty times in a row…

I play drums in de Sp aties and before that I played in The Stilettos.

What are your fave 45′s of the moment?

Lenny Johnson – Walk Ginny Walk

The Mamas & The Papas – Dancing In The Street

The Sound Barrier – Hey Hey

Billy Hambric – Flaming Mamie

I’m Leaving – John Lee Hooker

Evelyn Freeman – Didn’t It Rain

Lavern Baker – Bumble Bee

Rev. Louis Overstreet – Black But Proud

Rob de Nijs – Oh Had Ik ’N Hammer

The 5 Strangers – Sad And Lonely

What’s your “Get out of Jail” record? 

Rob Hoeke Boogie Woogie Quartet – Down South Part 1

Ever experienced “DJ Hell”?

Luckily I spend most of my time behind the wheels of steel in DJ heaven!

But yes, I have. Dying sound systems; record players that are broken because nobody bothered to check them; just being the wrong man for the occasion, where all people want to hear is ABBA, The Cure and “that one song that goes tadadada dadada nanah…”

Once I stopped in mid-song, when some guy with his electric guitar started jamming to what I was playing. He had played with his band before I was on. The whole club went dead silent when I stopped the music, after which I asked him how he would have felt if I had started playing my records through his music. That put him in his place.

I’ve had drunk people spilling drinks on my records and every now and then there’s that idiot who thinks it’s funny to put his finger on the record.

It’s live and learn. The less attention you give people like that, the better. I try to focus on the people that are having a good time, that way I get the most energy out of it myself. Energy that hopefully will translate back into a killer set!

What are your thoughts on the ’60s scene?

Tough question, since I’m not that much of a scenester… It should be open and welcoming, looking out instead of in. The more people the merrier. And that’s exactly what I like about Out Of Sight parties.

I never understood the elitist secret club mentality. To those people I say: If you like the sixties so much, why don’t you go and live there.

Give us three tunes that will definitely be in your box on May 9th?

Rob Hoeke Boogie Woogie Quartet – Down South Part 1

Gerry & The Pacemakers – Shot Of Rhythm And blues

Link Wray – Turnpike U.S.A.

Any advice for the budding dj?

Don’t forget to bring your records and make sure you get the girls dancing, then the boys will surely follow.

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