Diynamic is one of the world’s leading house and techno labels. Solomun has made it so with his own releases as well as high profile DJ sets all over the world. The best way to experience it is at one of the crew’s standalone events such as the one day special in Amsterdam.
This year the event took place on Saturday rather than Friday and meant it kicked off at midday, rolling through for twelve hours. It all went down in a beautiful forest location, with tall green trees as a backdrop and a massive main stage emerging from the ground in spectacular fashion.
The sound system was hugely impressive, with stacks on towers flanking the DJ booth and big pyrotechnic explosions adding to the drama. Add in a second stage and a live stage and we really did have an impressive offering from the Diynamic outfit.
For us, things started with Moscoman who dropped raw grooves, twisted acid and disco on the second stage. Following his performance was a b2b from Lehar and Musumeci who know each other well by now and it duly showed as they got into a nice deep melodic groove that was very impressive – the sun-soaked party-revelers were in a great place at this moment.
Later in the evening, Apparat stepped up for one of his complex, adventurous DJ sets with elements of techno, IDM, acid and plenty more; all colouring the airwaves as the crowd lapped it up. That crowd was largely European and largely diverse – the appeal Diynamic has on the underground community is incredible and it really shows at these showcase events from them.
Solomun, of course, was who they were all here to see and when he stepped up on the main stage at 9pm, they all surged forwards and screamed. He reasoned with some air punching then set to work dropping the likes of Depeche Mode – Master and Servant (Goom Gum remix), and Jonjo Jury – ArtBucket (Xinobi remix). These were big moments in a luscious set that really won over the crowd on the day.
With a wider musical remit coming from extended friends and family and not just the label crew, this was the best Diynamic Festival to date and one that confirmed not only the label to be vital, but that the team behind it are more than capable of throwing down a proper party.