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Rik Watts

Rik’s initial involvement with electronic music started in the early 90’s with his passion for hardcore. During this time Rik was travelling the world whilst working for the Dutch Navy and was coming into contact with a variety of early electronic music. It was at this point Rik discovered his passion for techno.

In 2006 Rik entered his first djing competition the Twstd DJ contest in Amsterdam and progressed to the last round of 14 where he performed at Club Paradiso in Amsterdam. Shortly after Rik entered a local DJ contest in his hometown of Delft at Club Speakers which he went on to win. In the same year Rik sent his first demo mix to Partyflock which went on to be selected by Bart Skills as the best newcomer entry and resulted in Rik djing @Flockers in the Arnhem Geldedrome.

Leading on from this success Rik started hosting his own parties namely Funck You. As his sound became more recognised he found himself performing at larger clubs such as Speakers in Delft and Mozaiq in Oud Beijerland. In 2009 Rik enrolled at the School of Audio Engineering in Rotterdam where he followed a course in Electronic Music Production and started to formulate his own blend of techno music.

Rik graduated in 2009 and went on to release his first EP on Phat Elephant in 2010. Since then he has performed at the Hall in Istanbul and Smeerboel in Utrecht and one of his releases was used as the soundtrack for the official promotional video of WTTF 2011. Towards the end of 2011 Rik performed several dj sets in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Scheveningen and had a major release on Lowend Community, which was supported by Slam & Hermanez.

At the beginning of 2012 Rik signed for Subculture agency in Utrecht with several new releases and projects in the pipeline. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for Rik’s continued progression in 2012.