Shelter’s Merijn van den Heuvel on Starting Your Own Club

When Shelter opened its doors in 2016, it immediately struck a nerve in Amsterdam’s already bustling nightlife. First of all, the sound system blew everyone away. Secondly, the club’s atmosphere — a culmination of the team, the musical programing and its aesthetic — attracted a loyal following of dedicated clubbers and ravers.  We sat down […]

TSOH | Close-Up: DVS1 Explains How Big Festivals Are Jeopardizing Club Culture

Few artists in the techno genre are as outspoken as Zak Khutoretsky aka. DVS1. In recent years, the Russian-American DJ/producer has been the instigator of many a fierce discussion on electronic music’s most sensitive topics. His essay on dancefloor photography (2014) kickstarted a worldwide movement banning photography in clubs. Now Zak is questioning the festival culture, saying it is […]

TSOH | Close-Up: Armada’s Jeroen te Rehorst on Proper A&R Management

Jeroen te Rehorst is the A&R (artists & repertoire) manager for Armada Music, one of the world’s leading electronic music labels. He speaks about the traits an A&R manager should have, and the work that needs to be done when scouting for artists, guiding their careers and promoting their music. He also offers some wise […]

TSOH | Close-Up: Eric Keijer Explains the International Success of Sensation

Early November, Eric Keijer announced his resignment as the General Manager of Sensation, the world’s leading dance event for many years in a row. He has been part of a little under 120 Sensation events in over 20 different countries around the world. If there’s anyone in the world of Events & Organization who has […]

TSOH | Learning Curve: Tripeo champions the process of taking risks

Tripeo, also producing and DJ-ing under his birth name Darko Esser, has been one of the leading figures of Dutch techno for a while now. As a programmer for several authorative venues in The Netherlands over the years–most notably the legendary Doornroosje in Nijmegen, where he has now worked for 18 years–Tripeo has developed a […]

Audio Obscura: “When you’re passionate, there’s always a way to convince others.”

If there is one organization standing out at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), it’s Audio Obscura. Having steadily manifested themselves as the Dam’s number one spotters of stunning off-locations since 2013—staging legendary events like Sven Väth at the Concertgebouw and Underworld under the Rijksmuseum—they are now stepping up their ADE game with a total […]

TSOH | Close-up: Poker Flat’s Steve Bug on how to run a label

Steve Bug has been DJ’ing and producing electronic music since the early 90’s. He has also been running his own labels Poker Flat Recordings, Audiomatique and Dessous since the late 90’s. His minimalistic house sound has been a great catalyst for the German minimal house wave of the 00’s. Today, Poker Flat Recordings is a […]

Octopus Agents: “Bookers should stay in the background, artists are in the spotlight.”

One of the most renowned Dutch talent agencies in electronic music is Octopus Agents. They represent an impressive roster of international house and techno icons like Hunee, The Hacker, Donato Dozzy, I-F and San Proper. Octopus head honcho Dion Verbeek has been in the business for eight years now, and knows the industry like the […]

TSOH | MC Gee: “We are always going to be the underdog”

If there is one person who embodies Dutch MC culture, it’s MC Gee. Traveling all over the world as the resident MC of Sensation, he has hosted some of the world’s biggest stages. We sat down with the Englishman in Amsterdam to reminisce about his early endeavors in the UK drum ’n bass scene, reflect […]

Nadine Galle: “Festivals are ideal testing grounds for the circular economy revolution.”

Nadine Galle works for Metabolic, a sustainability advice agency, using systems thinking to tackle global sustainability issues. Festivals are fenced in, making them naturally closed ecosystems, ideal testing grounds for a circular economy. Nadine’s research for festivals like DGTL and Welcome to the Village not only helps them to become as sustainable as possible. The […]

TSOH | Close Up: Detroit Swindle never planned for their international breakthrough

Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets burst onto the scene as Detroit Swindle in 2012, with their seminal release “The Wrap Around”. The international breakthrough that followed, took them completely by surprise. All they had ever aspired, was to maybe have a couple of their tracks released. They weren’t even aware of the fact that a […]

TSOH | Close Up: Get Physical’s Roland Leesker about running a successful record label

Roland Leesker has been a stalwart of the electronic music scene since 1989. He started in Frankfurt, where he worked in the Delirium record store in the 90’s. He then moved to New York, where he also set up a record store. He has produced and DJ’ed with anyone from ATA to Ricardo Villalobos, and […]

TSOH | Close Up: Kenny Dope emphasizes playing from the heart and knowing the business

House music pioneer Kenny Dope has been in the music industry for over thirty years. We spoke to him about the highlights of his career–from organizing block parties in New York City in the 80’s, to the Masters At Work heydays in the 90’s and 2000’s, to touring the world still as Kenny Dope in […]

TSOH | Close Up: DGTL’s Chris van Meer on sustainability and calamity control

The School of House’s Kiki Calis caught up with Chris van Meer, event manager of Apenkooi, the organization behind (ao.) the internationally renowned festivals DGTL and STRAF_WERK. He explains in detail how stages are developed and built, how sustainability has become one of the core values of his organization, and how it is implemented into the […]

TSOH | Close-Up: Kenny Carpenter about his DJ-residency at Studio 54 and overcoming addiction

Kenny Carpenter started out as a light jockey in the 1970’s in legendary New York clubs The Galaxy and The Inferno. His big break came one night, when the DJ was taking a break and Kenny was standing in. Two scouts for Studio 54 walked in. Kenny: “I knew I was being auditioned. I said to […]

TSOH | Close up: Thunderdome’s François Maas is the quintessential promoter

Aptly named ‘The Field Marshal’ by his employers, François Maas (Frans or Fransie for friends) is the quintessential promoter. For eighteen years now, he has been in charge of the promotion for Holland’s legendary organization ID&T. And for eighteen years, he has had his finger on the pulse of the Dutch dance music scene. It all started end […]

TSOH | Close up: Rod Malmok talks about overcoming insecurities for his new album

We caught up with Rotterdam techno titan Benny Rodrigues aka. ROD for an open-hearted conversation about his new album Back to Square One. It was the first record he felt confident enough about to release on his own label. “Before this album, I would always send my tracks to others, because I really needed the […]

TSOH | Learning Curve: Quazar

Valuable Music Production learnings from Dutch techno pioneer Gert van Veen. For over 25 years, Gert van Veen has been the frontman of Quazar, one of the first and most famous Dutch live electronic music outfits. He was the first to produce a Dutch house record and the first to write about house and techno […]

TSOH | Close-up: Festival Programmers

Valuable learnings from the programmers of Mysteryland, DGTL, Into the Woods and Drift Festival.  For our first feature, The School of House delves into the world of music programming on festivals: how to construct the best possible festival line-up. Since we like to learn from the best, we spoke to some of Holland’s leading festival programmers: Anaïs d’Olivat from Mysteryland, Floris Groeneveld from DGTL, Brent Roozendaal from Drift Festival and […]


Milan Meyberg (DGTL) on why we need utopian thinking to provoke social transformation.  The position Milan Meyberg (31) occupies at DGTL doesn’t really have a name yet. His official job title is ‘revolution manager.’ This seems befitting, since DGTL is currently spearheading a revolutionary sustainability transformation in the festival industry. Not that they’re the first […]

TSOH |Close-up: 5 Things Every DJ Should Know About the Media

Get to know: Marco Spaventi

Marco Spaventi is one of the lectures for our upcoming Music Creation & Production course in October. We met up with him to talk about his history with electronic music, how the environment around his studio affects his work and what young producers should keep in mind while developing their own style. Marco, you’ve been in […]

ROC begint festivalschool

We are happy to read news about TSOH in Telegraf! AMSTERDAM – The ROC of Amsterdam will start this school year with a new course specifically for a career in the dance and festival industry. Within the new course, for the time being a specialized exam year, There is collaboration with the private training institute […]

Festival organiseren is nu als een Zwitsers uurwerk

 Reportage: In de Arena was vrijdag, aan de vooravond van Sensation, de eerste editie van A Day in Dance, een congres over dance-evenementen. Een interessant kijkje achter de schermen én in de psyche van de festivalbezoeker.

Studiekosten terugvragen

ATTENTIE! Je kunt je studiekosten terugvragen! Wist je dat je de kosten van onze courses in sommige gevallen gewoon kunt terugkrijgen van de belasting? Iets dat vaak wordt vergeten, maar toch wel erg handig is, want het scheelt een hoop kosten! Even wat uitleg: De volgende kosten mag je aftrekken: lesgeld, kosten 

Win during Amsterdam Open Air!

Have we taken your Polaroid picture during Amsterdam Open Air 2016? Use the following Hashtags, tag us and win a masterclass of your choice! (You have until next year to make a choice) #theschoolofhouse #tsoh #aoatsoh2016 Facebook & Instagram Foto credits: Joni Israeli

A Day in Dance

WHAT IS A DAY IN DANCE? • Very exclusive guided backstage tours at Mysteryland or Sensation (during build up) • Lectures by Dance Event professionals with interesting learning outcomes • Inspirational lunch and networking drinks at Mysteryland or Sensation (during build up)  

Complent.Us over artist handling

Artist handling. Een bekend begrip? Of blijven de rinkelende belletjes een beetje uit? Wij spraken kort met eigenaren Max Coppens en Atakan Akardere van het bedrijf Complent.Us. Een bureau dat zich bezig houdt met artist handling, advancing en tour management.

De Superpowers van Roog

Als je een superpower zou hebben, welke zou dat dan zijn? Een superhero met supersonisch gehoor. Is die er al? Ik weet niks van superhero’s. Weet je wat het is, ik DJ dus al 500 jaar zo ongeveer en ik heb een continue piep in mijn oren. Dus als er iets geregeld kan worden waardoor […]

Dive in the studio with The School of House

Do you want feedback on your tracks? Would you like 1 on 1 sessions to improve your skills and level of production? Do you want to work with analog gear, or with the latest plug-ins? Equalize or master your tracks together with professionals? Join our DJ Performance & Industry Course or contact us for 1 […]

Jasja Heijboer ambassador at The School of House

Jasja Heijboer’s booking company, Ace Agency, represents some of the finest DJ’s known world wide. She discovered DJ Afrojack and is the driving force behind the careers of Bassjackers, Martin Garrix, Quintino, Ummet Ozcan, Yellow Claw

Course alumni joins the Beatport team in NY

Floor Slurink a fourth year student International Media and Entertainment Management has been accepted as an assistant Beatport manager in New York for her internship, after completing the Event & Organisation Course.

Nicky Romero

DJ/producer Nicky Romero and his manager Sander Landsaat shared their experience and knowledge during the DJ Performance & Industry Course. During this exclusive Q&A Nicky and Sander spoke about the DJ trade and the way to the top!

Watch the aftermovie Royal

Aftermovie The School of House “ROYAL” Masterclass in Chicago Royal Masterclass in Chicago! We’ve visited Chicago – the birthplace of house culture. What was the reason for that? Fistly, we were asked to give a masterclass about TSOH – our mission, vision and present how the house culture has developed in Europe recently. However, the […]

Partnership TSOH en Ableton

Cursisten die de Music Creation & Production course van 24 weken volgen krijgen tot maar liefst 40% korting op verschillende producten als Ableton Live 9 en Push. Kijk hier voor meer informatie

Atelier Néerlandais

The School of House was donderdag te gast als educatieplatform en soundsystem bij de opening van het Atelier Néerlandais. Het nieuwe centrum voor Creatief ondernemerschap en kennisdeling met onze Franse vrienden in Parijs.

TSOH in Chicago

Koning Willem-Alexander en koningin Máxima hebben zich dinsdag (plaatselijke tijd) tijdens hun bezoek aan Chicago ingezet als ambassadeurs van de dancemuziek. Het koningspaar nam er deel aan een mini-concert na een dancemasterclass.

DJ worden? Ga naar school!

Duncan Stutterheim en Jan Maarten Hartong vonden dat het tijd werd voor een danceopleiding! Lees hier meer over The School of House

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