With the Amsterdam Dance Event around the corner, DJ’s from all over the world come to Amsterdam. We are proud of our Dutch talents and because of ADE we have a special interview lined up this month. This is the Wanderlust of.. Techno DJ Joey Daniel.
Joey Daniel was born in Rotterdam but currently lives in Amsterdam. When he’s not home he flies around the world playing at different gigs alongside the best DJ’s in the world. He has also become a resident of the Music On Family, run by techno legend Marco Carola. Time to find out where Joey likes to hang around when he’s home! Joey will be playing at Dockyard Festival during the Amsterdam Dance Event on the 19th of October.
Next to Amsterdam, what is your favourite destination in the world and why?
In general, my favourite place in the world has to be Asia. When i’m there, I can escape from the western culture and all the stress that comes along with it. It’s a completely different world. Not to mention the amazing food and interesting culture. I’ve been to many Asian countries but I’m currently planning a backpack trip through China with my dad! So far, I’ve only seen Beijing and can’t wait to discover more of the real China.
Nice! As you hit the road a lot, what is your favourite hotel in Amsterdam you would like to tip?
There is this really nice boutique hotel in Amsterdam called The Toren, they have in the back the garden with some really cool special rooms.
In your opinion, what are currently the best new parties during the Amsterdam Dance Event?
Too many to name, because every year there are new parties popping up. But if I have to name one; Kaluki is definitely one of those best new ones. It will take place on Thursday night at the A’dam Tower, not only the party is amazing but as well the venue as its at the 19th floor with views all over Amsterdam.
It’s not easy, but DJ’s get used to it
So how do you balance conference and parties?
You asking this to a DJ? Haha, it’s not that easy to be honest, but we are used to less sleep and living at night.
What is your favourite breakfast spot in Amsterdam?
I love Benji’s, for brunch. They serve healthy açaí bowls and really nice buns combined with fresh juices. My tip: Try the “The Jack 10”, an Indonesian style flavoured bun with jackfruit and its 100% vegan. I love it!
And your favourite place for late night dinner?
In general, I think Izakaya is the best place for a late night dinner, because where normally the kitchen close around 10pm in Amsterdam, you can easily order food until 11:30pm at Izakaya. This Japanese fusion restaurant serve amazing cocktails as well, plus they play nice music.
Where do you go to get away from the madness?
From my place, it’s only a 15 minute drive to the Amsterdamse Bos, a beautiful forest on the edge of the city. I go their every day for a long walk with my dog, even thought its so close to the city centre its absolutely the place to reset my mind and completely get zen. By the same token, there is also this big spa centre with sauna’s, massages a big gym and a pool where I like to go.
Besides your own gigs, which parties do you advise us to check out during ADE this year?
Definitely check out Moog presents: Composing Live Techno Analog Synthesizers. Even if you don’t like this genre of electronic music its more then worth to check this one out.
Thanks Joey and good luck getting through the Amsterdam Dance Event this month!
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