NGHTDVSN are one of Amsterdam's biggest promoter crews since popping up on the scene in 2013 and host four shows this year over ADE week. We caught up with head promoter Milan Van Oojen for his take on the city and ADE.
Ibiza Voice: Where is your favourite low key bar or club?
Milan Van Oojen: I'm not one for fancy bars or cocktail hangouts. I'd rather enjoy drinks with friends in the more traditional no-nonsense "bruine kroegen". One of my favourites would be Cafe Eylders. It's across the street from our office and around the corner of the Leidseplein, one of Amsterdams main nightlife squares. It’s a safe haven between an array of all you can eat sushi and sports bars with super friendly staff that make you feel at home and most importantly have mastered the art of the perfect foam layer for your beer.
Where do you go to eat or chill in the city when it's busy?
Restaurant Marathonweg. The owner is a friend of mine from primary school in the village where I grew up, so we go way back. It’s the go-to place for me and my friends.
Can you recommend us something we should check out during ADE that may have slipped under our radar?
Besides the night time parties, ADE also offers a cool daytime program. If you find the time during the day try to head out to ADE Soundlab. It's a three-day event with cool audio-visual installations, exhibitions of conceptual and new instruments, modular synths and more. I hope I have time to hop in for an hour or so this year. It's always great fun.
Where are your favourite record shops in Amsterdam?
Distortion on the Westerstraat and Rush Hour on the Spuistraat are local institutions and thriving better than ever in this digital age. So definitely worth checking out if you're in town. My DJing days are behind me. Soundcloud and Spotify are my main supplier for music these days.
More and more people are moving into Amsterdam, what’s the secret to running a successful party here?
I don't have the secret sauce to that recipe. I just do what I like and that's my only benchmark.