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Roel Salemink

When you grow up in a small place like Gendringen/The Neth-erlands, there’s not much that will keep you busy unless you can find yourself an all-consum-ing hobby pretty fast. Roel Sa-lemink chose to combat small town syndrome by developing his passion for music, spending his formative years obsessing over different styles of music. 

By the early 90s he had become hooked on house, a habit he has never since managed to kick. After experimenting with various iterations of the genre he began to focus more on techhouse and techno, which to this day continues to be his greatest passion.

Professionally, his musical journey began when he started organising and promoting techno parties, booking headline acts like Takaaki Itoh, Christian Wunsch, Pacou, Recyver Dogs and Darko Esser to name a few. The success of these events gave Roel the confidence to de-velop his own event – the magnificent and memorable Magnifique. 

This event saw him take to the stage alongside a whole host of fa-mous names, including Secret Cinema, Bart Skils, Isis, Marco Bai-ley and Peter Horrevorts. Keen to use his promotional skills across Europe and beyond, he has also hosted a stage at the famous Ger-man Festival Ruhr In Love which is attending by over 30.000 people.

It was not until 2008 that Salemink seriously turned his attention to producing. It speaks volumes that his first ever release, techno tune ‘Manalive’, became an instant classic. Put out by the famous Bush Re-cords, home to the likes of Carl Cox and Dave Clarke, the track spent a solid eight weeks in the number one spot on the Beatport chart. The track was featured on a number of compilations, including ‘Carl Cox recorded live at Dance Valley’, and Salemink’s reputation was sealed. 

His tunes regularly receive big name support from the likes of Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Pig&Dan, Mauro Picotto, Tom Hades, Marco Bai-ley, Loco & Jam and a whole host more. If you want to hear more from Roel Salemink you can check out one of his podcasts that he provides regularly for shows like Steve Mulder’s Technation or the 90Watts radioshow on ibiza Global Radio. He also get’s a lot of sup-port on Dennis Ruyer’s Dance Department on national radio 538. 

There are plenty of exciting projects in the pipeline for this exception-ally talented DJ, promoter and producer this year. Not only is his Thai-land tour kicking off this April, there are a host of new tracks and re-mixes on the way too. Projects include his reworking of techno classic Love Story by Andrew McLauchlan. He will also release remixes he did for Mauro Picotto, Carl Cox, Dj Pierere and many more. Check out his dicography to see al of his forthcoming releases in 2012. This exciting foray into techno history, born partly from nostalgia and partly from a desire to keep the sound fresh and current, promises to be something truly special and certainly worth watching out for. 

Furthermore Salemink also launched his own label Roasted Re-cordings in 2011, and will release music of great artists such as Trevor Rockliffe, Tom Hades, Robot Needs Oil, Steve Mulder, Ga-reth Whitehead, Bageera, Tim Wolff and many more. He waill also do some label events in Amsterdam, Germany & London.