Joris Voorn sits at the epicenter of the Dutch electronic music scene, the most renowned and instantly recognizable artist from The Netherlands, representing underground house and techno on a wider global stage.
For a country with a population of just seventeen million the Dutch contribution to world electronic music is unsurpassed. While house and techno trace their roots to the marginal and mainly
black American underground, it’s taken a relatively small country in the European lowlands to flip electronic music on its head and turn it into the global powerhouse it is today.
In 2019 few could deny that Amsterdam is the global capital of electronic music and few artists embody the melting pot of
musical influences that define the city’s underground techno scene more than Joris Voorn.
Joris is the embodiment of the modern-art and tech-savvy touring DJ, with both feet planted in firmly
in the underground techno world, but a keen eye for contemporary art, photography and a longstanding love of architecture (you only need to check his Instagram or EP covers to see where this all comes together).
Born in the Dutch city of Tilburg, the son of a composer and a music teacher, Joris gained international recognition with his breakout ‘Muted Trax EP’ on Keynote which was followed
quickly by his universally acclaimed ‘Lost Memories EP’ on Sino the following year. Its follow-up ‘Lost Memories Part 2’ in 2004 included the standout track ‘Incident’ which became an immediate and firm fixture in the sets of many of his now-peers including Carl Cox, Derrick May and Laurent Garnier and
was one of the standout tunes of that summer at clubs everywhere from The Sub Club to Circoloco.
Since then he has gone on to release three hugely critically acclaimed artist albums, ‘Future History’ (released on on Sino in 2004), ‘From A Deep Place’ (released on Green in 2007) and the most recent ‘Nobody Knows’ voted electronic album of the year 2014 by Billboard Magazine in the US. He has backed these up with dearly loved mix compilations for Belgian techno bastion Fuse, Australia’s Balance series and most recently London underground superclub fabric.
In 2005 he founded the label ‘Green’, the first of two imprints which he runs with long-time collaborator Edwin Oosterwal. This has provided a platform for Joris’ two most recent albums, plus some of his biggest hits including 2013’s ‘Ringo’ and his 2016’s ‘Looks Fake Obviously’.
The second label ‘Rejected’ has given him an outlet for more straight-up house tracks aimed squarely at the dancefloor such his various installments in the ‘Dusty House’ series of EPs plus somewhere to release tracks from his peers such as Deetron, Anton Pieete, Ian Pooley and Steve Rachmad.
These two labels represent the opposing ends of the ‘Spectrum’ of underground music that Joris is proud to champion. In fact, this word is so synonymous with the wide range of underground musical styles that inspire and inform both Joris’
DJing and production work that he decided to call his forthcoming radio show and event series ‘Spectrum’, allowing him to fully explore the full reach of his extensive musical tastes and share them with a wider audience.
Throughout the years Ibiza has always played an active part in Joris’ summer touring diary, from early gigs at We Love on Sundays at Space, through to his more recent La Familia nights at Ushuaia with Nic Fancuilli, in 2016 Joris has in the enviable position of holding not one but two key residencies in Ibiza, at ANTS at Ushuaia alongside the likes of Maya Janes Coles and Kolsch, and elrow at Amnesia alongside Eats Everything, Paco Osuna and Groove Armada
2017 has proved to be a monumental year for Joris with the launch of his expansive Spectrum concept. Encompassing club nights, festival stages, a globally broadcast radio show and a photography series, it’s his chance to show off his wider musical tastes with extended sets and his skills as a curator.
Taking in events at landmark venues like Amsterdam’s De Marktkantine and London’s Village Underground, it represents a big new step in his career that is gaining plaudits far and wide. It’s also the year he lands as a resident at HïIbiza for their In The Dark sessions on Thursdays, while he also plays several dates across the road for ANTS at Ushuaïa.
He also continues his lifetime residency for Amsterdam’s Awakenings, playing special vinyl-only sets to celebrate their 20th anniversary. In short,
you’ll find him at many of the world’s biggest techno destinations.
Another milestone year was had by Joris Voorn in 2018, with two sold out headline shows during the most pivotal electronic industry moment of the year, Amsterdam Dance Event, along with successfully expanding his Spectrum brand into territories such as North and South America with sell out shows, building the bridge between his firmly established position in Europe and farther afield, whilst alsodelivering his weekly Spectrum radio show in now over 20 countries worldwide, making Joris Voorn and Spectrum a truly global electronic music brand.
2019 sets the bar even higher with the long-awaited launch of his brand new, and fourth artist album, due for release on his own freshly rebranded musical imprint ‘Spectrum’ (previous ‘Green’) in
November. Many special album moments are on the way including a collaboration with legendary dance outfit Underworld that will be one of the lead singles.
The first release of the album was thefollow up to his most successful single to date, “Ringo”, on the aptly titled “Ryo” (named after his second son).
A string of solid Ibiza season dates ensue, added to his own stage hosts at festivals such as Awakenings and Tomorrowland along with some big look plays for Drumcode Festival, RESISTANCE
Miami, Sydney and Melbourne, which all continue to maintain Joris’ positions in the highest echelons of the techno industry for the year ahead.
Outside of Ibiza, Joris is a regular fixture at all of the key clubs and festivals on the global underground circuit performing multiple weekly shows at events across Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China,Singapore, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Detroit, Chicago and New York. These include clubbing institutions such as fabric (London),
Output (New York), Womb (Tokyo), Fuse (Brussels), Faust (Paris), Warehouse Project (Manchester), elrow (Barcelona) fabrik (Madrid), Zouk (Singapore) and Spazio 900 (Rome).
As far as festivals are concerned Joris has a long-running relationship with both the Awakenings and Strafwerk/DGTL events series in his native The Netherlands while further afield he
can be found playing at festivals such as Parklife (Manchester), Movement (Detroit) Tobacco Dock (London), Ultra (Miami), Mysteryland (Amsterdam), Hideout (Croatia) and Electric Zoo (New York).
Joris Voorn, Dj / Producer / Radio Presenter