Lin’s roots in the international dance scene go back a long way. Although less well known to the younger crowds in today’s dance scene, Lin is back with her deep techno and tech-house sets. With sets at Label Unknown’s kick-off this year at the Tolhuistuin and recent bookings at the illusive Paradiso we are sure to see Lin around. Well deserved, because with residencies at the Maassilo (Now & Wow), her own label and club night Body Condition and her appearance in Estafête, as well as sets at Sensation and Mysteryland she knows how to satisfy any crowd.
These days, she has taken to teaching children how to DJ and she is a consultant for upcoming artists, creating the future generation of dance professionals. Together with Hary Shanthi and Out Of Words, Lin became resident DJ for Label Unknown, a new organisation that uses music, art and story telling to connect people from various backgrounds. On November 4th, Label Unknown kicks off with a new series of events called We Are Equal in collaboration with De Prael Houthavens. We asked Lin for her reason to join Label
Unknown in their mission to promote a society where multiculturalism, solidarity and diversity are the key pillars of humanity.
Hi Lin, you’ve been silent for while, but you are back in the Amsterdam Dance Scene! What have you done all these years?
I have done a lot of fun things! I found love, moved to London with her, got engaged, moved back, got married and became mother of a beautiful daughter! Music-wise I felt it was time for a change. I still love performing as a DJ, but I wanted to use my skills differently. Instead of working nights I changed my career to a day job. But you can’t get the club out of the girl so nowadays I have a combination of both. I feel lucky!
You joined Label Unknown as a resident after your gig at Label Unknown’s first event in the Tolhuistuin last May. Why have you chosen for Label Unknown?
I met the crew of Label Unknown at The School of House, where I was working at the time. We immediately had a connection and that’s how things started. I think Label Unknown represents everything I believe in. The first part of Label Unknown in the Tolhuistuin was pure magic. It was a lovely gig! I felt everybody connecting on the dancefloor.
“You can’t put a label on me or my sound, but I try to bring timeless quality.”
Your musical selection is quite diverse. How would you describe your sound?
I like to keep things simple and play whatever I like. It can be deep house, house, dub, tech house or techno. There is just one condition: it has to be very VERY good. Like Label Unknown, you can’t put a label on me or my sound, but I try to bring timeless quality. What you see is what you get. I just feel and love the music that I play. I think the audience feels that too.
You’ve been doing some pretty amazing shows in the past. Which one was the absolute highlight of your musical career?
This is a very difficult question! I think from the past these where my gigs at Sensation, Now & Wow (Maassilo), Trouw, Queensday (now Kingsday) and Gaypride. This year, I loved the first Label Unknown party and my last gig on Paradiso’s Main Stage after Leftfield’s concert.
You are closing the night at We Are Equal by Label Unknown on November 4th. What can we expect from you?
Music that suits the time and vibe of the moment. I always pay a lot of attention to the crowd.
Label Unknown also invites guest speakers besides their musical programming that talks about sensitive social issues as refugees, cultural and sexual diversity. How are they going to manage this during their events?
Look, music has always been a key player in connecting us. Once out on a concert or a party, it doesn’t really matter where you are from or what your personal preferences are. Everyone is treated equally. Label Unknown attracts a very diverse crowd, and I think it’s an asset to actually combine music and social education to inspire people to think out of their box. The first DJ will start at 4 pm. At 6 pm we will stop the music and we will take some time to be inspired by a super inspiring person, which will be announced soon. I believe it’s a great idea to combine music and parties with social responsibility. Our generation can really set an example for future generations, and what a fun way to achieve this all together through dance and music.
If you had one ultimate dream, what would you still like to do as a DJ?
We are looking forwards to see you play on November 4th. One last thing you want to say to our readers?
Lowlands (yes please!)
Hope to see you November 4th, I would love to dance with you all.