In alphabetical order (per stage)
It’s always a pleasure to welcome a true friend of the Welcome to the Future family – Benny Rodrigues – back to our home in Het Twiske. Benny Rodrigues is a Rotterdammer with Portuguese blood who understands the art of using Funk to get the dance floor filled and the entire room to its feet. Benny plays a seamless blend of groovy, funky, deep, Tech-House sounds with lots of Detroit, Minimal, and Acid influences. Although he is known for being the funky Tech-House kingpin, Benny Rodrigues can just as skillfully fill the dance floor with a particularly strong dosage of Techno while infecting dance floors around the globe. If deep digging Tech-House with a Techno flair is what you crave, you don’t want to miss Dutch legend Benny rock our Main stage.
A few short years after breaking through, on the back of a series of huge House tracks, Dutchman Chris Stussy is now a growing part of the global underground scene. Always leading the way and heading into new musical territory, he has built on early successes with a steady stream of essential new releases. Stussy is continually finding fascinating new corners to explore within the House scene and continues to showcase this in the studio as well as in the most important DJ booths around the world.
Joris Voorn sits at the epicentre of the Dutch Electronic music scene, he’s one of the most renowned and instantly recognisable artists from Holland, representing underground House and Techno on a wider global stage. Born in the Dutch town 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. Joris is the embodiment of the modern-art and tech-savvy touring DJ with both feet planted firmly in the underground Techno world. Joris also has a keen eye for contemporary art, photography and a long-standing love for architecture. This artistic mastermind will be closing down the Main stage in style.
DJ/producer Prunk is working at his own pace but this definitely doesn’t mean he’s taking things slow. His label PIV, which he started in 2015, has been steadily releasing EP’s like his own production ‘Sexy Brasil’, that was released on the imprint in the spring of 2016. Together with his sparring partner Chris Stussy, Prunk released the ‘Material’ EP on EWax in the winter of 2016 and the two also released ‘The Machine’ EP that came out on the notorious Nervous Records as well as EP’s on Moulton and Innercity Records. His warm and sexy, but always dance floor-orientated and uplifting sound is definitely attracting attention from promoters.
Spaceandtime is a stellar concoction of Eric de Man and Aron Friedman, both champions of the Amsterdam scene. Their cosmic House is drenched in stardust. Their Capsule imprint (“Transmissions from outer space”) is inspired by the Voyager Golden Record project. This year will be yet another dimension in Spaceandtime’s rapidly expanding multiverse. Get ready for intergalactic transmissions at Welcome to the Future’s Main stage this summer!
Fascinated by all things percussion, Toman began learning the drums in his early teens. A move that would eventually steer him towards what he considers the “unrestrictive complexities of Electronic music”. A producer with an endlessly eclectic palette, Toman cites the likes of Underworld, Minilogue, and Terry Lee Brown Jr as influences. All of whom attest in some way to his own eclectic palette. From Minimal to Tech-house to House and deeper sounds, Toman’s diverse musical outlook is refreshingly hard to categorise. Get ready for an astonishing set when Toman takes control of our Main stage.
ANNA is one of Brazil’s finest exports and she’s quickly climbing the ranks with her seductive yet heavy-hitting brand of Techno. The talented artist ANNA has been reaching new heights, which is a fitting pay-off for the artist who has been DJing since she was fourteen years old, cutting her teeth spinning at her father’s nightclub in the outskirts of Sao Paolo. Her journey since then has been marked by passion, hard work, and an unrelenting dedication to her craft. As a skilled and accomplished selector, her performances are always energetic and captivating affairs. Prepare to lose yourself to ANNA’s hypnotizing Techno rhythms within the realm of our Techno stage.
Chris always stood and still stands for solid Techno on the deeper side of the musical spectrum while his DJ sets continue at full tilt – sonic journeys between darkness and light, always far from the beaten tracks of the musical mainstream. Get ready for some serious movements, both from the soundsystem and on the dance floor, when Chris Liebing hits the decks of our Techno stage.
DJ Rush made his way into the DJ business and never limited himself. He quickly found his way to Berlin, Germany and his career kicked off into high gear. Not only have his DJ skills and music selection moved and impressed fans all over the globe, his tracks have made such a big impact on the Dance scene. Conquering so many clubs and events across Europe and gaining so much respect, Rush had a chance to host his own tents at major festivals in Europe. Being such a killing machine, speaker-beater, bass-cranker, Rush likes to leave his fans and supporters’ minds and bodies tingling after each set, wanting more, more, more and more.
Kobosil discovered Techno when it emerged from subculture into modernity. In a short period of time, Kobosil has left his mark on his hometown of Berlin by filling a formerly blank space with subtly hypnotic synths, monochromatic textures, ambient excursions and especially the darker, more powerful variant of Techno. Through his own RK imprint, the Berghain resident has built himself a reputation as a producer with a clear focus on straightforward yet multi-faceted tracks and mixes. Witness his divers musical expertise in our legendary Techno tent this year!
Los Angeles native DJ, producer and live act: ONYVAA, is one of Europe’s newest imports that is rapidly rising on the global Techno circuit. She was awarded ‘The Best Newcomer Award’ at the DJ Awards in Ibiza and recently described by Richie Hawtin as ‘the future of Techno’ with also a release on his iconic label PLUS 8 Records. During her live performance, you can expect an energetic trip that is influenced by the timeless sounds of Detroit and early 90’s warehouse Techno. Combining hypnotising loops that she constructs with her modular synths, groovy bass, heavy drums, emotive pads and leads, along with some original field recordings she collects around the world. ONYVAA’s performance is set to be a must-see, so don’t miss out!
This versatile Dutch performer has rightfully received praise from the Techno scene’s big players like Joris Voorn and Tale of Us. The DJ, producer and live performer is a big fan of dark underground Techno but never fails to astonish the crowds with additional progressive melodies. When accompanied with strong visuals, his unique musical fingerprint can easily hypnotize audiences. VNTM aims to cherish oldskool sounds while at the same time he continuously innovates. Within the Techno scene, he first made name for himself with solid releases like ‘Analog’, ‘Messages’ and ‘Time Traveler. This year he will rejoice us with a vivid live-set in our majestic Techno tent.
Amsterdam based DJ Bella has found her deep passion in Electronic music and her long-lasting love for creating and sharing her music empowers Bella to push to higher limits. With her artist collective ‘Many More’, she’s launched Palet, a recurring event that is often home to Paradiso Amsterdam. Female DJ Bella has shared her musical expertise on many events and venues throughout The Netherlands. Get ready for Bella to bring a funky House set to our House stage this summer!
Born in Chicago, though he has Detroit connections with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, Chez Damier’s productions lean closer to the classic sound of New York Garage. He began DJing and producing in the late ’80s, mixing alongside Frankie Knuckles and May, and co-writing tracks for Inner City. A high-profile series of EP’s for Balance during 1997 got him signed to the French label Distance that year, renewing Damier’s name on the ever-growing Garage scene. Expect complete carnage when Chez Damier is rocking an electrifying House set at Welcome to the Future 2022.
The Dutch duo put out most of their music through their own label Heist Recordings and have quickly gained popularity through their early releases like “The Wrap around”, and “The Break up”. They’ve collaborated with and done remixes for artists like Tom Misch, Kerri Chandler and Mayer Hawthorne. As avid record collectors of both old and new music, their DJ style is as varied as their taste in music. Rather not limiting themselves to a certain sound, Dam Swindle will play just about anything. So whether it’s classic house, obscure disco, African funk or any other genre from across the globe: if it puts a smile on your face, they’ll play it.
Say what you wanna say, but you have to give Strahil Velchev this: the man’s a powerhouse. Recording and playing live under the KiNK alias, he went on to become one of the finest purveyors of Funk, Techno and House. KiNK’s music is unifying in the best possible way. Channeling the spirit and feeling of a time where it didn’t really matter who the faces behind the music were, KiNK plays with the elements of genres and subgenres as if the future of it is still wide-open.
Mr. G (live)
This veteran absolutely gives credit to his name since he definitely is the real G. Speaking about credit, Mr. G possibly is one of the most underlooked artists within the House and Techno scene. The British artist consistently has been providing the House scene with ruthless, bass-heavy beats for over 20 years now. Since 1999 the DJ has had his personal label Phoenix G but his work for other labels like Defected, Duty Free, The End and Skint has also been highly appreciated. Without a doubt, this underrated legend will capture the House stage’s crowd with his flamboyant, groovy sounds in a spectacular live-set!
The musical abilities of this rising star come very close to the ones of philharmonic orchestras, if not better. Philou is a master in covering Electronic music with a jacket of African Soul. Besides the amazing acoustics which it generates, the addition of African Soul also has a deeper meaning. Philou is an important representative for pan-African culture and is keen on giving this group a voice within the Electronic music arena. The highlight of this ongoing journey was the EP Alkbulan Republic which he recorded together with artists from Ghana and Nigeria. Welcome to the Future feels honoured to give this extravagant gem a stage to display some inviting, funky African vibes.
Tom Trago has long been one of the leading lights of the Dutch electronic music underground; a globe trotting DJ, producer, live performer and label owner who enjoys nothing more than championing both overlooked gems and fresh sounds from his own country. He once claimed that he felt a physical need to make music every day, and it’s hard to think of anyone whose immersion in music is quite as complete. Expect funky melodic vibes mixed with trembling beats when Tom Trago takes control of our House stage this summer!
This DJ should not be confused with the famous actor Robert, yet he definitely deserves the same level of fame. This down-to-earth Dutch DJ has received more and more international recognition over the last few years. His music is a perfectly balanced mixture of deep, firm beats with flairs of upbeat Melodic Techno, making his music an ideal cocktail to dance to. Together with some old friends he started his own label TAPE Records on which he published tracks like ‘Epirus’ and ‘G’.
DJ Bone is one of Detroit’s most coveted underground vinyl technicians. It’s no accident that two letters always precede Bone’s name whenever he’s on the bill. First and foremost, Bone is a DJ—in the truest sense. When he spins, it’s as if the turntables and the mixer become a physical extension of his body. He employs every possible technique in the disc jockey arsenal masterfully: blending, scratching, back spinning, no monitors or headphones; unrivalled in his use of the fader switch and he incorporates them all into every set. Witness his invigorating set when he is joined by Dr. Rubinstein to take control of the Aurora stage.
Marina Rubinstein loves to DJ, but even when she’s perched in the booth, weaving together an invigorating assortment of hypnotic acid, 90s rave and pumping Techno, her mind is on the dance floor. After all, it was on the dance floor that this Russian-born, Israeli-reared artist fell in love with Techno in the first place. Dr. Rubinstein is playing back-to-back with DJ Bone this year and these two energizing artists will give away a mesmerising performance at our Aurora stage.
FJAAK, the Berlin-based duo of hardware heads, have been constantly making a name for themselves for almost a decade. Having grown up together in Spandau on the outskirts of Berlin, Felix Wagner, Aaron Röbig, and Kevin Kozicki began quite early to create all different kinds of music before ending up taking on the city’s heritage of Techno to make it their own. In 2019, Kevin has left the group to pursue a solo career, but Felix and Aaron continued their course of action. The boys of FJAAK will bring their signature sound beyond the German capital’s border to our Aurora stage with a killer DJ-set.
Steve Rachmad aka Sterac
After being involved in Electronic music for more than a quarter of a century, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Steve Rachmad aka Sterac has been integral to the development of the scene in his native Netherlands. As a DJ he is constantly reinventing himself. Most often associated with Detroit Techno, warm pads, rousing strings, and powerful grooves, Steve is the producer, remixer, and DJ who among first championed such sounds in his home country. Steve Rachmad’s Techno sounds infused with Funk and Groove has proved to be very infectious, so don’t be surprised when you lose control at the Aurora stage.
Ultrastation, a newly formed duo consisting of Nuno dos Santos and Cosmic Force, is a radio station for interstellar space and their cosmonauts. Produced by two scientists who are specialized in ultrasonic waves and subsonic consciousness. After spending years hidden in their laboratory sending out all possible waves into the cosmos, here they are to present their music in form. Trippy Techno, spaced-out Electro, quirky Acid and everything between solidified channels is all to be expected from these two Dutch icons.
A dominant force in the Brooklyn underground scene, Volvox is known for tough, stripped-back Techno and groovy, Acid-flavoured sets. Raised in Buffalo, New York, her early experiences in the industrial- and rave scenes of rust-belt America shaped her outlook on Dance culture. An ardent supporter of the underground, she was a key figure in developing the Electronic music scene in Boston, Massachusetts from 2007-2010. Ariana is a unique character in the US scene guaranteed to bring a high energy show that lights up dance floors with an undeniable spirit. We are very excited that his year she will be rocking the Aurora stage at Welcome to the Future festival.
Dutch DJ Boris Werner’s love for House music runs deep. So deep, that his passion is evident in every set he plays. He’s a charismatic leading figure in the House music scene who is forever young at heart. Blending all strains of House from percussive Funk to Bass heavy grooves, delivered with effortless ease. His sparkling personality, daring diversity, and a well-honed ear for delivering a memorable party can be best experienced when submerged in the typical Dutch culture at the Studio 80 stage.
De Sluwe Vos
De Sluwe Vos is the alter-ego of Robert Vosmeijer. This highly gifted Tech-head from Deventer learned to play entirely on home-built gear, ranging from his bulky mixer to his antiquated synthesizer and rare analogue equipment. He’s the perfect example of how hard work pays off. It is evident, watching one of his shows; De Sluwe Vos truly loves what he’s doing. Prepare to take notes from a true masterclass in House and Techno when De Sluwe Vos steps behind the decks of our Studio 80 stage.
Dorine Dorado is one of the best kept secrets from the Welcome to the Future line up. This Amsterdam based DJ made her name as resident of the Welcome to the Future and WKND parties in Studio 80 in Amsterdam, where she stood out as an artist who really knew how to get the party started. As a producer, Dorado debuted in 2017 with the QUAZAR release ‘Truce’, which she co-wrote. Musically she represents the left wing of the music scene, with an uncompromising selection of raw underground House and Techno. Although she certainly can hold her own during prime time sets, Dorado always prefers to open the festival at 13:00 – a spot she has claimed since the very first edition of Welcome to the Future in the summer of 2007. Catching Dorine Dorado play surely is the best way to start the day at Welcome to the Future 2022.
Born and raised in Paris, Chaptal moved to Amsterdam around the turn of the century. There he witnessed the local scene grow to staggering heights, as he himself steadily developed from a local hero to the internationally acclaimed artist he is today. From the moment Chaptal first arrived in Holland’s capital, he worked very hard at becoming a professional producer. Mixing bands and DJ’s at night as an audio engineer, he used his days to further perfect his own musical style and technique. Julien Chaptal has seen a massive international breakthrough. Adding a little French flavour to Amsterdam’s New School Techno generation. Over the last years, Chaptal has caught the eye of many around the globe. This summer, together with his partner in crime Lauhaus, he will catch yours as well at the Studio 80 stage.
Having started his DJ career almost 2 decades ago in Amsterdam playing illegal parties and underground raves, Lauhaus went on to become a resident of some of Amsterdam’s finest clubs including: Studio 80, Melkweg, Club 11 and Mazzo. Join Lauhaus this summer on his musical journey when he gets behind the decks of our Studio 80 stage at Welcome to the Future together with Julien Chaptal.
Melon is a natural artist who has managed to gain residencies and regular bookings at some of the world’s finest clubs purely by being great at spinning records. His awesome record collection, spanning three decades of Dance music, is the base for his unique sound that is always a few steps ahead of the game. Timeless, muscular House in all its glory and variety is what landed him behind the decks of various venues throughout Europe and beyond. This year, at the Studio 80 stage, Melon will bring his timeless love for music to shake up the dance floor once again with his energetic touch.
Reiss has been evolving himself as one of the most popular DJ’s in his genre and has been a pivotal figure of the Amsterdam House and Techno underground scene for quite some time. His extensive record collection, combined with a refined sense of atmosphere, enables him to create cohesion and unison on the dance floor. His sound can be described as a delicate flow of rhythms and soundscapes spiced up with occasional and surprising idiosyncrasies. When Reiss and Samuel Deep hits the decks, get ready to join them on a special adventure at the Studio 80 stage.
Slapfunk founder Samuel Deep owes his relatively short but successful career to modesty, dedication and ambition. Samuel Deep is a true tastemaker who is constantly refining his sound, pushing the boundaries of his musical initiative, and evolving organically with the passage of time. At our Studio 80 stage, together with his partner in crime Reiss, Samuel Deep will take us deep into his musical consciousness to showcase his refined synchronistic blend of euphoric yet funky House.
The Amsterdam Techno queen, Sandrien, is definitely one of the best female DJs of the Dutch dance scene. She held a residency at Trouw and plays regularly at Berghain. At our Studio 80 stage, she will play a colourful blend of House and Techno, and her chemistry is one you don’t want to miss out on.
In a country where the ravy end of the Techno spectrum often prevails, Ben Buitendijk’s deeper, meditative sound has earned him a trusted following. Based in Rotterdam, Ben has started his musical path with a string of releases on labels like Mosaic, ESHU and his own Oblique Music imprint. With no boundaries to genres or styles, Ben’s sets and productions are defined by rich textures and spacey atmospheres, taking the listener on a journey where music for the dance floor and music for the mind are in perfect balance. Expect a set in the rare, but recognizable style of Ben Buitendijk at the Basement.
Joran van Pol
Imagine: Both Richie Hawtin and Dubfire want to sign your debut release. This was the position Joran van Pol was in when his first productions hit the scene. It was his track ‘Faded’ that opened the doors for the new producer and soon he was signed to both MINUS and SCI+TEC, quickly drawing the attention of other Techno heavy-weights; Oliver Huntemann and Joris Voorn. With further releases on Voorn’s label Rejected, Joran reached out to a new audience, expanding his fanbase and setting the stage for what’s to come. As a long-time Welcome to the Future friend, Joran is, once again, gonna deliver a killer set at our Basement stage this year!
Robin Kampschoer (live)
Robin began discovering Techno music in the late 80s, listening to artists like Phuture, Armando, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Blake Baxter, The Wizard, etc… At the same time he began getting involved in organizing some of the first Techno parties in The Netherlands. When the European Techno/House scene exploded in the mid 90s (and creative development/progression stopped), he decided that it was time for a change and started to search for new challenges in Techno music. In 1998, he decided to take things to a new level, and started composing Techno music for himself. In 2002, he felt that the time was there to begin playing his own, somewhat Minimal Techno music in front of live audiences on Techno parties. Since then, Robin’s own music became increasingly mature, and he has since then performed live on a lot of parties, with ever-growing success.
Tahko only started his DJ career a couple of years ago, but he has already made a huge impression on the upper- and underground Techno scene. With his passionate love for music, he takes his audience on an unexpected journey into his own world. Tahko’s endless enthusiasm and skills has earned him residencies at Tram10 and AFTR (BE), and it’s no surprise that he’s been on a rapidly ascending shot to the top with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With this in mind, we can’t wait to welcome this mighty Techno-rocket back to our home at Het Twiske.