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October 2013



Top Dutch beatmakers in the spotlight at Buma Rotterdam Beats

Never before has The Netherlands played such a large role in international pop music, with DJs and producers from the national urban beats & bass scene influencing the course of popular music around the world. Consequently, the growing success of beat makers from this country will be a central theme on the 14, 15 and 16 November at the fourth edition of Buma Rotterdam Beats, the unique international festival and music venue in Holland’s leading port city.

Highlights include succesful young Dutch producers such as Boaz ven de Beatz, Munchi, The Partysquad and Reverse discussing the realities of their current careers in an interactive talk show. Alongside that, Rotterdam Beats will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of bubbling with genre pioneer DJ Moortje. This once wildly popular Dutch/Caribbean DJ style is now a driving force behind bass music. Currently making a comeback via Dutch house and the EDM scene, bubbling’s influences can often be heard on US hit radio stations these days. Guest of Honor DJ Moortje will be showing the audience how his DJ style originated, and explaining to his young counterparts the origins of the unique influence that Dutch DJ culture now has on the international scene.

Buma Rotterdam Beats kicks off on November 14 with the State Awards, the highly regarded annual awards gala for the national hip-hop scene. On November 15, the day program begins with a keynote presentation by Lloyd Bradley, the British author who, in the form of Bass Culture (2001), wrote an international classic on reggae. This autumn he presented a study of over 100 years of black music in London, called London Sounds Like: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital. Buma Rotterdam Beats will also feature top tastemakers from the international urban beats & bass scenes alongside the latest European talents in the genre.

The daytime program of Buma Rotterdam Beats is a free-to-enter talent and business conference, focusing on the latest trends and developments in the music industry, and featuring key figures from the global scene, alongside talent-spotters looking for producers and songwriters. These include Hit The Ground Running of Los Angeles, who will be in Rotterdam looking for music for 50 Cents’ new TV series, leading Dutch label Top Notch, the controversial Mucho Dinero, and industry veteran Rigo “Riggs” Morales, who as VP of A&R of Atlantic Records, is scouting for material and new projects for Action Bronson, Ceelo, Wiz Khalifa, Tinie Tempah and others.

Buma Rotterdam Beats will also feature musicians offering their stories from 2013, such as live sensation Hiatus Kaiyote from Australia, plus The Opposites and Mr. Probz from The Netherlands. There are also exclusive master classes by major names such as S1 from Kanye West’s label GOOD Music, the Dutch hit producer Reverse, Roses Gabor from London and innovative American hip hop acts Black Milk and Oddisee.

For the full program check out The evening program also features performances and parties by previously announced names such as Quadron, Mr. Probz, Mount Kimbie, Black Milk, Rockie Fresh, Oddisee, Hiatus Kaiyote, Boaz van de Beatz presents Nouveau Riche Music, Ryan Hemsworth and many more.

Buma Rotterdam Beats is organized by Stichting Rotterdam Beats, an initiative of Buma and supported by Sena.

This event is part of the yearly agenda of Rotterdam Festivals. For a complete overview visit