20 years of techno
KERK! is Robert Mulder and Juri Mirales, a pair of highly energized and loveably enthusiastic DJs and producers who have quickly risen to the top of the pile. Having first met in snowy French alps in 2008, the duo started working together in earnest in 2010 and since then have been tight friends and close collaborators with a great reputation in the Dutch capital.
When it comes to work in the studio, Kerk! - meaning Church! (amen) - infuse their producitons with influences from notorious countrymen like Boris Wener, Lauhaus, Tom Trago and Kabale Und Liebe as well as with hip hop, funk, soul and more classical house tropes. The resulting remixes have come on labels like Movements, OFF Recordings and a sub-label of Gem, with clean grooves, odd basslines and spaced out synth sounds charactering every one.
“We're straight forward guys, rooted in the Amsterdam scene but always down for a chill and some nice tunes” say the pair who have residencies at WKND (Studio 80) and Backstage (Chicago Social Club) whilst playing further afield at places like Berlin’s Katerholzig and Salon zur Wilde Renate, Amsterdam’s Melkweg, AIR and many others including ID&T's Valhalla Festival and Edit Festival.
Both in their mid-twenties, KERK! have many more musical projects up their sleeves for this year, including a debut solo EP and more work with Dutch DJ collective Barre Tijden. This, then, is just the beginning for this unique new school pairing.