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Introducing Rik Watts:
In 2006 Rik entered his first djing competition the Twstd DJ contest in Amsterdam along with 145 likeminded hopefuls. Rik progressed to the last round of 14 where he performed at Club Paridiso in Amsterdam. This cemented Riks belief in the sound he was creating and added to his motivation to succeed. Shortly after Rik entered a local DJ contest in his hometown of Delft @Club Speakers, which he went on to win. In the same year Rik sent his first demo mix to Partyflock which went on to be selected by Bart Skills as the best newcomer entry and resulted in Rik djing @Flockers in the Arnhem Gelredome stadium.

Leading on from this success Rik started hosting his own local parties in and around the Delft/Denhaag area, namely Funk You and Kranck. As his sound became more noticed Rik found himself performing at larger local clubs such as Speakers in Delft & Mozaiq in Oud Beijerland. It was around this time Rik purchased his first CD mixing equipment and Macintosh based system and built his first digital home recording studio with the intention of producing his own blend of techno sounds. It was at this point Rik realized he needed to gain more knowledge on the basics of electronic and digital music production so enrolled at the School of Audio Engineering in Rotterdam, where he followed a course in Electronic Music Production. This is where he met Bas Struik, who also shared Rik's passion for techhouse, techno and minimal techno.

Rik met Bas at the SAE Rotterdam and they both graduated in 2009 and from there after started to produce their own blend of techno music. Their early collaborations started receiving appreciation from dance floors in and around NL and their first E.P. release on Phat Elephant records was released early 2011. Their double act evolved with Bas DJing (Traktor) and Rik performing live (Ableton). As a duo they performed a DJ set @The Hall in Istanbul and @Smeerboel in Utrecht. One of their tracks has since been selected for use on the official promotional video for WTTF 2011.
Rik played on Rebel Radio @Studio 80, Kranck in Utrecht and later this year he will be performing @ADE in Amsterdam and Kranck in Utrecht. Rik was asked to join the Sub-culture agency based in Utrecht as Dj/Producer. Upcoming releases on Lowendcommunity include new tech-house material such as Pass the Test, Loose your head, It's a kind of Funny and Settings.

15 December 2011