100% must attend

In the weekend of 17/18 February 2018 Dancefair offers a massive line-up with 200 masterclasses, 160 artists, 22 areas and 70 labels. On Sunday you don’t wanna miss out on Justin Mylo, Frontliner, La Fuente, Alvaro, Vato Gonzalez, Tony Junior, Lucky Charmes, Manse, Kill the Buzz, Olly James, Matt Nash, Luca Pretolesi, Olly James, Maddix, Sick Individuals, Jewelz & Sparks, Mesto, Dante Klein, Dastic, Trobi, Sophie Francis, Bougenvilla, Blasterjaxx, Mike Williams, Deepend, Rancido, Tinlicker, Weska, Man With No Shadow, TV Noise, Onderkoffer, Fightclvb, Ruthless, Dr Phunk, Phuture Noize, Ibranovski, Capital Candy, GLOWINTHEDARK, Dopebwoy, JoeyAk, F1rstman, Moortje, James Watts and Brooks.

There is so much more

Take a look in the dedicated areas by brands such as Adam Audio, Kii Audio, KRK Systems, Pioneer DJ and Ableton. Go in-depth with masterclasses in areas such as The Next Level, Abbey Road Institute, Dutch DJ Foundation, NPAC, The School of House, Business of Music, 50:Hertz Techno, Bass Room and Deep House Area. On the 6000m2 expo floor you can find the latest gear by Native Instruments, Korg, Arturia, Genelec, Moog, RME, Focusrite, Roli, Nord Keyboards and many more. Drop you demo at Spinnin’ Records, Revealed Recordings, Pagara Music Group, Cloud 9 Music, Scantraxx, 2Dutch, Be Yourself, Musical Freedom and connect with the Future House Music community. Visit The Network and get 1-on-1 advise by top artists and music professionals who know the pitfalls of the music industry.

Be sure to not miss this

The line-up for 2018 on Sunday is absolutely amazing. Maybe we as music lovers and makers are a bit spoiled. There is so much to do. That is why Dancefair selected 12 masterclasses on Sunday that are slightly different and strongly recommended. Do not miss these!

Urban Artists Q&A with Dopebwoy, F1rstman, Trobi: Area 18 – Urban/Hiphop – 11:00 – 11:30

This is one not to miss. Three top artists discuss the complete Dutch urban industry. Ask your burning questions and connect with the artists of this moment. Join this masterclass to learn from artists, rappers and producers who made it and generate millions of views online with their music.

What you will learn

  • How to combine producing with rapping
  • How to create music for millions of streams
  • How to grow as an artist with collaboration
  • How to crossover between dance and urban
Teknoclash Serum Masterclass: Area 10 – The Next Level – 11:15 – 12:00

For some people out there Serum is a mystic VST, which is for some hard to understand, but for others essential in their productions. In this class we will go over the ins & outs of this powerful soft-synth and show you some tips and tricks which will be essential to sound-design with Serum. Participating this class will provide you first class knowledge from a tutor which has given classes about Serum for example also at the University of Utrecht.

What you will learn:

  • Basics and Essentials of Xfer Records Serum
  • What the various sound categories within Serum are
  • Why most of the big hits use very simple sound-design
  • Why it’s essential to learn a VST inside-out
Minitech Project Performing Live: Area 4 – 50:Hertz Techno – 11:45 – 12:30

Techno is all about getting your hands dirty therefore Techno dj’s enjoy manipulating their sets into a personal experience. Artists like Minitech Project get their message across with fithy grooves and hands on live extra bits and pieces to make their sets as dynamic as possible. Minitech will show you what hybrid DJ’ing is all about. If you want to be inspired to stand out from the crowd and take your performance to the next level, then this is the Masterclass for you!

What you will learn:

  • What are the DJ techniques from vinyl to digital with pros and cons
  • How to use custom mapping in Native Instruments Traktor
  • How to sync Traktor with other softwares such as Maschine
  • How to take control over your mix with the Pioneer RMX 1000
  • Why balancing and maintaining levels while mixing is so important
Production Masterclass Capital Candy: Area 18 – Urban/Hiphop – 13:00 – 13:45

Producer Capital Candy, teacher at NPAC (Dutch Pop Academy), will guide you through the world of the urban/dance crossover. With numerous hits in the dance industry as well as within the urban community Capital Candy will take your production skills to the next level. Capital Candy has worked with labels like Spinnin, Sony en Warner, and with artists like Freddy Moreira, Partysquad en Lady Bee. What do you want more?

What you will learn:

  • What exactly entails creating a deep sound
  • How to use autotune and pitch on vocals to get that urban sound
  • How to master your own music, with a laptop and DAW
  • What it takes to take your productions into the real world and be an actual success
Deconstructing a Mix with Ali Station: Area 8A – Abbey Road Institute – 13:45 – 14:30

Producer and mix engineer Ali Station is going to deconstruct a mix and building it back up again, to give you a glimpse into his recording, producing and mixing approach. Ali is an established mixing engineer based in the UK. He has gone on to work with a diverse group of artists including Madonna, Seal, Razorlight, Lamb and Rufus Wainwright, successfully combining work on both critically acclaimed and high profile pop projects.

What you will learn:

  • How to enhance your tracks with proper mixing techniques
  • How to enrich and create an advanced mix
  • What are the benefits of using Universal Audio equipment
  • Which plugins are best used to empower your audio tracks
How to solve specific problems with Jan Morel : Area 11A – KRK Area – 14:00 – 14:30

Jan Morel is one of the world’s leading recording studio designers. He has worked with the biggest names in Electronic Dance Music – David Guetta, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix, to name just a few. Many artists overlook the importance of a listening work environment. Everything in your studio is like a piece to your sound-puzzle working together — sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. Join us as we discuss and uncover specific setups and room ergonomics with Jan that will help you achieve better mixes and masters.

What you will learn:

  • Get answers to specific questions about your studio setup and listening environment
  • Learn about specific no/low budget ideas to greatly improve your listening environment
  • What are the best options for sound treatment and how to set it all up?
  • How much sound treatment do you really need for certain room types?
  • Answers to questions on specific room dimensions
Mixing & Mastering Major Lazer with Luca Pretolesi: Area 13 – Bass Room – 14:30 – 15:15

Luca Pretolesi will talk you through the process of mixing and mastering. As an engineer Luca has worked with Major Lazer, Diplo, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DVBBS, Fedde Le Grand, Morgan Page, Dillon Francis, KSHMR and TJR. What Luca does when mixing and mastering is nothing short of musicianship, taking tracks to an entirely new level. His approach is artistic, bringing a fresh perspective to songs and releasing the emotion that can be buried beneath unpolished sounds.

What you will learn:

  • How to create a masterpiece out of a raw diamond
  • How to improve the sound of a track
  • How to implement creativity into the mixing process
  • How to be artistic during the technical mastering process
Guitar Looping in Live 10 with Push: Area 2 – Ableton Area – 15:15 – 16:00

Paul Davids, (musician, music teacher) guitarist and Youtube blogger with more than 378K subscribers, will show you how you can combine Ableton Live 10, Push and his guitar. Learn how you can setup your gear. Also interesting for vocalists, keyboard players and drummers.

What you will learn:

  • Learn about routing your guitar signal through Ableton Live
  • Learn how to implement Push with live (guitar) looping
  • Learn about new devices in Live 10 who can shape your guitar sound
Ilan Bluestone Analyze your own mix and get feedback: Area 11A – KRK Area – 16:00 – 17:00

KRK user Ilan Bluestone has had a whirlwind 3 years – numerous #1 spots on the Trance charts, monumental global touring including Madison Square Garden, EDC Las Vegas and Stereosonic (AUS), and collaborations with BT, Michael Woods and The Presets to name a few. Bring your own tracks for ILan’s constructive critique and hear them on balanced KRK Studio monitors. We’ll explain and discuss specific examples of better translation through your listening environment.

What you will learn:

  • Analyze your own tracks on KRK Studio Monitors to identify mixing issues
  • Consult with us on your mixes in a constructive environment
  • Tell us about your setup and get direct feedback on possible ways to improve your monitoring environment
  • Get answers to specific question you have about monitoring systems
ADAM Audio Listening Session: Area 16 – Adam Audio Area – 16:30 – 17:30

Visit the ADAM Audio Listening Room in and listen to your mix on different pairs of ADAM Audio professional studio monitors. Get tips from the pro’s and find out why ADAM Audio speakers are the right tool to improve your mix. Last but not least, you can win a set of Adam Audio monitor speakers on both Saturday and Sunday.

What you will learn:

  • Analyze your own tracks on Adam Audio monitor speakers to identify mixing issues
  • How to create a professional sounding mix
  • How to create more impact with mixing and mastering
  • Get answers to specific question you have about monitoring systems
Going Viral with DJ Jean: Area 7 – The School of House – 16:30 – 17:15

One of the true pioneers of Dutch dance music, DJ Jean is still frequently in the news. That’s because he knows exactly how to play the media. How does he keep on going viral? A tête-à-tête with one of dance music’s most colourful personalities. After three decades in the industry, Jean’s agenda is filled as ever. How does he do it?

What you will learn:

  • How to be a ledge
  • How to stay relevent and have fun at the same time
Exploration through Sound with Sub Zero Project, Sephyx, Ectatic: Area 5 – Hardstyle.com – 17:15 – 18:00

Being an artist in a certain genre, you’re sometimes torn between the style you love and the urge to explore and create something new. On one side, you have a dedicated fanbase that expects a clear and precise sound or experience, and on the other you have a passion for music that is not bounded by borders. Together with Dirty Workz this is a masterclass into the harder styles of electronic music.

What you will learn:

  • An artists’ vision on electronic music
  • How to take risks as an artist. Or not?
  • How to break from expectations and deliver surprises
  • How to get started and make a name