The TWSTd foundation was founded as a breeding ground for new talent in dancemusic in 2002 by a few “twisted” dancemusic-fanatics. Before that, we were among the first Dutch pioneers who started organising dancemusic events (house and techno) back in the late ’80’s and 90’s. Since those early days, we’re involved in initiatives within the Dutch underground dancescene such as Graansilo and Loos; we participated in clubs and nights in Roxy, Paradiso, Melkweg, Amnesia, and later on in Studio 80, Sugarfactory, Chicago Social Club; we took part in setting up outdoor-events as Mysteryland and Loveland and were founding members in DanceValley and Voltt Loves Summer.
From it’s start in 2002, TWSTd presented a stage for what nowadays is seen as a ‘new wave’ of Dutch DJ’s : Kabale und Liebe, Lauhaus, Bart Skills, Carlos Valdes, Wouter de Moor, Sandrien, Boris Werner, Daniel Sanchez, amongst many others. First at our own stage/bar/cafe, but because our hearts are not in selling drinks, later on we shifted focus towards collaborations with startups: new clubs, events, promoters and organisations. Why? See our mission.
Mission of the TWSTd foundation is to provide a stage and exposure for young talent in dancemusic. Starting DJs, producers, promoters, organisations, but also musicians, VJs, and multimedia talent we want to provide with a jumpstart. Because innovative talent has to bring dancemusic further.
We try to jumpstart new talent by organising events with backup of top artists and performers. TWSTd is motoring a lot of dance-related initiatives and dance-events. We host stages at open-air events but we also organise underground clubnights in conjunction with startup locations, promoters and organisations. Examples are Cartel, Corroboree, and WKND.
In addition, we support young event-organisations as VLOW, Fresh Kids and C.O.B.R.A., and we work together with other non-profit initiatives like No Label Collective, a platform for independent labels and booking-agencies. The club tour TWSTd On Tour is a concept that offers a program in various cities in Europe to generate more exposure for Dutch dancemusic talent.
With help from our partners SAE (School of Audio Engineering), 3FM, VPRO’s 3voor12 and of course all participants -since 2004 there must be a few thousand of you by now, thank you all ! – we organise the largest and most well-known underground DJ Contest of the low countries to scout innovative talent. And in the field of education, together with Ableton and SAE, we arrange masterclasses for novice producers in which experienced producers show you how to produce better tracks with current technology.
In all this our goal is, in co-operation with creative minds, to lift dancemusic to (even) higher grounds. So if you are one and have idea’s for improvement, or interest in sponsoring our activities, or enthusiasm to work with us towards this goal, please drop us a mail !