This story begins in September 1988, when house music was being introduced on the dancefloors in Amsterdam by US and UK DJ/producers who for the first time found a receptive audience for their (acid) house music style. The Netherlands, a hedonistic and freethinking nation, helped to accelerate the new subculture in an unrestrained cocktail of artists, music, parties, festivals and not in the last place the love drug xtc. After thirty years, The Netherlands are still at the vanguard of this world-wide cultural phenomenon. Dutch Dance: How The Netherlands took the lead in Electronic Music Culture chronologically documents all the steps in this expansion, providing a wealth of information, interviews, pictures, party flyers and portraits. It explains how the mix of socioeconomic circumstances, creativity, commercial instinct, talent, work ethics and liberal government policies, provided the fertile ground for electronic dance music to flourish. This book documents all the major players, venues, cities and styles involved in this incredible cultural history, and is published in October 2018, during Amsterdam Dance Event, exactly 30 years after the revolutionary breakthrough of house music in The Netherlands.
Mark van Bergen (1975) is journalist and university lecturer specialized in electronic dance music and its industry. He runs the Dutch Dance Industry Lab at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries in Tilburg and is founder/editor-in-chief of dance music platform This Is Our House. His first book on the Dutch Dance scene was published in 2013 and won the Pop Media Award, the most important award for music journalism in The Netherlands. This is his fourth book project. Also contributing to this book are professor Ton Wilthagen (Tilburg University) and his colleague Andrew Cartwright, who has provided the translation.