Interstellar Funk & ALTERED
13 October 2019
Image by Imke Lighthart
Van Elden’s ascent in underground electronic music culture has not come as a surprise to those within Amsterdam’s club scene. He was wowing home crowds long before he bagged a sought-after residency at now-departed venue Trouw, and more recently at it’s widely beloved successor De School. What marks out Interstellar Funk’s productions and DJ sets is van Elden’s love of the imperfections and eccentricities associated with left-of-centre analogue machine music. You’ll hear them within the new wave, electro, techno, jack-tracks, heavy electronics and everything in between that populate his DJ sets, as well as the solo records he’s released on Dekmantel, Berceuse Heroique and Rush Hour, the label, store and distribution company he’s been associated with since 2013.
ALTERED is the alias of Neil Chauhan and Sunil Hubli when they take control of the console. Being ardent music listeners, they missed the times when one would stumble upon great tracks and listen to the them with other music aficionados. The universe conspired and they met each other at a party and exchanged music. They realised that although their musical taste was diverse, they shared the same undying passion for music. They created the moniker ALTERED – they believe that every sonic experience should evoke myriad emotions in the listener. While they weave a story through their track selection, they love seeing their listeners enact that story on the dancefloor