At the 26th of December, 2nd day of Xmas, it was time for Tijdmachine weekender with Bioweapon (2004-2010 Hardstyle) at the NSDM Werf in Amsterdam. Tijdmachine is a concept organized by the young organization Lose Your Mind based in Amsterdam which enables the crowd to go back to the golden early days of Hardstyle. For many people in the crowd the days when they were already listening to hardstyle but not old enough to be present at the parties and festivals. In my view a really cool concept because the classics should never be forgotten, that counts for any genre by the way.
At about 23:00 we arrived at the location. NSDM werf is an absolutely huge building which was used in the past to work on ships. The size of the location makes it one of the most unique ones in Amsterdam. A disadvantage is the fact that it’s very open and due to that sometimes a bit cold but Lose Your Mind used heaters and that can only be appreciated.
The line-up was as follows:
Lip DJ 22:00 – 23:00
Ryfle & Distractor 23:00 – 0:00
Davide Sonar 00:00 – 01:00
TNT 01:00 – 02:00
Josh & Wesz 02:00 – 03:00
D-Block & S-Te-Fan 03:00 – 04:00
Bioweapon 04:00 – 05:00
Alpha2 05:00 – 06:00
Crypsis 06:00 – 07:00
Hosted by: MC Shizzler
Ryfle & Distractor, a duo I had never seen before performing live before, were building up smoothly.
Davide Sonar got everybody jumping. With his set he proved that his classic tracks still are greatly appreciated by the crowd, the melodies managed to put a smile on everyone’s face and especially Davide Sonar – Natural got the crowd wild. In my view he played on of the best sets of the night.
TNT obviously an abbreviation of ‘’Technoboy and Tuneboy’’ were up next. Starting with ‘’ Max Enforcer – Loudness’’ the Italian legendary duo started off well. Unfortunately their set lacked a little building up and went from hard sounds to melodies.
Josh and Wesz showcased their most known tracks like ‘’Josh & Wesz – like this’’ which was all clearly recognized by the crowd. At this point I got a bit hungry so went to buy a hotdog at the foodstand. The quality of the hotdog was fine but paying 2 coins (2,60 euros each) for only 1 sausage in the sandwich was a bit of a disappointment.
D-Block & S-Te-Fan definitely played one of the best sets of the night! With ‘’Ride with us’’, ’’Music Made Addict’’ and even the two beautiful classics I had been hoping for: ‘’Loopmachine’’ and ‘’Shiverz’’ they managed to create an amazing atmosphere and harmony in the crowd. One could say at some points it was like the Voice of Holland because everybody knew the lyrics of the tracks.
Time was going really fast and before I knew it, it was time for the set everybody had anticipated the most for.. BIOWEAPON! I still have trouble believing that the organization managed to get Audiofreq (Sam) and Code Black (Corey) back together to play a hardstyle classics set in Amsterdam. Bioweapon absolutely blew my mind though they didn’t play many tracks of their own (they did play ‘’Basspower’’ and ‘’Cosmic Destination’’). It was all right, the vibe, the energy & Audiofreq hyping the crowd to put their hands up in the air.
It was my first time to see Alpha2 playing live and they didn’t disappoint. Obviously they played their 2006 Qlimax anthem: Darkside which was received very well by the crowd.
At 6 am Crypsis aka The main MF was ready to shut the place down and damn he did it again! With ‘’Get hit’’ and Showtek’s ‘’Freak’’ he made it hard, really hard! Especially the last 10 minutes was a madness going well over 180 bpm.
So what’s my conclusion? Tijdmachine is a really cool concept because if you listen to hardstyle since 2006 you know basically all the tracks. The location can be a bit cold but come on, you go to a party to dance, to get loose so that already makes you warm. The prize of coins was a little high in my view but that got compensated by the many amazing sets! I can say this was a very positive first encounter with the Lose Your Mind organization because of the great atmosphere & I’ll definitely be there next Tijdmachine on CRAFT Festival 25-07-2015.
Reporter: Alexander Bouten