Author Archives: Frederik Petzoldt

Seductive Autumn dance grooves!

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So I’ve uploaded a live set. A two hour epic dance journey I’ve mixed for Ecstatic Dance at Odessa Amsterdam. Great thing about Ecstatic Dance is, it brings together people who really come to dance and if you give them good stuff they’ll be with you for the full ride, dancing their hearts out for 2 hours straight from the first till the last track! A gift which, I think it’s safe to generalize here, a DJ is not given at every gig.

This was a particularly special night, where everything just seemed to work. I felt connected with everyone on the floor, felt what was needed and when.. I could play the music I really wanted to play and improvised the journey fluently without dropping the ball and got really warm feedback afterwards. Thats about as satisfying as it can get for me. Usually after such a night I go “ah I wish I had captured this one..” Not this time! I felt the magic in the air and recorded the whole trip. Although maybe taken out of its context a little here, I think the excitement of that night still comes across.. Let me know in the comment section on my mixcloud what you think and.. thanks for tuning in! click for the link

Spicy Autumn mixtape

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in DJ sets, new mix .

Ah yes, Autumn is here the days of smoky whisky campfire wonderful spicy smells in the air, the wind, rain.. red orange yellow.. geese flying over heading south.. And to celebrate those moody days here are some trippy dopwntempo dancegrooves.. Some bluesy flavours, some South American & Arab vibes mixed with dub slow house, acid and other autumn beats. Enjoy!

Spicy downtempo vibes

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in Uncategorized .

Ah yes, Autumn is here the days of smoky whisky campfire wonderful spicy smells in the air, the wind, rain.. red orange yellow.. geese flying over heading south.. And to celebrate those moody days here are some trippy dopwntempo dancegrooves.. Some bluesy flavours, some South American & Arab vibes mixed with dub slow house, acid and other autumn beats. Enjoy!

Collaboration time!

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in DJ sets, gigs, new project! .

Lately I’ve been collaborating with a few great musicians. The amazing violin wizard Frog Pocket, from Edinburgh, trumpet maestro Milan Mes and versatile percussionist / DJ Petro Pas. Sometimes adding their own spicy electronic compositions to my sets as well as live instruments. This has mainly taken place during Ecstatic Dance nights which I’ve been involved in for the past few months in places such as Odessa in Amsterdam,ย Open Up Festival & Djoj in Rotterdam. These nights have added a lot of new experience and joy to my DJ life. Joy because the opportunity to play with others where DJ-ing can sometimes be a slightly lonesome job ๐Ÿ˜‰ And experience as it has brought another exciting andย  unpredictable element to my dancefloor sets.
If you want to experience it Live come to Ecstatic Dance in Rotterdam on the September 27, where I’ll be collaborating with Petro again.

New mix!: Live @ Odessa Amsterdam

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in DJ sets, gigs, new mix .

So here’s a fresh Socrates set… this is part of a live set I played at the funky dance ship known as Odessa in Amsterdam.. I’ve been playing there regularly lately, contributing to the Ecstatic Dance nights. I’ve been doing this in my own way and at the same time harmonizing with the concept of Ecstatic Dance. Seems to work out as the people there enjoy dancing to my sets so far and as long as I can stay true to my own Capricorn style I do too!

Festival time!

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in Festival, gigs, pictures .

Yes.. I have to say playing at festivals is the best.. people are much more relaxed and loose… so they dance more quickly and dare to make contact! And its an adventure.. always.. getting there (and away;-) finding decent food.. meeting strange people.. and playing at awesome stages like the Bombascha fire engine for example! This beauty vintage vehicle is the queen of the Bombacha stable… with a DJ booth behind the drivers cabin… and a huge tent above stretching from the ladder. I joined this rebel clan of chefs, acrobats, musicians and free spirited eccentrics again this year at the liberation day.. Playing b2b with DJ Tommi and Basura for plenty of people who were willing to move their bodies to our spicy world grooves!

Photo’s by Ivo Bakker

Socrates @ Living Village!

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in DJ sets, Festival, gigs .

This is a festival gig I really look forward to! Its a young festival that only just started but I heard a lot of good stories about it from friends and colleagues after last years edition.. Not one of those copy-paste festivals which there seem to be a lot of lately but one with a true soul and magical character of its own.. ๐Ÿ™‚ To top things I’m also playing b2b with an old friend and DJ buddy, Irfie J, with whom I have a very easy and fun chemistry behind the decks! So I really look forward to doing a deep & spicy organic electric dance set at the ChilloutLoud stage on the 20nd of June ! Hope you can make it there!

Winter mix

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in DJ sets, new mix .

It’s almost over but this mix I made in the very depth of winter.. a trippy spicy journey of ice, fire, crows and earthy downtempo dance grooves.. hop on and enjoy the ride!

Socrates Live impression

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in DJ sets, Festival, gigs, video .

Yes every now and then its time to update my PR! So my sets, style and energy during live sets has changed a lot in the past years… So this, video is kind of where I am at now.. My dear cousin Soraya Amber an excellent photographer and film maker joined me during one of my summer festival gigs to capture the vibe and made this short but sweet impression.

Socrates @ Bajes Radio

Posted on by Frederik Petzoldt, Posted in DJ sets, new mix, RADIO, video .

Radio at an unusual location: the infamous (former) Amsterdam prison “Bijlmer Bajes.”
When I was invited to come and play a set I was intrigued. When I arrived I was truly surprised.. The place still echoed the grim prison days but at the same time had evolved into a mini village, a square with high walls obviously harbouring a dark past now had people chilling in hammocks surrounded by tropical plants, a hip restaurant, art expositions in prison cells, a haman.. and a very nice radio & recording studio. This is where I was welcomed to play.. and it was a pleasure! My host a very cool friendly guy and a DJ himself.. the sound in the studio was excellent.. and the dimmed light made me feel in the mood right away… As an tribute to the Autumn days ahead I chose to go for a a sensual, trippy forest set..