As head of program at venue De Vorstin in Hilversum, Jim is always closely involved with the live music world. He works with upcoming talent as well as the big international names. He developed the upcoming talent platform ‘Patat Met’, a monthly live platform to showcase the best new and upcoming artist from The Netherlands. Besides working as a promoter, Jim is also co-founder of the booking agency ‘Atlas Agency’, a company that books tours for in the BeNeLux for Americana/Roots artists from mostly the USA and UK.
Teacher category: Live performance
Brynja Mary is a Singer and a Songwriter and a performing artist, She’s been singing and dancing since She can remember and started writing songs from a very Young age. There’s nothing She loves more than writing personal storytelling songs and getting up on stage to perform them.
When She was 13 She was in a Danish tv show called “En sang Fra hjertet” and recorded a song with one of Denmark’s biggest producers, and at 14 She signed her first publishing deal. Then when She just turned 16 She competed in the Icelandic national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with an original song that She had written at the age of 14.
She’s been working with people all over the world in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Los Angeles, London, Canada, Spain and the Netherlands and in February 2021 She signed a record deal with Universal music group as a duo with her sister (sara Victoria) called EYJAA, their first single (Dont forget about me) charted as nr 3 on Denmarks airplay chart top 100 for over 16 weeks and it became the song of the week in Denmark and along with their second single (The Wrecking Crew) that got 4th place on the airplay chart top 100.
And their 3rd single (Ultraviolet) did also very well and ended up getting 3rd place on the Icelandic radio for most popular played songs of the month in April 2022.
She’s always loved performing and it’s one of her favorite things to do besides writing. She’s performed a lot, in LA and spain and on live television for the Eurovision Song Contest national final and performed support shows as her duo EYJAA and a few festivals in the summer of 2022, She also studied herself at the Wisseloord academy from 2020 – 2021 and after that She’s been studying professional dance and performing in Copenhagen and Los Angeles.
BEN VEDREN (Reduce Records)
Singular character of today’s music scene, Ben Vedren’s work is well-recognized and highly acclaimed through his production & LIVE/DJ performances around the world.
He is co-founder of Reduce Records and has been a permanent resident of the infamous club CONCRETE in Paris.
Ben has an impressive production catalog, including releases on PERLON (VillaH2H, a collaboration alongside Ricardo Villalobos & Chez Damier), Minibar, BALANCE, Concrete Music, Prospector, Eklo, 240 volts, Djebali, among others. He won a Beatport remix contest, releasing on PLANET E records his brilliant remix of the classic Carl Craig track «Bug in the BassBin». His remix of Dani Siciliano « I’m the question » on Circus Company has been strongly supported, it’s now a classic track to be heard in Clubs.
Starting his career as an composer/sound-engineer in Paris, he later devoted himself to his own productions, collaborations, and teaching as a certified Ableton instructor.
His first EP on Minibar (2012) « I KNOW YOU KNOW » received unanimous success and pushed him to the front of the scene.
His live performances fascinate and captivate with his unique energy, groove, generosity, sensibility and uncommon talent with machines. He is an artist that has mastered the skill to make the listener experience this feeling of « WE ARE ONE ».
Ben is an experienced traveling DJ playing gigs throughout the world including EXIT festival, Mutek Montreal , Womb Tokyo , Festival des Nuits Sonores, Weather festival, Amore Festival, Trouw Amsterdam, Rex Club, Tresor, Half Baked, Stereo Montreal, Hoppetosse, Club der Visionaere, sharing regularly the decks with the world’s top DJs. In parallel, he has built several major projects outside of the club scene: a sound journey at the VILLA MEDICI (Rome), an sound installation for the Nuit Blanche Festival (Paris), a sound and light show at the Grand Palais (Paris), one for the Fêtes des Lumières (Lyon), an audio-visual show « BI-OSCILLATIONS » at CENTRE POMPIDOU (paris) and several collaborations with designers concerning the sound of spaces and even objects.
Collaboration with other artists is a huge part of Ben’s DNA.
With CHEZ DAMIER, they produce music under the project H2H (Heart 2 Heart), where they experiment with music and also teach and encourage new talents.
Malik Berrabah is owner of Wisseloord and founder of the Wisseloord Academy. His track record as a songwriter, composer, arranger and producer is rich of countless national and international records in various genres. He has contributed to the production of numerous albums, singles, television programs, etc., and regularly advises the Majors in a neutral way on the level of new musical projects in development. Malik is also Adviseur of the Amsterdam Fonds Voor de Kunst the organisation providing state grants to the main cultural projects of the dutch capital. His love for sharing with growing talents leads him, when his schedule allows, to participate as a jury for international conservatory exams.
Since the beginning of his career 25 years ago, Malik has decided to do all his musical work under various pseudonyms in order to keep his career detached from any stylistic labels, to keep his creative freedom and to stay away from the ego games of the music industry.
Cato Van Dijk
Cato van Dijck has been active in the music industry from a very young age, growing up in a musical family and playing her first shows from the age of 9. Since 2013 she has been the the front woman and personification of the band MY BABY conquering stages all over the world such as Glastonbury, Pinkpop, Sziget and Lowlands. Cato has a remarkable voice and style and takes her inspiration from seventies funk like Sly & the Family Stone, to the electronic alternative pop of Little Dragon. MY BABY have been praised for their unique sound and approach and Cato is interested in sharing her experiences as a touring musician, a songwriter and likes to help you finding your own style and voice.
Ralph draws his inspiration from his haitian origins. he grew up in a family animated by cinema, music and dance.
at 17, he took his first steps on stage as a dancer during an american-canadian tour of the music group, boukman eksperyans.
ralph graduated with a masters degree and after 5 years in mathematical engineering in france, ralph decided to take a professional turning point and embrace the call of music to live his dreams.
since 2012, the self-taught artist has quickly distinguished himself in the professional world of dance by becoming one of the official dancers of the artist tal, whom he accompanied for 7 years, nearly a decade
rhythmized by numerous video clips, tours, international scenes and artistic encounters.
at the same time, ralph evolved towards a career as a background dancer for tal as well as for other artists (stromaé, julien doré, dadju…)
this path led him to develop his skills as a songwriter. (tal le temp qu’il faut‘, ‘are we awake’…)
since 2015, ralph has been teaching and transmitting his unique groove universe (tinted with all his musical influences from afro, street jazz, pop and his inspiration such as michael and janet jackson) through his dance classes in paris. (lax studio, harmonic studio…)
as an educational coach, he takes pleasure in ensuring that his courses are a moment of sharing and conviviality that help develop his students. ralph is currently continuing his musical evolution by combining new singing, dancing and comedy in his new projects.