Rush Hour comes to Make It New

I’ve never been able to fully go for DJing, because I’ve always seen something uncertain about it. I never wanted to make a lot of money with DJing. I wasn’t feeling it in that sense. That’s why I started a record shop.

Make It New is proud to be one of five US hosts for the 20th Anniversary celebration of the mighty Rush Hour Music from the Netherlands.

Rush Hour began as a record store, then opened a distribution arm, and then a legendary record label. Here is its co-founder, Antal, talking about the art DJing:

“I think there’s a certain respect for a DJ that comes with introducing tunes that are unheard in a certain scene. I try to focus most of the time on trying to discover new and old music. That’s where the passion is. I have a hunger to find stuff that I haven’t heard before. It’s nice when I go searching in a direction where I don’t know a lot of stuff and hear new tunes and then play them out.

To me, that’s the role of DJing, because in essence a DJ is just a record promoter. He or she has to promote records that you haven’t heard so that they become valuable for people.

Antal is bringing Rush Hour’s not-so-secret weapon, Hunee, in order to play all night long:

Hunee pretty much operates on his own terms, in his own world. As a DJ, too, he is tireless and visibly enthusiastic at every gig. His selections are made with a palpable passion and cover a cultured cross section of essentials from house and disco to afro and techno. The music he serves up comes from a place of love and knowledge in equal measure – there are no cheap thrills with Hunee, just pure musical joy.

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Make It New with Antal [3/16]

Antal isn’t just a DJ’s DJ. He’s a guru’s guru.

Or, if you will: A maven’s maven.

At the beating heart of the Rush Hour empire, a Dutch institution that includes a distribution network and a record label but, first and most importantly, as a record store.

Rush Hour Records was founded with an incontrovertible love of new music, of all genres, and of all types. And now, after booking artist after artist that was inspired by, or signed to, or distributed by, the Rush Hour network we finally get to celebrate with its co-founder and leader. (See his recent feature at Resident Advisor, called “The Art of the DJ“)

We’ve said this before but this time we mean it: Expect the unexpected.

One look at his SoundCloud will show you why: South African Jazz, Brazil, African Cut-Up, Suriname Disco, Turkish Psych…

Make It New with Antal (Rush Hour) [3/16]
and Coralcola
Thursday March 16, 2017
9pm / 21+
$10 before 11pm

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A Night w/ Patrice Baumel At #MakeitNew

Photo by @kokernutz.

Sonic Agenda’s Elan Rochbert, a classically-trained musician, came to Make It New on March 31st to see Patrice Baumel. Suffice it to say, he was impressed.

Make it New has stood strong against the storm of commercial EDM for years, showcasing phenomenal up-incoming talent and hosting some of the most influential names in underground music.

Patrice Baumel at #makeitnew with the @mmmmaven fam!

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Patrice Bäumel brought us on a voyage through planes of existence. One moment the music was a throbbing heartbeat of percussion, compelling my feet and hips to move. The next moment it would shift, lifting the overwhelming drums and replacing them with harmonies like velvet.

For more in-depth coverage of the evening–including high praise for our resident DJs Coralcola and Baltimoroder–click through to Sonic Agenda. Follow Elan on Twitter: @ERochbert.

Patrice was on tour celebrating his newest mix for the Balance series. More info on that here.

What You’ll Hear Tonight at #MakeItNew


Tonight at Make It New we’re hosting one of the most prominent and forward-thinking minds in the world: Patrice Baumel. Is that an over-statement? Perhaps. You be the judge:

One listen and you’ll know why he dubbed the track “Mike Tyson.”

For years, Patrice commanded a residency at Trouw in Amsterdam, widely regarded as one of the world’s finest nightclubs.


Want more music? Arrive before 11pm, pay just $10 and get to listen to Baltimoroder, who is an intructor in our DJ lab. Here is a recording of his DJ set opening for Detroit Swindle last week:

But wait, there’s more. Coralcola joins Balti in the booth to give you even more sounds for those ears.

We’ll see you later.