Eelke Kleijn at Gramaphone Records
Photo: Courtesy of Eelke Kleijn
Record Store Recs: Eelke Kleijn Takes Us Crate Digging Around The Globe
With the unprecedented global disruption of 2020, it's important to support the music community however we can. With our new series Record Store Recs, the Recording Academy checks in with vinyl-loving artists to learn more about their favorite record stores and the gems they've found there.
Dutch DJ/producer/score composer Eelke Kleijn is beloved for his hypnotic beats that take listeners on a journey, whether that's on the dancefloor or while watching one of the films (including "Rush" and "Parker") or TV shows he's scored music for. As the founder of Days like Nights, a beloved dance music label and radio show, he shines a light on other DJ/producers who create emotive tunes. His latest release, released just last month, the soaring house track "The Magician," he offers a taste of his own upcoming masterpiece, his fourth album, to be released in September.
While Rotterdam, Netherlands is his home, his years as an in-demand DJ have seen him exploring the world's record shops for sounds that inspire and delight him. For the second edition of Record Store Recs, Kleijn shares his three favorite spots he's found great vinyl in over the years, all of which you can shop online.
Pick a few of your favorite record shops currently offering online/delivery services.
Gramophone Records in Chicago
Demonfuzz Records in Rotterdam
Something Else Records in Sydney
Demonfuzz Records | Photo: Eelke Kleijn
Can you tell us more about your favorite store(s) from the bunch?
I like to visit various record stores when I travel, especially in places that have a lot of history in dance music, such as Detroit and Chicago. The last time I was in Chicago I visited Gramaphone Records, a store with an incredible history, they first opened in '69. The nice thing for me about going record shopping these days is that I don't necessarily look for records that I play in my sets. I used to shop like that, when I played mostly vinyl in the early 2000s. Nowadays a lot of my music is digital and so I go out shopping for classics and records I just like to have in my collection, whether it's dance music or not.
In Chicago I thought there was only one way to go, and that was for some proper Chicago house. I ended up buying a couple of records, Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles and a few others. I also bought the original double-vinyl of The Chemical Brothers' [1995 debut LP] Exit Planet Dust which I've always wanted to add to my collection!
Awhile back, some friends and I were looking up records that were No. 1 hits on the day we were born. For me that turned out to be Irene Cara's [1983 GRAMMY-winning song] "Flashdance…What a Feeling," which is fitting because I've always liked that song a lot.
We all ended up buying our record, and I did so in my hometown of Rotterdam at Demonfuzz Records. They have been around for as long as I can remember, at least 20 years. Pretty much all the record stores in Rotterdam are located close to each other on the Nieuwe Binnenweg. Even when I was growing up I would check out of school early and pay them all a visit on my quest for vinyl. Unfortunately, many of them have disappeared by now. Demonfuzz is still going strong, mostly because they have a very strong selection of music, ranging from rock and pop to disco, soul and jazz, for sale at their store or online. If you are looking for anything cool that is not last week's house music, they are probably your best bet.
After coming home with the record, I discovered the whole album was produced by Giorgio Moroder, the "father of disco," apart from one track which was produced by James Newton Howard, my favorite film composer. Now that's something you can't make up!
Irene Cara's What A Feelin' | Photo: Eelke Kleijn
What's a recent record you've bought from there and have been enjoying?
Irene Cara's [LP] What A Feelin'
What's an upcoming record you've got your eye on?
As part of my upcoming album, there is one track "Woodstock" based on a cool, laid-back beach club in the Netherlands where I hold a residency called Woodstock. The release will be supported by a bunch of remixes from Hernán Cattáneo, Gerd Janson and one more, due for release this summer on DAYS like NIGHTS.