Under the Interstellar Funk alias, DJ/producer Olf van Elden is fast becoming a staple feature of club and festival line-ups worldwide. His rise has not been dizzyingly rapid, but rather built on a decade spent honing his craft in the record shops, studios and dancefloors of Amsterdam.
Van Elden’s ascent to the higher echelons of underground electronic music culture has not come as a surprise to those within Amsterdam’s club scene. He was wowing home crowds with distinctive DJ sets and talked-about tracks long before he bagged a sought-after residency at now-departed venue Trouw. Recently he was named as one of the resident DJs at the city’s most talked about club space of recent times, De School.
What marks out Interstellar Funk’s productions and DJ sets is van Elden’s love of the imperfections and eccentricities associated with left-of-centre analogue machine music. You’ll hear them within the new wave, electro, techno, jack-tracks, heavy electronics and everything in between that populate his DJ sets, as well as the solo records he’s released on Dekmantel, Berceuse Heroique and Rush Hour, the label, store and distribution company he’s been associated with since 2013.
Van Elden’s desire to marry human emotions to man-made machine music can also be heard in his Private Eyes single for fellow Rush Hour alumnus Young Marco’s Safe Trip label and through the lo-fi murkiness of his Faster Action project, which set tongues wagging with a 2016 EP on L.I.E.S. Then there’s his Artificial Dance label, an outlet for new and old electronic music that fits into the DJ/producer’s intoxicating, otherworldly aesthetic.