DenDer biography

  • 100% Dutch Acid Tech to the Max!

    DJ DenDer, also known as Matana and formerly known as Anti Trust, was born and raised as Dennis Matana in Amsterdam. Dennis was spoon-fed with music. His father was a music collector and his mother was a guitar player. He can't remember a day without music at home, from The Stones to The Beatles, from classical to soul music and everything in between. Because of this, he developed a broad taste for music. When he was still a little boy, he even recorded his own radio shows on cassette tapes! He listened a lot to electronic music, like Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre, so it's not strange he got interested in house music from the moment it reached The Netherlands.

    DenDer started his DJ career in 1996, when he was living in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, while studying there at the Design Academy to become an industrial designer. When he found out that his friends liked his taste in house music, he really felt the need to share this and bought two turntables and a mixer. From that moment de DJ virus caught him and never left him!

    As soon as he had the turntables, he made his first UK acid techno mix. Shortly after, he also bought all kinds of hardware and started to make his own tracks together with a friend. After playing for friends on birthdays and stuff, he had his first gig for Amsterdam FM radio, where he played with the guys and girls from the bus. It wasn't quite a success because of the bad studio equipment, but fortunately it only went up for DenDer from that moment. He got a job at another Dutch radio station, first as a studio and sound technician but in a short period of time he moved up to showcase his own program called Wattbass. This was the only underground dance program at that moment and it became a great success. He had DJ guests like Bart Skils, D-jay Alias, Miss Wendy, and DJ Carloid, who all have played on this show.

    Because of the success of the program, DenDer decided to organize parties where he could perform for a visible audience. The Amsterdam Underground Techno Organization was born and started out in DJ cafe Tetra in Amsterdam. Here he did some cool parties but it was too small for his needs, he wanted more and it had to be bigger. So he created a concept called Acid Untergrund and did some awesome acid techno parties in Wilhelmina Pakhuis, at that moment one of the hottest party locations in Amsterdam. This got the attention of the organizers of a free, Dutch outdoor dance event and they invited DenDer to close down the evening with his pounding music. It was immediately a great success, so the organization asked him year after year to close the party.

    DenDer is not only a music freak; he's also crazy for sound engineering. So with the coming of P3, a new venue in Purmerend near Amsterdam, DenDer grabbed his change to work there as a sound technician on the dance evenings, which he did for more than 3 years. In the meantime, he kept on organizing parties, like Execute Your Mind and Network, and continued performing as a DJ. In all those years, he did many successful national and international gigs. Now, he is #1 on the World DJ List In his genre: acid.

    The past 6 years, DenDer was also busy with setting up his own studio. He bought hardware, tested it, sold it when he didn't like it or kept it when it met to his approval. Now, he is really content with the set-up he has. With this set-up, he produced his own acid and techno tracks - sometimes with an old school feel - and gathered the best of them into the album Some Things, which was released at May 29, 2010 on his own label Acid Cult Records. It's now available on CDR but he's also planning to release it on vinyl. DenDer calls himself a true vinyl junkie; he loves the warm sound of it. You will never see him with CDs!

    In his leisure time, DenDer loves outdoor and survival activities like mountain biking and mountain climbing. He recently bought a mobile home and wants to go touring with it this summer when he's not working. Another time consuming hobby, is constructing his own equipment. He already built a 9090 Rhythm Composer, including a MB SEQ, (which is a clone of the famous TR909), a MB SIDstation, GSSL Dual Stereo Bus Compressor and a home made modulair system. In progress are an EFM Wildcat modular system, a LA2, and a UREI 1179.
    He also modifies known equipment, like the Boss DR55, DR110, Roland TR909, 808, and 606. Various artists and labels, national and international, have found their way to DenDer for modifying and fixing their equipment.

    DenDer has two big dreams in his life to fulfill: The first one is a DenDer in Concert solo in the Arena or Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, the second one is owning a house in the south of France.

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