Guest Interview/OTAM Mix 08: Thomas Martojo – ‘Raw Vibes’


The only suggestion I gave, was to make this guest mix as eclectic as he’d want it to be, not expecting to be catered to the exact Theoresque melange I have a huuuge craving for: difficult-to-identify funk and disco cuts interspersed with underground classics and modern house. Drenched deep in that Motor City flava, my man Thomas Martojo, founder of the infamous Amsterdam based Dekmantel collective, ties each track together just the way a great DJ should. It’s the next best thing to seeing him spin. Contagious & sophisticated stuff.

Where, when & how was the mix recorded?

I’ve recorded the mix yesterday eve – 25th of november – at home in Amsterdam, using vinyl and two turntables. I simply decided which record to play as first and took it from there, had no clue what I’d end up with. The result is mix of deep yet soulfull disco and house with bits of African music and techno. Fairly rough and raw in places [hence the name], but that’s what I generally like best, it shows character…this is also a good example of how I’d prefer to play myself [though you rarely get the crowd in clubs who’s open to this type of music/diversity].

Can you tell us something about what got you started in the music biz & who are your greatest influences?

Well I got into music through clubbing actually. I first visited smaller techno parties when I was in my mid-teens. I eventually met Dimi Angelis and Steve Rachmad, got to know them quite well and I accompanied them on many of their gigs back than. Through [Detroit] techno I caught up with the music of Moodymann and Theo Parrish, and through a shared love for this Detroit based house I caught up with guys such as Antal [from Rush Hour] and San Proper, who showed me the way to all sorts of music outside the box. Right now I’m into all sorts of music, and I am heavily into what a certain group of underground djs from Chicago [such as Rahaan and Sadar Bahar] play.

How is the amsterdam party scene treating you?

Great! Can’t complain. I’ve had many great gigs this year and we’ve done many great parties with Dekmantel. I moved to Amsterdam only a year ago but I wish I had sooner!

What are you up to next?

Continue rocking with Dekmantel! We’ve got lots of special parties planned, and were about to head into our first office and launch the bookings agency and record-label, which marks a new chapter. All in all very exciting times. Hopefully all will end up as planned, or better…


01. The Rebirth – ‘The Journey’
02. Venom vs Marco Di Marco – ‘Bossa Of The Future [Black Mamba Remix]’
03. Andres – ‘Salvador de Bahia’
04. Theo Parrish – ‘First Floor Part 1 LP’
05. Bumblebee United – ‘I Got A Big Bee’
06. Ian Dury & The Blockheads – ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythmstick’
07. Oscar Sulley – ‘Offume [Natural Self Remix]’
08. Jackson 5 – ‘Hum Along And Dance’
09. Mr Fingers – ‘Slam Dance’
10. Theo Parrish – ‘Ugly Edit 8’
11. Wild Honey – ‘I’ve Been Working’
12. Marijata – ‘Mother Africa’
13. Universal Robot Band – ‘Doing Anything Tonight’
14. Peven Everett – ‘I Can’t Believe I Loved Here’
15. Nebraska – ‘White Label’
16. D5 – ‘Formation One’
17. Deepchord – ‘Electromagnetic Dowsing [Mike Huckaby]’
18. Erro – ‘Don’t Change’

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OTAM Mix 08: Thomas Martojo – ‘Raw Vibes’


One Response to Guest Interview/OTAM Mix 08: Thomas Martojo – ‘Raw Vibes’

  1. Matt says:

    Excellent, excellent mix. Really what my ears needed right now. Thanks so much.

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