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Knekelhuis

Mark Knekelhuis
Label interview
08.31.2021

If a no-nonsense and diverse DIY approach to running an electronic label started anywhere in Holland, it may well have been here in Amsterdam - at Knekelhuis. This label has a conviction as strong as any outsider, and refusing to accept the stigma of genre conformity, Owner Mark van de Maat echos the shunning of his rural religious past and indulges in an eclectic output. Live instrumental seems to be the spiders thread that spins its intricate excitement together, with efforts as far reaching as Ambient and Synth pop - not forgetting the all that lies wildly between. Striking differences amongst the stark angles and colours of the back catalogue point towards a becoming of the future, but also a clutch on the past and the buried - still to be resurrected. After all, The ‘Knekelhuis’ is where we might well store the bones of the deceased.

Label playlist
Play all Add all
Victor de Roo
Gewoon
3:07
Play
EYE
Mirador
3:24
Play
Dark Star
Ixtlan
3:21
Play
Organizatsiya & Nikita von Tiraspol
Die Idee der Toleranz
3:22
Play
RTC
Slightly Damp In A Misty Street
3:18
Play
Jean-Luc
A Sec De Paniers
3:21
Play
Rotterdans
Interference
3:52
Play
Victor de Roo
Voorbenachte Rade
4:04
Play
Spill Gold
Bird Soul
4:33
Play
EYE
You're So Fine
4:43
Play
Organizatsiya & Jules Rouxel
Une Comptine Pour Jeanne
4:52
Play
Philipp Otterbach
The Roamer Pt.2
5:21
Play
Patricia Kokett
Mmuo Trance
5:40
Play
Meo
Chichita
4:57
Play
EYE
Sabine
4:46
Play
Frank Dullaart
Trans Harmonic Dream
5:10
Play
Jean-Luc
Inspiration
4:57
Play
Philipp Otterbach
The Weak Song
5:30
Play
As Longitude
Blauer Part
5:45
Play
Zaliva-D
Forsaken
6:08
Play
Drome
Hinterland, Kassler Kessel
7:00
Play
Electric Party
Tension
3:58
Play
SSIEGE
Il Re Delle Mandorle
4:56
Play
KΣITO
Kannon Yu
4:57
Play
Troth
Balancing Arc
4:35
Play
Ike Zwanikken
Bianca
5:37
Play
Patricia Kokett
Amulet
6:23
Play
Michel Banabila
Balafon Dub
4:43
Play
Jimmy Smack
Anguish
9:51
Play
Stacks
Above Ground
3:48
Play
Geier aus Stahl
Geschichten aus dem Narrenkasten
4:33
Play
O

Where are you from?

MK

I’m from the Netherlands. Grew up in the countryside in the East part of the Netherlands. Living in Amsterdam for 15 years

O

What do you do?

MK

I run the record label Knekelhuis, DJ and perform live as Volition Immanent (w/ Parrish Smith)

O

Earliest musical memory?

MK

My earliest memory, connected to my dad playing it every day for years, is Phil Collins ‘Face Value’. At a certain moment I was so annoyed, although it’s a super good record and I started to appreciate it later on in life

Mark Knekelhuis - Oddity Influence Mix
Mark Knekelhuis
1:08:44
15 Tracks
Lions - Tones on Tail
Soft Estate - Echo
Leonard Prochazka - M1A1 (edit)
Coil - Going Up
John Beltram - Miss the Colors
Jjulius - Hjartats Slag
Dean Blunt - Trident, Part 2
Double Virgo - Estranged
Les Vampyrettes - Biomutanten
Phil Collins - In the air tonight (demo)
Splitter - Ich Press Dir Aus Der Hand
Gorilla Aktiv - Tombstone Blues
Crass - Walls
The La-s - Callin’ All
Hoffnung & Psyche - Sie bleibt kalt
O

Why did you start a record label?

MK

After throwing parties in Amsterdam for years, running a label felt like the natural next step. I think it started out of excitement I guess, and looking for a challenge, learning about the process of spreading music into the world. We wanted to explore and expand the things we believed in

O

How would you describe the label’s sound?

MK

A ride full of contrast and harmony, always on the roll and evolving. The Knekelhuis sound is above all melancholic and contains a scent of mystery. It embraces beauty just as much as discomfort. And has a strong interest in the cross pollination of the past and the present, character wise fluidly becoming one

O

Some insight on the mix you recorded ?

MK

I considered the influence mix more as a mixtape, less of a DJ mix. Tried to put some old formative tracks, as well important ones that opened doors at a certain intersection in life. And some great new ones by contemporary artist. Hope you enjoy.

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