Eddy de Clercq

Eddy De Clercq (Ghent 1955): first Dutch House DJ, co-founder, creative director and DJ at Club Roxy, popcorn DJ (Belgium 1976-1977), promoter of parties and events including the famous Disco Parties in the Brakke Grond (1977-1980) and de Miranda-bad, both in Amsterdam. De Clercq initiated nightclub De Koer (1981-1983) as a permanent base. It was a club where an eclectic mix of punk, new wave, disco, early electro and random noise was played and where young bands and performers found a stage. De Clercq then organized the Pep Club, a monthly dance event in Paradiso (1983-1986) after which he founded Club RoXY, together with Arjen Schrama and Peter Giele. When he left RoXY in 1991 the club had already established itself as a national and international phenomenon, a temple of House music. Club Roxy club was completely destroyed during the memorial party after the funeral of co-founder Peter Giele in 1999.

After Club RoXY residencies in clubs like NYC Mars, Red Zone (1990-1991) and Cocorico (1991-1995) in Riccione, Italia followed. While working as a resident dj, he also worked as an international guest-dj at raves like Mayday, clubs throughout Europe and tours for Heineken/Bintang (1999-2000) for which he produced a very well received compilation CD -The Millenium Mix- that won triple platinum status for worldwide sales. That same year De Clercq won a Golden Harp, Holland’s most prestigious musical prize. He resigned as a House DJ to focus more on working as a producer of his own music that was released on labels like Go Bang, R&S, his own imprint Aspro Records and Blue Note. Nowadays, Ubuntu Publishing releases his own work.

As a producer he composed and compiled music for the catwalk shows of fashion houses like Viktor & Rolf, Miu Miu, Rifat Ozbek and commercials for telecom company Orange and L’Oreal. De Clercq is also known as a fanatical collector of vinyl – particularly African music – and writes about it on his blog Soul Safari and Vrije Geluiden@VPRO