About myself, very short:
I’m born in the spring of 1981, female (yes, despite my atypical hobby ‘making radio’), making websites since late 2000, and living in the south of The Netherlands; somewhere to the east of Bois-Le-Duc.
About this site:
Nice music has to be shared with the world; that’s the main reason of the bunch of personal charts on this site.
Besides that, I like to separate the wheat from the chaff by making lists (and adding my favorites immediately), to avoid ‘not seeing the wood for the trees’ after +2 decades of listening to music. In that way, it’s also useful for mysélf.
Me & my relationshop with radio:
I’ve got a history of over two decades of very intensively listening to the radio behind me, since I started listening to the Dutch station Radio 3 (nowadays 3FM), halfway 1991. Especially the ‘Tros’ Thursday and ‘Veronica’ Friday.
Also important to me: Atlantis/Channel X, a local Dutch dance station (1997/1998), and Dancenet/DanceRadioOne (2000-2003).
I’ve always been interested in the world behínd radio, and the art of it. But making radio by mysélf started early 2011. Yeah, 20 years after falling in love with radio made by óthers.
The result: March 2011, my first station called ‘Only 00s’ came online. I chose to try a 00s format, because there weren’t many 00s stations already, in opposite to 90s formats.
I guess I was a little bit too early, because it has never been a real success. Despite polishing the format and imaging; the first ‘jingles’ came from a text to speech generator and were acapella.
Just one month after putting Only 00s online, I started Good Vibrations, in the beginning a station playing feel good music from the 50s till now. But that format also wasn’t that viable.
Since September 2011, Good Vibrations is a semi 90s station. Despite not being the first with a 90s format, the format change seemed to be a good decision.
Nowadays, Only 00s doesn’t exist anymore, as you can see.
Personal music history in short:
— The early days —
I started listening to music early 1990, at first only my fathers cds and vinyl records (rock classics, classical music, corny 70s stuff and typical Dutch acts like BZN) and a Dutch children act, Kinderen Voor Kinderen.
Halfway 1991, I started listening to current pop and dance music.
— Dance music, since 1991 —
Since 1991, I was a huge dance lover. I’ve literally grown up with 2 Unlimited, releasing their first single just a couple of months after discovering dance music. I was immediately obsessed with that very first track (Get ready for this).
I was following the latest stuff intensively, and – in the first half of the 00s – discussing everything at discussion boards –> in combination with a new phenomenon called ‘downloading’; both a little bit too much in that era.
Tastewise: Mostly extremely commercial till 2000, except some rave and mellow stuff in 1991-1993 (influenced by the Dutch House Party etc. compilations, and Dutch radio shows like Dance Trax and For Those Who Like To Groove) and some clubtrance etc. around 1998 –> thanks to a Dutch dance station called Radio Atlantis/Channel X, I discovered autumn 1997.
A huge 2 Unlimited obsession, lasting from the very early days till the split-up in 1996, was included in the ‘extremely commercial’ part. I’ve said something about that before.
If I discovered a source like Atlantis/Channel X, I was open for more ‘serious’ dance. Turning the radio on was the only thing I had to do to get my dose of that. But at the moment such great sources weren’t easily available anymore (the Atlantis/Channel X fun was over already after 15 months), I tended almost exclusively to the extremely commercial side. Quite lazy, indeed.
— After 2000; growing up and also experimenting with other styles —
After discovering internet radio (late 2000/early 2001), and Audiogalaxy shortly after that, my taste in dance music became clearly more grown-up, and now for good. Although the general feel was still quite accessible.
In 2005, I started listening more to other styles, often on the funky side, and in general a lot more music released before the 90s. Since I discovered contemporary hit/dance music in 1991, I hadn’t played that much golden oldies by myself anymore, despite playing my father’s cds in the year before. But suddenly, there was a revival of playing really old stuff.
Besides that, the general feel became more relaxed; also on the dance side. A natural feel became more important. And in the years to follow, more non-chart music entered my collection.
In 2006/2007, my relation with dance music became more casual. I felt less connected to ‘the scene’ in general.
— Spring 2008: Everything fell into place —
Since spring 2008, my musical taste hasn’t changed anymore. At some moment, all influences from the past fell into place. The last phase was discovering jazz/world/etcetera, and almost at the same time the less mainstream side of urban music; thanks to Dj Lefto of Studio Brussel’s show ‘De Hop’. Nowadays, he’s the owner of Laid Back Radio, a station I frequently listen to.
I’m still listening to dance music nowadays, just less obsessed compared to the past (like I said before).