Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Eelke’s story starts at the age of 17 when he got his first job working at a music store. He spent the next 4 years there, and over that time he built valuable production experience by spending his spare time learning how to use the stores production equipment. Over this duration the quality of his productions were slowly coming together, allowing him to compile and prepare his first release.
In 2003 his first EP was ready, which was then signed and released by the new Segment Records imprint. Although the EP was a limited pressing of only 250 copies it still made it’s way into the boxes of several major DJs including John Digweed and Seb Fontaine. Overall reactions were great, and to this day ‘4.5 Billion Years’ is still a much sought after record.
In 2005, his ‘Deeper Depths EP’, also on Segment Records, got big support with Steve Gerrard including it on his WMC promotional mix. In addition it was also licensed to Andrew K’s compilation ‘Flavours.’ Later that year his ‘Consequences EP’ on Noctambula Records also received good support from many including Sasha and Hernan Cattaneo, who also charted the release.
Towards the end of 2005 Eelke forged a variety of new production partnerships by teaming up in the studio with fellow Dutchman C-Jay and with old friend Nick Hogendoorn. These partnerships resulted in an influx of quality releases on labels like Tilth Music, Spinifex, Plastik Park and Cyber Records. On top of that some of his time was also spent in the UK working on productions with Stewart Keenan of Navigation Records.
In early 2006 Eelke joined forces with Fady Ferraye (Red Circle Music) in Lebanon, launching their ‘Free Jerk Inlay’ project. Besides working on productions together they are also focused delivering DJ sets under their ‘Free Jerk Inlay’ moniker, allowing them to step outside the confines of a single person DJ set and connect with the dance floor on another level.
So what else for Eelke? Well, he’s also been involved in a variety of other projects such as his production work with Rutger van Bostelen as as ‘M.I.D.O.R.’ Their productions have received good support from several major DJs such as Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Marco V. Unfortunately however, in early 2006 Eelke made the difficult decision to discontinue work with the project and decided to focus more on and own sound, and left.
Besides his work as a producer, Eelke is also credited as being an excellent DJ! His sets these days are as diverse as his productions, blending progressive, tech, electro and minimal house into a very distinct and atmospheric sound. Holding down a residency at Purple Snow events in Belgium, Eelke’s sound can be heard beyond the borders of Holland ever more frequently. Upcoming and recent appearances include countries such as Greece, Serbia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Russia, Romania, Lebanon and Jordan. Eelke has also enjoyed support from many of the internet radio stations including FriskyRadio, Proton Radio and Di.fm.