Gert-Jan van der Wel

Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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Deep house podcast

other - 13 Mar 2020

I have no idea who the person is behind the DJ name The Monkey on Decks, but I do know that I like his/her deep house sets a lot, and I’m very excited that he/she has made a new one in 2020!

In my twenties I used to go to deep house and techno parties - raves - with my friends, including my future wife. On Friday or Saturday nights we’d go to a club in Amsterdam (Paradiso, Melkweg) or Rotterdam (Nighttown, Maassilo) and occasionally to big events like Awakenings and Dance Valley. The club would start at 11:00 pm in the evening, but the popular DJ would not start before 2:00 am in the morning, and the party would continue until sun rise.

Good ol’ times, but if I would do that now, it’d take me a full week to recover… So instead of staying out late, I listen to this podcast every once in a while with my headphones on, the volume high and nodding my head to the beat. Deep house and techno music also helps me to focus on my work when it’s noisy at the office - or more recently - when I’m working from home and my kids are playing next to me.