Orlando Voorn


Orlando Voorn is one of the first Dutch musicians to establish a vital connection between Detroit and Amsterdam in the
early 90’s. He has long been recognized as one of the Netherland’s most original and ingenious producers in the world
of electronic dance music. Voorn began DJing at the early age of 12 years old and later went on to win his first scratch
competition at Amsterdam “Club Flora Palace”. Amazingly Voorn did this by borrowing records from his competitor.

After winning that competition he continued to practice every day and was discovered by a Dutch Radio host named
“Robin Albers” who was in charge of the Dutch DMC DJ Championship 1986. Surprisingly Voorn placed 1st in the Dutch
competitions 1986 & 1987 for Holland which placed him in the world championships of DMC twice in the United Kingdom
where he came in 3rd place 86 and 5th place 87 spinning with his own characteristic blend of hip hop, and electro music.

Towards the end of the eighties he acquired his first sequencer and turned his hand to producing his productions, his first
project was under the alias “Fixomatic” – “Hurt em Bad” the track was an old school hip hop record and sold very well for
that period of time. Voorn has a great vision for combining sounds, rhythms and key structures. When you look at Voorn’s
past it mainly consist of 2 important factors. He started playing the drums at an early age of 9 years old and having
professional drumming lessons although he could not comprehend reading notes his drum teacher said to his parents
“Orlando doesn’t need to read notes” he was indeed a natural and could play everything that was shown to him once.

Later on Voorn produced a couple of tracks based on sampling music; he met with Steve Clisby from a successful band
called the “American Gypsies” in the early 80's. Clisby was intrigued by the way Voorn put together a production based
upon samples; when an agreement was established Voorn worked together with Clisby who would teach Orlando chord
structures. This was a major step for Orlando as it changed his view on productions tremendously. As he no longer
needed to use only samples but he could in fact create a track/composition from playing it all with keys, bass lines,
piano's etc…



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