The team that does the heavy lifting
John Lommers (BMF)
At twelve, John Lommers (Also known as Bad Motherfunker) played his first party and fell in love with the DJ profession. Build a complete drive-in show and played at almost every teen party in the early eighties. Began at fifteen (yes yes 1981) in Super Disco Galaxy as a light jockey. As a light jockey, he was responsible for light, smoke and laser effects in the disco… Everything except the music In 1983, John switched from light- to discjockey and became part off to the legendary Galaxy team of residential DJ’s. John has played here until mid-year nineties. Always at least 130 decibels and 120 Beats per Minute.
He played in iconic clubs like Galaxy (‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands), Broadway (Erp, The Netherlands), Toys (Uden, The Netherlands), Rodenburg (Beesd, The Netherlands). In the mid nineties John widened his field and went touring throughout the Netherlands with Veronica drive-in show, Tros Popformule and Philips Moving Sound Shows. Also has a large radio heart and spent years working for various radio stations at home and abroad. In Amsterdam he had his regular program Extra 108 (Radio Decibel) and he was in Belgium at Fantasy FM radio show “Funky”. In this weekly radio show he played Galaxy classics and various mixes of known and unknown talent.
Rene Vercruyssen (vd Meer)
In 1979 he started working at the pirate station Radio Benelux. That same year he also started as a DJ in the Karrebar, Den Bosch. From that period he worked in many nightclubs worked throughout the Netherlands. beside that he was at that time still doing radio programs for several radio stations, including in Belgium.
Best known program was surely Disco Factory, later renamed Dance Factory. In this program were all ”hard to find classics, ” special mixes and remixes, interviews with major artists including Sharon Redd, Young & Company, Joe Bataan, Kid Creole and many many others. For that time unique, especially on an illegal radio station. This program was also the Galaxy top 10, which I compiled weekly by means of cards with the top three, which the visitors of Galaxy filled out every weekend. After the radio period, he continued working with various road shows and in nightclubs / clubs. Still active at private parties, and every year during the big back to the 70’s & 80’s Party in Den Bosch and Eindhoven.
Peter Schouten (PIR)
From 1977 till now I have been working as a club DJ. Starting in Den Bosch at Cosmopoliet i worked my way through various clubs and residencies. Amongst others, highlights were Lunenburg, La Cortical, Jayselings Royal Palace, Rockefeller, Time Out My most recent highlight ? Being asked to join the Disco Factory DJ’s in their love of funky music . . .
The love of music has been my driving force from early youth up till now . . DJ’s who influenced my musical tastes and style were Ferry Maat, David Mancuso and Larry Levan. Musical styles I played were Soul, Disco, Funk, Hardrock and even classical music (for bridal fashion)
Mixing was not my prime goal in being a DJ and I only learned to do it in the 80’s, of course using SL1200’s. Nowadays everything is digital, Traktor Pro for live gigs and Cocos Reaper as a DAW for mixes for radio.
Some of my stuff can be found on: https://soundcloud.com/dj-pir
When I have the time I make short mixes you can hear on DF radio.
To list my favorite tracks would take up at least 3 pages, but check the ones below..
Robbie Koster (Robbie K)
I was introduced to Disco Classics in the early 80’s through radio programs such as the Soul Show and import music I heard in The Galaxy, a club in Den Bosch (The Netherlands). Mixing records was still rare and I was inspired by year-mixes made by Ben Liebrand and programs such as “de Bond van Doorstarters” and “And the beat goes on”. I started mixing at home on vinyl, two turntables without pitch control, a mixer and a tape deck. And in this way I created a lot of mixes at that time. After years of absence, I restarted making mixes in various styles a few years ago. No longer the old fashioned way, but variously sometimes digitally with MixMeister or with MP3s & a DJ Controller Set. Especially for this program I started making mixes for Galaxy Classics Radio and now Discofactory FM. Weekly a 15 minutes mix in a mashup or theme. And weekly mix for the program “And the beat goes on”, where plates are completely mixed together.
Too old for a professional start? Thats for sure.
But I will continue mixing until I die.
Check my Facebook page and stay informed of new mixes.
Or go to my Mixcloudpagina “https://www.mixcloud.com/robbiekoster/” or “https://www.mixcloud.com/discofactoryradio/“
Enjoy my mixes and keep the vibe alive!
Sef Gruijters 'G-in-the-house'
Born in 1962 in Amsterdam he was 15 years of age when star wars and Saturday night fever came out. He immediatly knew what he wanted to become, a light jock. The many lights in Saturday night fever and the dance movies that came after that made his eyes pop and eyebrows go up. Not like his other 3 colleagues of Disco Factory FM he wanted to become a Dj, but he wanted to entertain the crowd with visual effects / laser / strobes and other effects.
Some 30 (?) years ago he met John Lommers when he was working as a lightjockey in Broadway in Erp, for that time one of the leading (along with the Galaxy of course) disco’s in the Netherlands.
Tv formats like “Countdown” and “Nederland muziekland” were filmed there. Later they played together in the Galaxy as well, John mixed the music while Sef made the crowed go mad with the effects and for that time very special laser equipment. Later on John and Sef got back together in Toys in Uden, a disco that was known for the soul, R&B and hiphop music that was played there.
Sef also played the lights at “Display” in Babberich near the German border and “Axis” in Gemert. The main reason for Sef to do the lightshows by hand is that he is convinced that a human is better for playing the buttons than a computer, can interact quicker and does not need a reboot at some time.
In 2010 Sef heared of the initiative of the “Galaxy Classics Party” and asked if he could do the lights, that was the time he teamed up with Robbie Koster and René Vercruijssen. Although “lights” were Sef’s first love he was also mixing for many years and with the birth of Disco Factory FM he was asked to be along with Robbie Koster one of the “Master mixers”.
Now he delivers a weekly 15 minute mix and monthly a one hour mix for the “As the beat goes on” program.
You can follow Sef at :
Oemar Joemman. (You Mann)
He’s the benjamin of the Disco Factory FM crew. Started mixing in 2016 and skipped all the digital rescue systems like tractor, Auto Sync or all the backup stuff. He went old school, 100% pure analogue! Just two Technics SL’s 1200 LTD (Limited editions ofcourse) and a lot (really) a lot of vinyl. Oemar loves music. From Kiss to NWA, from Stephanie Mills to Jeff Lorber. He’s a late 80’s kinda guy and we love him.
Dion Vugts (Mr. D)
I am playing as resident DJ for Soulmates Maastricht. Playing and mixing soul, funk and disco from the late seventies and early eighties. Soulmates Maastricht is celebrating there 12,5 year existents and this shows the success and the popularity of the party’s over the years. It started out as a reunion party for people who visited the old and famous clubs in Maastricht Djinn and Ohio. Just like the Galaxy classic party did in The Den Bosch area. My love for the classic disco tracks I developed listening to the Soul Show and visiting epic and legendary disco Galaxy Den Bosch I am mixing the classics for Disco Factory FM. Inspired by the old masters who created the bootleg mixes in the eighties. Disconet year mix of 1981 and the big Aplle mix vol1 1982 are epic and influential for that time. Although i have a big passion for the classics i have been involved in the trance seen of the late nighties. Listening to great masters as Paul Oakenfold playing legendary sets for Cream as resident DJ. I have been composing lounge, ambient cd’s in a format i highly believe in. There is a lot of lounge and chill music out there but it is just produced and not composed from the hart. To put the right songs together is not done by so many people. Jose Padilla and Ramon Castells are Unique! To put ambient, lounge, singer songwriter, seventies folk songs and vocal acoustic trance songs togheter so they make their own story is what i am trying to do. Favo classic tracks are: France Joli – gonna get over you Third world – now that we found love Chewy Rub’s Dub Edit Billy Ocean – Nights feel like getting down. (Re-edit 7.08) Geraldine hunt – can’t fake the feeling.
Born in 1960. Never did any professionel DJ work. Only on party’s f friends and family. Music has always been a hobby (I even played electrical organ).
From 1979 i started to collect Vinyl and later on CD’s. Nowadays it is a vast collection and they are often played in the Disco Factory broadcasts.
I’m also interested in the human behind the artist and wat his/her history was.
ABBA also played a great part in my interest for music, everything they have relased i’ve got. It is great fun to see al the colleagues every Thursday
Michael Halve (Mezza)
In the beginning of the eighties deejay Michael (1966) was infected by the disco virus. All his pocket money went directly to record stores. Inspired by the delights of the two Dutch mix heroes Ben Liebrand and Peter Slaghuis, he taught himself to mix. At a radio station in Delft called “Eldorado” he had his first mix program and at discoteque “Soos Dinguss”, in Delft as well, he was the saturday night resident DJ for years.
More and more deejay Michael specialized in the genre Italo Disco. He ended up in a circle of very fanatical collectors and met Italo artists increasingly.
A few years ago he decided to write down his stories and experiences from the Italo World, which resulted in the book “Gek van Italo” (Mad about Italo). By pressure from fans outside the Netherlands, he is currently working on an English translation of which he hopes will be ready in 2017.
By the name of Mezzamix deejay Michael makes disco mixes for Disco Factory’s “And The Beat Goes On”. He is also the main supplier for the Wednesday program “Feel The Italo Drive.
Deejay Michael is initiator of the Twitter accounts @Discofacts and @Italoweetje. You can listen to his Mezzamixes at https://www.mixcloud.com/MezzaMix/.
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