Starring in episode #3 of our latest Amsterdam portrait series is rising hip-hop producer Larry Appiah, known to be a regular guest and performer at Glamcult events. Following his gig at our recent launch party, we questioned APPIAH on the importance of time and experience, and admired his outfit choice—freshly selected from the new Converse Essentials range. “Some people have good taste and some don’t…”
What’s the best thing about being a DJ?
I don’t know, really… it just gives me the chance to meet people that love music as much as I do.
What has been your favourite venue to perform at and why?
I like playing at raves in Berlin, or when I get booked for a super rich kid’s house party.
How would you describe your music to someone curious?
That is actually the hardest thing to do for me. I just like good music with a vibe… so I would say “good sunset music”.
You recently performed at our launch party. Can you tell us a little bit about this collaboration and how the night went?
I adore the people that Glamcult attracts; they’re so open and always in for the party instead of looking good—which they all do, by the way.
What knowledge have you gained from experience, which you wish someone had told you when you first started?
A wise man told me to observe the audience a few times. If you understand the audience, you can kind of control the audience.
As a DJ, do you feel as though time and experience are important in being the best you can be?
I think that you need to have experience to be a good technical DJ, controlling your tracks is the most satisfying feeling to have. But… on the other hand, taste in good music is a style. Some people have good taste and some don’t. That isn’t something that comes with time and experience.
Do you listen to the same kind of music in your spare time? If not, what music do you listen to?
I do with friends, but usually when I’m alone I like listening to Roy Ayers, Grover Washington, Jr., and some Los Angeles cholo lowrider music.
In your opinion, what gets better with time?
Finding the tracks that you really love to play.