In August last year, Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam welcomed people from every corner of Europe and beyond to its wooded wonderland on the outskirts of the city. The Boiler Room stage, as has become accustom to proceedings now, welcomed a plethora of talent to the small and intimate tin can in the corner of the site and one of our favourite sets from the weekend came from New York mastermind Veronica Vasicka.
The selector, producer and label-head weaved through dusty electro and techno that harks back to times gone by and the synths that made these tracks so popular reverberated around the sun-flecked patch of the festival. Her constant bob and head sway was matched by high-octane, razor-sharp jams that understandably sent the clued-up crowd into meltdown.
As someone growing up in New York City in the 80s and 90s, Veronica Vasicka was exposed to a wild array of musical genres. With a fond love for new wave, dancehall and experimental electronica, Vasicka would sneak into clubs at the age of 15 and 16, where she experienced first-hand the sort of music that she would come to represent and showcase to the world.