Serge’s ongoing contribution to the worlds of house, disco, electro and techno over the last 20 years is unconditional. Founder of Clone Records label in 1994, his tireless work ethic and impeccable taste, his work has defined a whole generation of record collections. The start of the Clone Classic Cuts label (which specialises in re-releasing classic dance tunes) predates the current fashion for old school Chicago and Italo disco tracks by quite some time. We asked this expert to deliver his best adresses in his hometown, Rotterdam, before his next gig at Rex Club in Paris on March 30th.
What’s there to do in the summer when everyone’s gone?
Rotterdam has some nice parks such as the Kralingseplas where it’s very pleasant during the summer period. Or take the bike and have a lovely ride along river “De Rotte” which gave Rotterdam its name.
What’s the collective’s HQ when it comes to drinks?
Het Schieblok is the place to go with BAR Rotterdam, Biergarten and Annabel.
Where can you find the best records in town?
Of course I should start by mentioning Clone.nl. However, there is another must visit spot, which goes by the name Demon Fuzz. They’re offering lots of classic jazz, funk, hip hop and breaks and rare grooves. Then there is vinylspot which is specialised in rare 2nd hand stuff.
What can you do for a first date?
I’d say the “plein bioscoop” is a nice one… Playing movies open air in the museum park in August. It has a nice selection of movies and is free entrance at walking distance of the “Witte De Wit” straat, which is known for its bars and restaurants where you can go before or after the movie.
Where can you lose your dignity?
You’d better go to Amsterdam for that.
A good address for brunch?
Hotel New York is a great spot for a brunch, the historic Hotel and pier from where the Holland-America line ocean steamers left with immigrants to the USA in the past. Its also a nice starting point for an afternoon walk to the south side of the city with Afrikaanderplein and Katendrecht which are up and coming areas of the city.
The best plan to chill on a Sunday?
I’d say the beach… like most people from Rotterdam jump on the train to Hoek Van Holland and celebrate summer on the beach. If you stay in the city then chill out in the Museum Park and pay Museum Boymans a visit or head to Vroesenpark in Blijdorp where you can join an active game of football or throw a bbq if there is no music festival going on.
Best view of the town?
There is only one place to go for that…. the top of the Euromast which you’ll find in the Museumpark! It’s 185 meters high…
A local product?
Its actually something I never tried but many go crazy over it… its the infamous “Kapsalon”. A mixture of french fries with salade, Shoarma and topped with cheese named after a local hairdresser. I prefer the old school Bram Ladage fries with “kroket” and “frikandel”.
If you’re into beers try some of the local brews from Kaapse Brouwers. If you want your food more high brow then try FG Foodlab by Francois Geurds located next to our record store which is a 2 Michelin star restaurant with experimental cooking which is pretty unique in the world.
March 30th, Paris : Deeply Rooted Meets Clone Records: ROD, Serge, Duplex, DJ Deep