Since donning the Cinnaman alias nearly two decades ago, Yuri Boselie has become one of the most respected figures on Amsterdam’s bustling underground electronic music scene.
Few in the Netherlands – or elsewhere, for that matter – can boast a CV quite as jam-packed as Boselie’s. There have been long-running stints as a resident DJ at three of Amsterdam’s most lauded clubbing institutions, Trouw, Club 11 and, currently, De School. Then there’s the A&R work for Rush Hour and Kindred Spirits offshoot Nod Navigators, Boselie’s curation of the critically acclaimed Beat Dimensions series of compilations, and an association with Dekmantel that has included sets at all of their festivals to date and the imminent arrival of a 10th anniversary mix.
Boselie’s life in music has been built on constant evolution as a listener, DJ and producer. Fired by a veracious appetite for discovering and championing music, his DJ sets and online radio shows – first for Viral Radio and now Red Light Radio, a station he has been with from the very start – draw on a dizzyingly wide range of music, from hip-hop, house and modern soul, to techno and garage. He was famously one of the co-founders and resident DJs at Colors, a long-running club night that brought bass music to Amsterdam, but it would be wrong to paint Boselie as a stylistic purist: if a record is great and the time is right, he’ll drop it.
With such a storied and action-packed career behind him, it’s unsurprising that Boselie’s DJ style continues to evolve with every passing year. Where he would once have quickly cut and jumped between tracks in a hip-hop style, the Amsterdam scene stalwart now opts to give records more time and space. Throughout his career, he has been known to take risks with his track selections, while playing with energy and creating a vibe are always at the forefront of his thoughts. His DJ style will continue to evolve, but Cinnaman will always deliver the goods.