Rotterdam has long been home to one of the world’s most vibrant and unique underground electronic music scenes. It’s here, amongst clubs, bars and record shops that have nurtured the talents of a myriad of lauded DJs, producers and record labels, that Nous’klaer Audio founder Sjoerd Oberman cut his teeth.
Now dividing his time between a myriad of musical projects and a growing list of DJ bookings, Oberman’s rise to prominence has been shaped by a desire to foster the same feelings in others that he felt when raving with friends at teenage house parties, impromptu adolescent beach bashes in the sun-rich Zeeland province, and as a dedicated dancer in Rotterdam’s hottest and sweatiest clubs.
Given this passion for sharing music for others and creating life-long dancefloor memories, it was perhaps inevitable that he would devote his life to underground electronic music. Oberman’s musical passions have widened considerably since he fell in love with hardcore punk and abstract electronica as a teenager – years spent dancing the night away have forged a deep-rooted love of groove and rhythm – but his core inspiration remains the same.
He began buying records over a decade ago aged 20, learning to mix on a pair of turntables gifted by his brother. Sets at house parties, illicit raves and a variety of underground clubs followed, before he bagged at job at one of Rotterdam’s leading electronic institutions, Clone. Many years on, he remains a key member of the Clone family.
Oberman’s role at Clone only strengthened his desire to release music that may otherwise have fallen through the cracks. Five years ago he launched the Nous’klaer label in order to nurture, develop and showcase the talent of friends and contemporaries from the Netherlands’ vibrant West Coast scene.
Oberman’s rise as a DJ has mirrored that of the label, which has won support from such heavy hitters as John Talabot, Ben UFO and Marcel Dettmann. Oberman holds a DJ residency at his favourite Rotterdam venue, the colourful and internationally renowned BAR club, and has hosted numerous sold-out Nous’klaer label showcases across the Netherlands in recent years. In the months and years ahead, expect to see these showcases appear in different cities across Europe and far beyond.
Oberman’s career as a DJ has not only been built on an all-encompassing passion for underground electronic music, but also a signature mixing style that puts mood and melody front and centre. Listen to one of his club sets, radio shows or mixes, and you’ll hear a DJ constantly searching for perfection through a fluid flow between different genres, grooves and rhythms.