Martijn van der Ven aka DJ Maron had his first taste of vinyl when he was seven. The first record he played was the album by Jeff Waynes "War of the Worlds" which had phenomenal sounds that influenced his interest in music. He played acoustic guitar for about six years and at the age of 16 he started importing house music from Florence and London. Although the music never lost his attention, he went to University and obtained his degree in Technical Business Administration and also got his 2nd degree in teaching. During his studies he performed at several parties for students. In addition to this, he organised the very first Modern Dance party in 1989 in Alkmaar. He conducted a radio program called "Hendriks & Van der Ven" at the radio station formerly known as Radio Plus as well as at other radio stations. During these broadcasts which took place for more than four consecutive years, he shared his vision on modern dance music with the audience. At several parties they broadcast via a livelink on-site.
He had his base at Kingdom Venue (formerly Marcanti Plaza, old cinema-theater) in Amsterdam, one of the biggest clubs in the Dutch dance scene. DJs like Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Marco V, Armin van Buuren and many other headliners ripped off the daylights at this venue. In the summer of 2004, Maron was invited by a Jordanian organisation, www.distantheat.com, to spin with Ferry Corsten in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. This inspired him to search for new performance opportunities at international venues in the Middle East, South America and North Eastern Europe. At this point in time he decided to change his career and become a professional Entrepeneur, DJ and Producer, leaving behind a successful six year long career at Royal Dutch Telecom (KPN). He is now also a Managing Director of Insomnia Events, a young dynamic organisation which develops concepts and events internally and for third-parties. Insomnia Events produces music, events and is concept broker in lifestyle-formats. Experience Life and Live now!
The underground house parties managed by Maron are now one of the more experimenting parties that are held for real underground clubbers. Locations where these are held include Minsk (Belarus) and ‘the Catacombe‘ beneath a church in Amsterdam and Beirut (Lebanon). At present DJs like Fred Numf, Darren Tate, Eric Cross, Joost van Bellen, Ernesto vs. Bastian, Marco V and many more have already blasted at his venues. One of the new labels, Rhythm of Life, will present theater and dance in one concept with top of the bill artists for upperclass business to business and to consumers bringing a whole new way of pre-nightlife and nightlife spectacle with three aspects, to wine, to dine and to dance ! His new role, Master-Composer connecting Theatre and dance.. Believe in what you want to believe !
His first music-co-production was a remix of Three Drives - Greece 2000 (Marcel Woods rmx, DJ Maron rmx and DJ Chus rmx) released in May 2005 by Massive Drive (Ton TB and Erik de Koning). This track has been played many respected DJs worldwide. He created this track together with new Dutch talents Rafaël Frost, Hugo Zwarts and Miss Chianty. After working together on this project, Frost and Maron became friends and combined forces. They have worked together as Frost & Maron and there new single Mute your Mind was released under the new label of Ferry Corsten in januari 2006, and was hammered by Ferry, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Above and Beyond and many respected DJ’s worldwide. The next single “Time Out” is also released summer 2006. Frost & Maron were invited by Ferry Corsten L.E.F. stage at Dance Valley 2006. The third single is released and is a project of Maron - YIELD - with a few international producers like Fady Ferraye, Josh Money, Abdul Bayyari, Chris Domingo and Shota. The brand new beachconcept Sundae aan Zee is a hit, and his new frontier-concept YIELD has started at ADE 2007 and hits the floors in Amsterdam, Club NL. Maron and Fady Ferraye as DJ’s behind the decks, and they will release the first YIELD feat. Josh Money – Believe the Way - Watch Out ! The crossing borders where Maron has played over the last two years:
Orangina Summerlounge - Tour 2008
YIELD - Music is the Message - Watch Out! 2007/2008/2009
Sundae aan Zee Tour 2007/2008
Rhythm of Life – Borderless Theater and Dance-event 2006
Dance Valley 2006 – LEF-stage
Free Festival 2006 – Almere
Jordan, Distant Heat 2; Jordan, Club Nai 2005
Brazil, Sao Paolo - Fashion Week - Manga Rosa 2005
Uruguay, Punta del Este - Pure Punta 2005
Belarus, Minsk - The Bronx-Insomnia Party 2005
Insomnia Beirut at X-OM – Lebanon
Rotterdam - Fast Forward Dance Parade Brazil Truck 2004
Holland, MysteryLand 2004
Holland, Insomnia parties 2003/4/5
Holland XtraLarge Xtra Orange – Amsterdam
Ibiza Vibrations - Thalia Lounge – Rotterdam
And many more respected electronic danceparties ..
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Fady Ferraye has not had a normal upbringing for a DJ. Born in Beirut, he began collecting vinyl at the age of 10, with the Lebanese civil war as a backdrop, mastered his skills back in the 80’s in one of East side of the City’s bomb shelters, Beirut was then compared to Berlin’s pre 90’s era, dark, divided, and insecure; it was no easy start for a musician’s career that would one day take him across the world for high-profile gigs, delivering the message, the Middle East is not only a war place. After years of spinning in the vibrant, but at times troubled Middle East, and 6 long years playing a weekly residency at Beirut’s B018, Fady felt the time was right to take the plunge to move to a European hot dance music spot, Amsterdam, where his international DJ career started. In the following year his profile shot up and was booked all over the city, as well as top notch Beach Clubs such as Bloemendaal, Wijk aan Zee and Scheveningen.
In the same year he landed a second residency, in the Middle East this time, at Amman’s Prana club, and back to Beirut, he started a monthly night at the capital’s avant garde club, The Basement. He performed alongside many international DJs, like Sander Kleinenberg, Deep Dish, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Dave Seaman, Marco V, Kid Loco, Mr Sam, Dirty South, Fred Numf, Judge Jules, Above & Beyond and Mark Van Dale. And to add a glamorous touch to his sets, in March 2007, he played a special after hours party, for a special guest, Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy. At Amsterdam Dance Events October 2007, he started the City’s new Top Glamour night, Yield, together with DJ Maron, and the night is still running every month. Recently, in July 2008, he played a special gig at Fashion TV’s Black Diamond Boat in Aqaba, a night that was promoted all over the Globe on Fashion TV. Fady knew that productions are essential for any DJ to get ahead, started production in 1999, had releases on many labels, like Audio Therapy, Presslab, Frisky, Outside The Box, The Sessions or even major ones like Emi, Harmonia Mundi. Many of his tracks and remixes have been supported by key names in the scene such as, Hernan Cattaneo, Deep Dish, John Digweed, James Zabiela, Dave Seaman, Nick Warren, Riccardo Villalobos, Matthew Dekay, Moshic, Andy Moor, Matt Darey, DJ Preach, Laurent Garnier, Steve Lawler and many more. He recorded under various guises including Fady Ferraye, Fading Ocean (with M'ocean), Free Jerk Inlay (with Eelke Kleijn) and Yield (with DJ Maron), down tempo wise he produces under the Moonphish pseudonym. Not content with simply spinning, he launched his own label, Goosebumps.
In addition, he has a show on Frisky radio every fourth Tuesday of the month called Goosebumped, it is one of Frisky’s top shows. He has also another weekly show on the famous NRJ radio. It’s about the music that gives people those magical feelings we call them Goosebumps says Fady, whose sound is hardly categorized into a certain genre. An open minded, body-shaking House, a deep mind-setting Techno, with a touch of mystery, influenced by his big & long time experience in the underground, from Progressive Rock, Electronic and Jazz to Psychedelic, Dub & Metal, being a 70’s German Minimal & Progressive Electronic Musik freak since 1983 (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Can, Brainticket, Ashra Temple, Philipp Glass to name a few…) was very rare to see or even hear about in my school back then, it was a kind of a Cult for us, listening to a one sided 25 minutes track vinyl, that was our earliest trip says Fady, thirty years later, Minimalism became big. Being a big fan of David Lynch and Andrei Tarkovski, carving his sets like what Lynch once calls the mystery of the Continuing story, has got him more fans from the cinema world who totally understood the Discovery, the mysteries, the another world, Fady is a top DJ who surprises his audience, he says what differentiate a good DJ from a bad one is the surprising factor in his set, that is the moment that gives people euphoria, and………Goosebumps. That is no wonder why a couple of years later, he got interested in doing music for Indie movies, this time, two of his tracks were included in the award winning (Best soundtrack/score) Franco-Lebanese movie, A Perfect Day. Stay tuned for tens of releases in the upcoming months, on labels like Presslab, Pure Substance, Amalgam, Often Gruven, Fantasize, and Frisky Records.