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MWoT: Martijn van Langen aka DJ Baba (The Netherlands) – Oldskool rules

I got to know DJ Baba, also known as Martijn van Langen, through my love. One of their common and longtime friends worked in a youth centre in Beverwijk. He had set up a DJ-class and to finish the season he had organized a DJ contest, for which he needed judges. My significant other, being a very experienced DJ, as well as Martijn, accepted the honor.


After meeting, it was pretty soon obvious that Martijn and I got along, despite our rather different tastes in dance genres. He prefers the hard-style, oldskool vibe, enormously up-tempo, while I prefer a little less BPM and more audible layers.

Designated driver

That night I was the designated driver home, my sons and their stepfather in the backseat and Martijn sitting next to me. I had a plan, the whole route set out in my mind. Which didn’t work of course when road-works forced me to snap out of it and adapt to another plan. My partner isn’t the most patient person either, so Martijn got a glimpse of a relational car quibble that bore a lot of resemblance to the quarrels my parents had thirty years ago. And they didn’t have navigation systems, like we do. Thank god for googlemaps – because of that we snapped out of the irritation zone pretty soon and DJ Baba’s first impression of me was probably within the limits.

DJ Baba aka Martijn van Langen en Marceline op Femorial 2016

The same evening I also discovered that Martijn aka DJ Baba has been around in the dance scene for a long time. Interesting for my segment My First Gig on, which was realized on July 18th 2014. Another link you can find here. Martijn is still a friend. Apart from our love for good food we share a good vibe. What else would one need?


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