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Jochen van der Steijn, born in the Dutch city Mill, started his career by the name DJ Jochen. Last year he changed his artist name into Jochen Miller. The young deejay / producer (25) already managed to create his own recognizable sound, which can be described as style-blending tech-trance: energetic, uplifting en high quality. Characterized by up-tempo powerful melodies, few breaks and constant pumping bass lines. The charismatic Jochen Miller is filled with passion for music and ready to make it to the top.
How it all started
In his early teens Jochen developed his interest in dance music. The lucky fact of his father having a discotheque gave him the opportunity to practice on his mixing skills. There he became resident deejay at the age of 16, followed by a residency at club Zinoâs (Tilburg, The Netherlands) when he was 18. In 1999 he made it to the finals of the Dutch mixing championships at Dance Valley, where he stood out from the rest because of his scratching, looping and mixing with three turntables. Deejaying at afterparties in the Lexion (Westzaan, The Netherlands) was not only a blast but also instructive. Since 2001 started his infamous residency at The Matrixx (Nijmegen, The Netherlands). âThe surprise of the yearâ the authoritative Dutch ID&T Magazine denominated him in 2003. And Jochen Miller is sticking around to cement his position at the forefront of dance music.
Jochen Miller the producer
Inspired by all of the pumping club tracks he played for his audience every week, Jochen Miller decided to start producing his own dance music in 2001. For about four full days a week, he can be found in his home built recording studio. Working hard and being dedicated to the fullest. One of Jochen Millerâs latest slices of vinyl called âVanityâ (ID&T free for all label) did very well in the international dance scene. March 2005 Jochen Miller was in the top 10 of the Dutch dance charts with no less than two hit records: âMiller & Fijneman – San Pedroâ (Outstandin, Black Hole Recordings) and âSilent Electra – For this momentâ (Jochen Miller remix, United Recordings). A couple of remixes are ready to unleash, like Eastcoastâs âWe are unitedâ (Midtown).
Jochen Miller the performer
As word of his phenomenal productions spread, the demand for Jochen Miller as a deejay grew naturally. Resulting in gigs and unique initiatives all over The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, and playing at The Space, the hottest club in Miami (USA) during the Winter Music Conference 2004. Dutch highlights include dance events as Mysterland, Impulz, Decibel Outdoor, Innercity, the summer parties in Nijmegen (where he plays four days in a row every year, including a smashing solo gig for over 5000 people), and hosting his own solo truck at the Fast Forward Dance Parade in Rotterdam.
The beat goes on
Jochen Millerâs ongoing goal is to continue the development of his beloved combination of producing and deejaying. And of course carrying out the Jochen Miller sound: quality techno, combined with trance influences and spiced up with some progressive. This spring the 5th Matrixx compilation is due to release (once again mixed and produced by Jochen Miller), soon to be followed by one of his own tracks on vinyl. Next year Jochen Miller would like to focus a bit more on performing abroad. In the far future he might like to start his own label or open a record store. But the next couple of years Jochen Miller is staying were he is the most comfortable: behind the decks.