Robert Van Ryn

Bristol, United Kingdom

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It all began with the emergence of house music which Robert embraced with a passion and saw weekends spent anywhere the music was, from fields, warehouses, and clubs. This led to Robert trying his hand behind the turntables. When the early scene began to splinter into the beginnings of what we have today, Robert followed the route of atmospheric, uplifting house music. Early bookings mainly taking the shape of warm-ups were fortunate to billed alongside legends of the scene such as Danny Rampling, Judge Jules, Brandon Block, Alex P, Marshall Jefferson, John Kelly, Seb Fontaine, and Jeremy Healy to name but a few.

In 1997 a chance meeting with an old friend prompted Robert to move abroad and try his luck in Corfu. Robert was able to secure residencies in two of the main clubs on the island, Limelight and Checkers. By this time Roberts sound had firmly manifested itself among the huge uplifting and atmospheric hallways of trance music.

It was whilst working at Limelight one night that the team from The Euphoria Albums tour experienced what Robert had to offer, and offered him a residency on the album tour for the award winning Euphoria series. Robert joined the tour in August of 2001 as one of six resident DJ’s on the nationwide tour. Various mini tours including a Lynx White Label Tour and a Sol Ibiza Warm Up Tour were also on the agenda. 2001 peaked with a Boxing Day Euphoria event headlined by Armin and John 00 Fleming at The Ministry of Sound. In excess of 250 tour dates were chalked up prior to the following summer across the length and breadth of the country from Inverness to Plymouth.

Summer of 2002 saw Euphoria taking up summer residency in Ibiza’s Club Eden and Ayia Napa’s Club Abyss. Euphoria at Club Abyss was voted by Ayia Napa’s clubbing bible to be the Night of 2002 with praise being leveled toward Robert from many angles. Throughout the close of 2002 and early 2003 saw Robert continue to tour with Euphoria all over the UK. Outside of the tour Robert somehow managed to squeeze several other UK dates and a number of international dates into his diary including his joint home country of The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and the Channel Islands. Alongside the domestic nationwide tour 2003 also saw Euphoria delivering sell out events at both Turnmills and Heaven.

The summer of 2003 continued in a similar vein with Euphoria taking the Mediterranean by storm across a number of the sun drenched isles including Ibiza, Cyprus, Crete, & Corfu, alongside its domestic diary with the tour residents and headliners Dave Pearce and John 00 Fleming.

Once back on home soil after the summer months the tour continued alongside an increasing number of solo bookings in the UK and overseas. In the spring of 2004 the Euphoria Album Tour completed its final bookings and Robert continued with his own bookings across the UK and overseas. The summer of 2004 saw Robert take up residency for London’s largest Trance night ‘Knowwhere’ in association with Euphoria in Cyprus. Once again the night was one to write home about with Robert joined on the turntables by trance heavyweights such as Matt Darey, Mike Koglin, Graham Gold, Agnelli & Nelson, Adam White, and Knowwhere legends Anthony Dean & Pablo. Following the successful summer Robert returned to home shores and continued playing for Knowwhere including their huge 3rd Birthday event at the infamous Fridge in Brixton.

Robert made a puzzling decision in 2005 to hang up his headphones and turn his back on the industry he was rapidly becoming known figure within; his ability to work a crowd had been much noted by his peers within the industry. His infectious appetite for the music he loved was apparent to all that experienced him DJ and had cemented the growing reputation that surrounded the larger than life character.

Fast forward six years to 2011 and the headphones are being dusted off, the studio flickering into life, and the big fella’s passion reignited with the music he loves!

Watch this space….