This week’s podcast is delivered to you by Wendel Sield. It all began at a very young age for him, when he was trying to beatmatch two tapes on cassette players at home. His parents used to play a lot of Jazz, Soul and Funk. This shaped him into a true music lover and from the age of 15 he started working on his own mixes using vinyl. His love for music is also truly heard in his mix he made for DGTL. It’s danceable, happy, touchy, crazy, nostalgic and more. To get to know this music lover we asked him a couple of questions:
Hi Wendel, it's a pleasure to have you participating in DGTL’s podcast series. We are looking forward to getting to know you better. The first thing we’re curious about is
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not working on your music?
A. When I’m not working on music I’m searching for vintage gear to add to my studio or spending time at the record shop, but to be fair as of lately I spend more time online on Discogs and Bandcamp to find new tunes. To clear my head I do calisthenics workouts and I also work in the wellness sector. After the start of the lockdown I picked up some old gaming habits, I guess some readers might relate haha.
Q. How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard of a Wendel Sield performance?
A. Soulful house combined with a lot of energy and world electronics. I think it’s always difficult to pinpoint a specific sound because I play so many different styles. I guess you would call it eclectic but the base is house music. My taste in music and the stuff I buy are not bound to genres or labels, if people can dance to it I’m interested.
Q. When did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in music?
A. I used to play soccer on a decent level and at one point I got the offer to sign a contract with RKC Waalwijk, this did not happen for several reasons and after this, I really started focusing on music. Letting go of one dream and pursuing another! Music has always worked therapeutically in my life.
Q. This world pandemic has been tough on the music industry. However, it seems like you have managed to keep yourself busy. You even decided to start a new record label. Could you tell us more about it?
A. That’s true, I’ve managed to stay productive. I was left with many questions when the pandemic hit. Will I be able to DJ again? In what form? What clubs and promoters will survive? So the first thing I did was to write an entire business plan on how to open my own club. After that I started working on a few tracks which led to me asking Damian (Trinidadian Deep) to do a remix on one of the tracks, I guess we were both just sitting at home with the same mindset because he also was eager to work on something new. After he finished the remix, I formed my first EP. The question was how am I going to get a record label to pick this up in a time with so much uncertainty (most labels are run by DJs who are now out of a job). That’s when the pieces fell into place and I created my own imprint called ‘Obia Records’. I got some great guidance on how to do everything from Antal, who supports the label and now does distribution for me through Rush Hour Amsterdam.
Q. What does the name ‘Obia’ stand for?
A. The word comes from Surinamese and Caribbean culture, often spelled as Obeah, and comes from the ‘obiaman’, who can be seen as a spiritual healer, shaman, voodoo doctor, whatever you want to call it. He helps with removing bad spirits. ‘Obia Records’ can be translated as magical/spiritual records. The word itself gives me artistic freedom because you never know what spirits might be encountered by the obiaman during a spiritual session. With this label I will be focusing on deep spiritual house cuts but also heavy acid tracks and the end goal is to work together with artists from Suriname and the Caribbean to form a new cross-genre between house and native music from these exotic places.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration from, how have you stimulated your creativity during this period?
A. Pure boredom. It kicked in pretty fast after lockdown. People get creative when they have nothing to do. I ended up not needing any stimulus, disconnected from the world, and plugged out. I’m certain a lot of people felt this way. Maybe we needed a break to see clear and reflect on our lives. You have time to think about what you love in life, who you love in life. I noticed how many people/friends I knew from the nightlife. They became my family and I missed them all.
Q. What is the story behind the podcast, any tracks or parts of the mix you would like to highlight?
A. In this mix I focused on how I felt when playing/dancing in the club or at a festival. The one thing we miss the most right now. I hope the listener will pull out a beer and a cigarette and just dance in his living room. I’ve caught myself dancing for hours in my studio at least one time a week and I’m not able to stop (echt knal drang).
Q. Anything you would like to share with the reader?
A. Hold on. This pandemic will pass and we will dance again. I know it’s a difficult and strange time, but we need to collectively keep our hopes high and work together to make sure our beloved scene does not vanish. I would advise keeping our faith in the institutions put in place to protect and help us get out of this situation. The world needs a lot at this moment, it needs more love, more people to create, more cohesion and togetherness. Sometimes I imagine how crazy the events will be when we are allowed to party again. I can’t wait! See you all soon on the dancefloor! Lobi!