Biography

Samuel van Dijk is fascinated by contrasts. He explores the tension that comes from carefully constructed atmospheres and rough riding rhythms, like gentle waves crashing up against angular rock faces or jagged drum patterns softened by blooming pads. He’s just as focussed on musical dynamics; with expansive chords but intimate effects, and how sounds move about in the club as well as in your head. He makes soundscapes rather than tracks, where euphoric moods and thunderous basslines can coexist, and where minute little details capture your mind’s eye while punchy drum work makes an immediate physical impact. He explores the rough and the smooth, the loud and the quiet, the cerebral and the visceral in aquatic and naturalistic worlds where electro, techno, dub and ambient are blurred into one.

This means that as both a producer and comprehensive live act, the Dutchman can take you from the furthest reaches of outer space to the depths of an oceanic abyss via crackling and frozen tundras. He does so under three aliases—VC-118A, Mohlao, Multicast Dynamics, but all are interconnected and related, with a modular approach to making and performing music meaning that a pumping breakbeat live-set can easily be transformed into an abstract sonic landscape by reducing and modifying elements, playing with textures and reworking structures.

“I’m always searching for a duality, something that marries dance floor functionality with an end of the world melodrama that gets deep inside your head,” says the artist. “My process is intuitive and unplanned, so I can start with sound design and atmospherics first, or get lost in rhythms.”  This understanding of narrative, as well as groove, means that whatever alias he assumes, he can pump out a peak time festival set, twist you inside out with an intimate session in a cosy club or play an experimental soundscape set in more thought provoking settings with his own avant garde visuals. Dancers at cult places like Tresor, Denovali Festival and a Boiler Room showcase in Nijmegen have all experienced this in the recent past.

Known by electronic music obsessives as one of electro’s shining lights, the last decade has seen van Dijk excel in both EP and LP format. His achingly beautiful melancholic moods and roomy, absorbing grooves are so fully realised that they work well beyond the club context and have come on top labels like Delsin, Frustrated Funk and Silent Season amongst others. They include highlights like the tension between raw machine sounds and ethereal pads that were explored on VC-118A’s underground classic Vaxna; Shift Register, which was made from largely one-take hardware jams with an instinctive and lo-fi finish, and the slow burning techno of Mohlao’s Landforms LP. Of course, his Multicast Dynamics album quadrilogy on Denovali also laid out immersive ambient worlds in truly escapist ways.

The future will bring more multi-layered interplay between these varied but related projects on both solo and collaborative releases. This exploration of opposing forces will continue in the live arena, too, where van Dijk can arrest your attention with thrilling sets of guttural and gritty techno, take you into the future with his electro or zone you out with cathartic ambient. Whatever he does, dance floor experiences are rarely as immersive and emotional as those crafted by this multifaceted artist.

Live dates

►   29/11/19 | VC-118A Live | Das Werk | Vienna | TBC

►   11/10/19 | Mohlao DJ | Moog | Barcelona

►   15/06/19 | Mohlao live | Fuse | Brussels | TBC

►   27/04/19 | VC-118A live | Tresor | Berlin | TBC

►   26/04/19 | VC-118A live | Ulysses | Frankfurt

►   19-20-21/04/19 | VC-118A live | Russia | TBC

►   23/03/19 | VC-118A live | Acquario | Milan

►   02/03/19 | Metamorphosis by Multicast Dynamics & Sid Hille | Temppeliaukio | Helsinki

Discography

VC-118A

2018 | VC-118A – Vaxna EP – Delsin Records
2018 | VC​-​118A – Machinarium – Cultivated Electronics
2018 | VC​-​118A – Permutation EP – Frustrated Funk
2018 | Colophon – Heritage (VC​-​118A Remix) – Deeptrax Records
2017 | VC-118A – Horizon – Fundamental Records
2017 | Achterbahn D’Amour – Dehaveland (VC-118A Remix) – Absurd Records
2017 | Blue Hour – Introspective II (VC-118A Remix) – Blue Hour
2017 | VC-118A – Face The Waves – Lunar Disko
2016 | VC-118A – Shift Register LP – Tabernacle
2016 | VC-118A – B76 Over Land EP – Radio Matrix
2015 | VC-118A – Vaxna EP – AC Records
2015 | VC-118A – Propulse EP – Tabernacle
2014 | VC-118A – Vlucht Naar Nachtschade EP – Lunar Disko
2014 | VC-118A – Doppler – TRUST
2013 | VC-118A – Flight Control EP – Tabernacle
2012 | VC-118A – International Airlines LP – Lunar Disko
2012 | VC-118A – Information System EP – TRUST

Mohlao

2018 | Mohlao – Konstrukt 009 – Konstrukt
2017 | Mohlao – Landforms LP – Silent Season
2015 | Mohlao – Neurowaves EP – Deep Sound Channel
2015 | Mohlao – Influx – Eleve
2013 | Albert van Abbe – Anvers Series_0001 (Mohlao Remix) – No Comment
2011 | Mohlao – Anamorphic Canvas – Other Heights
2010 | Mohlao – Anektode – Silent Season – Other Heights
2010 | Mohlao – Inhale EP – Piece Communications
2010 | Mohlao – Luminescent – Field Records
2009 | Mohlao – Ambrose EP – Meanwhile | 2009<

Multicast Dynamics

2017 | Multicast Dynamics – Continental Ruins LP – Denovali
2016 | Multicast Dynamics – Outer Envelopes LP – Denovali
2015 | Multicast Dynamics – Scandinavia LP – Denovali
2015 | Multicast Dynamics – Aquatic System LP – Denovali
2015 | Multicast Dynamics – Scape LP – Denovali
2015 | Multicast Dynamics – Scape – Kaukana Väijyy Ambient
2011 | Multicast Dynamics – Unparalleled Diagnosis – Field Records

Archived performances and live-sets

2019 | Mohlao live | Harmony Rec. | Prague
2018 | VC-118A live | Kafé Hærverk | Oslo
2018 | Mohlao live | Het Magazijn | The Hague
2018 | VC-118A live | Onderwereld FM | The Hague
2018 | VC-118A live | Rec. Festival | Rotterdam
2018 | VC-118A live | Drum028 | Helsinki
2018 | VC-118A live | Echo Bücher | Berlin
2018 | VC-118A live | Tresor | Berlin
2018 | VC-118A DJ | TestDisk | Helsinki
2018 | VC-118A DJ | Mind Records | Helsinki
2018 | Mohlao live | Suicide Circus | Berlin
2018 | Multicast Dynamics live | Tanssit 2.0 | Helsinki
2018 | VC-118A live | Concrete | Paris
2017 | VC-118A live | Temple | Athens
2017 | VC-118A live | 50arc | London
2017 | VC-118A live | Boiler Room | Nijmegen
2017 | VC-118A live | GLITCH | Birmingham
2016 | Multicast Dynamics live | Freeze Festival | Leeuwarden
2016 | VC-118A live | Taiga Siroco | Madrid
2016 | Mohlao live | Parallel Festival | Barcelona
2015 | VC-118A live | Attica | Antwerp
2015 | Multicast Dynamics concert | Denovali Festival | Essen
2015 | VC-118A live | RAEV | Groningen
2015 | Multicast Dynamics live + interview | Panama Racing Club | The Hague
2015 | Multicast Dynamics concert | Pandvol Festival | Groningen
2015 | Mohlao live | Swäg X Tampere Film Festival | Tampere
2014 | Multicast Dynamics a/v performance ‘Aquatic System’ | DobleCLICK | Catalonia
2014 | Multicast Dynamics a/v performance ‘Aquatic System’ | Noorderslag | Groningen
2014 | Multicast Dynamics concert | Kaukana Väijyy Ambient | Tampere
2013 | VC-118A live | Nord Gallien | Berlin
2013 | VC-118A live | Have A Nice Day Festival | Eibergen
2012 | VC-118a a/v performance ‘Flight Control’ | Media Art Festival | Leeuwarden
2012 | VC-118A live | The Twisted Pepper | Dublin
2011 | Mohlao live | VOLTT Loves Summer Festival | Amsterdam
2011 | Mohlao live | Fiber Festival | Amsterdam
2009 | Mohlao live | Studio 80 | Amsterdam
2008 | Mohlao live | Doornroosje | Nijmegen