In April 2019, on a small island south west of Amsterdam, the first Orphic event took place.
Here, a community was born - one with a focus on featuring national artists,
enabling the thoughts and freedoms of their guests,
and cultivating a safer space for all to express their individuality and diversity.
At the core of this community is a shared love and focus on the music - minimalistic, loopy,
groovy techno and beyond. The artists for the events are chosen based on their fit with these influences and ideals,
as well as their technical skill. Their core residents - Lobster, Tromp, Thoms Traxx and Jaipa, embody these values.
Last Event before the pandemic
Beyond the obvious factors, the artists are also selected based on the person behind the music - their values,
presence and art influence the Orphic community and vice versa.
Orphic believes that music is not simply a product; it is also a feeling and a sensory experience,
one that they aim to curate to the highest degree possible.
They give artists a platform to translate their love and passion for their craft onto their guests,
enabling an intimate dialogue that forms the basis of their community.
The Orphic brand is the sum of the individuals that form the community, combined with these values,
and the experience of Orphic is different from everything else - open to anyone that wishes to share in this exchange,
while respecting this culture. Orphic has always placed a focus on providing a home where artists can develop themselves,
particularly for the most talented undiscovered DJs. They are offered an opportunity to showcase their talent,
and often to play alongside well-established names. While the community is incredibly open,
it is also a family affair - an environment filled with passion and familiar faces.
Orphic had one year of events before the pandemic started. Within that year,
their community and concept underwent many developments. The events are held in different locations,
so a lot of work is required to ensure consistency between the experiences. With each event,
more and more emphasis was placed on ensuring the best possible quality of sound. This resulted in Orphic
holding more inside events. This development led to some important improvements,
but it also brought challenges. Switching from outside to inside locations also changed the environment
and could have resulted in some loss of freedom.
Raves are so free because they have little to no rules.
With love and care, Orphic was able to cultivate the same level of freedom and expression
for their indoor events, while optimising for the quality of sound. This is what they managed to achieve
in their final events before the pandemic, and where they hope to pick up as soon as events become possible
again. This constant striving for improvement is at the heart of what Orphic represents.
Since the pandemic, they still actively work to keep their community alive and engaged in every way possible.
They are just getting started.