Dominique Vijverberg, better known as Deeparture, is a Melodic Techno DJ/Producer from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He’s steadily building a reputation for exquisitely crafted and well-programmed melodic house and progressive sound.
Deeparture has already garnered the attention of the biggest names in the industry. He played at well-known brands like Pleinvrees, Mystic Garden, Secret Project and places like de Marktkantine with Guy J, Basis with Einmusik, Westerunie with Rafael Cerato and Tivoli Vredenburg with Tinlicker and Yotto.
His musical style can be described as uplifting, outgoing, melodic and climax driven. A true mix of progressive house emotional and rhythmic content, combined with high energy build-ups and bass lines found in more tech styles.
With the support in his productions of artists such as Above & Beyond, Black Coffee, Hernan Cattaneo, Mind Against, Eelke Kleijn, Lane 8, Yotto, Nora En Pure, Sasha, Guy Mantzur, Nick Warren, Guy J, Kryder, Joris Voorn and many others, the future looks bright for this aspiring dj/producer.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing Deeparture and this has been the result.
Thanks for talking to us. Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Thanks for having me! It’s weekend right now and you can find me in the studio. This evening, I’m playing het Sieraad in Amsterdam and I’m finalizing some new tracks to play.
When did the idea of starting a musical project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
I was a DJ before I started producing myself. At some moment during college, I started playing around with FL studio in my spare time, after which I realized really quickly that I wanted to develop this into something more.
What are some of the key techniques behind your approach to DJing and live performance?
I love playing/testing my own music as much as possible during a set. I want the people on the dancefloor to experience music that they mostly will not be able to hear from other artists. In that sense I always play around 70% own material during my sets. So a lot of the preparation is in the days in between the performances in the studio. As explained above, I was a DJ far before I became a producer so the type of set I play and tracks I select always heavily depends on the time of the set, the ambiance and even the concept I play at.
How much time do you tend to spend digging for new music?
A few hours each week. It’s super nice to get sent so much good music these days, which makes ‘digging’ a lot easier
What other artists are you interested in these days? I always find this an impossible question. There are just too many I appreciate!
Can you tell us anything about your projects for 2023?
In 2023, I decided to challenge myself in the studio a bit more, playing with new sounds, new tricks, new ideas and take my time a bit more to experiment, pushing my own boundaries a bit further. I have a lot of new music lined up at the moment and a few EPs that are completely finalized that I’ve been road testing the last months, some instrumental and some with vocalists. Can’t wait to share more!