Alex Motu

Alex Motu

Alex Motu (a.k.a. Edo van Randen) has been active in the dutch-house scene since 1989. He started as a light-jockey in de “Waakzaamheid” in Zaandam, where he was working together with Eelco Anceaux (Chemistry). Shortley after, he was asked by Jeffrey “Abraxas” Porter, for sound and light support at Planet E. A weekly clubnight in the Koggestraat in Amsterdam. When Planet E had to close, Jeroen Flamman and his partner Jeff Porter, opened up the first and famous “Subtopia” after-boat behind the Central Station (scaffolding 14), where Alex, again, was responsible for the sound and lights as well as being a dj. This is where he played together with artists like Gino Lightner, Abraxas, Flamman, Jeroen Homan, Armando (USA), LFO (UK), Eddie “Flashin” Fowlkes (Detroit), Juan Atkins (Detroit) …and others.

Around the same time he sqatted a premises at the Joden Breestraat, corner Waterlooplein, together with Harrie Wildeman (“Supperclub”), and started up another weekly afterparty called “Morning Glory”, where he played with artists like Per, Gino Leitner, Crazy Shaun….and others.

Shortly after that, at the sqatted Buitenwieringenstraat (the 3 floor premises where part of the “Subtopia” crew was living) there were massive home/house parties with even live-acts by Fierce Ruling Diva, XLR8, Juan Atkins and ofcourse dj’s. Also, at the old sqatted porn movie theatre (“Parisien”) across the road, the crew created parties with the most crazy and amazing decorations. These were the best underground parties of the beginning of the house scene in Amsterdam.

Eventually in 1992, Alex and the “Subtopia” crew ended up in the north of Amsterdam where they rented a big loft (capacity 1000+) , and started a new weekly night called “Transit”. For about 6 months the whole crew played here together with DJj’s like Per, Dano and Keoki (NYC).

Since then Alex organised several underground parties together with DJ Miss Wendy in and around Amsterdam, on locations like “Mazzo”, “Repetitiehuis”, “Okshoofd”, “Akhnaton”, “Catacombe” etc.

In the mean time he was also responsible for the promotion, together with Diana, and the decorations, together with Jarmo & Aphrodite (Ibiza, NL) of the hot and busy sunday night “Hour Power” parties by Vandy O’ Mall (Powerzone) at “Escape Venue” (Amsterdam) and the “After Hour Power” at the “Lexion Venue” (Westzaan).

And so he was also responsible for the lighting at the one and only number one afterclub of Amsterdam; the “Dino’s”.

So these days he is producing his own music as well as broadcasting on deephouse radio, every monday – 10pm GMT/4pm CST.