Five top Dutch DJs adorning postage stamps



During the now world-famous Amsterdam Dance Event that runs from October 15 to 19, five Dutch DJs will receive their very own set of Dutch postage stamps with their faces on it. PostNL, who issues Dutch stamps, considers these five DJs to be, “leading names in the dance music world,” and it would be hard to disagree with that considering the monies they generate.

Then again, since DJing is too often synonymous with dance music, many other Dutch DJs probably deserve a stamp, which is what VICE argues, a few of which have inspired the ones that made it onto the stamps.

The multicoloured faces of Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Hardwell and Tiësto are the ones on the stamps, while VICE suggests other major names like Dimitri, Antal and Joris Voorn. It’s simple: you’re famous and rich because you’re known outside the country then stamp, you’re great, but remain a domestic or European affair, no stamp. And of course, there’s the glaring lack of women such as Isis and maybe some from this list.

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  1. R says:

    Too bad none of these guys are worthy of such an honor. They push buttons, bounce around and create banal, interchangeable “music” that requires absolutely no talent.

  2. Branko Collin says:

    There’s a famous anecdote about … I believe it was Picasso. A woman bumped into him in the street, just like that, and she recognised him and started gushing, “Oh mr Picasso, I so love your work.” And she managed to convince him to draw her portrait, right then and there.

    The great painter took out a small sketch book and without hesitation and in a few bold strokes he drew a portrait that was at the same time not like her and yet so very much like her.

    “How much do I owe you?”, the woman asked.

    “5,000 dollars”, Picasso said.

    “What? That much?! But it took you no longer than 20 seconds to draw me”, the women said.

    “Ah,” Picasso said, “but it took me 20 years of study and hard work to get to the point that I could create a work like that in 20 seconds.”

    I am sure there’s a lesson somewhere in there for you too, R.

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