Experienced is the word that comes to mind when you think about Jerry. He bought his first 12” at the age of 13. By then it was the end of the disco era and the beginning of electronic dance music in general. Experimenting with 1 turntable and a cassette player he was soon making his first mixes in his bedroom for the next couple of years.
Later in the eighties he started djing in local clubs and soon was building a name for himself with the help of handing out monthly mix tapes to everybody which he called “The Groove Collection”. At this time his style was already different from most other dj’s. True underground music is what he played and he soon discovered the new sound that was coming from the UK after hearing the first Renaissance album mixed by Sasha & John Digweed. In the nineties he played for several famous Dutch organizations like Extrema, Earth and had gigs in Ibiza, Belgium and Asia.
After djing for over 10 years he launched a website/forum called “The Groove Collection” (forum.groovecollection.nl), named after the mixtapes and later on cd’s that thousands of people had enjoyed over the years. It soon became a huge success with loads of members talking about forward thinking electronic underground dance music. On this site you can find cd- and vinyl-reviews, partypictures and members can win guestlists, cd’s and hardware. Soon The Groovecollection parties followed in Amsterdam.
In 2006 Jerry started some records labels (Groovecollection Records Black, Red and Originals) together with Peter van Hal (Extrema, Deep, Focus) so he could show his excellent taste in dance music again. Soon other labels came on board. Now with his own “Groovecollection Records”, “Deep”, “Focus”, Eelke Kleijn’s “Outside The Box Music”, Kosmas Epsilon’s “Epsilon Trax”, Randall Jones’ “Mynt Music” and more to follow like labels from Logiztik Sounds, Olav Basoski and Sebastian Davidson
In 2011 he started another company. The only thing missing at The Groove Collection was a dj agency. Groovecollection Bookings is an international operating bookings agency for dj’s/producers (www.groovecollectionbookings.com).
For several years Jerry is a resident dj at the famous Club NL in the center of Amsterdam. Together with Paul Sparkes he organizes a very successful monthly event called Floorplay (www.floorplay.nl).