Tagged as: Commercial Dance, EDM
After a chance encounter with Dutch DJ Dobre — who had been booked to play at a high school party — Scheppingen realized that he had a connection with the vibe and energy of dance music. Utilizing a basic production setup, he set about creating his own tracks and sent a demo to Dobre
Realizing his potential, Dobre helped to champion the young producer, with Scheppingen releasing his first 12″, Loud Flava, Vol. 1, in 1995. Following up with Vol. 2 a few months later, he then turned heads with his Act the Fool 12″ on Dobre’s label Touché. His infectious blend of house and techno soon caught the ears of the music press, and with numerous releases throughout 1996, a remix of Green Velvet’s The Stalker (which was picked up by leading DJ Carl Cox), and the start of a professional DJ career, Laidback Luke had become an instantly recognizable name in the techno and house scenes. With his production work picking up pace, Scheppingen continued to DJ to sold-out crowds through to the end of the ’90s, and in 2000, he released his first major-label single, Rocking with the Best, after he signed a deal with Virgin Records. Following up with Spacefunk and Popmusic, both taken from his 2002 debut album, Electronic Satisfaction, Scheppingen’s style shifted to a more electro-house sound, and saw him remixing numerous high-profile artists including Daft Punk.