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‘Electronic music can be a frantic world. Countless names jostle for position on innumerable bills. More events take place in one day than anyone could hope to attend all year. Fads arrive with the inherent shelf life of yesterday’s headlines.

You have two chances to get noticed. Climb aboard the bandwagon, and adhere to whatever sound today’s tastemakers are pushing, or immerse yourself in the art form of DJing and production, focusing on crafting individualism from genres that, by nature, must conform in order to exist. Estroe chose the latter.

Born Esther Roozendaal in Holland circa 1972, a little over two and a half decades on she began taking the first steps towards a career in and around clubs, inspired by technique and technicalities, rather than glitz or glamour. As a nursing undergraduate in Amsterdam, her days spent learning contrasted a hectic five-night-a-week party diary, giving an early indication of the nocturnal profession that would follow.

Regular trips to venues such as The Roxy and The It, listening to the likes of DJ Dimitri and Marcello, led to a friendship with a ‘flirtatious light-jockey’, and evenings spent watching him create atmosphere and mood with colour and visual patterns. Soon she was complaining about sluggish mixes, feeling frustrated when there was a lack of passion behind the decks, and beginning to understand how the tone could be set with melodies, drums, and basslines, rather than strobes.

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