To mark its new Selectors festival and mix series, Dekmantel has produced a short documentary about Amsterdam’s Red Light Radio and Red Light Records. The film is the first in a new series that spotlights the city’s music institutions.
In recent years the government has tried to reclaim Amsterdam’s red-light district, also the oldest part of town, by encouraging local businesses to open up in former brothel properties. After Orpheo De Jong setup the radio station in a red light window, diggers Tako Reyenga and Abel Nagengast turned a vacant spot in the same building into Red Light Records. The film examines how this joint enterprise has become one of the city’s most important creative hubs.