A little story about a girl from Amsterdam…
HOW IT STARTED
It was ’94 when Marcella experienced house music by entering the infamous Amsterdam nightclub RoXY as a visitor. Attending Dimitri’s HTSM nights and exploring other clubs as iT and Chemistry, her taste in music developed. Started buying vinyl every week, saving money for the Technics 1200 turntables and off she went. Around 1999 she also built her own home studio and started producing with Reason, soon to be replaced by Logic which remained her fav DAW.
Becoming one of the few female house artists from the second wave in The Netherlands in 1999, inspired by the New York & Chicago house sound, she played every weekend, mostly in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, slowly expanding her territory in the Netherlands. Her first solo release in 2005 ‘Stabbing Sally’ was an instant hit on Renaissance & Royal Flush. It got picked up by Danny Tenaglia and Pete Tong, amongst many others. After that, she remixed artists like Yousef, Seamus Haji and David Vendetta. Shortly after her first hit she released ‘Who’s Your Nanny’, which was supported by Steve Angello and Dave Spoon. Followed up by ‘Inside’ and ‘Believe In Us’, which have had huge support from Laurent Garnier, David Vendetta and many more. Besides the more commercial music she released, the underground side of housemusic remained to be her first and biggest love..
Marcella is not a purist and plays whatever suits her and what gets the crowd going. This is why she conquered the Dutch dance scene and became one of the most famous female dj’s of Holland. Marcella played in almost every Dutch club and on festivals like Mysteryland, Dance Valley, Sensation, Innercity, Welcome To The Future, Lovefields and Solar Festival. Marcella’s energetic dj sets and appearance where quickly discovered and appreciated by international promoters and she performed at numerous clubs abroad.
Marcella started her own digital label Planet House Trax where several releases saw daylight. From deep underground tracks like “The Underground” and “Octodisco” to more energetic work like “Autumn in Holland” and “Be all you can Be” ft. Lex Empress. For a couple of years she created the weekly podcast/radioshow Planet House Radio, where she mainly gave young producers a platform, feeding the audience with unreleased material in a wide range scale of subgenres in electronic music. To top off the Planet House saga, she produced Planet House Nights; a monthly series of clubnights in Utrecht with the biggest Dutch house artists.
HERMAN BROOD ACADEMY
After being in the music scene for several years, she decided to pass on her knowledge to the new generation and started working as a music teacher at the Herman Brood Academy in Utrecht in 2010, where a lot of, nowadays known artists, started as students; Martin Garrix, Toman, Deadcrow, Colyn, D-Sturb, Tahko to name a few…
Coaching and teaching students resulted in starting a new business in 2015; Extract Management. A new skool management company, providing 360 degrees support in developing and guiding new artists. Starting with a roster of three former students, it slowly but steadily expanded to more artists. Building the careers of Luuk van Dijk, VNTM, Joren Edwards and Tahko but also rebranding/repositioning artists like Yade, Lake Avalon and Joran van Pol, the company booked amazing results as a boutique agency from Amsterdam. However, the pandemic situation in 2020-2021 taught everyone of us quite some different perspectives on how to deal with business and the company went into hibernation till today…
Marcella is now teaching “Event organisation” and “Marketing & Communication” at a campus in Haarlem, paying forward her 25 years of knowledge in the music- and eventindustry. Of course squeezing in her neverending love for electronic music wherever and whenever possible ;-).