A quiet town in the north-west of Holland has spawned an artist whose passion for real house music, and determination in the studio has made him clearly stand out amongst his peers. Alexsander Van Der Meijden, better known as Man Without A Clue, is one of the rear DJ's and producers who worked with all three legends that created the original "NY" house sound - Todd Terry, Kenny Dope & Roger Sanchez. Although Alexander has been actively on the electronic music scene for more than a decade, it has only been over the last few years that his career has progressed to the next level.
After his super successful debut on DFTD with a single "When I Play This Record", which was stated as the "biggest underground record of Ibiza 2014" by DMC and supported by the A-list of house heavyweights, his name became a regular. He started the year 2016 with releases on labels such as Defected, Armada Deep, Simma Black, Get Twisted, and D-Vine Sounds to name a few. With numerous tracks in the Traxsource & Beatport charts, the Dutch producer is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. His clear trademark sound draws heavy influence from the old school, yet manages to sound completely fresh, giving him a unique position in the scene.
MWAC recently launched his own imprint Clueless Music, which is slowly becoming a synonym for quality house music. From performances in London’s Egg, Ministry Of Sound, Defected Croatia festival and WeAreFstvl next year, MWAC has started to grace the decks of esteemed club nights across the globe. With support from superstar DJ's, plus forthcoming collaborations and releases, we're looking forward to see what future holds for him.
What’s your favorite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?
At this point, because I’m travelling a lot it has to be my laptop. I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing without it at the moment. It puts me in a position where I can make records whilst moving around! When it comes to my studio gear. The latest piece of “gear” I bought are the Beyer Dynamic DT-990 Pro headphones. I absolutely love them!
Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?
I enjoy them both, but there is always something magical about playing an intimate club, especially when the crowd is ready for a party! The amount of energy that you get from a small, sweaty packed venue is immense.
Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?
A few months back I played a rooftop bar in Jakarta. The view was absolutely amazing and playing records on the 49th floor of a building was awesome! I had a great time and it was definitely one of the highlights (no pun intended) of 2016 for me. Also the Simma Black boat party at the Defected Croatia festival was mental! I’ve never seen a boat full of jumping people, but that evening… yes, it happened!
What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?
The worst moment was during a gig when I got hit in the eye with the top of a confetti shooter. The top basically hit my eye directly so I couldn’t see anymore and had to stop playing. Luckily I was playing B2B with my friend Dennis Ramoon, so he had to finish the 8 hour set by himself…I then ended up in hospital.
The best experience was doing my own Clueless party at ADE 2016 with Kenny Dope & Mr. V headlining!
Do you have any interests beside music?
I love basketball and grew up playing everyday. Even though I don’t play as often these days, I still love to pick up a ball and shoot some hoops once in a while! Other then that, my life is pretty much music.
Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?
It’s gotta be sunrise sets!
What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?
I love the harmony within music. Music makes everybody come together, makes everybody one. What I hate about the industry is that everything is put into little boxes…
If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?
There are a lot of DJ’s I respect and would be very eager to learn from. I would love to play b2b with Eats Everything.
What’s your biggest fear?
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?
When I played in Dublin, I put my bag behind the booth and left it there for a second. A few minutes before my set I walked on stage and there was a bra on top of it. I posted the picture on Instagram and somebody commented that they knew who’s bra it was…. I never followed up ;)
Could you pick one timeless track?
The Bucketheads - The Bomb. This record is so dope, the energy, the drums. Hopefully one day I can produce something like this!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Just stay clueless!