Catch Bingo Players at CÉ LA VI Singapore

Catch Bingo Players at CÉ LA VI Singapore


Text: Adibah Isa

Maarten Hoogstraten of Dutch house outfit Bingo Players returns to Singapore. Here are 5 things you should know about this unstoppable force

1. He wasn't always doing it alone
If you recall Bingo Players' early success and remembered more than just one guy at its helm, you're right. Maarten Hoogstraten started Bingo Players with Paul Bäumer, his childhood friend. They met when the former was around 13 years old, over a shared bond of mucking about with computers. Tragically, Bäumer lost his battle to cancer in 2013 at the height of their careers. Driven by his late friend's drive to continue going, Hoogstraten took a break before resuming Bingo Players - a name that's still plural.

2. He's not that big on bingo
Contrary to popular belief, Hoogstraten and Bäumer picked out the name from an MSN messenger screen name of a friend.

3. He counts The Prodigy and Daft Punk as his music heroes
While he was introduced to dance music at an early age, it wasn't until he listened to the likes of The Prodigy (think: Out of Space) that he really began to think of making music seriously. After learning how the band produced and made music, he saved up and bought his equipment a few years later and started making music on his computer. The Dutchman also counts Daft Punk as one of his dream collaborators.

4. Paul Bäumer still very much lives in Bingo Players' music
Hoogstraten still thinks about what his late partner would do or say when he's producing on his own. Bingo Players' latest track, 'No. 1 Disco', is true to the duo's identity. 10 years in the making, the dynamic club track is one that they've worked on in 2006 - this time updated and reworked.

5. 2017 is going to be a big year for Bingo Players
It's only May, but Hoogstraten has already released two singles, 'Bust This' and of course, 'No. 1 Disco'. Another track, 'Tick Tock', is expected to be released later this month - a collaboration with Brussels-based outfit Umlaut. There's also another track scheduled to be out in June.

Bingo Players performs on 13 May, 10pm till late. Find out more about Bingo Players at CÉ LA VI Singapore.