Paul Elstak

Paul Elstak
Release date
01 January 1970
Paul Elstak
01 January 1970 |

In 1987, his career as a DJ started when he was hired as a Struppier at Rotterdam Discothèque Bluetiek-Inn. Here he played with the Dutch House music pioneer Peter Slaghuis. Around this time he also hooked up with Rob Fabrie and Richard van Naamen to form Holy Noise, with whom he released a string of releases at the Hithouse record label (owned by Slaghuis). In 1991, Holy Noise had their biggest success with their release “James Brown is Still Alive”. This release was a reply to the song “James Brown is Dead” by L.A. Style.

In 1992, Elstak created his own record label, Rotterdam Records (under the flag of Mid-Town records) to release hardcore techno, mostly gabber and happy hardcore. The first release on this label was a Holy Noise release under the guise of De Euromasters, releasing Amsterdam Waar Ligt Dat Dan? (Translated; Amsterdam, Where Is That?). This record was an implicit complaint about the Dutch media paying most attention to Amsterdam and not to Rotterdam.

In 1995, he released the first DJ Paul Elstak single, “Life Is Like a Dance”. After this record, a few commercial releases followed. “Rainbow in the Sky” was the most successful of these, selling 50,000 copies in 1995. Several of his singles reached the Dutch Top 40 in the mid-1990s. After two years, Elstak decided to leave the commercial dance scene and devote his time releasing gabber.

In 2001, he left Mid-Town and Rotterdam Records to start a new record label at Rige Entertainment, called Offensive Records.