Anthony Karsten, which is his real name, is the mastermind and creator of the music style Speed Bubbling which grew out to be a revolutionary international new music trend. Among others, de Volkskrant, Trouw, Quote, VPRO have been following DJ Moortje. In November 2013 Buma Rotterdam Beats celebrated the 25th year anniversary of Speed Bubbling with the Godfather himself as the guest of honor. This tribute to legendary DJ Moortje was an acknowledgment and recognition to his groundbreaking work in the music industry.
DJ Moortje born August 1963 in Goirle Holland and lived the beginning of his childhood years in Volendam. When he was 5 years old he left for Curacao. His uncle there was called Big Moortje and Anthony was very soon called Little Moortje. At the age of 12, the name Little Moortje slowly changed into DJ Moortje, as he already was completely into music. At his room he was spinning and mixing records he got from his parents. A couple of years later he was more or less forced to spin records at his friend’s birthday. This turned out to be such a success he soon realized this was what he wanted to do. In 1985 DJ Moortje was at the turntables in a club in Curacao for the very first time where he got introduced to the general public. He was playing a lot of reggae and rub-a-dub. In 1988 DJ Moortje returned to Holland because he could earn here in one day what he would make in one week on Curacao. DJ Moortje could start as a DJ almost straight away. He remembers like it was only yesterday how he discovered the new music style.”Before Speed Bubbling you had Rub-a-Dub, but I did not think that was good enough. I had played some tracks so often that I needed something new.” Due to a friend who liked to tune turntables, Moortje started working with a second pitch, but that did not cut it either. Until he changed both pitches to 45bpm. “THAT was it!” In the year 1988 when DJ Moortje turned on a reggae track on 45 revs instead of 33 revs in discotheque Voltage in The Hague, the audience went completely ecstatic. That was the beginning of Speed Bubbling! A sound which you can still hear with top DJ’s like i.e. Chuckie, Afro Jack, and Hardwell. The origin of the Speed Bubbling sound was not a mere coincidence, as always tried to tune his turntable with a screwdriver until he got that extra pitch. DJ Moortje started in Voltage in The Hague. He has played in Paradiso, Melkweg, Imperium, Pacha, Mazzo, Chic and Volcano. He never practiced one of his sets. To him, it is all about feeling the music and being one with his turntable. Regardless of his passion for Speed Bubbling which he invented, DJ Moortje expanded his repertoire with hip-hop, reggaeton, and Latin house. DJ Moortje prefers Latin-house, as it got the same beat as the Speed Bubbling sound. You can hear the same rhythm, only with different instruments. The effect of Speed Bubbling is something you can find back in numerous other new sounds. The upbeat rhythms of Speed Bubbling are the cornerstones of the present urban bass & beats-sound. You can hear it in the modern underground-dance in Holland and the mainstream pop in the United States and far beyond. Dutch dance-DJ’s and beatmakers who grew up with this phenomenon used the pulsing rhythms of Speed Bubbling of DJ Moortje in the typical Dutch House-sound. This sound has currently a major influence on the international pop music and is used for modern bass music which you can hear in the productions of i.e.Hardwell, Diplo, Afrojack, Munchi, Boaz of the Beatz en Fellow, etc…
At the age of 53, DJ Moortje is still a DJ at heart and nowhere near ready to retire. Due to his eternal love and dedication to the music business, he keeps on re-inventing himself. Collaborating with a new generation of DJ’s, he keeps on building on his innovative music style so it remains current for years to come. 2014 is gonna be another year of multiple successes and new milestones. As he has been approached for a documentary about his life as DJ Moortje and his Speed Bubbling. New collaborations with both national and international artists are about to happen. The management of DJ Moortje, GIG-International is arranging his appearance on numerous festivals and of course the ADE 2017.
Dj Moortje just release a new track call PLAKKEN together with PARTY SQUAD –ADJE & KEMPI.
BREAKING NEWS : ( 23 FEB 2019 )
LEGENDARY BUBBLING DJ MOORTJE RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF HONOR AND RESPECT FROM DJ CHUCKIE.
At the moment (2019 ) he is very very busy in the studio with some nice productions.
So stay tuned, as there’s a lot more to come from DJ Moortje, the journey ain’t over yet.