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Melon aka Jeroen Hofer moved from Basel, Switzerland, to the Netherlands at the age of two. Thanks to his parents, it became clear, at very young age, that music is his big passion. After being the regular grammar school dj, it was time to go to high-school. When in first grade, he immediately start
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Melon aka Jeroen Hofer moved from Basel, Switzerland, to the Netherlands at the age of two. Thanks to his parents, it became clear, at very young age, that music is his big passion. After being the regular grammar school dj, it was time to go to high-school. When in first grade, he immediately started a band with some other students, and bought an Amiga 500, Sampler and DR 550 Drum-computer and started experimenting with electronic music and traditional instruments. After a couple of years he had exploited all the possibilities of that equipment and decided to sell his stuff and move to Amsterdam where he attended the school for graphic design. Once in Amsterdam he started to hang out in the legendary club Mazzo (r.i.p.) and became a regular visitor. After partying for a couple of years, he started to miss producing music and started to spin records as a quick solution. Within weeks he was already playing at small parties and founded the break-beat orientated club-night, together with three others, “The Sub” at club Mazzo, in April 1998. For one year they successfully hosted the Thursday-night with international guests like Adam Freeland, Rennie Pilgrim, Barry Ashworth, Freq Nasty & Laidback. From home base Mazzo, The Sub operated throughout the whole country with the “Sub-Soundsystem” and organised parties in clubs like Paradiso, Nighttown, Winkel van Sinkel, Simplon, Tivoli and a couple of smaller locations and underground parties. Melon became resident at the Sub Parties in Paradiso and performed together with artists like; Adam Freeland, Matthew Buschwacka, Moloko and with a live drummer (with Melon on three decks) on the main-stage. In the meanwhile Melon also hosted a weekly Friday-night in DJ Café Vaaghuyzen. In 1998 “Cheese” was born, which later turned into “Raw Meat”. On this night he went back to his roots of Black Music and started playing House and Disco again, as he did back in the days. After six years this night became very notorious in Amsterdam, mostly because of Melon’s extremely long solo sets (up to 13 hours) and the freaky after-parties. Approximately one year later after The Sub stopped at Mazzo, Steffi (Klakson records) & Melon started a new concept at the Mazzo. By then Melon was really into the rising minimal sound. To promote this new sound “Lomotion” was born. But unfortunately, with guests like Ricardo Villalobos, who did his first Dutch gig at Lomotion, Dexter and New World Aquarium, they were a little too early and too pure with this new sound and after about a year they were forced to stop. They continued with a couple of “one-offs“ in, for example, Paradiso with Two Lone Swordsmen, but the concept slowly came to an end. In the same period Melon also became member of Acapulco Nights. Together with other resident DJ’s, Melon dressed up as a draq-queen, named Vanessa Del Rio, and toured around the country together with bizarre acts & shows, attending parties and festivals like Dance valley, Mysteryland, Impulz & 4 Elements. Acapulco Nights also hosted two regular Friday-nights at club Panama where Vanessa was one of the residents. After some collaborations with San Proper (Rushhour) as Zwiele Doephouse and as Together with Lauhaus (Polder), Melon came up with a new concept named “Ratio?” in the summer of 2005. First he started to organise parties under this name, to promote his irrational choice of music. The first two editions where in August 2005, when he got Isolée live, next to Ark & Soundhack, for the first time to the Netherlands. One year later Ratio? found a steady spot in club 11 in Amsterdam. After a couple of successful one-offs, with live performances from The Freaks & Henrik Schwarz (both performing for the first time in the Dutch capital), the collaboration between 11 and Melon was getting very fruitful and 11 invited him to organise the 2006 new years party. In 2007, they asked him right away to start to host a monthly night, with guest like; Radio Slave, Luke Solomon, Tobi Neumann, Marcus Worgull, Soundstream feat. Tikiman live, Larry Heard, Kathy Diamond live, Maurice Fulton, Move D, I:Cube live, Sascha Funke, Carl Craig, Russ Gabriel, Derrick Carter, Mr White live, Secret Sundaze, Sebo K, 2000 and one, Kerri Chandler & a couple of solo nights, Ratio? became one of the most successful club-nights in the already legendary club. After the closing, in June 2008, Melon couldn’t find the right spot to continue his nights in Amsterdam and took the concept abroad to start to host Ratio?nights at clubs like Watergate (Berlin) & Die Registratur (Munich). After a couple of successful nights at these clubs, more clubs will follow and the rumour is also that in 2009 Ratio? will also return in a new club in Amsterdam. In October 2006 Melon expanded his Ratio? concept with his own record label called “Ratio?music”. The first release “Four Seasons Part 01”, a double 12-inch including remixes by Shinedoe & Quince, got major support from the international scene and went straight to number one in the German De:Bug magazine, number eight in the German Groove magazine and number two in the Dutch DJBroadcast magazine. After this successful debut, a remix followed for Amsterdam/New York based NewHsoul (House Rules Records) and remixed their single “House u wanna play” into a old-school Warehouse Dub, which also got picked up very well by people like; Funk D’Void, Mark Broom, Laurent Garnier, Michel de Hey, Djinxx, Âme, Paul Mac, Dan Curtin, Rolando, Doc Martin & Ivan Smagghe. In the meanwhile, he got invited by friends like Tobi Neumann & Ricardo Villalobos to come and play at Robert Johnson & Panorama Bar and more gigs abroad followed. In spring 2006, his unique blend of pure House & Techno got noticed by the well known German Kompakt Agency, who added him to their DJ roster. Now things really started happening and next to his residency in 11 and playing regulary at festivals like; Awakenings, Lowlands & 5 Days Off, he could be found in respected clubs all over the world. In 2007 he got offered a residency by Monza-Ibiza and played his first Ibiza season at the mega-club “Privilege” next to the other Monza club night in Barcelona, Berlin & Mallorca. Because of his extremely busy schedule that year, he only found the time to release one single on his own Ratio?music. In October that year “Nitzi” was born and made quiet an impact. The singlesided 12-inch, limited to 500 copies, sold out three weeks before the release date and got massive support from the international DJ scene, especially from the Innervisions crew who added the track to their “Secret Weapons Part 2” compilation in 2008. Being more confident about his releases, he started to spend more time in the studio, which lead to several very successful releases in the summer of 2008 under his alias “Je Dàvu”. Both the tracks “I Zebra” (Platzhirsch) & “Music got you Movin” (Bangbang!) became underground hits and ended up high in the dance charts world wide. His edit of INXS their hit single “I Need you Tonight”, which he released on his own & new “Raw Meat Records”, also got massive support and made him to a much requested remix artist. Nowadays, Melon is a key figure in the Dutch music scene and with regular spots & recidencies at clubs like; Fabric, Watergate, Die Registratur, Hive Club, Panorama Bar, Robert Johnson, Hotel Shanghai, a well known artist that can be found in respected clubs from Mexico to Moscou & from Helsinki to Bucharest. In the future more releases, remixes, mix-cd’s & even an album will follow. He wants to expaned his Ratio?music label as well as his Ratio?nights world wide.  
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