War On Terrorism: Holland's DJ Jean: I Consider Myself At War
Monday, 24 September 2001While Holland is often seen as one of the most tolerant and pacifist nations in the world (certainly since the 2nd World War), the country's number one dance personality, DJ Jean, remains furious about last week's terror attacks. Skrufff's Jonty Adderley chatted to the national radio presenter and long term resident of Amsterdam's IT club , this week.
Skrufff: What was your initial reaction to the attacks and how does that compare with how you feel about them now-
DJ Jean: "My first thoughts and emotions were very heavy and emotional, I called all my friends and colleagues telling them the end of the world was nearby, 'Apocalypse Now', and suggested that a nuclear attack would probably follow. Now, a week later I'm much quieter but still concerned and above all my thoughts are with all the people directly involved."
Skrufff: What action should the US authorities take in response-
DJ Jean: "The US and all the other countries should respond in the only way possible and that is revenge by punishing the original (yet to be found) source(s)."
Skrufff: Do you personally now consider yourself at war-
DJ Jean: "I certainly feel a big hate against the people who did this and a strong feeling of revenge and wanting to bring them to justice, so in that way, yes, I consider and feel myself to be a little bit of an American citizen now and thus at war."
Skrufff: Why do you think the terrorists launched such a cruel and evil attack on the US-
DJ Jean: "Because their religion and leaders indoctrinate and brainwash them in such strong ways that they dont give a fuck!"
Skrufff: How do you think the club scene will be affected-
DJ Jean: "I think nothing much will change. Clubbing is a form of entertainment and has nothing to do with politics. Maybe people will become more 'loose' and go all the way (with drugs and alcohol), to handle and forget their frustrations, anger and sadness for a moment."
Skrufff: What effect do you predict for the worldwide DJ circuit-
DJ Jean: "I don't think it will be influenced very much, though perhaps travelling DJs among us (like myself), will be confronted which much more airport security and delays. Maybe some DJs will not go to Arab or countries at risk of bombings anymore, but the clubbing and party circuit will still grow worldwide, because young people everywhere will always feel the need to enjoy themselves at the weekends. I'm not cancelling any gigs at the moment, because I feel the youngsters count on us to play, and I will not let my and other people's joy be spoiled by a couple of f%cking idiots. I even played at a fantastic party in the Israeli desert two weeks ago, and the people there were very happy about me showing up, even though the suicide bombings were going on at that moment. In three weeks time I will do a two week tour in the USA, and, once again, I hope no problems will occur, but my life will not be lead by fear."
Skrufff: Do you have any messages you'd like to express-
DJ Jean: "My message is that I hope that the people behind this terrorism will soon be brought to justice and that this world-threatening situation will be over as soon as possible with not too many consequences (like a third world war, or many innocents killed). And I hope that all our lives will return to normal as soon as possible, wherever you are. Keep on clubbing!"