P.A. Presents

Nineties Utrecht DJ legend and producer P.A. Presents (Peter Aarsman) ironically is the only artist on U-TRAX that actually is born and bred in the city of Utrecht. Even more irony lies in the fact that he hasn’t lived in the city (or “stadsie” in Utregs, the local dialect) for 25 years and has only recently returned ‘home’.

Peter knew he wanted to be a DJ since he was ten years old, in a time when this was still a very unusual career to dream about. Long before house music had landed in Europe, Peter was fiddling around with disco and italo 12”-es and he was an active player in the early hiphop and electric boogie scene in the Utrecht quarter Lunetten in the 80s. All those years of training is what made him the superior DJ that he still is today. In terms of skills, flair, energy and feel for the dance floor, Peter can rival with any of today’s DJs.
While the era of house of techno of the late 80s and the 90s brought him countless DJ gigs, his reputation didn’t cross the city borders much, until he bought his first gear and started producing techno music himself. Again, his DJ background proved helpful with producing his tracks, as most of his tracks are dancefloor orientated and usually have an impeccable timing.

Peter debuted with the mini-album Salicylic Acid ‎on U-TRAX in 1993, followed by the Flight Stimulator EP a year later. Both are classics today, but neither brought him as much fame as his 12” Entangled did on Deviate, a record label that was started by a couple of our friends from Utrecht a year prior to U-TRAX. Entangled made it to many charts and compilation albums, including Carl Craig’s mix CD that was just the second release in !K7’s DJ-Kicks series.

In 2019 Peter returned as a producer with new vinyl and digital releases on U-TRAX: Swirling Gas EP and Sax Madness EP. In 2020, his first two releases were combined into a top-quality re-release called Flight Acid/Salicylic Stimulator.

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