Floris is not only a prince, he is also a DJ: “It’s great to help the audience move forward”

We know Prince Floris as the cousin of King Willem-Alexander, but you can also meet him behind the turntable, except on King’s Day. The son of Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven is also a DJ and will host the Care for Thanks concert on Saturday with himself on stage. NU.nl talks to the prince about the concert and his hobby.

by Danja Koeleman

The 47-year-old prince describes himself as a great music lover. He played drums and took his first steps as a DJ at a club in Leiden during his student days. “A friend of mine used to work there,” Prince Floris told NU.nl. I thought it would be fun to play and the owner gave it to me on Tuesday night, student night.”

“Then I started training there every afternoon, then of course with the recordings.” Floris also met Armin van Buuren there. Now the world famous DJ played in the same club. The two are still in good contact.

After Floris’s student days, his hobby declined. She took over the turntable a few years ago at the request of her daughter, who was celebrating her disco party. “Then I took it all over. I love to play the music you love and take the audience with you.”

The prince works daily in an investment company and does not want to be present full-time. “I haven’t played since Kingsland (a King’s Day festival, editor’s note) this year. Sometimes I do it abroad or play for friends, but I like to do it every now and then. I’m a little older. ,,I’m not at the club every week anymore, haha.”

The prince’s taste in music is very broad. “I really like disco music, but I also like something heavier. Everything depends on my mood. And while I’m playing, I always watch what’s happening in the room and adjust the music selection accordingly.”

Prince, co-organizer of the thank you concert

He will also do that on Saturday in the Ziggo Dome. The Prince, in collaboration with 4PM Entertainment, is holding a free thank you concert where he will perform.

“Shortly after my performance at Kingsland I received an e-mail from two employees of the Haga Hospital. They work for the Hartlungcentrum and have been through a very difficult time during the corona period. They wanted to organize something for their colleagues to thank them and asked me if I wanted to play at this party,” explains the prince.

He didn’t have to think twice and suggested that the concert be held all over the country. “Healthcare still has a big problem with the big discharges and I think we need to do something. So let’s try to thank the health services across the country and give them something beautiful after two tough years of corona.”

No nerves: ‘It’s all about the organization first’

The cast of the evening will consist of various artists: Berget Lewis, Frans Bauer, Kris Kross Amsterdam and thus the Prince himself. Prince Floris has absolutely no nerves. “I am less concerned with that, more with the organization.”

It was a new job for the prince, who had no experience organizing music evenings. “Exactly what people are saying isn’t going to work because we wanted to get the job done really fast because of the fall-corona wake-up call risk. I may have taken this a little too lightly. But it did.” It’s great that the co-organizer of 4PM Entertainment and Ziggo Dome gets this.”

In addition, sponsors and volunteers from all sides came to the rescue. “Creating a production isn’t something you do, but everyone who helps selflessly makes us feel incredibly strong. It really gives a lot of energy to get it done so quickly and everyone is working so hard on it.”

Editor’s Note: This interview was made before the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Source: NU