The Sarangi Sessions Vol.1

The Sarangi Sessions Vol.1 is the first record of Vincent Swierstra and is an instrumental hip hop EP.

In the summer of 2020 Vincent launched a crowdfunding campaign at VoorDeKunst to bring the EP into the world. Thanks to more than eighty donors and the Amsterdams Fonds Voor De Kunst the campaign was more than successful! This made the production of a limited vinyl pressing possible.

You can watch the promo video here, made by Groninger artist Maruschka Poolman. She also made all the artwork for the EP.

Vincent Swierstra

Because Vincent grew up with a fondness for hip hop and trip hop it was an old dream to make a sarangi record in this style. In 2017 he approached four Dutch producers to make the dream come true. Deejay Irie, COMCAP, Koshinto and Pitch Controller Mitch were all excited to participate. The result of these collaborations is Vincent’s first EP, The Sarangi Sessions Vol.1. Hopefully in the future more EP’s like this will follow! The record will be released in the spring of 2021. Follow Vincent on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date!

Here are the four producers that worked on this project.

Deejay Irie

Deejay Irie is a Dutch DJ/Producer with deep champion rooted experience in Hip Hop and turntablism in addition to a decade of experience in creating music for theatre and film. He’s a world renowned DJ and performer that plays in all continents of the world. Irie aims to create a soundscape of cinematic atmospheres while still keeping it funky!


COMCAP was born in the Dutch town of Leeuwarden and moved to Amsterdam in 2006. Ever since he discovered how to make beats on a computer in 2004, music started becoming his true passion and goal in life. Eventually he decided to move away from the software-environment and invested in an analog home studio in 2009. His production technique could best be described as a modern way of composing, using sounds taken solely from his unique collection of obscure/rare vinyl records. For composing he only uses his AKAI MPC 2000XL samplers, a turntable to sample records from, an analog mixing board and a few other hardware components.

COMCAP has been releasing music since 2014, ranging from (international) collaborations to solo-projects and singles. Furthermore he and his crew are running a monthly underground Hip Hop event in Amsterdam, The Ill Street Sessions.


Koshinto is an electronic music project of Aldert Johan. A mix of intense dreamy ambient and cinematic Trip Hop with a psychedelic twist. In 2002 he got the opportunity to participate in the Twix Talent Room. He performed at ID&T Radio, Trance Energy and made it to the final at Innercity. He was inspired by a few friends to learn more about making music. This shifted his attention from deejaying to producing. At the same time, his passion for music helped him cope with his sensibility for psychosis. From that, the Koshinto project was born. After the release of his debut album Mindscapes in 2017, he became one of the winners of Inaba Music’s sync licensing challenge with his track Ready For Liftoff.

Pitch Controller Mitch

Misha van de Winkel aka Pitch Controller Mitch is a DJ, songwriter, producer and one of the founders of the platform and music label INI Movement. He toured the world with Pete Philly & Perquisite, made it to the final of De Grote Prijs van Nederland with Jiggy Dje and produces for a wide range of artists from different genres. The track Walking on Fire with Rilan & De Bombardiers was played in American tv shows like Shooter. His solo music is played in all corners of the world. Although his roots lie in Hip Hop but other cultures and genres also spark his interest.

Photo credits: Kes Antoniesen