Guido van den Brink, more commonly known as the musician Atiq and headmaster of Mindtrick Records, quickly dwelled in the realms of electronic music after his first encounter with breakbeat music. Coming from a metal background, his love for this ‘new sound’ quickly resulted in establishing himself firmly in a niche of underground music. Through his musical experience, the producer, DJ and record label owner continues to develop his strong sense of futuristic, Epic and cinematic electronic music.
Inside his studio and behind the decks, the Dutchman tends to fuse the old school with the new school sound in the most profound way – and without fearing to experiment – he achieves unique flavors without forgetting the roots of Dub, jungle and breaks. Atiq loves to experiment with atmospheres that hold a futuristic vision; combining all that’s necessary to give his music and the dance floor the variety it deserves. His covering formula has lead to successful DJ/live sets, solo material and of course the collaborative project with his partner-in-crime Enk.
In 2013 and 2014, Atiq & Enk released the ‘Fear Of The Unknown’ and ‘Embracing The Unknown’ projects together on Tympanik Audio. Many received these as highly successful albums, representing an “inventive debut”, while others labelled it as a “presentation of beat-driven ambient music fares as an incredibly cathartic surprise”. Soon after, Atiq released his solo EP ‘Sonorous’ on the US based Onset Audio. This has all projected his further dedication to full-scale sound design, known for his in-depth automation skills, effects processing and attention to detail.
“The Sonorous EP work contained on Atiq’s latest allows the mind to begin slowly disintegrating into a state of elemental consciousness; one realizes that this is where everything came from and will ultimately return to.”
– Igloo Magazine.
His self-owned Mindtrick Records, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017, focuses on the more cerebral and complex side of bass music. With having released music from some of the most influential artists such as Mobthrow, Semiomime (DJ Hidden), Delete and kick started Tangent’s career, Atiq has gained recognition for creating/curating exceptional forward-thinking ethereal music, managing the now acclaimed artists and running his widely known record label.
Knowing it all started for him with event promotion and organizing events in the harbor city of Rotterdam, nowadays you’ll easily find Atiq’s alias all over the bass music spectrum and in and outside of the Netherlands. His search for unheard vibrations continues and simply drives his musical development into new avenues. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for further progression in sound!