I.T. Radio: Antal

Join the DJ and Rush Hour cofounder for a celebration of record digging and Detroit’s influence on the wider world.

Twenty years ago, a young DJ from Amsterdam named Antal Heitlager decided to open a record store with a friend. His motive was simple: More records. Rush Hour, which takes its name from a Terrence Dixon song, would soon expand into a label, a distribution company, and a pilgrimage site for fans of house, techno and global music. Heitlager’s passion for digging extends to his genre-agnostic DJ sets as Antal — he’s known to spin finds from his record-hunting adventures in Brazil, Japan, and South Africa. On this episode of Interdimensional Transmissions, Antal joins BMG and Erika to discuss the story of Rush Hour and how record digging resembles a search “through the trashbin of history,” as BMG describes it. He also shares a DJ set with a theme that speaks to Interdimensional Transmissions’ love for Detroit and its web of influence in the wider world, with tracks that are not from Detroit, but that bear the stamp of the city’s music in some way, hinting at the future (at least, that’s how Antal sees it). The episode opens with a 30-minute set from Erika.