(What Happens / Savoir Faire Musique)
Tim Andresen is the founder and label owner of What Happens and co-owner of Savoir Faire Musique. He is also the co-owner of Culture Box widely regarded Denmark’s leading electronic music venue. But what really brought him to the limelight was his consistent output of production and DJ sets.
Driven by the moments of inspiration, Tim follows his dreams through talent and hard work. He is a musician who enjoys all aspects of writing, production, engineering and arrangement of his own records. His long portfolio features work for Tenampa Recordings, Re:FreshYourMind, Younan Music, Ready Mix Records, Natural Rhythm and of course his own labels What Happens and Savoir Faire Musique. In the early days of his studio era, he also released as half part of Professional Losers, dubbed “the next big Danish housers” by iDJ Magazine after personally being asked to remix by dance music’s biggest superstar at the time Norman Cook (the track entered at #1 on the UK Buzz Chart).
Not one to be pigeonholed into a specific genre, Tim’s DJ sets are rooted in house ranging from deep grooves through to lush sounds and dreamy soundscapes. But as a true aficionado he incorporates everything from techno to electronica to manifest his mood of sound, often adding new layers and sounds to create unique trips that are utterly intriguing.
From a background of playing and promoting highly successful club and warehouse parties in the nineties and early 00s, he gained an enviable following. That has now brought him to touring and playing in nearly 40 different countries across Europe, Asia and South America with appearances at festivals, obscure raves and clubs such as Ritter Butzke in Berlin, Fabric in London and some of Ibiza’s most prestigious venues including Space, Privelege, Pacha and Eden.
Since 2005, he has held an ongoing residency at Culture Box – described by Mixmag as “Copenhagen’s pioneering platform for cultivating electronic music”, and rated by Resident Advisor as “one of Europe’s best small clubs”. Tim formed an alliance with Kölsch and took up the residency with monthly open-to-close, back to back sets for four years running before moving on to start his own now legendary What Happens residency. The events remained hugely popular upon clubbing’s return in 2021. Tim’s countless DJ sets have played a crucial role in helping to secure the club its unique position, achieving worldwide recognition and 6 awards for Best Danish Club. Tim’s musical talents have not gone unnoticed either, and resulted in him landing the “Best DJ” award at Club Awards, and “Most Popular Nordic DJ” by Megamind.
His dedication and DJing has left an impression. John Digweed reached out and asked Tim to guest on his radio show: “I thought it would be good and proper to invite him on to Transitions to show the world what he can do with his DJing”. Not to forget his long-term friendship and musical relation with Nick Warren who invited Tim for the opening of The Soundgarden on the White isle. Mark Knight once rated Tim’s party in Copenhagen “the best Friday night in the World” and Ministry Of Sound offered Tim to mix and compile the “Sessions One” compilation album when CD sales were high. Ministry Of Sound later had him headlining their European MOS tour parties and playing the London venue. The list goes on. To this day his exquisite taste and technical talent keeps him in demand across the underground club circuit.
Known for a decades-long career, his legacy reaches well beyond the boundaries of Denmark. Wearing his many hats, he continues to innovate and move things forward led by unmatched passion and intensity. Unlike many in today’s profit-chasing and sometimes soul-less era, his tireless work behind the curtains, including guidance and help for the young generation, is something that for him remains equally important. A spirit of curiosity and open-mindedness is an integral part of his approach and Tim says his love for music, more than anything else, is what drives him and keeps him motivated.