Music from creatives, music for creatives. Simple as that. In bringing together visual artists and DJs worldwide to produce unique mixes for the creative community, Brainstorm Radio provides the best tunes for those long hours in the studio, workshop or gallery – or when you’re feeling like a couch potato, we won’t judge.

Bi-weekly we’ll release a new mix curated by a visual artist. Keep an eye on our instagram to be in the loop when a new mix is uploaded to our channels. Or follow us on Mixcloud

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Our soundbite is produced by: Alberta Balsam


Photo credits: Floor Besuijen


Yannick Mortier, stage name Pierrot, is a graphic designer and DJ from Rotterdam with Flemish roots, born in the 80’s. His sets, shows and mixtapes are based on fundamental sounds collected over the years. Whatever crossed his path and reached out to his soul. Pierrot is going all directions. Difficult to put in a box, easy to adapt to. Pierrot is a resident at Operator Radio with a monthly show called Unexpected Delight (formerly Pierrot), co-founder of the creative collective Club Bizarre, hosting a new club night in town and has recently been added as a new member of the Los Bangeles crew, creating content for social platforms and the creative culture.

︎ OuiPierrot
︎ Pierrot’s Mixcloud
︎ Pierrot’s Soundcloud

Photo credits: Randall do Rosario


Johan, known by his stage name JJAQ, is a Belgian recording artist and DJ based in Rotterdam. As the son of a father with disc jockey dreams and ambitions, he already had a major CD and vinyl collection within his reach at a young age. Being born with a firm amount of curiosity and Togolese roots, he sifted his dad's collection and listened and danced to the records of different kinds of genres. His taste evolved and he grew a fondness for a rough form of black music, which made him observe different artists more and more. This led to different types of music and a unique style, which he describes as "raw baseline with a funk". He has been playing in clubs in Germany, as part of Einhundert, and is also a member of Jugendstil.

Photo credits: Stacii Samidin


Franky Sticks is a Rotterdam based Illustrator & DJ. His iconic style is defined by simple strong flowing linework combined with a vivid color palette. There’s a timeless quality to his playful yet contemplative work, which is inspired by Rotterdam’s diverse landscape and thriving mix of cultures. Franky’s portfolio includes murals, digital illustrations, sculptures, paintings and limited prints. As a deejay Franky Sticks has been rocking crowds at clubs, festivals, and corporate/private events for over 7 years and is best known for his ability to incorporate turntablism into his club sets. Franky Sticks is also known for performing live on stage with The Re:Freshed Orchestra and teaches DJ classes at Hiphophuis Rotterdam.

︎ Franky Sticks
︎ Franky’s portfolio
︎ Franky’s Mixcloud // ︎ Franky’s Soundcloud

Photo credits: Mark Bolk


Nathalie Cijntje, or Evelyn Rae, is a Rotterdam based DJ. From a young age she heard her parents play different styles of Soul, Jazz, and Caribbean music. Growing up she developed her own style by searching music trough the web all night long. After having her own child she wanted to start sharing her passion and love for music with her city and beyond. She organised a monthly chill, good vibes, Get-together 'STIR IT UP' that had a strong focus on hiphop. This year she started ‘LIFE’, as it should be celebrated by the people: with good vibes and music. Next to this Nathalie is a youth coach and career advisor in Rotterdam where she motivates young adults to the next fase of their career and life.

︎ NathalieCijntje
︎ Nathalie’s Mixcloud

Photo credits: Roza Schouz


Xaviera is a Rotterdam-born illustrator currently living and working in the city.  Her interests are pop culture, music and food, but above all she has a strong passion to address social issues. She illustrates them using bold lines and a variety of bright colours. She works for various brands and publications, mostly from her home studio. While Xaviera was listening to her own music, she was wondering: “what do other artists listen to? Which music inspires them?” A mission to discover the answer started. She asked Johan, friend and DJ, for help. Nathalie, Yannick and Franky joined the group, and from that moment Brainstorm Radio was born. Her role at BSR is curating artists and handling the socials and website.

︎ Xaviera Altena
︎ Xaviera’s portfolio

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