Eelko van Kooten is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the international dance industry. He started music label Spinnin’ Records in 1999, together with A&R specialist Roger de Graaf. Eelko has spearheaded the business for the past 17 years growing to a world-leading team of 75+ creatives, innovators and trailblazers in music.
Today Spinnin’ Records is the world’s leading dance label. Eelko and his team are responsible for releasing world-class tracks hitting international charts and developing the careers of globally renowned DJs including Afrojack, Bingo Players, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Sander van Doorn, Kris Kross Amsterdam and Sam Feldt.
Born in the 70’s in the Netherlands’ media city Hilversum, Eelko grew up in an entrepreneurial family. He starts university and graduates as the country’s youngest certified real estate broker at age 22. When Eelko is 28 he makes the bold move to start his own publishing company MusicAllStars Publishing – combining his ambitious mindset with what he loves most: music.
A year later in 1999 he founded music label Spinnin’ Records followed by artist management company MusicAllStars Management in 2012.
Over the years Eelko has been praised by the international music industry for his knowledge and ability of pushing the boundaries of the dance industry. He was included in Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 50 Most Important People in EDM’ and won an IDMA award for ‘Best Music Label Executive’.