Afterbeat is a evangelical movement of Christian Electronic Dance Music (EDM Music) artists who have a passion to use their music to give every individual the possibility to explore the meaning of life within a Christian perspective in partnership with the local Church. Many people, but particularly our young generation are continually seeking happiness and a purpose in life. Afterbeat aims to do that by connecting young people in schools to the wider community and the local church through workshops, lessons, school projects and Club Chaplaincy.
Afterbeat has been active as a charity since 2010. We started in the Netherlands with a passion to help young people in a new modern way to understand what Christianity is and show them that it can be an exciting way of living instead of the old fashioned and restrictive view that people may have of Christianity.
How we work
Throughout the years, Afterbeat has developed lessons for schools with music artists. Combining music with current topics allows for direct and relevant student involvement. At the end of a school project, Afterbeat works with local partners to organise an event in a local nightclub or accessible venue with Christian Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artists. These nights are always a huge hit with young people and give an opportunity for the teaching in school workshops to come together.
Why we use EDM
EDM is hugely popular with many young people and the majority are surprised to find such a strong connection between Electronic Dance Music and faith. EDM originated in Europe and is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs. Its unique selling point is that it attracts young people to dance and have a good time. As the music itself is a universal language and recognised instantly by young people, it seems visionary to use this medium to spread the message of hope and faith in schools.
"EDM is hugely popular with many young people and the majority are surprised to find such a strong connection between Electronic Dance Music ands faith"
One huge benefit of using EDM is that it is very accessible and almost every well-known band uses it to stay on trend with the latest music. EDM also requires less preparation than a whole band. Set up and production can also deliver a higher quality of sound as all tracks are produced in advance. This makes EDM easy, less costly and more affordable for doing mission.
What is our goal?
Afterbeat aims to break down the walls between local churches and tries to help and connect them by doing mission together in the most exciting way. We believe that no mission can be done without partnership, prayer, the grace of God and his favour. “At the end He will add the number” (ACTS 2). In other words, we can work hard but without prayer we will not see an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is key in the whole process of setting up a mission. We also believe that without collaboration between the local churches and other ministries it is hard to share a message of love. How can we share the love of Christ if we cannot respect the beliefs of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? During a school project we aim to work with more than one church wherever possible.
"Partnership in our mission is key and at the forefront of what we do. We serve the local church and encourage, coach and help them design a follow-up program"
Who are we?
Afterbeat has over 10 years experience in
school projects, artist management and event management. We support festivals, conferences, church services and much more. CEO and founder Alko Stoel worked for many years an event manager in The Netherlands and Scotland. From 2015 he managed the band Transform (before Transform DJS) and was running an artist management company (CBooking & CManagement) from The Netherlands serving national and international artists. In 2017 Alko started to partner with The Message Trust and moved a year later to Scotland with his family to help Message Scotland to set up Creative Mission (School projects with bands) nationwide. Alko decided to leave the Message on conclusion of the Higher Tour school projects in Glasgow and Edinburgh in September 2020. However, due to the Corona crisis, Alko left The Message earlier and started Afterbeat in Scotland as a Scottish SCIO Charity.
“Young people are only to be found in two places in large numbers, at schools and online. In order to impact a generation in large numbers, engage and get young people excited for the Gospel, we believe that our school work through professional top EDM artists combined with exiting lessons is an amazing way to accomplish that. At the end of the week we have an amazing show and follow up program to disciple young people in their faith. In my opinion, this is the most effective and fun way to reach young people for the Gospel. Partnership in our mission is key and at the forefront of what we do. We serve the local church and encourage, coach and help them design a follow-up program. Furthermore, we aim to then return annually to the same schools and churches with new lessons and missions!”
Alko Stoel – CEO