Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I was born in raise in Emmerich am Thein / germany and i am still living here. The city is at the border to the netherlands. Its like 100km to Düsseldorf and 130km to Amsterdam. Its a small city but like to life here its balance me to the busy life on the road what i have each weekend.
How did you first start playing music?
That was in 92 / 93 i started playing with some primitive turntables and a low budget mixer in the cellar of my parents house.
How did Drumcomplex come about?
My brother Daniel and me started Drumcomplex in 2003 we signed to Alex Bau´s Label Toneman Records and therefore we needed a project name. After our latest Album Perfection is in Imperfection Daniel concentrated on other projects and left Drumcomplex.
What programs/instruments do you use?
I´ve been working with Ableton Live and a couple of VST Synths, also using Korg Minilouge and the Model D from Behringer in my latest productions. I have a simple set up in my home studio with a Mackie Mixer and using Yamaha Monitors.
Please tell us about how and why you started your imprint ‘Complexed’:
To be completely honest: I just totally wanted to own a label, even back when we started with Drumcomplex. But then it all went on for years, until I had the space and the time to launch the label. The idea behind it was relatively simple: it was about creating a platform with which I could release music of friendly artists and of course our own stuff. I started it in 2014 this year we celebrate our 5 years bday.
You have a 4 track EP coming out on the 18th of January through ‘Complexed’ where and when did you produce/record this EP?
I produced the tracks end of the summer in my home studio.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for this EP?
When i enter the studio i never have a specific idea what i wanna do or what for a sound have to come out. Things happen in the moment influenced also from how i feel. But the sound is more rougher and stripped and reminds me a bit to the 90´s techno stuff.
How do you usually go about writing music?
I always start with a kick play with a groove and jam with a synth to find an idea. With these loop i play around and try to get into it. After all i start arranging the track and build it up.
Where do you see Techno progressing to in the future?
Thats a good question I’ve been now 25 years in the scene and a lot of trends have come and go in this period. I am pretty happy that the raw and uptempo techno is back and people really like it.
What do you have planned for 2019?
At the moment we fixed quit a lot of shows in europe. End of March i am playing a India Tour coming to Mumbai, New Dehli & Hyderabad. Working as well on an Australia Tour and South America. The festival summer 2019 is in full process.
What do you like to do away from music?
I am a big fan of going to the sauna its one of these places where i can totally relax and recharge my batteries, also going regular to the gym which also relax me a lot.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
In a private way i am not listening a lot to electronic music. I have a big passion for Metal and Punk Music and also to good Pop Music.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Recently i started eating vegetarian for a couple of months, feeling good not to eat all these dead animals.
I like to be at the dutch sea its so nice and rough on the other side.