Where are you at the moment and how is the music scene there?
At the moment I am sitting in my studio in Saarbrücken at home. The music scene here in the city is just great. Here we have really good artists, great clubs and also off locations, where regularly even during the week parties take place. For example, you can comfortably go here during the week on Wednesdays to the Silodom with its large outdoor area and good house scene but then as soon as it gets dark, techno obvioulsy takes over. On Saturdays I can definitely recommend a visit to my resident club Mauerpfeiffer. We book Djs from all over the world every weekend, for example: Vinicius Honorio, Gary Beck, Layton Giordani, Drumcomplex or even Johannes Heil, Markus Suckut just to name a few, who play together with our Residens DJs a complete club night. If you feel like it, you can go on Sundays at noon, for example on the Magnet Open Air with three / four Regional Djs playing until late in the evening. It’s just great here.
You just released your last album We Are All One, please tell us what influenced the sound and songwriting of this album?
Well, I was just guided by myself, listened to my heart. I didn’t let myself be influenced by the outside.
Where and when did you produce / record the album?
Here at home in my studio. Yes, that’s the nicest thing.
How did you approach the production process?
As I said before, I just let myself drift and in the end with the track selection and track positioning I have chosen, it will be perfect.
Which instruments and programs did you use?
I work with Ableton and in the computer with VST `s such as Sylenth1, Dune, Fabfilter, MiniMoog or ANAsynth.
How did you start to play music?
In 2003, when I was 17 years old, I always wanted to produce my own techno music. Yes, I always sneaked into the clubs early on, even though I was not old enough for that. Then I had met a very good friend who was not too far away from me and actually had a record player at home in his cellar and even hung up on it. He taught me that a little bit and I had disappeared in this basement almost every day for 1 year. 🙂
Please tell us something about your residency in Saabrücken, how did this residency come about and how was the experience?
Well then so it was around 2010, with my friend still friend Dj, Kenny B. At that time he knew the club owner Tim Grothe, who at that time ran the club invisible later Uschi & Bärbel. Tim then listened to a MixCD from me and said to it to Kenny. Hey if you want he can play with you in Back2Back. We did that a few times and half a year later I even played alone and became an official resident.
You operate Gryphon Recordings, this is your own label, how and why did you found Gryphon Recordings?
I founded the label together with my friend / life partner Cengiz, here at our home. I wanted to do more on the whole with a mix of newcomers and good older artists, creating a network where you can help each other out and push. It was also very important to me to be able to place our artists here from the city in the label and in the scene. I am currently working with 4 new, very talented guys and girls from Saarbrücken. Let’s see what’s out there.
What are the positive and negative aspects of running your own label?
Positive in any case, that we get sent so many great music and you are happy if you have found someone again that no one really knows but is just so good and you put him on the label and you can enjoy it together. Negative is definitely that you have less time for private matters because it takes a great deal of time to claim a label to operate professionally.
What does the future hold for Gryphon Recordings?
This year is still a strong on strong releases on Gryphon but I don’t want to reveal anything just yet 🙂 Let yourself be surprised. At the moment we are working on the merchandise and after that we want to move on to the label nights.
Who are you listening to?
My friend just turned on Blawan’s dj set at the awakenings.
Favorite 3 artists of all time?
Adam Beyer, Mauro Picotto, Daniel Cuminale
What do you plan for the rest of 2018/19?
I’m starting to produce new productions myself. I would like to continue to promote my labels Gryphon, Nala-Music and myself by just continuing to have a great time and stay healthy.