Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m just half of my time in Brunswick, a dreary little city in northern Germany, because my girlfriend lives there. The other half of my time im either on tour or in Berlin in the studio in the Holzmarkt. The Holzmarkt is something of an alternative village, including the Club Katerblau. I think i do not need to explain what is going on in Berlin. In Braunschweig there is only the art school and a few clubs in which I have never been. but I have heard that the „Laut“ club should be quite good.
How did you first get into music and DJing?
I had one of the first programs “cakewalk” when I was 13 years old. I made hip hop beats with that. that was in 1993. since then i have only had a two-year break from Producing. I came from hip hop to triphop and then eventually to electronic music.
I started with dj much later, about 10 years ago as a warm up dj on our own parties.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I hear many different things. I am genuinely interested in all genres and styles. this is often music that has nothing to do with techno, for example minimalistic ambient music. especially music without drums i like. this is often the best choice for home i think, but thats more functional relax music in a way.
And lately I like to listen to old records on Spotify, especially the old and unknown tracks of very famous people im interested in.
What have you been working on recently?
the last 6 months i produced 3 records for „Amount“ the actual URSL one, and than two others: a „Upon You“ Record what is coming end of may and a „Feines Tier“ Vinyl including a Acid Pauli Remix. Also i did a remix for Soukie and Windish and for Amount too and i was updating my liveset. Actually im working on new Amount tracks.
What programs/equipment do you use when playing live and producing?
For the effects I take almost exclusively Soundtoys and Ableton tools. I have a lot of synthies standing around in the studio, which I love very much and which are also often used. for live I’m pretty minimal equipped with a laptop and two large controllers. I shredded the music into small pieces and had to press many buttons to make it sound reasonable. finally I think I work more than many other live acts. In the future, I’ll want to ad a analog synth for the entertainment-factor because a lot of people didn’t get it that i play live.
How do you approach the production process?
its important for me to work in the studio and at home as well. I usually do sketches on my headphones on my laptop in the morning time when my ears and mind are fresh. it takes a few weeks to fabricate approximately 20 sketches. When I have enough ideas together, I go to the studio. In the studio I check which sketches sound good on the monitors and then try to mix the perfect sound. a few elements i always have to sort out because they did not sound good. I usually try to fill up missing parts with our analogue synthesizers. after optimizing the sound i leave the studio and go back to the headphones to start the arrangements. that will be checked again in the studio. only when everything works well in the studio and on the headphones are the tracks finished. in the end i have most of the time 5-8 pieces left over from the 20 sketches from the beginning.
How do you go about writing music?
I usually just start and just try to jam without any concept. But then I let the resulting ideas lie for a few weeks before I decide to continue working on them. I use everything possible for music production. from a modular system to an infinite number of samples. The main thing I do not bored me and am somehow in a workflow.
When making music do you like to collaborate or work alone and why?
both have their advantages and disadvantages, but the longer I make music, the more I like to produce on my own.
How do you prepare for live shows?
I practice about 1-2 times a day from three days before. It can be very strange when I am in the club and everything is very dark and the hand movements are not working properly. Alcohol is also not good when playing live. So I always have to practice before, otherwise the gig will not run smoothly.
How has the Berlin music scene / tourism evolved since you have been there?
I have been living in Berlin for 8 years now and it has changed a lot during this time. It’s obvious that rents are rising because so many wants to live here and also because of the tourism – boom. As a result, the city is very crowded in the summer. I find it a bit too much, you lose the overview and it is becoming increasingly impersonal. on the other hand, of course, berlin was an exception historically and it is also clear that the status quo from the past will not go on forever. i just hope that the people here defend their shelters and that the city will not be totally boring in 20 years.
What do you most enjoy about Berlin?
the food and the nice people and the great parties.
What are your favourite clubs in Berlin?
Katerblau, Bucht, Golden Gate, Renate, Mensch Meier, Sisyphos.
Your studio is in Holzmarkt, please explain what your studio is like, what you have there, how you work there and what it’s like being a part of Holzmarkt:
We moved into a completely empty room and made everything quasi customary. The room is also measured by a room acoustician. There are a lot of bass traps attached. We have several classic synthesizers: Prophet 12, Moog sub 37, North lead, Juno z. and a modular system. the monitors are from Klein und Hummel. The most important thing is: we have a terrace and spree view.
What do you like to do away from music?
Bike tour, nature, cooking and reading.
What’s planned for 2019?
Nothing special. 🙂
Any secrets that you care to share?
When im naked i look quite funny.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
So many in berlin that I would not highlight any.