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As I’m doing electronic music for more than 20 years, I was grown with all it’s aspects. I’d consider myself being just a regular part of the the institutions I’m connected with, so this is everyday’s life to me. But yes, there is some pressure on me. I’m under people’s observation, a lot of people know me or recognise me; as a musician you have the pleasure to mostly live a self-determined life, but you are always rated by other people, by the media, by your friends and colleagues. But that’s the life I decided to live, and I think it was a good decision.
As one of the first steps into electronic music I remember this party at some alternativ punk club, where usually rock music was played, back in the early 90s in my hometown outside of Berlin. The first regular booking was in the mid 90s, I played in Dresden, two hours southwards Berlin. The club had a chillout lounge, the walls were decorated with this phosphorescent wool you still see at some goa and trance festivals, it was a typical 90s east german techno venue. A lot of darkness, a strobe, a fog machine, bad soundsystem, cheap drinks.
Weather Festival is one of those events where techno house Electronic music roots at the focus And as I have a good contact to the Concrete guys who are running Weather Festival it’s always a special date to look forward to.
Tu viens souvent en France, surtout Ã Paris oÃ¹ tu as une fanbase trÃ¨s fidÃ¨le. Quâ€™est-ce que tu aimes ici? You come regularly to France , particularly to Paris where you have a very loyal audience. What please when you come to France ? Do you have a story that you ‘ve scored ?
It’s good to see that a wide range of people are open minded for electronic music in France. On the dancefloor you see workers, models, regular people, hipster, a really nice mixture; for me France is one of the first addresses to play music. I loved playing in Paris, I had some great gigs in Lyon, Nantes or Lille, also friends of mine like Anthony Parasole or Answer Code Request are often playing here. And at least I just like France, even beside electronic music.
You mustn’t let fear rule your life or spoil fun on having a good time with music and friends! But on the other hand all those things had a deep impact on me, and you start thinking about, and sometimes this happens while I play music. Travelling changed the way that border controls are more strict now, officers looking more suspicious at you. But nothing compared to the sorrow that happened at November 13.
If there’s time, I go record shopping by any accounts, no matter where I am in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Milano or Tokyo. But for Paris Synchrophone has always been one of the first addresses.
I’m preparing myself some kind of frame, I’m collecting tracks, edits, remixes, wya more than I need for the whole night. I’m deciding on site what I’m playing, it always depends on how the club feels, how the crowd is reacting and it also depends on the mood I’m in. I dont’ have a regular playlist, that would be boring. I like to experiment with people’s expectations sometimes, for doing that I try to set myself somewhere between creativity and preparation.
Tu peux nous donner un avant-goÃ»t de ton set au Weather ? A quoi le public doit sâ€™attendre ? Can you give us a taste of your set for the Weather ? What the public should expect ?
For sure, it’s always a pleasure if people I consider as being good musicians are playing my music or requesting a remix. And it’s always a great thing to hear my music in a club, because I’m not playing my own music often.