[Music & Interview]: Rebar

 

Music & Interview

Rebar

 

Introduction:

In the physical world, “Rebar” is an object, often used to reinforce concrete. In the world of music, though, Rebar is the joint venture of Andreas Pionty & fumée grise, the label-heads of “made of CONCRETE”. Next to the label they are the driving force behind “Körper” a sex-positive party series which starts in April 2017.
 

Interview:

hi Jens, hi Andreas. You are Rebar, a duo coming from Dresden + Berlin. When did you meet each other for the first time? Do you still live in two cities? How do you work together regarding the operation of your label “made of concrete”, as production team etc? Who is responsible for what task?
Rebar: Hello Jürgen, first we want to say thanks for having us.

We met each other around 2010 at a gig we were both booked for in Dresden. The funny thing was that we had to play a “back 2 back“ even though we didn’t know each other. One of the turntables was not working and Jens (fumée grise) didn’t know how to use the CDJs at this time, so Andreas (Pionty) was helping out and played on the one CDJ. It was working quite well even when Jens was playing at this time mainly house and Andreas techno. But since this experience we have stayed in contact and now we also have a name together. Incredible.

But yes, we still live in different cities. Jens lives in Berlin and Andreas in Dresden. At the end of the day this is no handicap for our work, as in our business the most important thing is to have a good telephone and internet connection. The cities are also not far apart from each other so we can always arrange to see each other easily.

The decision on how we share the tasks was quite simple for us to decide, as we both have quite different skills. Andreas is more the communicative character of us two, so he takes care of the dialogue between the clubs, booker, artists and so on. Jens is more the man in the background who takes care of the administration and coordinates all final procedures with the label and releases.

At the studio Andreas is the prime mover. Jens mostly brings field recordings which are key elements of our work but after this he sits idle, drinks coffee or non-alcoholic beer. Actually, the only place where we are one is behind the decks. (Haha)

 
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(Rebar, press pic 2016)
 
What are your musical backgrounds? What kind of music do you listen to in your “spare time”?
Rebar: Our musical background on the DJ side is Techno music. It’s actually the first music we both listened to freely. It’s kind of the foundation of everything. But in our free time we also listen music more diverse.

Jens: I like actually everything based on electronic music no matter which genre: ambient, disco, house, experimental…next to this I love modern classic and from time to time world music which you can hear on ‘Radio Comeme’.

Andreas: I also like various genres of electronic based music but also old Hip Hop stuff and when there is a Future Island concert around you will find me for sure in the crowd.

 
Did you have any former projects that lead to Rebar and MOC?
Rebar: Besides our solo DJ projects, we don’t. Sorry for this boring answer. (haha)
 
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(Rebar, press pic 2016)
 
Who are your favourite producers? What’s your general inspiration?
Rebar: Think this question is for the most people not so easy to answer. We would say that Prince Of Denmark/Traumprinz/DJ Metatron could be our candidates for favourite. Not all of the productions are for our sets but everything which comes from this artist is on the point, they are ‘simple’ but always with depth. This is really something we have big respect for. If this artist also has an inspirational impact we can’t say for us it’s like a flow how we create a track. We record some field recordings, listen to some tracks which we currently like, talking about random things, eat, drink and at the end we have a finished track. Maybe this sounds stupid but our biggest inspiration is that we don’t put pressure on ourselves as we don’t have the feeling that we need to deliver. Our focus is on the label and our DJ gigs we have together. But if in-between we manage to release some music then we are happy, if not then this is also ok. It’s all about the time we spend together as Rebar and with our artists.
 
Life besides the label and artist thing: do you have a normal/daily job?
Rebar: Booth yes.

Andreas: I’m an outside sales person and have a classical 9 to 5 job.

Jens: I have my own music consulting and PR agency so I don’t really have a 9 to 5 job. (Haha)

 
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(made of Concrete logo, framed at a wall)
 
Talking again about your label MOC: how do you select the artists and the tracks for it? Do you get a lot of demos (you consider for a release)?
Rebar: As a rule, at least on vinyl we release only music from artists we know personally (only the remixers can be “external“). Our new digital concept is a bit more open, via this we release music from artists who send us demos or friends from our artists. The tracks we choose at the end for a release we select in dialogue with the artist. Specially for an EP it’s important for us that the artist present his signature sound and uses the release to show a multifaced side of hisself. or in other words we love the classical A and B side concept.

We also receive quite a lot of demos, like most labels we guess, but from this we only find a rational amount is interesting. But because of the concept written above we also don’t release everything, even when it’s good. Sometimes this hurts a bit especially when you receive demos from artists you like and even those you have some records of but we need to say no at the end because of our release policy.

 
Who creates the artwork/visual concept? Which image do you want to create for your label? Ever thought about including some video art?
Rebar: The visual concept comes directly from both of us. We developed the concept together and Jens makes, as far him his Photoshop skills take, the graphics for all the channels.

The concept has different layers. We build a bridge to the label name itself by showing buildings as the core element. In general, the buildings also have a connection to the artist on the release. Whoever buys our vinyl and can riddle the connection between picture and artist then the lucky winner of our prize draw wins a candlelit dinner with a label artist of your choice. (Haha)

But the buildings are only a part of the artwork the actual concept is the production process. The idea is that the artwork needs to speak the same language as the final product. For this reason, we have different processes for vinyl & digital. As vinyl is a physical product which comes into being with the help of machines and handwork, the artwork deals with this fact. We cut pictures out of old architecture books and glue them into our artwork pad, writing by hand the release information next to it, scan everything and bring it all together in Photoshop. The final part is the stamp of the building which we stamp on the cover.

On the digital only releases, nothing is physical. Here we work with overlaying technical drawings which are in front of a black background. It’s the counterpart of the vinyl release. A professional graphic artist could do this job better but it’s important for us that’s the artwork come from us. At the end of the day the label is a matter of the heart and not a business model…and we all know the things you love you do better by yourself.

Regarding the video art we have some videos online. We have 8 music videos and the last projects came all from the talented video artist Patrick Hauler. At the moment, he is quite busy but we hope to present something new from him soon.

 
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(Jens with MOC release at Newtone / Osaka)
 
You had a small tour to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of MOC including your first visit in Japan. How was the tour especially the time in Asia? Any nice anecdotes?
It was our first label tour which made it a lot of fun also when it was a bit stressful. Everybody has a normal daytime job, to do something like that next to this is not so easy, especially as we also take care of the bookings by our self. But at the end it was all worth it. It was somehow like the good old school trip.

The two Japan bookings for Rebar where directly after the tour and it was something really special. To play with Contact in a venue where in the same month they had artists such as Marcel Dettmann, ND Baumecker, Levon Vincent, Green Velvet and Prosumer is remarkable. As you said it was the first time in Japan (also private) and needless to say that Tokyo is really something else. If this city would be in Europe we would fly every second weekend or better move directly. In this city, every character can find his place and area where he/she would like to live. Next to it the people are really chilled and friendly which is not usual for a city with this amount of people. Europe is for sure a lot rougher.

Next to the gig another highlight was to discover our release at Newton Records in Osaka next to 2-3 other “made of CONCRETE“ releases. One day before you fly home was this a really great leaving present.

Thanks here again to DJ Saimura for his trust and booking in Contact & Ruby Room. Hope we see you soon in Germany.

 
You are also the promoters of “Körper”, a queer party in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, a federal state in Germany which is often linked with Pegida and other nazi scum. How came the idea up to organise such a party there? How was it? Which experience did you make? Any homophobic trouble?
First of all we need to protect our homeland a bit. It’s true, that especially in Dresden it is known for these kinds of things. We have in this city a lot to deal with, like the things written above but you can also find a lot of people and initiatives which fight against it and work on a tolerant and open society. Unfortunately, the media prefer to put the focus on the negative things. If they would support more the positive examples then it would be more complicated for groups like Pegida or Nazis to feel “big“ and “important“.

We don’t want to play this issues down for this reason we also organize in collaboration with the TBA club this “Körper” event to contribute something to support a tolerant, open and interested society. Therefore, you can say that if a city in Germany needs a party like “Körper” then it is Dresden.

The first edition was a surprise in a lot of points already like we imagined. We were especially happy about that fact that we really got the attention from the people who we wanted to see at this party. For this reason, it was really nice to party which is at the and only possible with good people at the door which explained to everybody the concept of the night and had a good hand with the selection. We as the promoters were often on the dance floor more than we usually can do. Also, the guest DJs seemed to be happy as they changed the time for the return trip to dance a bit more. A better feedback was nearly not possible. Also, the feedback after the event motivated us to go on with this project. So, we’re happy to say that after the “Summerbreak“ we are back with the second edition on 15th September. With Cem from Herrensauna and fr.JPLA from IFZ / No Show, we have some nice guests for this party. Next to this we have playing Szentendre, Toni Dextor and us again. After the line-up is complete, we work now on the planning for the decoration with the great deco-team to let the venue look special like the last time.

 
Rebar Pic 5
(Poster for the 1. “Körper” party)
 
Let’s talk about the techno scene in Dresden and Saxony. Could you please tell us something about it and the club TBA where your party took place? Compared with the scene in Berlin: are there similarities and what are the big differences?
The scene is more local as the kind of party tourism does not exist like in Berlin. Everything is a bit smaller, which doesn’t mean that the scene is not active. There is a lot of cool promoter and crews, also good clubs with great vibes. Next to it there are some great and innovative labels like Uncanny Valley, Lockertmatik or Etui to name just a few… (ah and us for sure). 😉 This all are influences and important parts of an active scene. For our parties the TBA with its rough atmosphere and the great sound system is the perfect venue for us. The size is perfect and it’s located directly under the translation of Dresden Neustadt so on a perfect spot for a good connection and central position of the nightlife.

 
Rebar Pic 6
(MOC releases at Newtone / Osaka)
 
Already coming to the end of our small interview: what are your future plans for “made of concrete” and Rebar? Some solo stuff in the pipeline?
We would love to have an interview with the “Bunte“, as soon we reach this we quit with everything, promise! (Haha)

Apart from this we have just had a little summer break, as well as parties and releases.

This slowly is over and we’re currently working on new releases from Matt Nowak, Francesco Belfiore and from our good friend Alek S. Furthermore, we are planning the next events at TBA in Dresden. From September on we’re back with full energy on all “made of CONCRETE“ channels. With Rebar we have just finished a remix for Luke Black which is part of our “Batch Plant” mini-compilation series. Our second EP for “made of CONCRETE“ is basically almost done and comes out latest on the third label birthday in the first quarter 2018. Maybe we sign some material somewhere else before but let’s see what the future brings. No pressure.

 

Recommendations:
Rebar’s EP “Hansaprohlis” on MOC
Kaiser’s EP “Sottotono” on MOC
Myles Serge’s EP “Walking Through Concrete” on MOC

 

Exclusive Mix:

 

Tracklist of Exclusive Set:
sorry no tracklist available because this is a live recording of Rebar’s first hour of their set played at the In][Between night at Suicide Circus on 2nd July 2017.

 

Websites:
Rebar
made of Concrete

 

[Music & Interview]: Kaczorek

 

Music & Interview

Kaczorek

 

Interview:

Hi Dennis, we met the first time at Arena Club in Berlin. You was working as bouncer and I was there for the Escapism event (guest and helping a little bit at the cash desk). So we have to talk about working at a club door. Arena Club has a lot of very nice parties organised by different crew. How long do you already work as doorman in general and especially for the Arena Club?. Is it sometimes difficult to decide which people are right for the party at a certain night? Do you speak with the promoters about which kind of people they want for their party?
I’am working as a bouncer at the arena club since about two years. I haven’t been working as a bouncer before, actually i became one throuht true happenstance as a friend of us became to work in the management of arena club and asked me if I would be into working there at the door- and of course I sayed yes. In the meantime I got to know the people running parties there and naturally also the clientele. Mostly the first impression is significant enough to decide if someone fits into the club and if I let them pass the door or not. The audience of the different parties is actually not so much varying. I think for a bouncer it’s most importand to contribute to make the guest’s evening as well as possible. Part of this is to keep people away, that are not fitting into a technoclub as they are not coming to enjoy the music but to pick up a fight. That’s why it is so important in this job to have a good knowledge of human nature, as you don’t have much time to decide if you let someone in or not. To be fair and give everybody a chance, we mostly have a short chat with them before we make our decision. We for example want to know if they have an idea who’s playing at the club tonight.
 
You are also a DJ. You already released two mixes for the mix series of Ismus – one of these parties mentioned earlier. How did you get in touch with them and when did they ask you for the first mix? Are you part of the promoter crew?
Yes, fortunately I had the honor to release two mixes for Ismus. And I was really happy as they asked me for another podcast shortly after.

I made the contact to Ismus during their parties at Arena. In the course of the evening i got into conversation with Josh, the promoter of Ismus. I told him that I am djing and asked him if he would like to hear a set of mine. A view days later he wrote and asked me if i could record a podcast for them. Shortly after the first podcast had been released, he asked me for another one. That’s how our collaboration began.

 
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A few weeks ago you played in Hanover. How was it playing outside of the party city Berlin? Who organised the booking?
As I grew up in Hannover and have already played there in the past, I know city pretty well. I also knew the host of HTD for a while. Eventough I have to say that my gig at the HTD Klubnacht was special to me. The party was very well organized, I have experienced this differently over the years. The soundsystem was one of the best I ever played on and the crowd also enjoyed it a lot over the three hours of the set. It simply was a great gig.
 
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Where did you already play in general?
As I am working with Ismus only since a short time and it is not easy in Berlin to get offers for gigs, as there are so many people making music, I have no gigs in the next weeks. I also had to reject offers for gigs at the Suicide Circus and Griessmühle in August for privat reasons. The next time that i will be playing is in october at Griessmühle and again in Hannover.
 
Is there any DJ (or are there some DJs) who inspired you and their skills convinced you that you also want to be one?
Yes there are a lot of artists that have been inspriering me over the years, but it’s hard to get concrete about that as there are so producers and DJs releasing great techno music. Only to drop a view names: Keith Carnal, Rraph, MTD. They gave me good impulses in the last time and I admire their last releases a lot

 
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While doing your bouncer job you hear a lot of music. Do you listen to some tracks with more intense than others because you like them (known or not)? Do you get some inspiration from the sets and DJs at the events taking place while you are doing the security job?
Yes I definitily get inspired by the sets of the djs, but unfortunately you don’t really have the time to focus on music during the work at the club. At the door, you hear the music only partially, what makes it quite impossible to listen to it truthfully. But still it’s awsome have the possibility to listen to good techno music during the work.
 
For sure you saw many different club nights and party concepts. Was there something that really impressed and inspired you? Any situation that kept in your mind?
Every night brings new astonishments and pleasant surpises, it never gets boring. Of course you experience alot during the 12 hours you are working at the door. For example guests who overshoot their borders and go to far. There have been a fiew risky moments in the past, but over all the most people are peacefull and just want to have a nice evening. And there are some really special events were you can see things you don’t get to see in a “normal” club, but that’s what makes working at Arena so special.
 
Did you ever think about running your own party (series)?
About five years ago, I have hosted two parties in Hannover. It was a good experience, but I have perceived quickly that I am not really into it and that I want to focus on the music.
 
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Many DJs are also producers. Did you already create some own tracks? Any plans for making some and to release it?
Yes I know it’s a advantage to produce if you want to raise your level of awarness. But to be honest I just don’t have the time to really become acquainted with that by now, as I am married and have another full-time job. If I do it, I’ll try to do it right.
 
What are your plan for the future?
Actually I have no concrete plans, as it is difficult to plan for a longterm in the scene. I’ll just get it for me. I am just hoping that it is continuing as good as it is now and that the next gigs will be as mind blowing as the last ones.
 
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Exclusive Set:

 

Tracklist of Exclusive Set:
01. Joachim Spieth – Aidan (Arnaud Le Texier Beatless Remix)
02. Repart – Enigmas
03. Audiocell & Thimo Müller – Oriental Flash
04. Massa – Interference (Ness Remix)
05. Fresh Otis – WalkingONaciD (Dkult Remix Dub 1)
06. Drop-E – Collapse
07. Dorian Knox – Kepler (Rraph Remix)
08. Onassis – Pulse (Dkult Remix)
09. Cardao – U2
10. Atlaxsys – Crop
11. Dkult , Stevie Rose – D3
12. Re: Axis – Fluid
13. Rraph – Tuna Canyan Park
14. Dorian Gray – Nyctophilism (Rraph Remix)
15. Raul Alvarez – Lazaro’s Behaviour
16. Ledd – While I’m Not There
17. Shawn Moses – Origin (Joshua Calleja & Bold Remix)
18. Monosaccharide – Cymatics (MTD Exploration Mix)

 

Websites:
Kaczorek

 

[Music & Interview]: Mark Groot

 

Music & Interview

Mark Groot

 

Introduction:

Mark Groot is a producer and artist from the Netherlands. This young and talented man quit law school and dedicated his life to only one thing; his Music.

He followed a course on SAE (Audio Engineering school) and graduated with honors. Besides his work as a producer and DJ he works at Delsin Records, where he takes care of the vinyl shop.

His music is flowy; sometimes even sort of hypnotizing but direct hitting. In his tracks as well as his sets you can hear that Mark likes to play with different moods. Catch people with dynamic and tense music and after that get them back on the ground. This skill together with his open minded and friendly personality makes him Mark Groot.

Mark Groot in short is a positive, passionate and very driven person with a clear goal in his head.

 

Interview:

Hi Mark. We met virtually the first time at the end of 2015. If I remember right, you sent me some tracks. How did you find the NovaFuture Blog and why did you have the idea of sending tracks to the “guys” running it?
Yes that’s true. I actually used NovaFuture Blog for some time to dig new music. Of course Hardwax and Decks are great ways to find new music, but what I like about blogs is that you can also find unofficial releases from talented producers. 

At the time I sent my tracks over I was in an audio engineering school. It was that time where I decided to fully focus on my music and step up the game. 

So I thought let’s try NovaFuture Blog. 

 
Actually we fell in love with your stuff immediately and wanted to support you so we published the first feature about you, the self-released EP “Never Try Never Know”. When did you produce it and what was your inspiration for it?
I remember making those tracks in the studio at my school. It was the very first EP I made where I felt like it was good enough to send out. I wouldn’t say there was a specific inspiration for it. I always see it like this, you have inspiration versus processing. Inspiration would be the part where a specific creative idea pop ups in your head after some sort of stimulus. 

This EP was more a processing type of workflow. This means you just start working and while you create, you come up with new elements that fit. It’s more playful I would say. 

Of course I’m influenced by a lot of things I hear and see, but that’s more like an unconscious process. 

 
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Who are your favourite producers & DJs? What inspires you in general?
At the moment my favorite DJs would be Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann.

I think no matter where in the world those guys play, they always succeed in creating the vibe that’s needed. True Techno gurus. 

The same question for producers would be harder to answer. I don’t have one specific person whose productions I all dig. 

But it would be names like, Jeroen Search, Kobosil, Z.I.P.P.O, Nthng, Altinbas, Dold, Jonas Friedlich, Sterac, FJAAK, DVS1, Prince of Denmark, Robert Hood and also Klock and Dettmann. Let’s stop there because there is almost no end to this list. 

 
Mark Groot 4
 
You also work at Delsin Records in your home town Amsterdam. Is that a source for inspiration too? What are you doing there and how did you get the job?
Lots of music is being played at the office of Delsin so of course in a way it affects me and influences me, but I think more in a subconscious way. I wouldn’t say after work I feel the most inspired. 

To get the job, I actually just sent the guys of Delsin a mail asking if they needed someone. Luckily, they could use some help at the vinyl section. So I take care of that now. 

 
After the first feature and another one, your EP “YWIMC” on Naught Music, we started a closer co-operation by releasing together the EPs “Matter Of Time”, “DE.LETE” and “Influence”. We released each of them step by step, track by track. How did you come up with that idea?
True. I remember having lots of tracks done. Some very different from each other, so I thought it would be better to give all the tracks a chance to be properly heard. 

One every week seemed like a good concept to me and it worked out well. 

 
Mark Groot 2
 
But you are not only a producer but also a DJ. You released 2 mixes on your own soundcloud and one podcast for Upperberry. How did the guy behind Upperberry get in contact with you and do you know why/how you got hisattention?
About a year ago the guys of Upperberry contacted me asking if I wanted to do a feature on their blog. They offered to have me participate in their podcast series. 

I’m not sure how they found me, but I think they heard some of my productions. Maybe through NovaFuture since they are also from Berlin.

 
You also played a few gigs. Tell us about them. Who arranged them? How is it for you to play in front of an audience?
For now I arrange all of my gigs myself. When I was younger, I played a lot at local clubs in my hometown and even on the radio. So I already experienced some of that.

But of course it’s great to take people on a journey with your music selection. It really doesn’t matter if there are 500 people enjoying the music or just 10, seeing people enjoy what you do is already a great feeling. 

 
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Did you also play your own tracks? How was the audience’s reaction?
I haven’t played my own tracks yet. I’m always very critical and precise about my own tracks and selecting tracks for gigs, but I’m sure I will soon. 
 
You are from the Netherlands. Do you like the techno scene there? Did you ever visit a club in Berlin or Germany? Do you see any differences and/or similarities?
I have lived in Amsterdam for 5 years now and at the moment the techno scene here is quite alright. After the closing of club ‘Trouw’ there was a year where Amsterdam really missed a good techno club. But pretty recently two new clubs opened, ‘De School’ and ‘Shelter,’ and those clubs fill the void pretty well. 

Besides the clubs, Amsterdam is almost famous for its amount of festivals that take place. Festivals like ‘Dekmantel Festival’ are a real addition to the techno scene here in my opinion. 

I did visit some clubs in Germany and also specifically in Berlin, but I have not experienced enough in the Berlin techno scene to really give my opinion about it.

A big difference between Amsterdam and Berlin though would be the opening hours of the club.

In Berlin the Saturday til Monday culture is way more integrated than in Amsterdam. There are some clubs here that can be open for 24 hours but it’s just not yet integrated enough in the culture. To me, that’s a big miss. 

 
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What are your plans regarding DJing?
To do as many shows as possible. This summer I already got some nice bookings scheduled  such as the closing act on a festival and playing in a big church outside of Amsterdam. 

There are also some more exiting things coming up where I can’t say too much about, yet. 

I also hope to play in Berlin soon. 

 
Do you have some new productions in the pipeline? What’s coming in that area?
Yes yes yes, you can expect a new EP of mine including remixes, which I’m very excited about. 
 

Recommendations:
EP “Never Try Never Know”
EP “DE.LETE”
EP “Influence”
EP “YWIMC” on Naught Music
EP “Matter Of Time”

 

Exclusive Set:

 

Tracklist of Exclusive Set:
1. Monadh – Calanque
2. ADMX 71 – Mystical Ascent
3. Christopher Ledger – Metonimia (Ambient Version)
4. SYS – Radius
5. Sven Weisemann – Maori Octopus
6. Feral – Brahma
7. Doyeq – Frame
8. Orion – Afterlife
9. Par Grindvik – London Marble
10. Alex Do – Dolorous
11. Exium – Trashflow (Jeroen Search 39s Machine Mix)
12. Z.I.P.P.O. – Tempo
13. Marco Carola – Untitled ( 4th Question – B2 )
14. Planetary Assault Systems – Radiance
15. Tim Wolff – Backstage Fridge Jeroen Search Remix
16. 3KZ – Distant Land
17. Museum – Pole
18. Crossing Avenue – Malandra
19. Mark Groot – IC149
20. Z.I.P.P.O. – Inconstant Universe

 

Websites:
Mark Groot

 

[Music & Interview]: Luettringhouse

 

Music & Interview

Luettringhouse

 

Interview:

Father and son spinning records together as DJ team. We are not sure but we think that’s a novum. Could you both please tell us something about you, what you do in your normal life, your youth and what kind of music you listened to at that time?
Jörg: I am a married state certified technician in engineering, aged 43 and a father of three. Besides Felix, there are Kida (14) and Laila (11). As a boy, I was very much into skateboarding and was mostly listening to rock or heavy metal like AC/DC, Metallica and Danzig, but also to EBM or industrial bands like Ministry.

Felix: I am 21 years old and graduated last year in our hometown in Heidelberg, where I live as well. Most of my time is consumed by music, but I have a side job in Mannheim and travel a lot to visit bigger cities and festivals. I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember, the first concert I went to was “Die Ärzte” around 2008 or something. After Rock and Metallica , I got into hip hop for a while as well. Then around 2011 I started to really get into dance music.
 
When did you start with djing as solo artist?
Jörg: I got my Technics 1210 MKII and my Vestax PMC-46 at the turn of the year 1993 /1994 so I could play the tracks I wanted to listen to, mix them the way I wanted to and to record sets as I would like to hear them. So it was a very egoistical reason.

Felix: After my 18th birthday in 2013.
 
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(Luettringhouse)
 
When and who came up with the idea to play together?
Felix: It just kind of happened, as I came home from a party and started playing, at some point my father walks in and goes “what’s that” and “have you ever heard of Blablabla” and we started playing together for a while. This became a regular thing and this was kind of the inception.

Jörg: Yes, after being very sceptical of digital djing for a long time, I tried Felix´ controller a Pioneer DDJ-SX on said day and realized its amazing possibilities with loops and cue points. A couple of weeks later, I bought a NI Traktor S8 for myself and one day we had the idea to connect the two controllers together so we would be able to play together. This was the beginning of our two controller style, which we still practice to this day.
 
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(Jörg from Luettringhouse)
 
What’s your favourite style? Who are the DJs and producers who inspire you?
Felix: Ha, the question I most looked forward to! My favorite style is hard to put into words, as it’s somewhere in between slow-rolling techno and progressive house, an atmospheric experience of sorts. My absolute hero in terms of DJing is John Digweed and if you’d like to know what I was just trying to describe, he is the de facto master of said style, in my opinion and his mixing skills are just out of this world. Favorite DJane is, without question, Monika Kruse! The queens connection with her fans and her lovable presence are particularly noteworthy. My favorites of the younger generation are Layton Giordani, as his feeling for timing and vocals seems so perfect to me! I get a lot of my inspiration from his productions. The same goes for SHDW and Obscure Shape, their grooves and timing are so awesome. I also learned so much from Jonny Miller and Paul Thomas, my two former teachers from London, where I studied at the SubBass academy. Last but not least, I have to mention Robert Babicz, as I have one of his melodies tattooed on the back of my shoulder.

Jörg: Techno. Dark, hard, dirty, industrial which may contain some epic melodies. In the nineties, above all else, it was Sven Väth to me, as I was lucky enough visiting Omen club Frankfurt between March 1993 and its closing in 1998 and experienced awesome, ecstatic nights where he was always part of the crowd, despite his steadily growing fame. Musically, I was influenced by producers like Christian Vogel, Tobias Schmidt, Neil Landstrumm, Robert Hood, Jeff Mills and I have bought nearly every release on Djax Up Beats (favorite Random XS) and not to forget the harder sound from Berlin, especially Dj Tanith, who is still one of the djs who can make me dance through his whole sets. Besides him there are Sunil Sharpe, Max Durante and Ancient Methods playing the way I would like to hear techno. Not only their extraordinary mixing skills impress me, but they all release productions which I mostly buy. Another great act is Orphx and I fell in love with Fred Umwelt, Headless Horseman and Furfriend.
 
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(Felix from Luettringhouse)
 
Do you also listen to other stuff than techno and house?
Jörg: Not really at the moment. Of course I kept all the music from my youth and I bought the latest Metallica album, but I rarely listen to other music.

Felix: Yeah, I recently rediscovered my love for old-school hip hop in a way and I’m very high on soundtracks as well.
 
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(Luettringhouse)
 
When you guys select the stuff for a night playing together, who choose the records, who owns them? What is the process?
Felix: We choose our own records separately and always own them ourselves. When we know our time slot, we have a chat about what the crowd most likely wants at that point and talk about what we could do. Jörg is very high on feeling what the crowd wants at that very moment, while I love to be prepared for every scenario. But being prepared doesn’t mean anything is carved in stone or is recorded beforehand and just being played, of course.

Jörg: Exactly, In the beginning we were showing the tracks we wanted to play to each other so that the other one could react. But by now, we know each other’s styles so well that we do not need to know which tracks the other one has chosen beforehand, to be able to perform up to our standards. This is of course very important to us because of our different styles. We have different types of playing together. Sometimes we change every two or three tracks, sometimes after 15 or 30 minutes. One does the start, the other one does the finish. Sometimes we play doubletrouble with up to four decks or two decks plus remix decks. It´s always interesting because there are two people and therefore two separate brains involved, which creates something one could not make up on his own.
 
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(Luettringhouse)
 
Where did you already play together? Which was your favourite spot? Any nice anecdotes?
Jörg: Sucide Circus and Tresor Berlin, Nachtleben Frankfurt and Villa Nachttanz in Heidelberg, where we already have been hosting our own event series called „Generations“ five times. My favorite spot will always be Tresor. Well, when before we were going to play there in 2015, we were sitting in our apartment. We had diner and took a rest so we just had slept for an hour or two. After waking up again and realizing that we were now about to play at this huge place of techno history, we both were like „yeah well… I had a great pizza and some sleep so it would be okay to just go home now.“ (We were absolutely terrified) Luckily, we called a taxi, went to Tresor instead of the train station and played the opening set, which was one of the greatest moments in my life. Besides Omen in Frankfurt, Tresor has always been the most important club to me. I first went there after the Loveparade in 1994 and 21 years later, I was playing there with my own son. It was that magic feeling that I got a Tresor tattoo on my left arm for, exactly one month later.

Felix: And we have the Suicide Circus coming up this Friday coming up for the third time, where we’ll close the show for Tanith and Wolle XDP for the first time, as we had the honor to open twice for them in the past (thanks guys!). Then, on Monday, we’ll play an afterhour at Grießmühle. And in terms of anecdotes, nothing out of the usual craziness that is this scene, although it felt pretty great to be able to perform at places where so many of my heroes had stood before.
 

Next Gigs:
14-04-2017 @ Suicide Circus, Berlin (Germany)
16-04-2017 @ Griessmühle, Berlin (Germany)

 

Exclusive Set:

 

Tracklist of Exclusive Set:
01. Layton Giordani – Fire Eyes
02. Pig&Dan, Adam Beyer – In Love
03. Layton Giordani – Dragon Fly
04. Durtysoxxx – Deja Vu (DJ Preston Remix)
05. Fabio Giannelli – The Three
06. Danny Fontana – Cormica
07. Radio Slave – Vision (SHDW & Obscure Shape Remix)
08. Escape to Mars – S1611
09. Supersimmetria – Reflection
10. Niukid – Shankareti
11. Ascetic – Exegesis (Unhuman Remix)
12. Umwelt – Slave To The Rave
13. UVB – Intolerance
14. Robert Babicz – Bloom (Oliver Schories Remix)
15. Steam Shape – Poppies
16. Alberto Ruiz – Kryptonita
17. Perc – Bin Juice
18. EeOo – Pearson Operator
19. Ancient Methods – Systems
20. Frankyeffe – Click Like
21. Timmo – Intensify
22. Layton Giordani – Euphoria
23. Florian MSK – L Insondable Grandeur De L Ombre
24. Supersimmetria – Refraction
25. Evigt Mörker – Unity And Rose

 

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