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Interview held by Philipp Demankowski

We met in Gießen for the first time when Conrad and me were playing there in 2013. You have been throwing parties back then. What comes to your mind when you are thinking about those times?

Throwing parties is a great thing. You are able to curate a musical journey for your guests and in a small town like Giessen you are able to fill a gap in the musical landscape. For us this was a memorable experience. In those times we got much deeper into the whole world of electronic music. I really loved it.

Conrad and I enjoyed your live set you played that very evening and now you’re going to release on Uncanny Valley. Things went rather quickly. How do you feel about it?

I’m super happy that this worked out. I have been following Uncanny Valley for a while now and I appreciate that the label isn’t only realising a great variety of sound but is also taking care of its artists as a true collective. The only thing I can say is that it would be a pleasure for me to contribute more to the label in the future.

You’re living in Berlin now. How did your music develop since you moved there?

When I came to Berlin I didn’t have work for a while which was a superb opportunity for me to work on new music. Actually, I produced “Unity” right in this summer. But it turned out that this was one of just a few tracks I managed to finish in this period. After starting to work full­time again, I realized I get much more stuff done. Maybe it’s because I need some kind of creative balance to my day job and somehow when I have nothing to do all day I am often less motivated to sit down and immerse myself into a track.

You released an EP on The Healing Company together with Tom Simmert. Who is behind the label and are there future release plans?

The Healing Company is a vinyl­only label from Frankfurt, Main, which was established in 2012 by Constantin Sankathi and René Herbst. They are extremely passionate about quality and put a lot of effort in getting it right. In spring, they are going to release an EP on which I collaborated with Boyton. It rather goes into a techno direction. Later in 2015 we are also going to put out a solo record together.

This mix is something special. Can you explain the idea behind it?

Three years ago I did the first “100 bpm beats” mix and a year later another one. These sets contain only my recorded jams and own productions. What’s special about this mix is that I repitched all tracks no matter what original speed they were to strictly 100 bpm’s. Slowing down music is like looking at it from a different perspective ­ it reveals a new side of the track.
I like this effect. For the UV Podcast I selected a wide range of new and old, mostly unreleased material.

Is there a record that triggered your interest in electronic music and brought you to deejaying?

Actually, I can’t name one record in particular. Coming from a hip­hop background I slowly discovered electronic music. With Djing I often think there’s no way around it at some point when you’re active in this scene. For my part, I just like collecting records and sometimes I also play them. However, I try to focus on my own productions mainly.

What do your parents think about what you do?

My parents are rather conservative and they don’t have any relation to electronic music. Especially the clubbing scene is quite strange to them. Maybe I stopped thinking about what my parents think about what I do.

What are your projects for the next time?

At the moment I’m working on my live act and I’m producing a lot of sample­based stuff. Besides, a friend and I are planning a new party series in Berlin for next year.

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