Could you please introduce yourself to our listeners?

I´m David aka RJ (which is a short form for “the recorded journey”) a Berlin based musician, producer, songwriter and singer.

How has the mix been recorded and what’s the idea behind it?

As my attention span is not very long I get bored pretty fast by most of the stuff I´m doing. That´s why I love listening to all different kinds of music. Over the last three years I was getting deeper into a lot of music from the 60`s and 70`s.

Like bossa, latin jazz, psychrock, experimental electronic music and so on. Or new music, that has been influenced by that. The most important thing, that combines all of the songs I’ve picked for this mix is the overall aesthetic of sound. Especially the fact that there is quite a lot of distortion on almost every song. But every time in a different way. Some songs have those beautifully heavy saturated drums, others are based on a more subtle, warm and close soundaesthetic.

But it’s all about the same dirty tapestyle sound, which sounds incredibly pleasing to my ears. This mix was a lot of fun, because I recorded the songs from vinyl and mixed them digitally afterwards. So I tried to mix the approach of a mixtape / radioshow kind of thing and a Dj set, which I´ve never really tried before with this type of music.

How long have you been deejaying/playing live and how has it evolved over the time?

I started Djing for fun, about 8 years ago. The focus on playing live came a little later, while I started working on my other project (Dürerstuben). This was always something totally different and felt much more intimate to me. Djing is a lot of fun but playing live is much more intense and I`m always learning about myself and the music I´m making.

There is no more direct way for getting feedback on what you are musically doing, than playing your own stuff in front of people. I´ve always wanted to play concerts instead of Club gigs when playing live. So I guess that`s what I´m working on and trying to evolve.

Tell us something about Red Bull Music Academy. Why did you apply first? What was the intention behind it?

I applied out of pure curiosity. It sounded like a great experience, so I wanted to try it out.

We guess you can meet a lot of interesting people there: who did you meet and what influenced you the most?

Besides all of the interesting lecturers I´ve met, I had a good time meeting people from all over the globe. All of them have quite different personalities but in a way most of us were sharing a passionate thought that pushed us beyond our physical borders. Staying awake until early in the morning and working on desperate songs about food. Yes, we were hungry and tired!

RBMA 2014 was in Tokyo, Japan. What made it special ? How did you experienced the Japanese Electronic Music Scene?

To me Tokyo was quite overwhelming. First of all I had to get used to the crowded city and the jetlag. So it took me a while to get into the daily routine. But I had the impression, that if you are so far away from home and confronted with a lot of new things it makes it much easier to just go with the flow and enjoy what you are doing. There wasn’t really time to think about anything. We just did what we felt was right and fun.

I think the one thing that has made the most long lasting impression on me was getting in touch with noise. I´ve heard a lot about it, but never really tried to listend to it in detail. And I really started enjoying it.

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

Daft Punk´s Discovery. The first time I listened to it was in 7th grade, when I was visiting my schoolmate Max. The first song I heard was digital love. That solo instantly put the final nail in the coffin.

What do your parents think about what you do?

My parents are allright with what I´m doing as long as I´m happy with it.

What are your projects for the next time?

I started working on some new projects. Nothing to announce yet but like I said: I like challenging myself. So it will sound very different from what I´ve been doing over the past years.

Finally, what’s the last record before the lights are switched on?

The Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix)

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RJ is featured on Uncanny Valley 025 with two tracks: