Could you please introduce yourself to our listeners?

I’m Emil, currently living in Dresden, the city of the Uncanny Valley. I dj as Harry Hancock among some other funny nicknames and have been involved with the Palais Palett project over here, building open air locations and organizing cultural events of all kinds. I’m currently also interning at Uncanny Valley to see what running a label is about, which is really cool and fun and interesting. So, thanks ahead for giving me the chance to do this podcast!

What’s the idea behind your mix?
It’s become very fashionable for mixes these days to feature at least partly ambient-ish music, mostly either as intro or outro. I wanted to see how it would be to work towards that calm part in the middle of the mix, while the beginning and end are filled with more dancy music. I only realised afterwards it could be interpreted as a musical uncanny valley… Starting off rather confused and emotional but cold, the whole thing crashes somewhere along the way to then be slowly and steadily built up again, filled with life at the end. I never wanted to become a therapist during my psychology studies, but sometimes I’m starting to think that I’m approaching these mixes in a kind of therapeutic way. Anyway, I do hope that some listeners will make it past the 30-minute mark!

How did you approach that concept?

The idea evolved over a couple of weeks in december and january, I knew pretty well what I had in mind. Like most mixes I do at home, it’s more a conceptual mix than a jam. It’s centered around a few jams, but the final version is a result of searching for and tinkering with tracks to combine these parts and make sense of it as a whole.

When and where did you started djing and how has it evolved over the time?

When I was 14 or 15 years old at some friend’s houseparty, mixing David Guetta songs on VirtualDJ. So no matter how, I hope it has evolved over time!
DJing, finding and making music are at least partly an always evolving artistical process for me, in the way of ‘finding’ and expressing a true individual reflection of the self and the world. As a DJ however, one is also constantly pulled back and forth on a scale beween entertainment and artistic expression, so it’s up to anyone to find their place(s) on that scale. So basically, I’m continually trying to find a good balance for me.

Is there a record that triggered your interest in collecting music or even start to perform in front of an audience?

I think I’d have to lie to say that there is a single record that trigered that interest. Or maybe I’ve already forgotten there was that one! Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ inspired me to fake-dj on trashcans a few years ago, so that might count?

What is Palais Palett all about?

I’ll try to put it short: idealistically speaking, I’d say it’s an open and evolving group of people who are interested in sharing and multiplying positive vibes in Dresden’s subculture and beyond. A wide range of different people is involved, united in their need for harmony 😉

Were there certain spots / spaces / places / clubs that had an early impact on you?
Near Darmstadt, where I grew up, there were two clubs: Neuwiesenweg and Robert Johnson. They were the first places where I felt at home and in the right place in a club atmosphere. Neuwiesenweg especially, as it was a kind of really small and puristic version of Robert Johnson. There was nothing but a dancefloor, a soundsystem, some very decent DJs, an LED lightbulb and a few people having fun listening and dancing to house music.
As my DJing career has not been very long, I’d also count Palais Palett as an early impact. The relaxed atmosphere and and the very discoid musical approach of the early partys really gave me a new understanding of music. And it’s the place and the people that motivated me to properly start djing…

What are your projects for the next time?

Soaking up the summer, good music and good events here in Dresden and elsewhere! Musically, as always: try to refine my digging, try to look for more old stuff and try to become better at distinguishing what I really like and what not. I have a lot of ideas for mixes which I’m not quite coming after. And I’d like to further make some steps in producing.

Finally, what’s the last record before the lights are switched on?
So many contenders for this, and very dependent on time and place. I’d love to close the next party with Bryan Ferry – Don’t Stop The Dance…

coming soon…

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