We can’t wait for notorious rave institution DISCOSODOMA to return to the mothership with an almighty bang this February, as they welcome Iranian-born San Franciscan party maestro Mozhgan to the lazer basement! As the DJ and promoter behind We Are Monsters, she has seen a meteoric rise to success, with sets at Honey Soundsystem and Sunset Sound System catapulting her to play at Berlin’s Panorama Bar, NYC’s Output, Burning Man’s Disco Knights and beyond. The Discosodoma crew caught up to quiz her on her top tips for successful raving ahead of Saturday’s Discosodoma Loves We Are Monsters.
1. Drink water! Hydration is key.
2. Wear comfortable shoes.
3. Pace yourself. Slow and steady wins the race…
4. Deodorant, chap-stick, mints or toothbrush and toothpaste can rejuvenate you when you’re feeling not so fresh.
6. No parking on the dance floor
7. Put your phone away
8. Sharing is caring
9. Sunglasses – you never know what time you’re going to leave the party, these can be essential when facing the outside world.
10. Have a good rave buddy – someone that will have your back in case things get a little bit too wild…
Catch Mozhgan at Discosodoma this Saturday 10 February from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!
This Saturday’s edition of cult gay rave Tusk sees the Dalston Superstore debut of an artist who has been on our radar for as long as we can remember. Co-founder of Jacktone Records, prolific techno producer and regular Honey Soundsystem guest Doc Sleep is ready to unleash her prowess on the lazer basement this Saturday! Hailing from San Francisco, she made the leap across the pond to Berlin where she has been setting floors alight with her distinctive brand of experimental, leftfield techno and electronica. In between her residency at ://aboutblank, managing new releases for Jacktone and producing her own music, we caught up to chat Panorama Bar, partying in the Mid-West and plans for Tusk!
Hi Doc Sleep! We are so excited to have you join us for TUSK! How has your 2017 been so far?
Hello! I love the TUSK crew and have always wanted to experience DS so I’m excited about what I’m going to get myself into over there. As far as 2017… it’s incredibly busy, but I’m up for it.
Can you tell us a bit about your Jacktone label that you run with Darren Cutlip? How did you two come to work together and what inspired you to start a label together?
Darren and I initially exchanged messages on Soundcloud, then met up at a Honey Soundsystem party in San Francisco. After sharing many techno and 4AD tracks back and forth, one thing lead to another and the first Jacktone record came out in 2013 from Exillon, who was also part of the label in the beginning. We didn’t want to release in just one genre with this project, so we’ve put out everything from acid, kosmische, ambient, bleep, techno, house, EBM and electro. We’ll hit catalogue number 40 later this year and I truly love the label more with each release that we’re fortunate enough to put out.
You made the switch to making electronic music in the 2000s, having played guitar previously – what inspired the change?
I had listened to house for quite awhile, but, it wasn’t until I met a queer sound engineer in San Francisco who not only had a great record collection, but also an amazing synth collection, that I started trying production and DJing. We started working together, I would play synth and processed guitar, she would make beats and mangle field recordings. The results were mixed, but, I’m forever grateful to her for giving me the push.
What is your earliest musical memory?
My mom playing piano in our living room.
If you had to choose one person who most inspired you as a producer and DJ, who would it be?
Well, the FIRST person to inspire me in this direction was Andrea Parker. I heard her DJ Kicks release in ’98 or ’99 and it opened wormholes to entirely new dimensions of music. I had never heard that kind of music before, like Gescom and Dopplereffekt, and she was stitching it together with things like Gil Scott Heron, Kool Keith – brain wires were melted.
You recently made the move from San Francisco to Berlin – how do you feel that has influenced you creatively?
Berlin is obviously a very nightlife-driven city, but it’s also peaceful – beautiful parks and lakes, quiet streets, etc. I’m able to be inspired, clear my head and focus here.
What is the craziest thing that has ever happened during one of your sets?
There was the time a promoter stole the turntable right after I put on my last record…but, that used to be a normal night out in San Francisco.
Your list of past gigs reads like many DJs bucket lists! Has there been a standout highlight for you?
Not a surprise, but Panorama Bar was so lovely, definitely a standout. You’re playing to a room full of enthusiastic dancers who are really up for the journey – it lives up to the hype and remains such a magical place.
If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?
I’m originally from the rural Midwest and would actually love to go back to some of those early parties in the ’90s. We used to dance at a bowling alley, it’s where I first heard things like Adam Ant and Armand’s Professional Widow remix haha. I would love to experience that type of musical discovery all over again.
One track that you’re planning to unleash at TUSK?
Brooklyn based DJ, producer, prolific remixer and Let’s Play House label boss Jacques Renault has long been on our list of dream-guests. Having played in legendary clubs around the world, from Smart Bar Chicago, APT New York, Panorama Bar and London’s Fabric and Plastic People, it is high time we invited him into the depths of our lazercave to teach our bodies a thing or two about house music at LaGasta! Promoter Vangelis caught up with him to chat musical influences, travel and tracks of the moment.
Hi Jacques! We can’t wait to have you in the basement for LaGaSta! Where are you and what are you up to at the moment?
I’ve been in Amsterdam for the week, just played Shelter last Saturday and Redlight Radio Wednesday. Off to Rotterdam Friday and Glasgow Saturday before heading back to NYC. I’ve been away from home for almost a month now so I’m looking forward to being back.
When did making music become your job?
Probably around 2009 I switched to doing music full time. I’ve had a variety of jobs but music was always what I wanted to spend my time on the most.
Where do your musical influences come from?
I grew up playing classical and jazz before discovering hardcore in my teens. I never stopped listening to any of that once electronic production took me over. Everything sort of blended together eventually.
How do you manage your time between producing music, co-running the Let’s Play House label and touring?
I’ve learned to juggle a bit, ha! I’m lucky to be working with incredibly reliable friends, a supportive girlfriend and espressos.
What are your three greatest loves in life?
Music, food and travel. Essentials.
What are three things you must always travel with?
Laptop, earbuds and USBs. You can always buy clothes and a toothbrush somewhere, right?
Which is your favourite destination?
Amsterdam is fantastic, that’s why I’m here now. I was also just in Japan for two weeks – it’s always a pleasure to visit that country.
Which are your favourite tracks at the moment?
Tom Noble remixed my track Words recently. It’s our Let’s Play House Record Store Day release. I like it.
Which is the last song you remember yourself singing or whistling lately?
O’Jays – I Love Music
What’s the ideal soundtrack of a night ride with your car/on a car?
I live in Brooklyn and don’t own a car so it’s always Uber Radio!
Catch Jacques Renault at LaGaSta this Friday 3 February from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!
Dalston Superstore is beyond excited for our upcoming family affair this Friday featuring the unstoppable force that is Shaun J Wright. Between playing at Berghain’s Panorama Bar, releasing tracks on his own label – Twirl – and jetting between gigs in the US and Europe, he and Twirl partner Alinka debut new track, Way Back on Hannah Holland’s label Batty Bass today! We caught up to chat collaboration, dream-gigs and favourite parties.
What has been the most exciting moment for you since the launch of Twirl?
Alinka and I have shared some really cool moments since the launch of Twirl. Getting a nice review for our first single, “Journey Into The Deep” in DJ Magazine was super affirming. Also, having Annie Mac & Heidi play our tunes on BBC Radio 1 was special.
The Twirl brand is a collaboration between you and another Superstore fave, Alena Ratner (Alinka.) How did you guys come together as creative partners?
We met through Scott Cramer, a Chicago-based promoter who is good friends with Alinka. He thought that we would get along well musically and personally. He was correct. He also helped us to facilitate our party Twirl! in Berlin.
The first time we met was in her studio. We had instant chemistry and we haven’t stopped making music since. That really is my favorite part of the process. Sitting with her and creating new material is always fun, always driven by our current moods, recent experiences and encounters with fresh sounds. We sometimes surprise ourselves when we head into new directions. It’s all very exciting!
You guys have had a pretty huge year, from being featured on BBC Radio 1, gaining the support of Robert Owens and featuring artists such as Eli Escobar. What’s next for the label?
We have a single out now called Need Someone with stellar remixes from Aerea Negrot, Snuff Crew and The Cucarachas. We have one more single in the works before releasing a compilation in celebration of our first year.
Can you tell us about any exciting new artists you have coming up on the label?
Yes, Alinka made contact with a young man from the UK named Spatial Awareness who will be our first official release from an artist besides ourselves on Twirl. His sound is massive and we’re really excited to have him on board.
We hear you’re also working on a solo EP– can you tell us a bit about that?
Wow! That’s been quite the labor of love. I’ve been working on the EP for about five years. I have collaborated with Alinka, Stereogamous and Aerea Negrot. I’m very close with all of them so the work and the entire process has been very personal and in ways quite revealing. I find the material to be very inspiring and I hope it resonates with other listeners as it does with me.
It’s been an adventure attempting to carve out my space as a solo artist as I have yet to release any material under my own moniker. I’ve enjoyed the process of discovering my voice with collaborators who I can trust – who push me further than I thought possible. I really thank them for helping me shape this vision.
How much have you, as an artist, been influenced by your roots in Chicago?
I don’t know if I can separate my Chicago upbringing from my work as an artist, at least, not objectively or analytically. I do recognise how my experience(s) with the various cultural offerings from my hometown are shaped by growing up in the west suburbs and on the westside of the city and coming of age in the 90’s. Oftentimes, it’s easier to talk about house music cultures(s) from Chicago in a homogenous fashion but it was so diverse when I was growing up and it was all under the umbrella of house.
I was a footworker. I joined Mega Sweat (a juke-dance posse) in high school and participated in events like the Bud Billiken parade and local talent shows/competitions. I started sneaking into black gay clubs like The Generator and The East of The Ryan on the southside when I was way too young. That’s where I was first exposed to ballroom culture which opened my mind to an entirely new way of engaging with the music via voguing.
As a dancer and now musician, I’m certain I wouldn’t have received such a diverse education and offering of styles had I not been born and raised here in Chicago.
You must have been to some incredible parties over the years! What is your most incredible Chicago House memory?
Beyond a doubt, Frankie Knuckle’s last birthday celebration at Queen at Smart Bar. Derrick Carter, Louie Vega, David Morales, Michael Serafini and Garret David burned the decks. Inaya Day sang gorgeously. I had the honour of chatting with former Warehouse owner Robert Williams. It was packed to the brim and I thought the roof was going to lift off the building. The energy in the room was palpable!
What is one record you like to throw in as a curveball to keep people on their toes?
I’d have to go with Kink’s Source of Uncertainty. It is so twisted and full of surprises. If I’m looking to raise the energy of the room that one usually does the trick and allows me to push further into darker, more aggressive sounds.
If you had access to a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would want to go dancing?
If I could only chose one I would go to the Music Box while listening to Ron Hardy spin. Just to experience the newness of house music during that era must have been riveting. I can only imagine the combination of the cutting edge sounds, the looks and the gyrating bodies. Pure unadulterated ovahness!
What does your perfect queer utopia look like?
Sitting in the living room with my closest friends with a bottle of red wine flipping between the latest political news/commentary and vogue performance clips from Ballroom Throwbacks.
Join Shaun J Wright on Friday 8 August for Twirl Presents at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-3am.
Roi Perez is a DJ with one seriously impressive rap sheet. In addition to playing legendary ten-hour sets at Berghain’s Panorama Bar, the Israeli electronic music producer & DJ has spent the last couple of years jetting around Europe playing some of the biggest clubs and proving himself to be at the top of the house and techno game. Ahead of his Superstore laser basement debut this Saturday for Homodrop, we caught up to chat favourite records, marathon sets and new releases.
Hi Roi! Can you tell us about yourself in a few sentences?
Hey ! I’ve been living in Berlin for the past two years, as a DJ, record collector, and a clubber. I’m also running the London’s Phonica Records section at The Store in Berlin. Before that I was a Tel-Aviv resident where it all started.
What is something that would surprise us about the Tel Aviv party scene?
The scene is pretty much focused on big names worldwide rather than local DJs. I think the freedom of creativity to book whoever is more suited is important, but it’s becoming more of a fetish to glorify artists from abroad. I wish it was more supportive for local DJs/producers scene. I do think it will get there in few years.
You are known for some seriously epic sets at Panorama Bar – what is it like playing a 10 hour set?! How do you go about it?
I’m lucky to have Panorama Bar to allow this possibility. I prepare for the set very properly. But once it starts I get in a very specific mood and I run with it. For a set that goes for 10 hours without any breaks I’m aways surprise how it feels like 1 hour in the end. It’s fun!
If you had access to a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would want to go dancing?
I’d have loved to go to an early David Mancozu’s Loft Party. When I was in NYC two years ago I went to one to check it out. I loved it! It felt like everyone there was on mushrooms.
What is the first record that got you into house and techno?
I really don’t remember, probably it was a Larry Heard album.
What is one record you like to throw in as a curveball to keep people on their toes and why?
Matrixxman – 808 state of mind. It might sounds like just a decent good track but I’ve tried it many times, it’s a dance floor slow killer!
What is your favourite release of 2015 so far?
It just been out this month and it’s kinda hit material but Heaven’s Vape by STL (Smallville records)
Join Roi Perez this Saturday 1 August for Homodrop at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-3am
The mysterious Marro joins us this Friday for another road-block edition of Dirty Diana. No stranger to Dalston Superstore, the enigmatic DJ has recently made the move from Berlin to our very own London and is celebrating his new home in style by treating us to a set packed full of tech bumpers and pumpers. Ahead of Dirty Diana he sat down to answer a few of our burning questions and treat us to a Spring-time warm-up mix….!
You recently made the move from Berlin to London at a time when many Londoners are moving to Berlin. What brought you across the continent?
The very reason that Londoners are moving to Berlin leaves London even more in need of a shake of the night life. I find it curious that instead of trying to create some noise in London, we head for Berlin. London historically has been a place where new sounds were born but for the past few years it seems that this has stopped. I felt it is a good time that we create something in London and keep Londoners here for the weekends. Also, I have been playing in Berlin for over 15 years now and it was a good time for a little change for me. Meeting all these Londoners in the clubs I have been playing, telling me that they have to fly over there to hear my music made me think that it’s a good time for me to head to London.
What has been your dirtiest Berlin clubbing experience and who was there to witness it? Behind the decks and on the floor?
One of the things that makes Berlin exciting is the ability to experience many of life’s pleasures on a night out without feeling that your are doing something dirty. Hedonism in all its different forms is a normalised reality on the Berlin club scene and you do not even need to hide behind the decks or in some dark corner. Everyone is a witness to everyone and everything flows freely and disinhibited. So I do not need to be graphic or drop any names… Whatever happens behind the decks and on the floor stays there…
Berlin is known for its hedonism and ridiculously fit men. How does London measure up in terms of either?
This is not necessarily true. Maybe this image has been created out of the gym conscious visitors who come to enjoy themselves in Berlin. Berliners are not hung up on looks or clothes (unless we are talking about fetish type of clothes) and the gym look is not really a Berlin thing, which is a breath of fresh air. It may also be that they look more naturally fit because they dance a lot (sometimes for days non stop) as opposed to spending too much time at the gym.
You have a residency at the legendary Chantal’s House Of Shame. Describe her in three words.
Crazy, rebellious and fun.
Berghain… Tresor… KitKat… Where is your preferred Berlin techno situation and why?
These big names were a lot more fun 10 years ago. For the past few years, I enjoyed myself in a lot more in smaller underground venues like Golden Gate, where I had a residency for over 6 years. In these smaller venues you can be a lot more intimate with the crowd and be part of the fun.
If you had a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere / any time, where would you want to go dancing and why?
I would definitely go back to the old Panorama bar at OstGut at the beginning of the new millennium. This was Berlin at its peak and the best parties you could have found yourself in. The music was unique and non-commercial, which you could only listen to at Panorama. I remember how the guests kept asking during this time at Panorama “what kind of music is this?” It was also a venue where you completely felt at ease with yourself and everyone around you.
What advice would you give to your younger self as a dj?
It’s not so much an advice. It’s more of a reminder that you have to be genuinely passionate about music as opposed to be doing it with the hope of becoming a famous DJ.
What is your favourite track to end the night on?
After an amazing party you need to end the night on a nice, mellow, happy and peaceful way. One of my all time favourite tracks that I would play would be Mummy Wants Some Eggs by Robert Calvin.
Join Marro this Friday 29th May for Dirty Diana at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4.30am.
Artist, producer and DJ, Gilb’R has been one of the most influential and well respected personalities in dance music in recent memory and a staple in the French electronic music scene.
As the head honcho of Versatile Records, he has not only defined a diverse sound but also provided a trusted artistic vehicle for talents such as his long time collaborator I:Cube, and their Chateau Flight project, Acid Arab, The Maghreban and Joakim to name a few. His most recent personal release, “Le Maitre Des Illusions”, has been garnering the appraisal of his most acclaimed peers, such as Prins Thomas, Eric Duncan, Josh Wink, Cosmo Vitelli and Tim Sweeney among others.
With a talent and music knowledge praised across the globe, it was only fitting to invite Gilb’r to headline the festivities for Discosodoma’s One Year anniversary on the 9th of May, alongside Justin Vandervolgen and our first guests from Athens, Amateurboyz, in the laser pit.
Some say you have the midas touch when it comes to your DJ sets and live performances. Your most recent Panorama Bar appearance left us literally craving for more with your set being declared the highlight of the day. What for you makes a good party?
Well, that’s very kind from you, thanks. At first, it’s the sound system; when it’s really good you can really play what you like and and drive the people into some weirder territories. Then of course, the people. Also the lights are important. I like when it’s quite dark so the relationship with the crowd is more intimate.
Is it important for a DJ to build a common narrative with the dancers on the floor? How do you usually lure them into your vision for the night?
Ideally, I like to open, this way you really have the time to build a vibe, playing some non-dance music at the beginning, just to set a mood, and then slowly I’ll bring in some rhythm. I like to challenge people a bit and when they trust me, then we can have some fun together.
For more than 15 years, you have been actively present in the French dance scene, through your tenure at Radio Nova and the launch of Versatile Records. What have been the highest and lowest points in your opinion?
The highest point for me is always something yet to reach; I’m not very nostalgic. However we do have a lot of exiting releases to come this year. And for me the lowest was when our distributor went bankrupt with a lot of our money.
In past interviews you have revealed that you come from a hip-hop background. Do you still find your younger self in your present?
Totally, even though I’m 45 years old. I have a son who is almost 18, one day he came to a party I was playing with a friend of his, and that was quite something to see them both on the dancefloor till the end. Younger self as you call it, it is something which never goes away.
Is there a style of music with which you haven’t worked with yet and you would entertain the idea of updating it with modern elements?
Not really. I explore quite a lot of territories with Chateau Flight, and also with the rest of the artists I work with, from Acid Arab to Zombie Zombie, so in that field I am quite spoiled.
If you were presented with the opportunity to play anywhere in the world, what would be your instant choice?
Some wild jungle outdoors.
Would you do it all over again in the same way, if you had a second go at life?
Yes, I’ve been very lucky to make a living with what I do. It gives me time to do a lot of other things too and evolving alongside the artists I’m working with is very exiting and refreshing, because they are in constant evolution, even the ones like I:Cube that are there from the beginning.
Are there any exciting new projects you could share with us?
I have a 12 inch on Versatile that will be out this week. I also have a new band called The Explosion, we just finished recording an album which will be released on the French label Desire. It is quite far from dance music, much more contemplative.That is released in September. And probably some new Chateau Flight music too.
What shall we expect from your set on the 9th of May?
Big basslines, rollin’ beats and some extravanganza.
Join Gilb’R for Discosodoma this Saturday 9th May at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 5am
This Saturday Paris’ Acid Ball welcome two glittering jewels in Glasgow’s impressive House crown- Dan Monox and Kenny ‘The Wasp’ Grieve, aka the ineffable Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Noted aficionados of the raw sweat and grit sounds that make for earth-shattering club experiences, we picked their brains on Independence, emotional scenes, guilty pleasures and dancefloor filth.
If Glasgow could teach London three things what would it be?
Dan: Hmmmm…. hard question… I guess Glasgow has a reputation for being a wilder party place than London, but that probably has something to do with the fact our licensing laws are tighter, so people tend to get “on it” a bit earlier. Having said all that, it’s not really relevant because the last few times we have played London the crowds have always been well up for it. So that’s 1 irrelevant thing, 2. be smaller, 3. be a bit colder.
Kenny: Yup, London seems to be catching up on the party vibe stakes, so….. 1. Boris is a stroker 2. Boris is a stroker 3. Boris is a stroker
If you had a time machine and could go back to any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you set the dials to?
Dan:For me it would have to be the Muzic Box…
Kenny:If Dan’s going for Muzic Box, I’ll go for the Warehouse.
Your sound has a raw energy reminiscent of the early Chicago, New York and Detroit house sounds- the kind of music that reportedly moved people to near-spiritual experiences- tears of joy on the dancefloor vibe. Ever lost your shit to a record in a club this way?
Dan: Yup, we played Your Love at Panorama Bar a few months back, and the shutters came up, and we were both having to hide our faces from the dance-floor while it played, I think there was a few of the dancers in the same boat. One of the highlights of our sets over the past few months has been the forthcoming Denis Sulta – A.A.S [Nite & Day Mix], it always destroys, and gets the place going wild. Last weekend we played with Denis together for the first time in La Cheetah, Glasgow, and seeing his face when he caught the reaction of the crowd whilst playing that track was pretty emotional too!
Kenny:Totally agree with Dan for the above, we must be getting old and fragile. There’s also a low growling acid track with a haunting vocal From Tom Demac and Will Samson called It Grows Again. On the right dancefloor it tugs at the old heart strings a belter.
If the ‘Yes’ vote in Scotland had been successful and you were in charge of the new independent country- what’s the first thing you’d change?
Dan: The daft party animal side of us would say 24 hour club licenses (or at least 5am/6am close)…
Kenny:Yeah and Mondays would be a public holiday.
Tell us about the club you made in the basement of the flat on Dixon Avenue…
Dan: It was a flat with 2 floors, my bedroom was in the basement and then there was another unused room, with black painted walls, tiled floor, DJ booth, PA system, lights, smoke machine etc, which basically turned into THE after party venue in the southside of Glasgow. We had some pretty messy nights / weekends down there, and needless to say it “smelled” like a club come Monday too. Another guy moved in, and that turned into his bedroom, it had to be the grimmest bedroom in Glasgow!
Like a lot of small labels there’s a strong family vibe to DABJ’s whole output- which of yous is the mum and who’s the dad?
Dan: Kenny’s the mum AND dad and I’m the daft kid…. or Kenny’s the dad and I’m the mum (suck mummies cock).
Who would be a dream DABJ signing?
The Horrorist & Frankie Knuckles supergroup.
What’s your guiltiest (musical) pleasure?
Dan: Dire Straits (love em, not even guilty about it).
‘Rawness’ and ‘freaky’ are a couple of words that’s have been associated with the DABJ sound- whats the rawest or freakiest thing you’ve seen in a club while you were playing?
Hmmmm… hard question! too many to mention… we have both been to Berghain many times, but the last time we were there we were both stone cold sober (for the first 30 mins anyway…), so we noticed a LOT more than we would have done usually.
Which record never leaves your bag?
Kenny: Floorplan – Sanctify His Name / Rachel Wallace – Tell Me Why
Dan: Butch – No Worries / loads of Lory D shit (one extreme to the other!)
Join Dixon Avenue Basement Jams at Paris’ Acid Ball this Saturday 1st November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.
Down at Dance Tunnel this weekend, queer party Dick & Fanny kick off their residency with an extremely international line-up! Topping the bill is Berlin resident and Panorama Bar regular Virginia. Joining her will be LA’s Kim Anh and DJ about town Sanjay Sur.
A close collaborator of Steffi, and of course, label-mate on the esteemed Ostgut Ton, Virginia spans DJ, producer, vocalist and songwriter. And with her habit of stunning clubbers with her live singing and DJing, she’s sure to wow Dance Tunnel too. Ahead of the party, we caught up with the lady of the moment to find out more about her music, playing Panorama Bar and more…
As both a resident at Panorama Bar and having released and appeared on a number of Ostgut Ton tracks – what is it about the label/collective that appeals to you as a musician?
I’m very happy to be able to join a collective with so many creative minds and artists. I like the fact that the Ostgut Ton label is really a platform for all the residents of Berghain and Panorama Bar. So the diversity stands out. It is not defined as a techno or a house label. I’m always curious about what comes up next and how my colleagues are developing, to find out what their musical inspiration is or what kind of musical vibe they are in.
What is your favourite Romanthony tune?
Trust. May he rest in peace and his music live forever.
How did you celebrate Pride recently and why should everyone support marriage equality?
I played in Panorama Bar and had a beautiful set. I don’t say that too often as I’m very critical about my sets, but I enjoyed myself a lot. Great energy and I was lucky to have a awesome audience.
US senator Diane Savino says it right! You can watch it here on youtube… there is not much left to say.
And what are you favourite queer dancefloors around the world?
I know there are some nice ones around the world that I don’t know yet and would love to see. The one for me at the moment is Panorama Bar, even though is has become less gay over the last years.
Who, besides Steffi, has had the biggest impact on your musical development?
Sade, Tracy Chapman, Prince, Gil Scott Heron, Roy Ayres and some other soul legends, Dopplereffekt, MK, etc… just to name a few. The list would get too long otherwise. But also very important for my musical development is my sister. She is eight years older than me and certainly showed me a new musical world when I was very young. And my friend Steve B-Zet, who I wrote the album Twisted Mind with.
Which do you feel gives you the stronger emotional connection with the crowd- DJing or singing?
This is not so easy to answer for me. Music speaks for itself, so the right record at the right time will do the trick. But just a quick personal word during a set, a little live vocal where the lyrics are spun around that night can be magical sometimes.
From a singer’s perspective, what other vocalists are you keen to collaborate with?
I would love to record something with Portable. I really like how he arranges his music and vocals… the effects he adds and uses to create his very own sound.
When Tama Sumo played, she mentioned that Dance Tunnel was known in Berlin as ‘that place with no sinks’ (which have now been added). Where is the strangest place you’ve played a set recently?
Strange, but not in odd way, was mine and Steffi’s set just two weeks ago on the Irish island of Inis Oirr, in the garden of one of the island’s three pubs. We initially went there to write some new music, not to DJ, but a friend put up this outdoor party. Some people even took the effort to to travel three hours to come over from Dublin and Galway, for example. So much fun and a very special day.
In what way do you think the no photography policy effects the crowd atmosphere at Panorama Bar?
I love the no photo policy, yet there are still people constantly posting stuff on some social media network from their smartphones. Just recently I was at a place in Amsterdam where they have a “NO Phones”- policy. Loved it!!! It makes a huge difference as people are not as distracted from what’s happening on the dance floor or around them like in some other venues.
I understand why people try to capture the moment, but we have now reached a level were it can get pretty annoying and some people don’t seem to be sensitive enough to feel when it’s enough.
I’m always up for pictures after my gig but I just don’t feel comfortable having a flashlight in my face while I’m singing, trying to make contact with the audience or mix. Who really does?