Music & 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)