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[Music & Interview]: JANEIN

August 16, 2017
 

Music & Interview

JANEIN

 

Introduction:

Jan Götze, the guy behind the moniker JANEIN, was born in Leipzig 1993. 20 years later he started to Dj using the name Janein… which it is wordplay. On the one hand stands for “Jan”, his first name, plus the German word “ein”, “one” or “a”, meaning “one person”. On the other hand the artist name shall express a compromise/middle course using the German word for “yes” and “no”, but also being something raw, unprejudiced.
 

Interview:

Hello Jan, we met at a party in Berlin’s Revaler Strasse. Actually I cannot remember the name of the club, but it was just a short stopover for me – coming from another party, listening to your set and returning to the party. Not sure if you remember or ever knew why I wanted to listen to you. I was just going to start my own booking agency with two artists signed already and looking for some more. One of my artists recommended me to check you out. So I did and really liked what & how you played. Unfortunately I had to cancel the agency just before it really started so we didn’t work together in this way, but I am happy we have stayed in contact so we have this nice feature now. So let’s start with the interview. What kind of music did you listen to in your youth and raised your interest in djing? When and why did you start it?

Hey Jürgen, yes i can remember! This was at the end of 2013, when i was starting with Djing. Sadly that your booking Agency never started but i am happy that we hold the contact til now and a good music blog is even better than a agency, i think. 😉 In my youth i listened most of the time to Hardcore, Punk and Metal Music but my dad gave me a electronic influence with Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd.

 
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You were part of a collective in Halle/Saale called “Station Endlos” which just splitted up a few weeks ago, right? How did you get in touch with them back in the days being based in Leipzig? What were the intentions of that group of people?

Yes, I am a part of the “Station Endlos” collective from Halle. We didn’t split up, we just had to close our club.. because it was not legal BUT we have now a new place and will open it soon – this time legal. 3 Years ago i met Johannes and Leo (two guys behind the collective) in Halle, they told me their vision of opening a club, connecting music and art. So I immediately said “I am in” and that’s the story how I became a resident at the Station Endlos.
 
As mentioned you are from Leipzig and for sure also played in one of Leipzig’s well-known clubs, the Distillery. Is it one of your favourites? How was it playing there?
For me it was always a dream to play in a club with a history like the Distillery Club in Leipzig, so of course it’s favourite! It’s always warm and sweaty there and the most important thing is that I can play 110% from the beginning of my set til the end – I mean the people like it hard and wild, hehe. The other great thing is that I already shared the stage with guys like Rodhad (during a Dystopian Showcase), Monoloc, Matrixxman, Etapp Kyle, Speedy J, Joel Mull and of course Distillery homie Vincent Neumann.
 
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We had already an interview with Rebar who also told us something about the scene in Saxony (read it here). Could you please tell us what you think about it? Is there any difference to the scene in your hometown Halle or the techno capital Berlin?

I think the biggest difference here is that the parties usually don’t run from Friday til Monday. I mean you have here really good clubs and parties but it’s more selected than in Berlin.
 
You already played at several festivals. What do you prefer: club gig or festival? Do you prepare yourself in a different way if you are booked for a festival? What was your personal festival highlight? Any nice anecdote in a club?
I like both, Festivals are great but also I love to play in a club. When i prepare my set I only think about the start… about the intro and two tracks after it. I really like to interact with the crowd. You ask me for a highlight? One highlight was the THINK Festival, Leipzig in 2016, sharing the stage with Rodhad, Chris Liebing, Dixon and Ellen Allien. This does not happen often especially if you’re young artist like me. I mean I have been Djing now since 4 years.
 
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You just started to produce a while ago. Released on a compilation. What was your inspiration to start with it? Any favourite producers?

I started with producing because I wanna get deeper with music. I want to understand the music that I play. My favourite producers at the moment are Escape to Mars, Recondite, Inhalt der Nacht and Kobosil!
 
We just heard the rumour that you are founding your own label right now – starting with a nice sampler/compilation. Why do you think the world needs another techno label? What will be your concept?

Yes I start my own label with my good friend Stigmatique and the label will be called “SEELEN”. Our first release will be out at the beginning of 2018 – a Various Artist sampler on limited double vinyl and as download via Bandcamp. The idea behind the label is to give Leipzig a new form of Techno and to give young artist and talents the chance to put out their stuff which has often a high quality – so they can show it to the established artists. Maybe it’s a game changer.

 
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Most people in the techno world have to do a normal job or just study with the help of their parents. How does your daily life look like?
I don’t study, I work as a service provider on a part time bade (4h a day). That’s what I do from monday till friday, from friday till sunday I am a DJ 😉

I also have the option to pause the job for a couple of days, weeks or months whenever I need it. Example, in the beginning of this year i was two months on New Zealand and Australia Tour.. so I quit the job for that time and began it again when I was back from tour.

 
This feature contains the exclusive track “Σ”. Could you please tell us something about it? Was there any specific moment you got the idea for it? How did you produce it?
The track is called “Σ” what means “sum” or “total”.. so that track is the total of all what I learned til now. The track is produced with the Jupiter 80, Roland TR8, Roland System 1M , Space Echo RE-201 and some VST- Plugins. I got the the idea behind it during a jam session. The track was mastered by Nihad Tule.
 
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We are already getting to the end of our small interview. So here comes the question about your future. What is already planned? What do you want to achieve in the near and far future? What are your dreams?
For the future I want to produce more stuff and set the focus on the label working together with some nice artists. And of course I wish to play some memorable gigs.
 

Exclusive Track:
“Σ”

 

Websites:
JANEIN
Seelen @ Facebook
Seelen @ Soundcloud
Station Endlos

 
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[Music & Interview]: Tempus Fugit

August 11, 2017
 

Music & Interview

Tempus Fugit

 

Introduction:

Born in 1982 in the eastern part of Germany, Tempus Fugit moved to Leipzig for three years where he began to study German and Philosophy. In 2005 he moved to Berlin to start his traning as a nurse.

Already back in the days of the year 2000 he discovered his love to dj in the gothic scene with electronic music and EBM so he became soon a resident at the Zauberberg-Parties, a famous gothic party series in the eastern part of Germany that unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore.

He got in touch with the techno scene in 2010 so he tried to include techno in his sets. In 2014 he got the opportunity to play at the famous SABBAT-Parties in Berlin where he perfected his way to mix EBM and Techno. Later the influence of Berghain sound got stronger and stronger.

Nevertheless, he never forgot where he came from, having his roots in EBM and dark electronic music.

Tempus Fugit? Before this name he used “derHexer” (German for “the warlock”) being very interested in all the mystical stuff. Due to some personal circumstances he realized, that people have to remember their death and their end of life and they should enjoy every moment of your life.

The baroque quote “Tempus fugit, amor manet” (latin for “time passes, love stays”) had a big impact on him so he chose another alias after “DerHexer”….

 

Interview:

Hi Christian, when we met the first time at Berghain your outfit was something that confused me: skinny jeans, braces and combat boots. You are a skin – a queer skin. When did you join the scene? What were reasons for it? Could you please also explain the scene a little bit.
I grew up in the eastern part of Germany. I always had to do with punks, goths and skinheads. I was never strict in being a part of a scene. A mixture is what makes me. Skinhead-culture came up in the late 60’s as a movement against hippies, the bright sight of live and was born in the suburban areas of industrial-cities like Manchester. The skinhead-culture has never been a political or rasisct-movement. But in they were always assimilated by leftwinged and rightwinged parties and groups. I think for me S.H.A.R.P. (Skinheads against rascial prejudice) or Trojan-Skinheads (leftwinged people) is a familiar spirit. But skinheadculture was always characterized by masculinity and heroism. There are some queer-skins but u won’t see them that much. It is not common. Anyways, I decited to make a statement. That’s is why I wear a huge patch on my jacked the shows, I AM A QUEER-SKIN!
 
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You are married to an American guy. He is a queer skin too, right? Please tell us something about your love story 🙂
First of all, no he is not. 😀 We met at Berghain, at the famous, notorious „Klobar“. It was a bit difficult in the beginning. When we realized, that we match and that we complete each other there was nothing that could have stopped us anymore.
 
Enough talked about your private life. Let’s get to the music & DJ part. It didn’t take long time til we realised that we are both into EBM/Industrial/Electronic Pop like Nitzer Ebb or Depeche Mode – besides the techno stuff played at Berghain. How do you select the tracks for your DJ sets? Are you mixing techno with the other styles for one set or do you make separate sets? Is there a “combined scene” who enjoys both genres?
I select them in a way to tell a story. I combine tracks that have kind of the same message. And of course I try to switch from techno to EBM, Industrial, Disco, Electro and back. It is usually a dark background . I also think there is not a specific scene that combines all of the genres, but they all influence eatch other. Kraftwerk for examble, they were the reason for techno, they created new sounds, new technics. So they electronic music is all conected. There are tracks of VNV Nation that are very technoid and are quite similar. But they are very famous in the gothic scene. I tried to show u a cross-section in my little mix at the end of this interview. So you can get an idea.
 
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When you buy stuff for a gig etc you need to check both scenes (alternative/goth and techno). How do you dig for new releases? Any specific stores where you buy it?
Most of the tracks I get online. But I find them in magazines, I know a lot from my past in the EBM-Electro-Scene and I always get inspired by other DJs, other people and the things, that happen in the world. And there are a lot of cruel and dark motives u can get.
 
For me it is a interesting combination: gay, skin, techno & EBM etc. It seems to be some kind of “unique selling point”. Is it that way? Do you use these things to build your image?
Of course! For most of the people I seem scary. And so is my music. Rough, forward going but always with a little twinkle, because u can’t take yourself too serious.
 
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Like mentioned earlier we met at Berghain and had some proper dances there. What does the club mean to you? Is it a source of inspiration?
For me it is the place I can be the way I am. And people who know me there accept me the way I am. It is an inspiration for me, but I also realized that I am inspiration to other people.
 
What or who is inspiring you in general?
Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Terence Fixmer and darkness. 😉
 
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What kind of clubs do you play? Where did you already play? Industrial parties? Techno parties?
I played some Gothic-Parties, Sabbat-Party in Berlin, and I am kind of a resident for the INTERZONE-Party.
 
As I know there is no record released by you with o. Do you have any ambitions to produce? What would you like to create – techno, ebm, a combination of them, something completely different?
Honestly, I have no intentions. Because I have no time. And I think I wouldn’t be good in it. I am happy with what I do. But if I would do it, I would create a sound like Terence Fixmer, but a bit darker.
 
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As always the last question is about future plans. Let us know what you have in the pipeline. Perhaps playing in the US – the home country of your husband?
I will get better in my skills, play little parties and try to help getting INTERZONE bigger. I also talked to the guys of DURCH to play there in the nearest future and I will play in Toulouse in september. That is what I am really looking forward to.
 

Exclusive Set:

 

Tracklist of the Exclusive Set:
01. Cari Lekebusch – You Are A Hybrid Too
02. Kirlian Camera – News (Room 506 Edit)
03. Dax J – Wir Leben Für Die Nacht
04. Out of Norm – Rausch
05. Terence Fixmer – Body Pressure
06. Nitzer Ebb – Murderous
07. Robert Hood – Alarm
08. Overtal – Methoxy
09. I1 Ambivalent – Mutual Understanding
10. Obscure Shape & SHDW – Wenn Die Masken Fallen
11. Emmanuel Top – Acid Phase
12. Front 242 – Rhythm Of Time (Victor the Cleaner)
13. Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (François Kevorkian 7″ Remix)

 

Websites:
Tempus Fugit

 
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[Music & Interview]: Rebar

July 21, 2017
 

Music & Interview

Rebar

 

Introduction:

In the physical world, “Rebar” is an object, often used to reinforce concrete. In the world of music, though, Rebar is the joint venture of Andreas Pionty & fumée grise, the label-heads of “made of CONCRETE”. Next to the label they are the driving force behind “Körper” a sex-positive party series which starts in April 2017.
 

Interview:

hi Jens, hi Andreas. You are Rebar, a duo coming from Dresden + Berlin. When did you meet each other for the first time? Do you still live in two cities? How do you work together regarding the operation of your label “made of concrete”, as production team etc? Who is responsible for what task?
Rebar: Hello Jürgen, first we want to say thanks for having us.

We met each other around 2010 at a gig we were both booked for in Dresden. The funny thing was that we had to play a “back 2 back“ even though we didn’t know each other. One of the turntables was not working and Jens (fumée grise) didn’t know how to use the CDJs at this time, so Andreas (Pionty) was helping out and played on the one CDJ. It was working quite well even when Jens was playing at this time mainly house and Andreas techno. But since this experience we have stayed in contact and now we also have a name together. Incredible.

But yes, we still live in different cities. Jens lives in Berlin and Andreas in Dresden. At the end of the day this is no handicap for our work, as in our business the most important thing is to have a good telephone and internet connection. The cities are also not far apart from each other so we can always arrange to see each other easily.

The decision on how we share the tasks was quite simple for us to decide, as we both have quite different skills. Andreas is more the communicative character of us two, so he takes care of the dialogue between the clubs, booker, artists and so on. Jens is more the man in the background who takes care of the administration and coordinates all final procedures with the label and releases.

At the studio Andreas is the prime mover. Jens mostly brings field recordings which are key elements of our work but after this he sits idle, drinks coffee or non-alcoholic beer. Actually, the only place where we are one is behind the decks. (Haha)

 
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(Rebar, press pic 2016)
 
What are your musical backgrounds? What kind of music do you listen to in your “spare time”?
Rebar: Our musical background on the DJ side is Techno music. It’s actually the first music we both listened to freely. It’s kind of the foundation of everything. But in our free time we also listen music more diverse.

Jens: I like actually everything based on electronic music no matter which genre: ambient, disco, house, experimental…next to this I love modern classic and from time to time world music which you can hear on ‘Radio Comeme’.

Andreas: I also like various genres of electronic based music but also old Hip Hop stuff and when there is a Future Island concert around you will find me for sure in the crowd.

 
Did you have any former projects that lead to Rebar and MOC?
Rebar: Besides our solo DJ projects, we don’t. Sorry for this boring answer. (haha)
 
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(Rebar, press pic 2016)
 
Who are your favourite producers? What’s your general inspiration?
Rebar: Think this question is for the most people not so easy to answer. We would say that Prince Of Denmark/Traumprinz/DJ Metatron could be our candidates for favourite. Not all of the productions are for our sets but everything which comes from this artist is on the point, they are ‘simple’ but always with depth. This is really something we have big respect for. If this artist also has an inspirational impact we can’t say for us it’s like a flow how we create a track. We record some field recordings, listen to some tracks which we currently like, talking about random things, eat, drink and at the end we have a finished track. Maybe this sounds stupid but our biggest inspiration is that we don’t put pressure on ourselves as we don’t have the feeling that we need to deliver. Our focus is on the label and our DJ gigs we have together. But if in-between we manage to release some music then we are happy, if not then this is also ok. It’s all about the time we spend together as Rebar and with our artists.
 
Life besides the label and artist thing: do you have a normal/daily job?
Rebar: Booth yes.

Andreas: I’m an outside sales person and have a classical 9 to 5 job.

Jens: I have my own music consulting and PR agency so I don’t really have a 9 to 5 job. (Haha)

 
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(made of Concrete logo, framed at a wall)
 
Talking again about your label MOC: how do you select the artists and the tracks for it? Do you get a lot of demos (you consider for a release)?
Rebar: As a rule, at least on vinyl we release only music from artists we know personally (only the remixers can be “external“). Our new digital concept is a bit more open, via this we release music from artists who send us demos or friends from our artists. The tracks we choose at the end for a release we select in dialogue with the artist. Specially for an EP it’s important for us that the artist present his signature sound and uses the release to show a multifaced side of hisself. or in other words we love the classical A and B side concept.

We also receive quite a lot of demos, like most labels we guess, but from this we only find a rational amount is interesting. But because of the concept written above we also don’t release everything, even when it’s good. Sometimes this hurts a bit especially when you receive demos from artists you like and even those you have some records of but we need to say no at the end because of our release policy.

 
Who creates the artwork/visual concept? Which image do you want to create for your label? Ever thought about including some video art?
Rebar: The visual concept comes directly from both of us. We developed the concept together and Jens makes, as far him his Photoshop skills take, the graphics for all the channels.

The concept has different layers. We build a bridge to the label name itself by showing buildings as the core element. In general, the buildings also have a connection to the artist on the release. Whoever buys our vinyl and can riddle the connection between picture and artist then the lucky winner of our prize draw wins a candlelit dinner with a label artist of your choice. (Haha)

But the buildings are only a part of the artwork the actual concept is the production process. The idea is that the artwork needs to speak the same language as the final product. For this reason, we have different processes for vinyl & digital. As vinyl is a physical product which comes into being with the help of machines and handwork, the artwork deals with this fact. We cut pictures out of old architecture books and glue them into our artwork pad, writing by hand the release information next to it, scan everything and bring it all together in Photoshop. The final part is the stamp of the building which we stamp on the cover.

On the digital only releases, nothing is physical. Here we work with overlaying technical drawings which are in front of a black background. It’s the counterpart of the vinyl release. A professional graphic artist could do this job better but it’s important for us that’s the artwork come from us. At the end of the day the label is a matter of the heart and not a business model…and we all know the things you love you do better by yourself.

Regarding the video art we have some videos online. We have 8 music videos and the last projects came all from the talented video artist Patrick Hauler. At the moment, he is quite busy but we hope to present something new from him soon.

 
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(Jens with MOC release at Newtone / Osaka)
 
You had a small tour to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of MOC including your first visit in Japan. How was the tour especially the time in Asia? Any nice anecdotes?
It was our first label tour which made it a lot of fun also when it was a bit stressful. Everybody has a normal daytime job, to do something like that next to this is not so easy, especially as we also take care of the bookings by our self. But at the end it was all worth it. It was somehow like the good old school trip.

The two Japan bookings for Rebar where directly after the tour and it was something really special. To play with Contact in a venue where in the same month they had artists such as Marcel Dettmann, ND Baumecker, Levon Vincent, Green Velvet and Prosumer is remarkable. As you said it was the first time in Japan (also private) and needless to say that Tokyo is really something else. If this city would be in Europe we would fly every second weekend or better move directly. In this city, every character can find his place and area where he/she would like to live. Next to it the people are really chilled and friendly which is not usual for a city with this amount of people. Europe is for sure a lot rougher.

Next to the gig another highlight was to discover our release at Newton Records in Osaka next to 2-3 other “made of CONCRETE“ releases. One day before you fly home was this a really great leaving present.

Thanks here again to DJ Saimura for his trust and booking in Contact & Ruby Room. Hope we see you soon in Germany.

 
You are also the promoters of “Körper”, a queer party in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, a federal state in Germany which is often linked with Pegida and other nazi scum. How came the idea up to organise such a party there? How was it? Which experience did you make? Any homophobic trouble?
First of all we need to protect our homeland a bit. It’s true, that especially in Dresden it is known for these kinds of things. We have in this city a lot to deal with, like the things written above but you can also find a lot of people and initiatives which fight against it and work on a tolerant and open society. Unfortunately, the media prefer to put the focus on the negative things. If they would support more the positive examples then it would be more complicated for groups like Pegida or Nazis to feel “big“ and “important“.

We don’t want to play this issues down for this reason we also organize in collaboration with the TBA club this “Körper” event to contribute something to support a tolerant, open and interested society. Therefore, you can say that if a city in Germany needs a party like “Körper” then it is Dresden.

The first edition was a surprise in a lot of points already like we imagined. We were especially happy about that fact that we really got the attention from the people who we wanted to see at this party. For this reason, it was really nice to party which is at the and only possible with good people at the door which explained to everybody the concept of the night and had a good hand with the selection. We as the promoters were often on the dance floor more than we usually can do. Also, the guest DJs seemed to be happy as they changed the time for the return trip to dance a bit more. A better feedback was nearly not possible. Also, the feedback after the event motivated us to go on with this project. So, we’re happy to say that after the “Summerbreak“ we are back with the second edition on 15th September. With Cem from Herrensauna and fr.JPLA from IFZ / No Show, we have some nice guests for this party. Next to this we have playing Szentendre, Toni Dextor and us again. After the line-up is complete, we work now on the planning for the decoration with the great deco-team to let the venue look special like the last time.

 
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(Poster for the 1. “Körper” party)
 
Let’s talk about the techno scene in Dresden and Saxony. Could you please tell us something about it and the club TBA where your party took place? Compared with the scene in Berlin: are there similarities and what are the big differences?
The scene is more local as the kind of party tourism does not exist like in Berlin. Everything is a bit smaller, which doesn’t mean that the scene is not active. There is a lot of cool promoter and crews, also good clubs with great vibes. Next to it there are some great and innovative labels like Uncanny Valley, Lockertmatik or Etui to name just a few… (ah and us for sure). 😉 This all are influences and important parts of an active scene. For our parties the TBA with its rough atmosphere and the great sound system is the perfect venue for us. The size is perfect and it’s located directly under the translation of Dresden Neustadt so on a perfect spot for a good connection and central position of the nightlife.

 
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(MOC releases at Newtone / Osaka)
 
Already coming to the end of our small interview: what are your future plans for “made of concrete” and Rebar? Some solo stuff in the pipeline?
We would love to have an interview with the “Bunte“, as soon we reach this we quit with everything, promise! (Haha)

Apart from this we have just had a little summer break, as well as parties and releases.

This slowly is over and we’re currently working on new releases from Matt Nowak, Francesco Belfiore and from our good friend Alek S. Furthermore, we are planning the next events at TBA in Dresden. From September on we’re back with full energy on all “made of CONCRETE“ channels. With Rebar we have just finished a remix for Luke Black which is part of our “Batch Plant” mini-compilation series. Our second EP for “made of CONCRETE“ is basically almost done and comes out latest on the third label birthday in the first quarter 2018. Maybe we sign some material somewhere else before but let’s see what the future brings. No pressure.

 

Recommendations:
Rebar’s EP “Hansaprohlis” on MOC
Kaiser’s EP “Sottotono” on MOC
Myles Serge’s EP “Walking Through Concrete” on MOC

 

Exclusive Set:

 

Tracklist of Exclusive Set:
sorry no tracklist available because this is a live recording of Rebar’s first hour of their set played at the In][Between night at Suicide Circus on 2nd July 2017.

 

Websites:
Rebar
made of Concrete

 
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[Music & Interview]: Kaczorek

June 12, 2017
 

Music & Interview

Kaczorek

 

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.

 
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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.
 
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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

 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Exclusive Set:

 

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)

 

Websites:
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[Music & Interview]: Mark Groot

June 5, 2017
 

Music & Interview

Mark Groot

 

Introduction:

Mark Groot is a producer and artist from the Netherlands. This young and talented man quit law school and dedicated his life to only one thing; his Music.

He followed a course on SAE (Audio Engineering school) and graduated with honors. Besides his work as a producer and DJ he works at Delsin Records, where he takes care of the vinyl shop.

His music is flowy; sometimes even sort of hypnotizing but direct hitting. In his tracks as well as his sets you can hear that Mark likes to play with different moods. Catch people with dynamic and tense music and after that get them back on the ground. This skill together with his open minded and friendly personality makes him Mark Groot.

Mark Groot in short is a positive, passionate and very driven person with a clear goal in his head.

 

Interview:

Hi Mark. We met virtually the first time at the end of 2015. If I remember right, you sent me some tracks. How did you find the NovaFuture Blog and why did you have the idea of sending tracks to the “guys” running it?
Yes that’s true. I actually used NovaFuture Blog for some time to dig new music. Of course Hardwax and Decks are great ways to find new music, but what I like about blogs is that you can also find unofficial releases from talented producers. 

At the time I sent my tracks over I was in an audio engineering school. It was that time where I decided to fully focus on my music and step up the game. 

So I thought let’s try NovaFuture Blog. 

 
Actually we fell in love with your stuff immediately and wanted to support you so we published the first feature about you, the self-released EP “Never Try Never Know”. When did you produce it and what was your inspiration for it?
I remember making those tracks in the studio at my school. It was the very first EP I made where I felt like it was good enough to send out. I wouldn’t say there was a specific inspiration for it. I always see it like this, you have inspiration versus processing. Inspiration would be the part where a specific creative idea pop ups in your head after some sort of stimulus. 

This EP was more a processing type of workflow. This means you just start working and while you create, you come up with new elements that fit. It’s more playful I would say. 

Of course I’m influenced by a lot of things I hear and see, but that’s more like an unconscious process. 

 
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Who are your favourite producers & DJs? What inspires you in general?
At the moment my favorite DJs would be Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann.

I think no matter where in the world those guys play, they always succeed in creating the vibe that’s needed. True Techno gurus. 

The same question for producers would be harder to answer. I don’t have one specific person whose productions I all dig. 

But it would be names like, Jeroen Search, Kobosil, Z.I.P.P.O, Nthng, Altinbas, Dold, Jonas Friedlich, Sterac, FJAAK, DVS1, Prince of Denmark, Robert Hood and also Klock and Dettmann. Let’s stop there because there is almost no end to this list. 

 
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You also work at Delsin Records in your home town Amsterdam. Is that a source for inspiration too? What are you doing there and how did you get the job?
Lots of music is being played at the office of Delsin so of course in a way it affects me and influences me, but I think more in a subconscious way. I wouldn’t say after work I feel the most inspired. 

To get the job, I actually just sent the guys of Delsin a mail asking if they needed someone. Luckily, they could use some help at the vinyl section. So I take care of that now. 

 
After the first feature and another one, your EP “YWIMC” on Naught Music, we started a closer co-operation by releasing together the EPs “Matter Of Time”, “DE.LETE” and “Influence”. We released each of them step by step, track by track. How did you come up with that idea?
True. I remember having lots of tracks done. Some very different from each other, so I thought it would be better to give all the tracks a chance to be properly heard. 

One every week seemed like a good concept to me and it worked out well. 

 
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But you are not only a producer but also a DJ. You released 2 mixes on your own soundcloud and one podcast for Upperberry. How did the guy behind Upperberry get in contact with you and do you know why/how you got hisattention?
About a year ago the guys of Upperberry contacted me asking if I wanted to do a feature on their blog. They offered to have me participate in their podcast series. 

I’m not sure how they found me, but I think they heard some of my productions. Maybe through NovaFuture since they are also from Berlin.

 
You also played a few gigs. Tell us about them. Who arranged them? How is it for you to play in front of an audience?
For now I arrange all of my gigs myself. When I was younger, I played a lot at local clubs in my hometown and even on the radio. So I already experienced some of that.

But of course it’s great to take people on a journey with your music selection. It really doesn’t matter if there are 500 people enjoying the music or just 10, seeing people enjoy what you do is already a great feeling. 

 
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Did you also play your own tracks? How was the audience’s reaction?
I haven’t played my own tracks yet. I’m always very critical and precise about my own tracks and selecting tracks for gigs, but I’m sure I will soon. 
 
You are from the Netherlands. Do you like the techno scene there? Did you ever visit a club in Berlin or Germany? Do you see any differences and/or similarities?
I have lived in Amsterdam for 5 years now and at the moment the techno scene here is quite alright. After the closing of club ‘Trouw’ there was a year where Amsterdam really missed a good techno club. But pretty recently two new clubs opened, ‘De School’ and ‘Shelter,’ and those clubs fill the void pretty well. 

Besides the clubs, Amsterdam is almost famous for its amount of festivals that take place. Festivals like ‘Dekmantel Festival’ are a real addition to the techno scene here in my opinion. 

I did visit some clubs in Germany and also specifically in Berlin, but I have not experienced enough in the Berlin techno scene to really give my opinion about it.

A big difference between Amsterdam and Berlin though would be the opening hours of the club.

In Berlin the Saturday til Monday culture is way more integrated than in Amsterdam. There are some clubs here that can be open for 24 hours but it’s just not yet integrated enough in the culture. To me, that’s a big miss. 

 
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What are your plans regarding DJing?
To do as many shows as possible. This summer I already got some nice bookings scheduled  such as the closing act on a festival and playing in a big church outside of Amsterdam. 

There are also some more exiting things coming up where I can’t say too much about, yet. 

I also hope to play in Berlin soon. 

 
Do you have some new productions in the pipeline? What’s coming in that area?
Yes yes yes, you can expect a new EP of mine including remixes, which I’m very excited about. 
 

Recommendations:
EP “Never Try Never Know”
EP “DE.LETE”
EP “Influence”
EP “YWIMC” on Naught Music
EP “Matter Of Time”

 

Exclusive Set:

 

Tracklist of Exclusive Set:
1. Monadh – Calanque
2. ADMX 71 – Mystical Ascent
3. Christopher Ledger – Metonimia (Ambient Version)
4. SYS – Radius
5. Sven Weisemann – Maori Octopus
6. Feral – Brahma
7. Doyeq – Frame
8. Orion – Afterlife
9. Par Grindvik – London Marble
10. Alex Do – Dolorous
11. Exium – Trashflow (Jeroen Search 39s Machine Mix)
12. Z.I.P.P.O. – Tempo
13. Marco Carola – Untitled ( 4th Question – B2 )
14. Planetary Assault Systems – Radiance
15. Tim Wolff – Backstage Fridge Jeroen Search Remix
16. 3KZ – Distant Land
17. Museum – Pole
18. Crossing Avenue – Malandra
19. Mark Groot – IC149
20. Z.I.P.P.O. – Inconstant Universe

 

Websites:
Mark Groot