Friday, 20 April 2018

Interview: We Got Together With Musician Klunsh

Klunsh, originally from the North of France, cultivates his music through various experiences as a producer and is inspired by world music. In early 2018, Klunsh released his first two tracks "Imaona" and "Hayu Marka" with Moblack Records and got the support from the likes of Sasha, Black Cofee, Trikk, Olderic, Oliver Koletzki and Andhim.
He published another single "Tribo / Intercone" on March 30 and is about to set free "Moringa Radical" on April 23 with BeatFreak Recordings.
Within a few months, Klunsh released numerous well-produced songs that have already been played by considerable artists such as Eelke Kleijn, Undercatt, Mickael Klein, CidInc and Gaziano Raffa.

We caught up with Klunsh for an interview:

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?

I’m fine, I just got informed that my Chopper will be ready in three weeks and I can't wait to hit the road, I really enjoy riding. Today, as usual, I will start to make a mint tea with a home made aloe vera gel, make a little pump or go running. Then, I watch my emails and turn on the machines. It's almost become a ritual.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

I think I would define my sound as multicultural. And a little rock 'n' roll because I do not set any limits. If, one day, I have the idea to use a flamenco guitar that sounds good enough, then I would do it without hesitation. However, most of the time I surf on the deep house wave. Progressive and Afro House, this is maybe what I like the most at the moment. In definition, there is good and bad music. I prefer the good anyway 'Haha'.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

Andhim - for their world musique influences
Dixon - I’m fan since his track «Where we at » feat. Ame, Henrik Schwarz and Derric.L.Carter, released in 2006... probably my most played vinyl
Armonica - I love all their tracks and remixes
Black Coffee - his vibes are just the pure sound of Africa, every gig is a great journey

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?

The artist I really like at this moment are Lehar, Adriatique, Black Coffee, Olderic, Solomun, Davi, Franky & Sandrino, Upercent, Moblack, Stereocalypse, Juan, Mainro. Each of them does some very interesting and colorized music, grooves, sounds and Dj sets. I often listen to their productions, live set and podcasts when I run some kilometers, at the breakfast or when I shop alone.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks in the studio? Or do you prefer to use software and plug ins?

I do not have a huge studio recording. I think it is not about the equipment but moreover about my mind, my knowledge, my own presents and my joy to rock n’ roll. I do not have money to purchase some great equipment and synths, but I would love to work with modular synths and real percussions. Currently, I usually sample my drums with banal objects (desk, bottles, wooden stick, salt pan, keys, rubbing hands, flute, bamboo..) I use my voice and everything I find around me. All vocals on my tunes such as « Imaona », « Come With Me », « Fundamental Things » and « Lalibela » are from myself.

A few days ago, The Playground premiered Klunsh's new track 'Morninga Radical'. Let's give it a listen on TechnoGROUND:

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

On the contrary, I do not have much of my equipment left. Most of it is rather old and my whole studio got stolen by an ex several years ago. It must have been about 40,000 € worth of material and also thousands of vinyls. Ever since, I've never been able to re-equip myself properly. I still work on my iMac from 2008. I also produce some Movie soundtracks as well as pop and I would love to produce for Lana Del Rey.

Do you enjoy playing to an audience or working in the studio?

I inevitably need to perform on stage, even if I like working in the studio. There comes a time when my inspiration lessens and working in a studio gets frustrating. Therefore, it is primordial and vital for me to perform. I started being a DJ before producing my own music. Performing has been in my veins since 1995 and will always keep me motivated and excited.

If we gave you the budget to put a line-up together for a mini fest, who would you book and where would you play?

I would like to perform a lot on Clubs and festivals worldwide, especially Tomorrowland on Diynamic stage. That is where everything started for Klunsh. I was there with my Marion, my girlfriend, and we had a real blow hearth at the first sight. Besides, without her, I could not have taken this new musical direction. Her opinion of my work has a real influence and importance to me, by the way she guides me rather well.

If you weren't a musician what would you be?

I think I could have been an actor, or a philosopher. Well I love this job, even if it’s very difficult to get a stable situation. Having the chance to create music is a huge honor. ... but yes, actor I admit, that would do! (laughs)

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

Well, I just released my new Afrohouse and Afrotech EP including « Tribo » on Moblack, which already got lots of support. The next one contains three different tracks that will be released on April 9th, on Timeless Moment. There is another three-track EP coming on April 23rd with Beatfreak. It will be the 6th of Klunsh's discography since the beginning of the year. Then, I would like to take more time to realize projects of collaboration, but for now, I prefer not to say anymore. In fact, what I would like the most of all, is to go back on stage and travel around the world. However, for now, I'm still looking for a regular job to stabilize my situation. There is also my personal project: Spending time and having cheerful moments with my love.

Sounds like there is much ahead! We would like to thank you for taking the time conducting this interview with us. We wish you only the very best for your future and hope to hear from you again soon!

For more information, visit Klunsh on Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Beatport

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Music Producer Liss C released his new EP 'Wet & Wild

Liss C. just released his brand new EP titled Wet & Wild on the 12 of April via LC series. The EP consists of four tracks with two originals and two remixes.

Wet & Wild raised the bar on what an EP should be. Direct to the beat and intense full sound. The first track titled ‘Wet’ directs your mind through a deep wobble of wonder. With prominent build-ups and drops this track proves to be a great introduction to the collection of songs.

The second original titled ‘Wild’ definitely does justice to the name. It’s out there being crazy and wild. The song features an intense kick with an overlay of synthesizer madness.

The EP also has two remixes. The song ‘Wet’ has been given a new touch by Sleeparchive keeping the deep intensity with a lighter beat whilst the ‘Wild’ remix goes to The Plantworker solidifying the track with more direct beats and sound, still keeping it on the wild side.

Let your ears be graced by this Techno madness EP Wet & Wild

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Techno Musician NHOAH Releases His Anticipated Album 'West Berlin'

Releasing his highly anticipated album West Berlin on the 13th of April through R.O.T respectortolerate Records, NHOAH the techno-talented musician is breaking new ground with an epic resume of remixes, singles and previous EPs Abstellgleis zu Remixen and 120 Red Skies zu Remixen. Already capturing fans across the globe and attention of publications Resident Advisor, PopMatters, Clash Mag, Data Transmission, Electronic Groove and Radio 6 Music’s Nemone the producer is on a transforming journey of building a respectable catalogue.

Having performed and shared stages with some of the most esteemed musicians such as Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Bronski Beat, Jayne County and Romy Haag, to name just a few,  NHOAH after releasing two albums: Tangowerk was also nominated for German Record Critics' Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik).

NHOAH produced and engineered for several decades in Germany’s underground electro-scene and became familiar with utilising different types of software and equipment in his production trying to never limit himself and exploring out the box.  Often producing on the road and having limited resources, the German muso has become extremely creative in trying to recreate different majestic sounds and waves with his music.

The new album which will be released on the 13th of April, West-Berlin a creative sound that has evolved through time and created completely “from scratch” promises to be NHOAH’s best work yet. West Berlin will be released digitally and on a double-vinyl and is a full-length album that embodies perfectly NHOAH’s influences and as well as his signature style of ‘rich synthesizers, cascading arpeggios, pulsating oscillations and complex patterns.’ The album is reminiscent of Berlin’s club scene and takes one through a journey of exploration of a scene that is dance-crazed, diverse and structured all at once. With deep techno beats that use layered synthesizers and complex patterns - fans of NHOAH are in for a treat.

West Berlin will be available via all major digital outlets, download/stream here.

West Berlin Tracklist
1. What happened … Berlin
2. 120 Red Skies
3. Lichter RMX
4. NO Kohle Oel Erdgas
6. Sequenz 1
7. Der Golden Ball
8. Red Sky Blue Heart
9. 160-120
10. Abstellgleis 

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Interview With Music Producer Pauke Schaumburg

Nobby and Kenno grew up in a small country called Schaumburg, near Hanover (Lower Saxony, Germany). Until a few years ago, they were known as Solo-DJs in local clubs and private partys. So it took some time and a good bottle of absinthe until they finally decided to work together behind the mixer.
"Pauke Schaumburg" was born. The name established from the origins of the basedrum: the kettledrum - called 'Pauke' in German.
At that time, their musical taste was influenced by the sound of the mid-nineties: techno, house and hard trance played a major role in Kennos and Nobbys record rack.

Their newest single 'Transit', released 16 March 2018, delivers three well produced melodic techno tunes: Transit, New Horisons, Charon (featuring Animal Swing Kids). With about 120 beats per minute, the new tunes flow with segments of violins, kicking bass drums and rich soudscapes at low frequencies.

We caught up with the two artists for an interview:

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
Hello! First things first, thank you very much for having us. We are fine. Today is promo day again, there is much good stuff coming around before the summer!

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
The typical Pauke Sound… mhh… some kind of synth heavy, melodic deep techno sound, but always groovy- not too straight and a bit playful. No mainstream, though!

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?
Nils: I liked the most recent albums from Einmusik, Stephan Bodzin und Extrawelt. I am also in lovewith the sound of Patrice Bäumel.

Ken: I think these are some of the artists that influenced me the most over the years: Extrawelt, Gui Boratto, Alex Niggemann, Gabriel Ananda. But there are many others...

Let's give new tune 'Charon - feat. Animal Swing Kids' a listen on TechnoGROUND

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why? 
There are many many good guys out there. Difficult to pick one.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks in the studio? Or do you prefer to use software and plug ins?
Our main DAW is Ableton 9. There are of course plug-ins featured in our productions, i.e from Native Instruments, Arturia or Output. But we work with hardware too, we are  still loving our little Moog Minitaur, for example. The Novation Peak is our allrounder when it comes to chords and stuff with more than one voice. We really love this synthesizer! Some Roland Boutiques are also in the studio. Like the SH-01A, SE-02, TB-03 or TR-09. We love to fumble around with these small boxes. The NI Maschine is another one of our key pieces.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?
Nils: We have tried and tested pretty much every single one of the standard setups- we started with turntables, then moved on to CDJs and took the next step towards Traktor with two controllers and 4 decks. From there, we went back to and stayed with CDJs, because its much more convenient to travel with thumbdrives in your pocket instead of lugging equipment cases and fragile electronic devices around.
I should mention though, in all fairness, that I have two turntables set up at home and that I try to purchase the REALLY dope tracks on vinyl as well.

Ken: Yes of course. The studio is constantly evolving and changes all the time. You buy hardware, you sell it again.. and then something new will be thrown onto the market soon, and the cycle continues….  :)

Do you enjoy playing to an audience or working in the studio?
Ken: It‘s both great. On one hand you can sit quietly and alone in the studio, get in the mood and forget about time. On the other hand, it is interesting to see how people react to our own productions- you get goosebumps when you earn those hands up moments with your own tracks!

Nils: Me personally, I have significantly more fun when Djing for a crowd.

If we gave you the budget to put a line-up together for a mini fest, who would you book and where would you play?
Thats a VERY interesting question, we like it when the music ramps up over the course of the night as well as alternating between DJs and liveacts on a given lineup.
So…. The opening would probably be played by Christian Löffler, LIVE. Then Dirty Doering followed by Gabriel Ananda. We would play a DJ set afterwards, then Woo York LIVE, Tale Of Us shouldn’t be missing and then Extrawelt LIVE could tear the place to shreds…. The closing would probably be performed by Einmusik in the early morning hours with the sun rising. We think, that would be pretty fantastic!
Hey, if you want us, too, we would be there in a heartbeat!

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
We are, unfortunately, not full-time musicians as of now.  We still have our dayjobs to pay the bills.

Nils: Im a chimney sweeper and I would love to be able to make a living off music.

Ken: My profession is media designer.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Sure… We just completed a remix for Seth Schwarz & UCB Berlin. Theres another EP forthcoming on Beatfreak Recordings, the label run by D-Formation. And finally, we will contribute a track to the next “Various Artists” Split EP for our homies from Trampolinmusik.

Many thanks to you guys for taking your time and collaborate with us. We gladly support your artwork and wish you all the best for all upcoming releases, shows and productions.

Make sure you follow Pauke Schaumburg to stay in tune!
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Monday, 9 April 2018

Music Artist Mark Reeve scored #1 on Beatport with his newest track 'Far Away'

Mark Reeve's newest release 'Far Away' is the no.1 on beatport's Top 10 Techno Tracks. We gave a listen to his new artwork and yes, we confirm. From the very beginning, Mark's new tune will make you move. The very minimalistic techno beat is getting backed up by some very pleasant and ongoing synth melodies. Check out the new tune on Drumcode:

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Interview // David Granha

David Granha is a Spain born producer with more than 15 years of career in the electronic music scene, and a prolific discography in labels such as Noir Music, Suara, Sincopat, Selador, Parquet, Einmusika, KMS, Sudbeat, or Microcastle.
The year 2018 is starting great: New EP 'Resurrection' released on Noir Music and Katermukke is David's very first solo EP. And there are more plans for 2018 such as forthcoming remixes for Guy Gerber and Wally Lopez.

Given his strictness, his music has become indispensable for many of the best DJ’s of the world, thus, he has won the support of artists like Damian Lazarus, Laurent Garnier, Noir, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Umek, Nick Warren or Dave Seaman.
Without a doubt, 2017 was a very strong year for David Granha in terms of his music career. He performed in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Antwerp, Berlin, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Beirut, Moscow, Kiev, Mauritius, Tunis, Cairo, Itzmir Dubai, Alexandria and Oslo to name a few.
His great adaptation and ability to create different styles of genres, ensure unique and remarkable characteristics in his sets and live performances. Electronically confessed, David masterfully unfolds between narrative landscapes based on dark and melodic sounds, techno cuts and bases with a deliberate dirt, melodies that give an unmistakable character and a genuine sound full of class and elegance.

The new Single 'Resurrection' possesses two tunes: The Gates & Resurrection.
The Gates begins both, uplifting and smooth. Ambiental and synth infused tones are introducing the song alongsite a deeply forward driving bass kick. The almost 8 minute long tune beautifully combines dreamy with thriving elements throughout the entire song with a magestical break right in the middle of the track.
His second tune Resurrection, begins deep and straight forward with fewer soundscape components. However, those components will join the track at a later stage.
All in all, the pulsing keys that are precicely added, and well measured beat elements form together two very enjoyable techno tunes.

We got together with David to get a few insights of his producer life. Read through it and let us know if you like it!

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
Hi, im good. Today I am feeling really good, I can not wait to go to the studio.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Right now, I am actually changing my sound, if you listen to my new EP on Noir Music, you realize that I am more into techno. I have modified specially the kicks, percussions, drums, subs... The music is more dark and fast and not as melodic in the same way that it was one year ago. Still it has melodies, but not as evident and progressive as it was before. It is harder, and sounds more raw. The word is TECHNO.

Let's listen to the TECHNO Devid is talking about:

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?
This is a difficult question, im gonna try to search a bit in my history.

1. Michael Jackson - Bad.
2. Laurent Garnier - Shot in the Dark Album.
3. Pearl Jam - Ten.
4. Deftones - Around the Fur.
5. Dj Shadow - Entroducing.

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?
For example "Victor Ruiz", because is the perfect combination between techno and melodies. His tracks always work well on the dance floor. I also like "Flug" a lot, he has a lot of components that I love. "SHDW & Obscure Shape", these guys are using an creating those pads and atmospheres I really enjoy.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks in the studio? Or do you prefer to use software and plug-ins?
I have used some old synths, but I would say I am a bit lazy in terms of midi configurations and recordings. I have been using FL Studio almost all of my life, and I work with it really quick, so for me, the most comfortable way is this. If I had to tell you some of my favs, I could tell you for example PSP Vintage Warmer, PSP Xenon, PSP Vintage Meter, Surge, Kontakt, Reaktor, LiquidVerb... And eventually Diva or Sub Boom Bass.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?
As mentioned earlier, not so much. At the beginning, I had the Roland MC-303, and after that, a pair of Technics SL-1200 MKII. In terms of production, it has not changed a lot, FL Studio, 2 Behringer B2031A, and an Evolution Keyboard. Obviously, I have changed the plug-ins I am using a lot. But basically, that is my set up. I believe that you need to know your room, your monitors and your DAW and after that, it is just a matter of practice, not of equipment.

Do you enjoy playing to an audience or working in the studio?
On the one hand, Im a studio guy, I love to make music. It has been the way I have always escaped from bad feelings, troubles... I feel very comfortable there. On the other hand, I love to travel, meet people, visit cities, go to parties, and obviously when you are playing for a crowd, especially your own tracks, it is like reaching the top of the mountain.

If we gave you the budget to put a line-up together for a mini fest, who would you book and where would you play?
I assume there is no limit? Ok, Trentemoller Band, Olafur Arnalds, Bjork, Pearl Jam, Kraftwerk, Laurent Garnier, Moderat, Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen, Deftones, Qbert, Dj Shadow, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Bergersen, Skunk Anansie, Squarepusher, Amon Tobin, Clark, Mike Oldfield, Noir, Victor Ruiz, Adam Beyer, Animal Picnic, Aaryon, Rage Against the Machine, Heroes del Silencio, Maetrik,...

Haha yes, that surely sounds like a blasting party. Hey I am wondering, if you weren't a musician what would you be?
I would like to be a lot of things, but probably something artistic like, painter, photographer, architect, designer or even chef.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Today im reaching #10 techno position with my current new release on Noir Music "Resurrection". Im so happy with this release, and especially with the treatment and support I got from my label. It is not easy to find people like Rene (Noir), passionate, and who do not treat you as number, so I can not be more thankful with him.
I have my last progressive release on the schedule for June, which is called "Rave Lungs" and it is going out in Katermukke. And I also have 2 remixes, one of them for Wally Lopez, and another one for Darlyn Vlys.

Thanks a lot for you time and efforts to conduct this interview with us! We very appreciate your willingness to collaborate with us and wish you all the best for the future. We hope to hear from you again!
Interviewed by Moritz Grosche

Another tune 'Resurrection' by David Granha:

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

We caught up with Budapest based Producer Mïus for an Interview

Mïus is a solo music project by Gergely Álmos, based in Budapest. It is defined as a multi-art project wherein the different fields of self-expression meet each other. Gergely Álmos is an architect in civil life and also works in movies as set designer, which describes why Mïus always pays attention to every small detail from songs to videos as everything is part of his self-expression. All the works are a result of a mature conception.

Album specialist Mïus is back with another absorbing full length in April 2018. Entitled Twentytwo 22, the ten-track affair again shows off his unique knack for mixing live playing skills with electronic production. To mark the launch, Mïus will head out on an album tour with dates in the Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary in April.

This album follows three previous efforts including the mini-album Lost Adam in late 2017, and Eigengrau in 2016 on Sonar Kollektiv. It comes after years of the Hungarian artist born Gergely Álmos playing live around the world and is another artistic development that has many emotional highs and lows.

For this album, Álmos collaborated with singers Dóri Hegyi, Raf Skowronski and Zolo, and recorded it over the course of a year-long process where he invited musicians to join sessions in London, Budapest and Szeged. The title, Twentytwo 22, refers to 22:22 shown by the digital clock which, says the artist, “seems associated with special feelings, like a frozen moment in infinity. In one word: singularity.” The artwork is made by Csaba Világosi and refers to the singular curve.

We are very happy to catch up with Mïus for some personal insights about his equipment, idols and personal interests. Check out his new tunes and get an idea of his future:

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today? 
Hey, fine thanks, especially today, because I have just received the vinyl test-press for my new material, and I am excited to listen for the first time.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound? 
Mïus is a conceptual electronic music with an approach from the love of playing on acoustic instrument. The sound is dreamy and dark, takes electronic vibes into deep icy water, inspired by techno, jazz, pop music.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most? 
Neil Young – Harvest 1972
Esbjorn Svensson – E.S.T. Live in Hamburg 2007
Portishead – Dummy 1994 
Air – Moon Safari 1998 
Bonobo – Dial ‘M’ for Monkey 2003

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why? 
I like Kiasmos for playing techno with a heart of a musician. Nils Frahm for making solo piano and organ popular again. Dark Sky, Mark Pritchard and Rival Consoles for their unique sound. Brandt Brauer Frick for their classical approach to electronic beats.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks in the studio? Or do you prefer to use software and plug ins? 
Usually I start to write all my music on my piano influenced by an image, feeling or anything happening around me. The favorite gears I used for my latest album was a Korg Minilogue, a Furch acoustic guitar with Strymon effects, a Red Panda granular delay with my 20 year old Epiphone guitar. I also record a lots of samples at my home-studio, which I rethink with the creativity of softwares. I recorded a lots of acoustic instruments in the studio like drums, tuba, trombone, trumpet, french horn, flute, cello, violin, upright bass. I am not afraid to use plug-ins, one of my favorite is Una Chorda, but touching knobs, strings and keys are priceless.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started? 
Definitely, and it is changing always. 7 years ago in the first recordings I had only a guitar and a CPU with no audio interface or microphone. So my first album was written 80% in a friend's studio. Now I can record lots of things at my own, so the method completely changed.

Do you enjoy playing to an audience or working in the studio? 
I enjoy both. I have a rhythm of working on new music and playing live. I try not to do them at the same time. So when I get bored of studio work, I am very excited to play gigs again, and the opposite works also.

Let's give a listen to your newest tune 'Torso'

If we gave you the budget to put a line-up together for a mini fest, who would you book and where would you play?
I would do something like Woodstock was, or the first Sziget Festival 25 years ago, when it was not influenced by economical interests. Maybe this is the reason why I will never organize a festival. =) I prefer small festivals with a nice vibes.

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
Actually I am not just a musician. In civil life I am an architect and I also work in film industry.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I will release my new album 'Twentytwo 22' on 6th April. Few weeks ago I released a single with remixes by Vessels and Brandt Brauer Frick, and we created also a nice music video for the song 'Heavy Heart'. Now we will play live a lot, and next week we will be on a tour in Germany and Czech Republic.

Thanks a lot for taking your time and efforts to conduct this interview with us. We wish you all the best for your future and would like to hear a lot more from and about you! Keep up the great work.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Interview with Thomas Maschitzke

“Like many others, Thomas Maschitzke contracted his passion for deejaying not only because of the music itself, but because of a huge interest in new ways of making music and the desire for mastering these ways. Nevertheless, the music was a rudimental element in Thomas’ life since he was able to walk. After years of piano practice and because of a certain affiliation with Hip-Hop, he eventually exchanged the piano with a microphone to become an MC, because entertaining others was always a priority for the young artist. But at the same time he also got in touch with the excessive and legendary night life of Berlin.”

“Thomas Maschitzke rapidly came to the conclusion that only electronic music in its essence is able to create pure hedonistic satisfaction without any conventions. Because he is thoroughly an entertainer as well, it was clear that his place was behind and not in front of the decks and so he established his project Thomas Maschitzke in 2012. His sound is most likely located in the deep-house section, but its powerful and dreamy melodies paired with catchy beats give proof, what a one-of-a-kind artist Thomas is. In 2016, he released an in-house production for Suspekt Records and Rawls Music, right after releasing a remix on Submarine Vibes. Since then, it seems that the workaholic cannot be stopped – thinking of his personal highlights, his live-sets at Ritter Butzke and the Sonne Mond Sterne festival, and releases on Hamburger Imprint Geistzeit, for example. But not only on his own, Thomas is able to create an incredible vibe. Together with his friend and label colleague Pete Stefanov, he started the live electronica-duo PATH in the beginning of 2018.”

We caught up with Thomas Maschitzke on eclectic inspiration and studio experiments:

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?

I’m fine, thanks! The weather in Berlin is freaking me out a little bit, but there is nothing I can do about it. Right now, I’m back from a meeting at the Ritter Butzke Club in Kreuzberg to schedule our upcoming event.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

It’s a mixture of straightforward and deep beats, combined with catchy melodies and some kind of lunatic effect sounds in the background. I think the combination and diversity, but anyhow focusing on one direction, is the key.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

Kanye West – Yeezus
Prinz Pi – Neopunk
Howling – Sacred Ground
Guy Gerber & P.Diddy – 11.11.
Paul Kalkbrenner – Berlin Calling

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?

Actually I am not really into listening a lot of electronic or techno music, despite the producing and gig-preparing time. I really love folk rock and hip-hop. But recently I discovered the sounds of Christian Löffler and HvoB, great musicians with an astonishing touch of sensitivity in their tracks. The tracks of the Swedish rock-band Friska Viljor are also on my playlist at the moment.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks in the studio? Or do you prefer to use software and plug-ins?

For me it is important to feel comfortable while producing. I tried a lot of different things: to work only in Ableton Live (which I am using only, by the way) and with plug-ins, to work on a lot of external equipment like drum-machines and synths. That really was a tough time, because I did not know how to come along, in that moment it did occur to me that I got stuck, but afterwards I realized that I didn’t, because I learnt to improve my workflow a lot. So right now I am a big fan of producing in the box, because It can make things so much easier, because you can work everywhere, but I also love my synths, to work with them is always fun because in some cases they are setting a frame of possibilities.

Give his new Premiere 'Lantern' a listen:

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

Yes, completely. I started with working only on plug-ins, then I tried a lot of external stuff. But then I sold nearly half of my external equipment and started to work with like 4 hardware synths on a small desk, which I often use for jamming, because I realized I only want to have stuff I will use, because otherwise the hardware is only a big waste of money. Especially the Roland machines and the boutique series are pretty helpful in that case, because it is really handy and I can use it easily live, too.

Do you enjoy playing to an audience or working in the studio?

I reaaaaaally love to play my produced tracks live. To play tracks, which I produced just a few hours ago and to gauge how they are working on the dancefloor really is a big plus point. But I also live to work on new tracks for weeks while just playing DJ sets, to really concentrate on the producing. So I really love both of it the same way.

If we gave you the budget to put a line-up together for a mini-festival, who would you book and where would you play?

Honestly, I would love to curate the line-up with my friends and musicians I know or I worked with, because I know a lot of really good DJs and producers, which deserve a lot of more attention, than other artists. But they have no big name, not yet, or do not work with a big promo agency and that is why nobody cares about them. Unfortunately it is always only about putting the big names on the sheet and not focusing on the music.
Nevertheless, I would love to get Frank Wiedemann & Henrik Schwarz playing there and maybe I would join them on a little live jam.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be?

Firefighter, 100%!

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

My Dementora EP will be released soon on the Hamburger label Geistzeit, there is another track coming on a Geistzeit compilation and a remix on Suspekt Records in May. Recently I started a second projekt called PATH with a friend of mine, which is located in the electronica/ ambient genre. Our debut EP called Ashes just hit the stores and right now we are working on our first liveset for this year festivals.

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Junction 2 Festival coming soon!

Good day techno lovers! If you have not considered going to Junction 2 Festival on the 9th of June yet, you should have a closer look at this breath-taking line up. There is big artist coming to 'Boston Manor Park , TW8 9JJ' this year.

Following two amazing years, 2018 is announced with most influencing and incredible artists & DJs the scene has to offer.

Nina Kraviz, Tale Of Us, Maya Jane Coles, Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Dixon b2b Âme, Marcus Worgull and many many others.

Check the full line up and get more information on the official Junction 2 Website.
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Dax J - Offending Public Morality // Review

Dax J’s success within the challenging environment of international DJing and music production has been considerable, yet he hasn’t chosen to passively bask in the comfort of his accomplishments. Instead, he has used his recent experiences to create sonic weapons to confront “public morality” with a themed album of the same name. The concept of “public morality” is one that can be used to help solidify the bonds that hold together society, but on the other hand, it can also provide the basis for acts of exclusion and scapegoating within that same society.
Touching upon numerous “hot button” issues that could offend non-reflective, puritanical sensibilities (i.e. drug abuse, racism, prostitution, murder), Offending Public Morality sprawls out like a foreboding urban landscape and calls upon all kinds of sound elements that will be new to those already familiar with Dax J. Though he has been closely identified with the techno genre this new set makes knowing nods towards his influences in the UK jungle / drum ‘n bass scene, while also undertaking exercises in IDM, EBM, acid and other forms of uncategorizable intensity. From the introductory “Babylon Brutality”, which nails gritty film samples to a lush vocal elegy and authoritarian percussion, Dax J presents a story wherein creative, exploratory energy is constantly forced to contend with paranoiac, racist and exploitative tendencies. It’s a relentless record typified by dark undertones and raw, unfiltered energy.

Equal portions of positive excitement and dread are present in the sequencer-powered, dialed-in rush of “Reclaim Our Lost Honor” or “Offending Public Morality” (whose Middle Eastern-flavored keys separate it from many likeminded journeys into Euro-coldness), while acid-dripping cuts like “Unrepentacostal” and the jungle cyborg stomp “Mustapha Mond” take a darker, chillier approach. There are plenty of seductive moments to keep the force of impact from being too overwhelming - especially Zanias’ guest vocal turn on “Waves of Isolation,” and the flaring brightness of “Feed The Pigeons” - but these moments of beauty tend to only highlight the importance of Dax J’s overall message.

That this message can be conveyed clearly with such a variety of different sound techniques is a real testament to Dax J’s skill as a producer, but also to his perceptiveness and his resilience in the face of adversity.

Offending Public Morality draws up the lines of conflict in a way that’s vivid and loud as possible; using radical sounds to document the ongoing struggle between free expression and violent repression.

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Molécule releases Sila remix package - reworkings by Madben, Torb and Sayem.

Intrepid explorer and electronic music producer Molécule, recently released a remix package of his track ‘Sila’ with reworkings by Madben, Torb and Sayem.

Head of independent Parisian label Mille Feuilles, Molécule  has released numerous remixes, singles, EPs and seven full-length LPs, including an eighth on the way. Nature is a strong theme in his work - his concept effort titled 60°43’Nord was recorded over 36 days on an ocean-going vessel, and recent single 'Violence' with accompanying music video was inspired by a life-changing, perception-altering expedition to the Tundra.

The remix package brings a new element to an interesting track. Madben grew up in Northern France and discovered electronic music at the end of the 90’s. He began DJing in 2000 and composing in 2007. Hailed by Trax Magazine as “techno's last hope,” he has received support from a host of influential names such as Laurent Garnier, Agoria, Dave Clarke, Carl Craig, Skudge, John Digweed and Ben Sims. His reputation was cemented through a few acclaimed releases in 2013 and 2014: ‘We Want To Rave On’ on Astropolis Records, ‘Dual’ with Ian O’Donovan, ‘Neighbours’ on Bedrock, ‘My mad strings’ on Goldmin music. 2016’s tracks ‘Into The Woods’ and ‘Tension’ received airplay from BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft,  and he is a well known name on the club circuit throughout France, including Transmusicales (Rennes), Scopitone (Nantes), Marsatac (Marseille), I Love Techno (Montpellier), as well as Montreal’s Piknic Electronik. His take on Sila delivers a beat driven sound, covering a juxtaposing sonic scope.

Sayem is French DJ and producer, known for his affinity for vintage synths - Minimoog, JX3P, Juno 60 and SH101. He has a string of releases in his wake, and has worked alongside artists such as The Girls and Boys, Rocky, TORB and Domestic Dictatorship (Julien Briffaz Bot'Ox.) He recently composed the score for short film Qui Vive, and has produced music for Don Quichotte at Trocadero, José Montalvo's ballet show, which went on to run for several weeks at Théâtre National de Chaillot, before touring across France. Sayem’s remix radiates maturity and a cool, sometimes poignant atmosphere.

TORB’s work on the track is a techo-centered delivery of intricate grooves. The French duo are some of Motorbass Studio’s hip dissidents, known for their use of modular analogue synths to create a sound reminiscent of the rave age scene. Their 2014 tracks ‘Fatohm / Fever’ received support from Noisey, and their “low-fi” techno sound is owed to bespoke machinery, and preferably played at live sets.

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