Hello, how are you?
I’m fine and don’t really want to complain. I managed to keep my job, my family is healthy and I have a cosy home and studio to work at. So all good.
Where are you right now?
Right now I’m at home on a Saturday night and it really sucks not to be able to go out with my friends and listen to good music on a club PA. But that’s how things are right now and we all have to deal with it.
Which sounds surround you?
I’m digging through Discogs in search of cool techno labels from the early 2000s, a period I’m fascinated with right now and that had so much output it’s kinda hard to wade through the swamp of releases. But it’s definitely worth it!
Have you been productive so far? What are you working on?
Very productive actually. I love meeting friends but can’t deny that I’m in my natural habitat when I’m home alone working on some music or music-related stuff.
I used the heap of free time mainly to prepare for my new label that will see the light of day at the end of the year when this whole crisis is hopefully over and the music I make actually finds its purpose on the dance floors. Lots of things to check out as tbh I have zero experience with running an imprint and rely heavily on input by friends who have successful labels. But I’m positive it will turn out good in the end!
Besides that I worked on some demos for different labels, finished a remix for Juan Trujillo and moved into my new studio I share with fellow producer and friend Farr. So yeah, lots of things going on!
What inspires you right now?
It’s a boring answer but the whole Coronavirus situation and the impact it has on society is actually something that inspires me when producing dark and dystopian music. I don’t want to romanticize this crisis and am aware of that it brings death and despair to many people. But on the other hand it makes us question things we took for granted and ways of living that seemed to be implemented into our brains, until they weren’t possible anymore. So yeah, I think you know where I’m getting at.
Reading material you can recommend?
Hard for me to think of something as I don’t spend that much time reading except for newspapers. The last good book I read was „An Individual Note of Music, Sound and Electronics“ by Daphne Oram, so I’d recommend that!
Definitely the new release by my good friend Matt Mor on Meat Recordings, „Peace Was Never an Option“. Killer EP, super versatile and well produced. To me he’s definitely one of the best producers in Vienna:
Reka Zalan’s debut on HÖR… intense set, so proud of her!!
Another set on HÖR (the original live streamers) by D.Dan and DJ Tool I was shown recently… it exactly the sound that excites me right now and their energy works really well together:
This super old track by Marco Carola.. wtf is this synth line even? Stuck in my head for days!
This dope track by producer X/319 from Leipzig on one of my favorite EPs of the last months:
“I don’t think it will be possible for musicians to generate income just by giving virtual treats.”
What’s your opinion on live-streams? You see any alternative ways to support the music community?
Live streams radiated a really motivating energy when they first started out, supplementing the need for what clubs normally offer. Now they became a bit stale because everybody does them and you can’t really blame ‚em – if you’re a DJ it’s better to play in front of a virtual audience than to play just for yourself. But for me a live stream has to offer something unique and as with all things it’s hard to create that uniqueness if the main thing has been done so often already.
Unfortunately I don’t think it will be possible for musicians to generate income just by giving virtual treats. People are only willing to pay money for real-life experiences (at least enough for musicians to make ends meet), especially because everything became so virtual in the last decade anyway. Lots of people lost lots of money because of Coronavirus too, so supporting someone else you don’t really have an intimate connection to is something most people will think twice about. All we can do is wait it out and come back full force once this crisis is over.
What are you missing most? What are you afraid of?
Clubs, obviously, and everything that comes with it. Spontaneously inviting friends over. Socializing over music, not just online. It’s tough times when your life is centered around music and even though the music itself is still there, everything social that’s associated with it is stripped down to a bare minimum.
I’m not really afraid, but we as a society have to be very careful to make sure that all those restrictions remain temporary and won’t be the cornerstone for a full-on conservative political revolution. As we saw in Hungary and other countries such situations are the perfect opportunity for politicians to position themselves as saviors and make people believe that there is no alternative to them and their authoritarian methods of ruling a country.
What will change you think?
I think the alienation of people to one another has become even stronger since the Coronavirus outbreak and will remain like that for quite a while. People are more suspicious of each other and the ongoing nationalization of European countries is fueled by this crisis. On the other hand, if individuals move closer to each other once the liberty to do so is regained it will be mainly in exclusive circles, which can be a good thing (think safe spaces) or a bad thing (as exclusion mostly tends to be).
On the bright side there might be some overthinking of our current economic situation – people realizing that hired labor is not the most important thing in life, that a lot of work is really expendable and the connections between humans is a cherished factor in life that shouldn’t be taken for granted. At least that’s what I wish for.
What is the gig or occasion you were most looking for, that was cancelled in this period?
Playing B2B with my friend Reka Zalan at About Blank for Elements… would have been my first time playing there after I made lots of good memories as a visitor, so definitely a highlight of my now non-existent gig schedule.
Are you still able to pay your rent?
Yes, I’m fortunate enough to work part time in a photo lab that already opened up again and it strengthened my decision not to rely on music-related income 100%.