SPINNING IN THE NAME OF...
What would you say were the biggest challenges you faced when you started making music?
From a technical point of view, making it sound right. I was always very much a sound fanatic, and I was never really happy with the sound, so that was the biggest challenge.
What was your first studio set-up?
In the mid-’90s, we had some funky synths like the Juno 108, the Super Jupiter, the Oberheim and, of course, the 909, 808 and 303. But the heart of it was an old Atari computer that ran the software, called Notator. It was all quite basic I would say.
What is your current live/club set-up?
I use the Model 1 mixer by PLAYdifferently; the Maschine MK3 by Native Instruments; an Antelope Audio “Orion 32+” sound interface; and on my computer, I have Traktor and Maschine software running as stand-alones.
What advice would you give to the modern electronic musician?
Just do what feels right. Be inspired by everything around you – old records, new records, things you love, things from your childhood, and do not limit yourself. That’s what I’ve learned and it helped me very much.
Following the success of your previous label CLR, what advice would you give to upcoming imprints?
Don´t randomly release a bunch of music – pick it really well and stick to a few tracks per release. There should be one or two tracks and maybe an additional one. I would always stick to the same format of vinyl, where you have an A-side with one or two tracks, and a B-side with one or two tracks. Chose them well, don’t just release anything that you get your hands on – and send artists back to the studio if you are not 100% happy with it.
Part 2 of our chinwag with cult techno hero Chris Liebing.