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WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO IN YOUR WALKMAN/CAR STEREO ETC. RIGHT NOW?
Right now i’m listening to St. Julien, which is minimal industrial sytnh wave, that kind of music. A brand new thing that i’m releasing on my own label Apron soon.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL DJ EXPERIENCE?
Puuh there’s no such thing like that but… it’s probably a bit of a cliche because i’m playing here tonight, but my first visit here back in march was definitely a highlight (smiles). That was definitely a good vibe! The chemistry between the DJ and the crowd was what made it so special.

WHAT WAS YOUR WORST DJ/LIVE EXPERIENCE?
Worst experience is probably not one gig. But one to remember was when me and Kyle Hall played together we played about three songs and ended up cutting the sound off because the sound system was so bad in the booth that we couldn’t hear what we were doing. In the end there was a discussion between us and the promoter and it was also their birthday party so it was a horrible experience.

HOW WAS THE DAY OF YOUR FIRST RELEASE?
Well, i’m making music for years now and my friends used to say i should release my music. I always said no, it’s not ready. Eventually there came a time where i tried some tracks out in the clubs and i ended up playing at Plastic People and Sam (Floating Points) and Alex (Alexander Nut) from Eglo Records where there and saw the reaction of the crowd. So it was like wow, something i’m actually doing for years and was so shy about people would enjoy and it would get played by the likes of Benji B. It was definitely a beautiful feeling! It was the first Eglo Release „Kleer“. One side Soul Funk kinda stuff and the other side House.

DO YOU OWN A COPY OF EVERY RELEASE YOU MADE?
Yes, every release i ever made except one Remix that i don’t have. One time at a club someone pulled out that record and said, look, i got your record! And i said: ohh i don’t have that one and he asked if he should give it to me. But i told him to keep it and play it (smiles)

DO YOU HAVE A CERTAIN HABIT WHEN PACKING YOUR RECORD BAG BEFORE TRAVELLING?
I kind of like keep the same selection there but every couple of months i add some stuff that i feel at that moment. I just play what i love to play and when the crowd and i like it, then it will stay in my bag for a long time.

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR YOU TO PLAY STUFF YOU LOVE AND TO PLEASE THE CROWD?
WHAT BALANCE DO SEE THERE?
Yeah, it’s definitely quite important to please the crowd, but there’s things that i didn’t expect a good reaction from but after some time people can keep up with something that i try out. It’s a very special moment when i play something for the first time, like my own productions and people react to it positively straight away. I do think it’s like a lesson that you give but it depends on how you do it. You just got to tell a story and know exactly when to play and what to play at what time. You can’t just play something and expect people to understand it, you have to show where it’s coming from and where it’s going. It’s about taking the people on a journey… your journey.

THANK YOU STEVEN!

Interview recorded at COLOGNE SESSIONS in November 2013. Polaroid by KATERINA TRAKAKIS.