What advice would you give to a young producer that would like to emerge in this current electronic music scene? Are there any young talents that you are supporting that you would like to talk about?
There is no big advice, ust believe in yourself. Do your homework and cross your fingers. My main focus at the moment is actually on Adriatique from Zurich. They are very talented and finally we’ve got their first EP coming out on DIYnamic featuring four super tracks.
Briefly describe your standard performance setup for dj sets and live sets. Why does it work better for you? How did the new digital tecnologies influence your dj set/live performance work?
I play with CDJs without using any FX-console or controllers. I am not a big fan of them. I do find the loop function of the CDJ 2000 is very helpful. I don’t plan my sets before, so I always bring my whole CD deck with me (actually I switched to USB recently).
Which of your releases has given you the most satisfaction and why?
Almost every track I released become big in 2011. From my ‘Love Recycled’ EP on 2DIY4 or ‘Daddy’s Jam’ or ‘Something We All Adore’. Besides my remixes for Kraak & Smaak, Tiefschwarz and the biggest success my ‘Around’ remix for Noir & Haze, I definitely recognised a certain rise in my fanbase. Then, all theses ranking pools 2011, give them all the acknowledgment. I was overwhelmed and thankful to everyone who supported me last year.
Summer is striking with its sunny vibes, please tell us something about your Diynamic’s residency at Sankeys Ibiza 2012
We’ve had three great nights so far and it keeps getting busier every week. I’m super happy ‘cause of our neon night concept we have paintings during the night and the crowd are really into it. The people started to ask for more colour painting during the night and they all do it on their own and colour other guests. This all gives them a familiar vibe.
Tell us about your studio, which sequencers do you use? With what hardware/software do you mainly work? What machine would you consider the best part of your kit?
I still use logic 7.3 as a working tool. I think it’s time for an update though. The most important thing is that you’re familiar with any tools you use. There is lots of good stuff out there – it doesn’t matter if it’s software or hardware.
For me, the last remix I finished is for Luca C & Brigante feat Roisin Murphy, which you will hear soon: I found a great baseline sound on my Nord Stage keyboard. It was an elemental part of the track. Besides that I’m very happy about my barefoot speakers.
Describe the underground scene in the country you live in, Germany. Do you have a lot of movement going on there? Are there any djs and producers “on fire” at the moment?
I think you can feel the movement everywhere, so it’s hard to pick some new producers. There are lots of good ones. Maybe Kolombo is really on fire at the moment. You’ll hear a bundle of great tracks from this guy very soon.
What are your future plans? Do you have any new releases that you would like to tell us about?
I only finished a remix for Luca C & Brigante feat Roisin Murphy before I went to Ibiza, which will be my base for the summer. I will come back mid-September and then I have to finish a remix for Miss Kittin. That’s it so far. I cancelled all the other requests.
Pick one record each that has changed your life and opened to your view the world of electronic music and let us know why.
It’s unfair to pick only one track, so I’ll pass here. J
How do you think the techno music market is evolving over the years? Did the new digital market take down the general musical level to your opinion?
I think generally techno/house music becomes bigger over the years, cause of new digital world we are living.
What can we expect from Solomun sound in the future?
A good question. I wish I knew it.
Thank you for having spent the time to let our readers know more about your music and thoughts.
Thank you for the interview.
Solomun plays Diynamic Neon Nights every Tuesday at Sankeys Ibiza until 11 September. Solomun’s Watergate 11 is out now.