Who inspired you the most on your journey to becoming a DJ/producer?
One of my all-time favorite producers and DJs is Objekt, who continues to inspire me to this day.
How did you first discover them?
Definitely heard Object #1 – probably “The Goose That Got Away” in a club somewhere or on a mix or rinse FM show. I immediately hooked, and even more when Object #2 fall.
What made them someone you wanted to emulate?
Objekt is one of my favorite producers of all time and his dance floor EPs have always blown me away. Everything from its sound design to the mixes to its writing style is so meticulously considered and complex yet dynamic, heavy and most of all, memorable.
Every element of his tracks – his melodies, drum patterns and sound design choices play off each other in this interwoven call and response relationship; every discrete element, down to the swing of a hi-hat, the modulated reverb tail of a snare drum, or the filter sweep of a “disposable” synth squelch feels like its own breathing, living organism possessed by the conductor. funkiest and most surgically precise orchestra.
Compositionally, most dance music (including mine) tends to build and release tension in a linear way, but I find Objekt’s best tracks really do this in multiple dimensions – it’s almost like watching a 2D cartoon and then experiencing virtual reality. His tunes are often these sprawling story arcs that gradually evolve, invert, and weave themselves through a number of parallel yet intertwining threads. If that weren’t enough, there are always those incredible interventions that tend to pierce the tension that has been built up – non-sequential one-shots and drum flourishes that explode into the track, disintegrate and reappear unexpectedly. in a different form. later. Or hooks that will mutate and take on a life of their own in a later section of the track.
None of this would be possible without the marriage of wizard-level arrangement and engineering – his sense of space allows such complexity to exist, but restraint and patience allow each group to elements to shine at the exact moment it needs them.
His output is so detailed that years later, listening to his tracks over and over again reveals new things. Unlike a lot of dense or “complex” music, nothing ever seems random or arbitrary, or complex in the name of complexity.
That being said, I can’t say I’ve been successful in emulating his style – I’m far less restrained and technically adept. On the other hand, that’s something I’m fine with — you don’t always have to emulate your heroes!
Have you ever met them in person? Or worked with them?
TJ was one of the first people I contacted via email (also with no expectation of a response) and he not only responded, but he did so with extremely detailed comments and encouragement. I will never forget that. Since then we have been quite friendly and have spent a lot of time together over the years. But we never worked together!
Did you have any other mentors along the way?
Gingy (also from Gingy & Bordello) is one of my best friends and has been a mentor to me since I started producing. He literally listened to every demo I’ve written in the last 10 years. Dean Attic is also one of my closest friends and has also been a great mentor to me for the past four years or so. Both have mixed my work before and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them.
Other people I’ve also admired along the way are Sepalcure (Braille and Machinedrum), XI, Jubilee, MartynPaul Woolford (aka Special Request) – there have been too many to name!
Why is representation so important in the music industry?
It’s encouraging to see the diversity of race, sexual orientation, class represented in the industry – to reinforce that it should be a place for everyone.
Do you hope to one day serve as an example to the next generation?
In TJ’s case, it’s possible to be a complete genius and be incredibly humble, kind and generous – not to say I’m on his level, but if I can embody that attitude and pass it on, that would be pretty cool .
Finally, tell us about the chart you created.
(Mostly) new tracks that I’ve felt like I’ve been playing lately that are pretty indicative of the range of things I play in my DJ sets! Check it out below!
Aquarius Mutations I: Death, Taxes and Hanger EP is now available through Dekmantel. Check it out on Beatport.
Mutations II: Delicious Intention EP drops Friday, April 29 via Dekmantel.