Who or what has been the biggest influence on your career?
So many things. But I guess to sum it up, it was my move to Berlin – getting to meet all the people I liked before and getting to play with them…
What has been the ‘defining moment’ for you so far?
Being a resident at Panoramabar. I played there at the very beginning of the ’new‘ Panoramabar for a Cadenza night Luciano did. In the last two years, it started taking off… so I guess the ‘moment’ has been four years of building up a residency.
What is your favourite time to play?
The club is very popular now – have you noticed a change in the crowd or atmosphere since it became more fashionable?
It’s become better and fuller – which is great for a DJ. The club of course attracts many people from outside… If you go there Saturday at the beginning of the night you might not know anyone or meet anyone you could know, but the later the more likely you meet your friends and acquaintances…
The last year has been amazing for many of the club’s residents: do you feel any pressure now?
No I don’t feel pressure. I feel recognized, welcome, respected…
Your Cassy label is vinyl-only. Will it remain that way?
No, it will not. I’ve decided to do digital sometime soon. I’ve been convinced by people who are not able to buy records and like to have my music too…
There is something very hypnotic about your production style. How long did it take you to get comfortable with your sound?
It took quite a while. It was something that’s been more or less going round in my head for ages… I didn’t know how to make it happen or how it would finally sound like. It’s a work in progress. It’ll hopefully never stop developing.
Do you work with anyone else in the studio? How does a track come about?
I will do co-productions for my album. A track usually starts with a beat or a bit of synthesizer!
It feels like you use your voice as an instrument, or an instrumental element rather than a vocal…
Absolutely. It’s hard to do songs, to come up with a vocal that consists of a chorus and a verse. It’s something very special if it happens more naturally. I don’t like it if it sounds too forced… if the song is too much of a song.
How will you progress your sound?
Good question. I don’t really know. That’s something slumbering or ‚limboing‘ in my head and subconscious. It’s something that needs to be developed on many levels – not only in the studio. You need to build up your consciousness in order to recognise it when it hits you or meets you. You have to develop the ability to understand what you’re looking for…
You travelled quite a bit as a child. Was it in Austria that you started making music and DJing?
I travelled more later on. I left England for Austria more or less as a baby with my parents and then spent most of my time in Austria until I was 19. I started off as a vocalist with Elin aka Autorepeat.
You are probably classed as a deep house DJ today – what way do you describe what you do?
No, I’m actually not a deep house DJ – because deep house means vocal house to most people. I’m not a vocal house DJ. In the States, I’m classed as a techno DJ, because house means straight house. And in Europe I’m a house DJ, because I play house and deep techno.
Chicago or Detroit? (or Berlin?!)
Both. But I love and feel Chicago, I completely revere Detroit…
What’s next for you?
Working on a mix CD and my album…