Welcome to Magazine Sixty, Nesker. Your new single: No Escape features a stunning vocal. Is it you? And can you tell us about the meaning of the words and how they came to be written?
Nice to meet you thank you! Yes I did the vocal part. Before I started to produce electronic music, I sang in a band and that’s why I really wanted to release a track with my own vocals! The lyrics go back to the time when I had to go abroad for my main job. I often felt a sense of loneliness and I kept asking myself if this is really the life I want to live for the next years. The Track was written during my time in Sweden and it tells exactly about these feelings. Sometimes it felt like there was no escape from this situation and so I came up with the title ‘No Escape’. I often went out into the woods to get a clear head and that’s where the lines were actually written.
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How did your relationship with Goeran Meyer happen and what was it about MYR that attracted you to the label?
Three years ago, Göran liked one of my tracks on SoundCloud and since that day we had more and more contact. Everything has developed into a great friendship! He told me a lot about the music industry, because he has been working in it for many years with his independent label. It was only a matter of time before I would release my first EP on MYR.
Can you talk us through how you produced No Escape including any favourite software/ hardware you like to use?
When I start to produce a track, I usually don’t have a concrete idea in my head and that’s how it was with ‘No Escape’. In 90% of the cases I first build the beat, look for a suitable bass-line and then play around with different melodies until I find the right one! The lyrics then come at the end. Most of the time a suitable line comes to my mind completely by chance at the most inappropriate moments. Fortunately you always have your mobile phone with you to record these ideas!
For this track I used the software synthesizers from U-HE, because I am a very big fan of those! These plugins appear in almost every production of mine. The drums all come from sample packs, because I’m mainly ‘in the box’. I recorded the vocals with the Rode NT2 right after getting up, because at this time of day my voice sounds different and better.
Tell us about how you first got into DJ’ing and who initially inspired you?
Back in the days I always took care of the playlists at our little parties. One part of the list was always Fatboy Slim! I watched videos of him and from that time it was clear to me that I wanted to have DJ equipment as well! At Christmas I got my first Midi-Controller and a few weeks later I played for the first time in front of an audience. I can still remember that moment when I almost threw the controller off the table because of all the excitement and trembling! 😀 However, I stopped DJing after a few years, because we then formed our band and I spent all my time on it. It was a very cool time to be on stage as a singer and to sing my own lyrics, but eventually I had to go abroad because of my job and we ended the band. I wanted to continue making my own music and so I came to produce my own music!
Where can people get to hear you play? And what is the scene like where you live?
I live near Augsburg and I’m on the road here more often! The scene is constantly growing and there are more and more private parties. There are some cool locations, be it the Kantine, the Club Paradox, or the Mahagoni Bar. But the annual highlight is definitely the Ikarus Festival in Memmingen. It takes place at an old military airport and it always has a great lineup! You should definitely check out this festival if you haven’t heard of it yet!
I have confirmed a few dates which I will announce on my social media in the new year. Just drop by and stay up to date!
Who would you say are your most important influences both within electronic music and from the world outside of it?
There are so many artists and I feel inspired by almost any kind of music! But most of all I like the music of Rüfüs Du Sol! I like almost every track and I am fascinated by their work every time!
Outside the electronic music world, it’s definitely my mother. She passed on all the creativity to me and I am really grateful to her for that! But when I’m sitting in the studio and nothing useful comes up, I grab my headphones and drive into the forest. This is the place that really gives me the most creative input! It’s really cool to have something like that right at your front door!
What are your thoughts on the current state of Club Culture in terms of clubs/ festivals, streaming and the future?
In my opinion it is getting harder and harder for the clubs because of all the restrictions! More and more locations have to close. That’s very frustrating, but it doesn’t stop electronic music from soaring! No matter who you ask, almost everybody likes to party to electronic music!
As far as streaming is concerned, I’m a bit divided. On the one hand, it has become much cheaper for you to listen to so much different music compared to the time when you spent a lot of money on CDs. On the other hand, it is anything but profitable for us artists. Sure, you can increase your reach in a very short time, but due to the flood of new music, the individual releases become more and more short-lived and that is a real pity! As far as the future is concerned, I’m really curious about what is still to come!
And finally. Can you share with us any plans moving forward into 2020?
At the moment I’m doing the promotion of my EP. Besides that I’m working on a remix for MYR and of course on other tracks of my own. I’m just at the beginning of my plans for my music and there is a lot in the pipeline!