we’re happy to have you here on Altroverso.
First of all, we’d like to know at which age you started to make music and how you got there.
Perhaps you have been influenced by someone. If yes, who?
I was 11 years old when I did my first mixtape. Influenced by Funkmaster Flex and his 60 minutes of Funk Mix CD´s. At the age of 12 I became resident DJ in a youth disco, taking part every friday from 6-9pm.
Your friends and your family probably imagined a different destiny for you, how did your beloved ones react when you started to make it seriously?
When I was 16 I did an internship at a bank. I really wanted to work in this sector, my mum liked it a lot. But they didn’t want me, I didn’t pass the tests. But I earned my first money with soccer and when I was 19 I got injured heavily. During that time I discovered how to make party in clubs. So I decided to quit soccer and the next day I brought my first turntables. It took a long period before my mom understood what I am doing. She works in a supermaket and someone said to her: “Hello Mrs. Perry!” – while she was sitting on the registrator. Then she realised, that her son is doing something which got a lot of attention.
Your musical productions received many positive feedbacks and they were published on labels of primary importance (Moonbootique, Systematic, Stil Vor Talent, Kittball, etc.) and finally in 2013 you realized your dream of create your own label, the “Be An Ape”. What led you to do so and which are the differences between being a label owner or a producer for other labels?
It was the time. I build my own studio and was able to make music 24/7. I was lucky to produce with Kolombo & Tube&Berger before. But I wanted to make music, whenever I want. So it’s just the freedom to do what I want, which is the best thing for running a label….
You collaborated with many artists of the musical scene, who did you feel more comfortable with?
As I mentioned I went with Kolombo & T&B in the studio for years. But I also like jammin around with Dirty Doering or Paji. Paji & me are releasing our next EP in November 2016 on Kittball, followed by an EP with Doering on LouLou Records (the label of LouLou Players & Kolombo) four weeks later.
Instead, talking about gigs, where did you enjoy more playing?
I always enjoy playing and just love it. But if I have to mention something specific, then playing in my hometown Dortmund is always maximum fun. And of course playing in Berlin at Kater Blau or Sisyphos is always a great experience, too.
In this period is coming out the commemorative compilation of Moonbootique’s 15 years and your last album on Einmusika Rec. What can you tell us about them?
Well, I know Tobi & Kowe since 2012 when I booked them to my party. From that point on we became friends. In 2006, I released ‘Beach Power’ on Moonbootique, and in 2008 and 2011 two double CD’s. You can say I musically grow up with them and the label. Therefore it was a great honor when they asked me to deliver two mixes for their compilation.
Right after the Moonbootique-compilation, I will finally release my next EP on Moonbootique called ‘As The World’.
My last releases were on EIN2 (in September), which is the little sister of Einmusika and on Katermukke (in August). After relasing on Moonbootique in October, the next releases will be on Kittball and LouLou Records with Paji & Dirty Doering.
What do you think has changed today in the international panorama of electronic music compared to when you began?
First: Most DJ’s aren´t playing vinyl anymore. Me neither. Second: Everybody is a DJ now. Third: Everybody is a producer now. Fourth: Festivals are killing club culture. Fifth: Social Media all over everything. But what really matters and which will never change: It’s all about the music.
Would you give some advices to the Altroverso’s followers?
Be honest, be yourself, don’t copy other styles. Create your own one. Spend every damn second of your freetime to improve your skills and knowledge while you build up your own network.
Thank you Andreas, we wish all the best for your career
A hug, see you soon.