A Sit Down With DJ Karotte

14:51 Jan/23/2018

Let's face it - life is a constant process. Things are changing. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the bad - whether you like it or not. In our scene, for example, weekend after weekend, release by release, drink by drink is doing something. DJ fees rise or fall. The audience gets older and exchanged over time. Sometimes the trend goes to housy beats, sometimes it gets more technoid. A steady process. But with all the changes, there are also things that can not be shaken like a rock in the surf. No doubt Peter Cornely is one of them. As a DJ carrot, he has been one of the most sought-after artists in our business for almost 20 years. And that, even though the Saarlander was never the biggest producer. His sets are loved - as well as his cheerful and sympathetic charisma.


"I always want to make new music heard, classics are not spent on me."


How did your nickname "carrot" come about? Are there any more? 

I'm so baptized with 2nd name. Yes, there are still DJ hand grenades. 

When you started making music, things like MP3 or even Facebook were out of the question. However, you are one of those people who do not cling to traditions but keep up with the times ...

For me, electronic music always means development and progress. Of course, I would still like to play vinyl, but most clubs are not designed for that anymore. While you had to do a soundcheck a couple of years ago as a laptop DJ, you can check the turntables for feedback and something like that two hours before the opening. If they ever have turntables. That's why I switched early. I also have nothing against artists who play with laptop. Of course, what does not work is the famous sync button. An absolute no-go. It hurts to see how many people call themselves DJ since this invention. Usually they have a rather bad choice of music and the catastrophe is done. In my opinion, sync calls people like Richie Hawtin or Chris Liebing, who no longer have to prove to anyone that they can mix properly. With them, the focus is just on the live act itself. As far as Facebook is concerned, Ricardo spoke very enthusiastically in the first FAZE. I can only partially understand his approach to Facebook and Twitter breaking our culture. Our business is more and more about money. Due to the current flood of events, good promotion for a really good party is a basic requirement. It used to be more about flyers and word of mouth, but today it's over the internet. And I personally enjoy being in touch with people and sharing ideas.

Were there any bad gigs or special happenings that you wanted to forget right away?

Of course there are bad gigs. Can not be madness every time. But really bad are really only those where the system is wrong behind and in front. Very lousy monitor boxes are unfortunately not uncommon and something annoys me then always animal and then makes me no fun.

Unlike many colleagues, the focus is still on live gigs rather than studio sessions, right? How come? 

I do not really like producing, others can do that better than me. But in 2017 something will come back from me after six years. The tracks are already done, so you can be curious.

A good keyword. You are known for supporting new talented artists. Who are you currently on?

There are some good people at the moment. As already mentioned, Nicole Moudaber is one of them. A few years ago, England was musically difficult for me. Lately, however, many artists from there are really in the fast lane. Here in Germany, everything has stopped at House. The English bring in my taste currently more drive pure.

You call yourself an impressive record collection with the 50,000 discs from all sorts of genres your own - are there a couple of albums that you always rauskramst?

In the electronic field not at all. If so, it's more like old albums of indie bands that I hear from time to time. At the moment I'm finding the first Stone Roses album and all the stuff from Siouxie & The Banshees cool again.

Who is your favorite DJ and what makes you enthusiastic about him?

Oh, I have a lot of DJ's who make me dance. But two guarantors that I really dance throughout are Richie Hawtin and Luciano. Both always amaze me because of their great music selection. Of course, both mix very well, but the track selection, or how the set is designed, is actually the most important thing for every DJ.

What made you start your own radio show? 

I like to do the radio and have had the idea for 2 years in the drawer ne electronic broadcast without ne classic mix show. And the agency cosmopop (time warp, love family park) wanted to do a show and thought the concept was great and they started it for me live at sunshine. 

What do you enjoy about the radio work?

The moderation is sometimes more or less, but to provide the people with useful and less useful information about the ether and to play them the latest tracks, I have a lot of fun.

What do you think at the moment about the "crisis" of the club scene? What do you think will change in the near future? Do you notice a change in the club scene in your bookings?

Of course there's a crisis. The clubbers only want to hear the well-tried. Hits, hits, hits (eat with me when I'm so so bad). But a big problem I see the entrance fees are required. But for the most part, this does not depend on the organizers, because they can not be absorbed with high fees. But then the guests stay away in the long run. And these DJs wonder why not much is going on in your evenings.

What makes your style of music and your appearance as a DJ special? 

No idea. You have to ask my fans. Music style maybe that I am open to much and that can connect in a set to a homogeneous whole and that I'm not a hit DJ and only extremely new things play. 


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