A Sit Down With DJ Teenage Mutans
While his name conjures fond memories of childhood heroes, Teenage Mutants is jet set for the high life in the upcoming year following his recent release titled Fall For You on the Ultra Music/Sony label. The German DJ and producer who hails from Mainz has made the rounds within the deep house scene over the recent years, pushing out releases on independent labels such as Suara, Stil vor Talent, Light my Fire, Kittball, Katermukke and Nervous.
"Drop beats not bombs! Peace!"
Who introduced you to music, from the perspective of a listener, or was it something you found yourself?
My brother opened that door for me. He was a good DJ, and still is a great DJ. He recorded his tapes at home every afternoon if he bought some new vinyl. I was sitting on his couch and enjoyed those sessions a lot.
What do you use to produce your tracks, hardware and software?
I have a mix of both. But mostly with software. I am more a software nerd than a hardware nerd. I use Ableton live and mostly ZEBRA and DIVA for those who know them.
How do you discover that Deep House was your style?
Deep House is just a part of House music you know At the moment I dont feel it anymore. There is too much people who have a copying styles. I like it when its unique !
Quite a lot of your recent releases have been collaborations, do you prefer the results you get from a more collaborative approach compared to just doing everything on your own?
It depends on the mood .the remixes I do are mostly not collaborations. If you see, I only do collaborations with friends so I can also help them to increase their profile. We split the work 50/50 most of the time.
How does this experience differ than your previous work with independent labels? (Suara, Stil vor Talent, etc.)
I love all those independent labels, but they need to be careful with all their expenses. I understand that. Commercial labels are more open minded for new things, cause they dont have to lose so much. Thats a nice opportunity, but I definitely prefer independent labels. I am not a big fan of too much commercial stuff. It has to be a good mix in my releases.
What were you listening to growing up and when did you really start getting into the music?
Actually my first contact to music was in the early 90s with House and Techno. Before that, music was just a thing in the background of my life. No real contact with it. When I listened to House Music in school on my Walkman other kids made jokes of that kind of music. They all listened to, hmm, I dont know -> radio shit, maybe Spice Girls.
What are your inspirations? Who did you listen to as a child?
To the whole 80s. I love all the Synths and Baselines. The 60s are also really good as an inspiration with all their melodies and simple groove.
What are three things you must absolutely have with you in the studio when working?
Imac. Sennheisser Headphones. Fanta.
You keep a pretty hectic schedule, in fact for the next few months your doing multiple gigs, in multiple countries on a 5-6 day rotation. Thats a lot of traveling, especially when youve got the likes of Mexico and Argentina in there with European dates in between. How do you manage to fit in anytime for production?!
I work Monday to Friday in my Studio and also in transit with my MacBook. Actually, it is not that hard for me to manage it. You only have to make some priorities. Which tracks / remixes comes first etc.
Youre social media is very much business first apart from occasional selfies, underneath that serious façade, theres a fun guy no doubt, whats your favourite comedy film or show?
I am really bored of all the DJs posting funny things, pictures of purple disco balls or anything else on Facebook, just to get likes and more followers. My page is about my job, my passion and first of all my music (maybe my dog sometimes, cause she likes to be on Facebook) My favourite show is King of Queens.
Do you feel that the increasing popularity of festivals and clubs are affecting the direction of music production?
The festivals are still small compared to big rock or pop festivals. But more and more you see Deep House or Techno Artists playing on commercial POP or EDM festivals. But I dont think that will affect any genre, because at the moment it is POP Music.
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