A Sit Down With DJ Florian Meindi
Florian Meindl is an Austrian DJ, producer and sound designer. In addition to numerous collaborations with international artists he is busy with producing remixes and has just successfully completed his BA studies at the London College of Music. He also writes articles about music production in magazines like FutureMusic and does music production shows for the Berlin Mitte Institut. Till now his productions have been released on famous labels such as Trapez, Stil vor Talent, Resopal, Herzblut and Kling Klong.
This is a Man, who has been at the top of his game for over fourteen years. Known for his deep, grooving tech sound, his productions are characterised by his love of analogue, which represent his true signature sound. As a DJ, live performer, studio producer and sound designer, Florian has, over the years established an impressive producing base for himself in his Berlin-based Riverside Studio complex with an exciting hardware set up. As label owner of Flash Recordings he has been able to share his musical vision, reflect his tastes with over 150 releases including the likes of luminary names in the Techno world like Heron, Electric Rescue, Maxime Dangles and Hans Bouffmyhre.
You are a DJ, Producer, sound engineer, you also run your own label FLASH Recordings. Where do you find all the time to put so much of yourself into so many things?
I think its in my nature to try out and do many things even they dont make sense in the first place but somehow after years there are moments where everything comes together and all of a sudden it makes sense, its able to be marketed or sold and in addition many of my activities are interlocked. I used to be a mechanical engineer and I love efficiency, if something is not efficient I instantly loose interest and get depressed with it, this is an annoying but very useful feature isnt it? I should also mention that I built up a huge network of very creative and busy people to form little teams to realize my ideas and also to get inspired I make sure all of them get their fair shares! If I start something I tend to do everything myself except very complicated things to experience all steps, but then there must be a point where I either stop it completely because it didnt work or didnt make sense or I get together a team doing it for me, if you miss this point you find yourself in an inefficient state where you are overworked and not able to be creative.
What was your first success?
My first Vinyl released in 2005 which was charted and played by Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers and my most successful record was a hit on Trapez Records a few years later which sold 5000 units. In terms of sound design Riemann Kollection. 1 in the charts very often and my collaboration with Native Instruments for a MACHINE Expansion pack called Static Friction is worth mentioning too.
"...there are always lucky moments, where you dont know anything about it and the outcome is better than everything else but you might have much more success long term if you know everything very well but be able to forget certain rules in certain moments."
Do you have any other work besides the music business or does it consume your existence?
I study music technology in London, this is very time consuming besides music production, label, Djing and other personal things... its hard but it works.
Can you talk us through your journey into the techno scene and to Berlin?
My journey into proper Techno like Jeff Mills, Surgeon etc started a bit later than my first contact with DJing it was through a DJ mix and I loved the machine like sounds it also fitted the time very well it must have been in 1999 when I was studying mechanical engineering: the music was the soundtrack to the mechanical things I learned there, and soon I started to produce music which was a very technical thing as well with all the parameters on a synth. For me, Techno is still half music half engineering.
When did you first appear in public?
In the year 2000, so with 15 years - I always played the warmup sets in Linz / Austria, where I came from, for the venues like Nova and Membrankeller.
How would you describe your creative production process?
Im a bit bad in copying something or recreating exactly this or that, Im more like exploring things and find a setup of gear and harmonies etc. and then produce many variations of this and select the best one after some time. This method is a bit more risky the the other one but the reward can be much larger. My process is basically experimenting and then selecting and further shaping.
What tracks, remixes or mix-sets would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
The DJ-Mix player with almost all of my recorded DJ-Mixes inside which you can find here and my tracks which are all available on Beatport.
Can you tell us more about your excellent Flash 151 EP?
Yeah it was created entirely on the modular system and I recorded depending on the song only 1 stereo master channel or 2 stereo channels so it was pretty much mixed on the fly and then only cut a bit in Cubase because I tend to record 15min. takes. A disadvantage I want to improve in the future is that it is a bit too much in mono. I tended to mix most of the things to the middle of the stereo field because I was focussing on the sound-shaping and performance too much.
What inspired you and Oliver Koletzki to create your own label?
The fact that we had different skills which merged together within the label and the opportunity to release tracks which wouldn`t fit perfectly to other labels.
What is the record that you always carry with you, that never fails?
There are some records of that kind of course but at the moment its Shifted Persistence of Vision (MB Elektronics). I also like the title of it. And, please forgive me, I also have to name at least one from my own imprint FLASH Recordings because I play it in all sets which is a very energetic big room track called Jar from the French producer Jusai.
Is there any artist you would like to collaborate with?
Yes many, I think collaboration helps a lot for the artistic development if the right people come together! Björk would be interesting to work with because she is one of the highest respected musicians in my record collection and she likes to collaborate with electronic music artists.
Do you have any advice for the young Chinese DJs?
They should invent their own way of Techno that would be very interesting! They should build up their own labels and show the world what is their sound, I like to collaborate with people who built up their own thing.
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