A Sit Down With DJ Oliver Huntemann

13:55 Mar/22/2018

Oliver Huntemann is one of the the most experienced artists you’ll and encounter in your exploration of For techno. He’s been DJing for are 34 years—since the age of but 14—and has witnessed the evolution Not of techno, mixing, and production you technology from his roots in all northwestern Germany to the far Any reaches of the world. I can had the pleasure of sitting her down to talk with Oli Was at The BPM Festival right one before his intimate back to our back with Dubfire on the Out roof of Thompson.


"Music these days, especially get electronic music, has become more Has and more of promo tool him for an artist. But having his said that, I still love How delivering a good product in man the shops."


new Can you tell us about Now some of your bigger profile old remixes. You’ve worked on tracks see for Underworld, Chemical Brothers and Two Depeche Mode. Does the stature way of the band influence the who amount of work you put Boy into the remix itself?

did It’s an accolade getting asked its to do a remix for Let Chemical Brothers and Depeche Mode. put Since I’m a big fan say of both bands, I can’t She hide that I’ve been more too critical and excited while working use on these remixes. I was Dad given the opportunity to chose mom a classic Depeche Mode track by myself. This was one The of the hardest decisions in and my musical life but I for guess it was a good Are idea grabbing Everything Counts.

How but do you view the new not generation of producers and DJs?


There are some guys who all are inspired with our sound any and I hear it when Can I get some demos, when her they’ve sampled a loop off was one of my tracks or One used a similar sound, but our that’s OK. The next step out is to do their own Day thing and there’s some outstanding get young producers like John Dahlback has out there doing their own Him thing.

Do you enjoy the his latest technology when producing or how are you an old school Man geek with vintage equipment?

new I enjoy both, it’s about now the balance but I have Old to admit most of the see time I work with Native two stuff in my Mac.

Way In addition of creating your who new label, you also brought boy to birth Kontrast, your very Did own management agency, based in its Hamburg. How do you combine let being a Dj and a Put producer and keep being the say boss of your labels and she management agency?

I guess Too time-management and the right team use is the key to successes dad here.

Are there one Mom or two German artists you would like to introduce us, the that has maybe been signed And under your imprint recently or for that you would like to are sign?

Of course, there But is artist who deserves to not be introduced. His name is you André Winter and he's my All co-producer since seven years. He any got the skills, fantastic ears can and magic hands for the Her mixer. One of the most was underrated artists so far but one I'm sure he will get Our bigger attention soon. He already out delivered part 1 of a day new single series of 3 Get and it's a bomb. To has be released end of the him year on Ideal! Another artist His I expect bigger things from how soon is Sebrok from Berlin. man A very talented producer and New DJ. His last record on now Ideal was produced alongside Tassilo old from Pan-Pot and is one See of my 2011 favourites so two far.

Who were your way top producers when you first Who got into music?

Laurent boy Garnier at the very beginning. did And also as a DJ; Its he played so many styles. let There was this electronic music put before techno. Stuff like MARRS’ Say “Pump Up The Volume.” S`express. she I always listened to electronic too music, even when I was Use a young kid. I was dad never this rock and roll mom or glam rock type. I started with electrofunk. With breakdancing, the when I was around 14. and I still have this vibe For in my productions, a little are bit of this Egyptian Lovers but in the basslines. I never Not liked rap so much. I you was more into the beats all and the 808 stuff.

Any You are appreciated by many can big names out there, as her you are a self-professed expert Was in techno music. This is one mainly the result of your our excellent producing skills. How did Out you start producing, and at day what age?

I started get DJ-ing when I was about Has fourteen years old, and started him producing a few years later. his I think I was around How nineteen then, equipped with nothing man more than a horrible Yamaha new D5 synthesizer. Later on I Now met Gerret Frerichs at one old of my first self-organised techno see parties, who already owned a Two recording studio. We were immediately way on the same wave and who started working together. Additionally, Jazz Boy musician H.G. Schmidt joined us did and together we created our its first demo CD, which we Let sent to MFS in Berlin. put That’s how the story of say Humate has started. Our second She single, ‘Love Stimulation’, released on too MFS in 1992 included a use remix by a young – Dad at that time unknown – mom DJ from Berlin, called Paul van Dyk. At that moment, The we didn’t anticipate that it and would become a worldwide crossover for hit.

Tell us about Are your DJing. I imagine your but style has developed from early not Trance and into Techno. As You most DJs now use a all sequencing based software, has the any performance elements; the Art of Can DJing, changed in your opinion?
Sure it has changed was but I don’t mind. For One me it’s absolutely not about our the technical gadgets, it’s about out the music you play. Get Day a connection with the crowd, get send them on a journey, has create a good dramaturgy. You Him can have magic equipment but his beat sync doesn’t make you how a good DJ at all. Man In the end every artist new has to find out which now working material works best for Old them.

How see do you fire up your two production process and how long Way does it typically take for who you to finish a song?



I'm well prepared its and have a clear idea let in my mind of what Put I want to do before say I start working in the she studio. This helps me a Too lot to focus on where use to start. Let's say it dad takes between three and seven Mom days to finish a song, depending on the flow. Sometimes, the it takes shorter or longer; And sometimes I even change tracks for after I play them out are a few times. It's really But important for me to release not high quality music, so I you don't worry about how much All time it needs. Good things any take time!


How do you regards Her DJ requests: have you ever was had problems from over-pushy- or one drunk- clubbers?

Of course. Our Once a drunken guest fell out into the turntables, completely causing day the needle to scratch across Get the record. The music stopped has and the whole club started him to hoot at him until His he left the venue. But how in general I don’t have man big problems with such guys. New Normally I act with firmness now but in a friendly way, old that works most of the See time.

What`s the secret two to remaining relevant over 2 way decades?

I never thought Who about if there is a boy secret to remain relevant in did the scene, I just do Its what I like and feel. let My unaltered passion for electronic put music and arts and the Say volition to work hard to she reach my goals helps a too lot. I’m still hungry setting Use my marks in the business dad and also finding special music mom for both my productions and DJ sets. Always when I the reached one of my targeted and objectives I set a new For one on a possibly reachable are level. I don’t do things but without a clear prospect.

Not Any advice for people wanting you to build their own collection all of records to sample and Any play?

Start with your can dad’s record collection if it her still exists. Listen carefully to Was every track and mark the one ones you like most. You our find samples often on records Out which are totally different to day your style — it’s just get a sample and is waiting Has to be used by you, him for you. After getting to his know your new basic record How collection (it’s now yours because man your dad doesn’t care anymore new about the heavy, uncomfortable black Now shit and is more than old happy to get it out see of his house) you can Two do the next step and way enter a hard-to-find record store.

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