when club music left its physical forms and went on to become digital – napster heyday simultaneously – i discovered the universe of so called home listening. i swapped clubs, festivals and parties for my apartment’s couch, monobeats for break beats or no beats and vinyl labels like monoid, utility plastics or antidandruff for the freshly discovered netlabels. the mp3 entered the scene and it all felt like the necessary next step in the right direction.
years later, when i was fed up with next level gluttony i started thinking about getting active and mixing some tracks again. being some sort of human sync button certainly wasn’t the thing for me and one absinthe pregnant night i discovered multitrack mixing. lining up one track after the other belonged to the past as i went for lining up stuff on three or more layers – which offered (and still offers) a beautiful scope for creative action.
at the end of the day, it’s not like mixing in its proper sense even though live mixing still is no impossibility at all. it is the way more compositional approach in my humble opinion. playing several layers at the same time gives the recording the appropriate depth. it’s an ambient thing though.
one example, my reanimation of two of the best dead netlabels (luumu and robot opera), can be found here.
when i started mixing records i took my two turntables, a mixer and a tape recorder (yes, i am that old) to leave the results to posterity. at first i mixed hardtrance recordings, then goa and from there on my “style” took shape step by step and turned out to become monotone, sterile and repetitive in the end – what we call looptechno was the thing for me in the late 90s and early 2000s. my first stage was my musty room, then: the musty rooms of my other wannabe dj buddies, then: small parties, bigger parties and even radio sessions. never made it to a club though. but i even got payed in the end from time to time – what was only a theoretical kind of income; and practically spent in advance on the latest vinyls. today i’m back in phase 1. at least the mustiness is gone.
whats left is a slightly damaged hearing and a bunch of picturesque memories. i really don’t wanna miss those days. i never was closer to the underground zeitgeist and it never was more fun to chase it.
to avoid scrapping charges i decided to donate my first car to a charity organization that shipped it to cameroon. on my last ride with the beloved burgundy golf 1 i listened to my latest mixtape. when i arrived at the freight station, i got off the car, threw papers and keys into the letter box of an abandoned looking building, waved goodbye and went to the nearest bus station. on my way back home i realised that i had left the mixtape in the car radio; but to the present day i dont know any techno superstar dj from cameroon who might have been inspired by it.
in the early 2000s my musical interest changed as my horizon expanded. breakbeats and experimental stuff came into play and soon i quit what never would have become a considerable career anyway.
i discovered goa trance in the mid90s. the first song track i probably ever heard was “mahadeva” by astral projection. this track, or to be precise: the included line “om namah shivaya”, constitutes my first contact with hinduism as well. i immediately fell in love with this exotic but (in my case at the time) pure and sober idea of psychedelic, the innocent appreciation of complex, hypnotic and vivid arrangements. i bought cds and some vinyls as well. personal heyday: late 90s.
soon after that my own dj “career” started to materialize and i left everything melodious behind for this thing called “loop techno”. rather simultaneously, the entire psytrance thing started to move on, leaving melody (and the 303) mostly behind as well. i never lost contact really though, attended several parties, concerts and festivals.
today, there is a huge variety of subgenres to be explored, like full-on, progressive, darkpsy, twilight, morning, forest, zenonesque, psycore, hi-tech, suomi and so on… but right now i’m all into classic or new wave goa trance again, listening to webradios and the old stuff i’ve got. i’ve never been to goa or even india and i’m still not interested.