What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I have always been a very curious person and came to programming and design at an early age. It was fun, but it wasn’t as fulfilling as producing music for the first year. The original spark came from my dad, who gave me a DAW for Christmas and I got lost playing around with samples. From there, my curiosity and technical knowledge quickly brought me into a global exchange with musicians, organizers and creative artists in the field of electronic music.
Due to this context, I quickly decided to organize my own events with friends with a curatorial claim that presents international and new artists. Over the years, all of this has grown into larger formats such as festivals and temporary uses. These projects focus on interdisciplinarity, inclusion and as little hierarchy as possible – with the aim of self-regenerative sustainability. A good example is our Common Ground project in Munich.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Trojan Matter tells the story of growing beyond your own expectations and desires by trusting in your own uncertainty. Despite a change of mood towards the end, the song still expresses my confidence, acceptance, affection for the world and tries to invoke a similar feeling within others. Skofi was in the studio on the day of the first demo – she is a gifted musician and I have been helping her for a bit with her music wherever i can. During this time we have become good friends and spend a lot of time together in our respective hometowns. While listening to the song she intuitively started to hum along. We both found it so aptly simple, yet enriching, that we recorded it instantly. We did the final mix and mastering in Kassel at TRAILS studio, a great place of retreat.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
In the first place are definitely my friends & family – followed by everyone who has always stayed true to themselves, bring a lot of curiosity with them and always try to enrich the scene and people around them in terms of content. In the large picture, every single encounter as well as things that I perceive for myself are an influence and inspiration on my creative process. In recent years, it has mostly been the more inconspicuous that have become very important over time.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Everyone differs if they’re not following a formular and i like it that way. I have respect for the previously mentioned people and for some time now I have only encountered a purely creative style of art and music. For some time now, all of my productions have been jams to a certain degree – they are created spontaneously without having a finished product in mind. It feels like impulsive drawing with the aim to offer space for my own thoughts and feelings. These are strongly influenced by my environment / moments or relationships that inspire me. That always brings me back to the idea of sharing it with others – and is the initiating spark of my art. My sound moves between very atmospheric warm sounds to very dark, oppressive, yet adventurous compositions and soundscapes. I set no limits to the song speed (BPM), depth and energy.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Cotton Ships ‘Pastel Life’
Yank Scally ‘Big Dream Good’
Camo & Krooked ‘Zeitgeist’
Studio Ghibli ‘Spirited Away’
Philip Gröning ‘Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot’
Edward Berger ‘Jack’
Wolfgang Herrndorf ‘Bilder deiner großen Liebe’ (in English: ‘Pictures Of Your True Love’)
Josh Kern ‘Love Me’
Thomas Hirschhorn ‘Destruction Is Difficult. Indeed it Is As Difficult As Creation.’ (taken from his ‘Never Give Up The Spot’ Exhibiton)
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Very exciting processes go hand in hand with both. In shows, I like the reactions of people and the dialogue that arises with each other, so clearly live.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Trusting my gut feeling was and is probably the most formative experience in the whole, which also brought a lot of humor with it. To trust yourself in your own works and the process and not to look too much outwards for the external influences. A very interesting funfact is that I don’t use drugs or drink alcohol. When I was a minor, but I was already playing in clubs and asking for water at the end of the set, I got a water vodka for one time. This moment still irritates me to this day, afterwards the bar person disappeared directly into the dawn.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
That might be ‘Patient People’ – the song hits with the hard break in the second part and the scratchy synths, which lead to a conciliatory ending. My thoughts in the time felt very diffuse and dark, but I still felt hope. The song radiates this in a very special way without any great compromises.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
In the future, we want to work internationally with various groups, collectives and spaces in order to provide an interdisciplinary network for aspiring artists at several locations. For Mindsight I will continue to play DJ sets like now to show music I appreciate in a creative way and present my own projects in a live performance with A/V at selected locations that, like our projects, deal with their resources and opportunities in a sustainable and inclusive manner. There are several singles in various genres and constellations or rather collaborations with e.g. Marcioz or Yank Scally, which will come out soon!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Quotes that have moved you lately?
‘Love is the child of freedom, never that of domination.’
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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