I think it’s very important for a dj to be able to play a multitude of genres and vibes that all fit into your persona as a dj. That way you are always able to get into the vibe together with the crowd without losing your own distinct identity. I really enjoy listening to sets from for example I-F and DJ Stingray. They are able to put so much energy into a set, it just makes you want to dance. I-F in particular is a great example to me of how a DJ should be. He is an expert in a multitude of genres which he captures in his different aliases, and he always gets the crowd in the right mood.
When playing a set, I always have some sort of goal in mind on where I want to be at a certain point in my set, and I try to guide the vibe there and build onwards together with the dancers. I don’t think a night revolves around the dj, but more on the interaction between the crowd, the venue and the dj. Every night is a unique moment you experience together with each other, something you can’t reproduce, even if you tried.
With this set I’m exploring a new side of FRANZ, a side I discovered when a friend asked me if I could do an electro set at her party. I thought, why not? I was always playing electro songs from soundcloud and youtube everywhere I went anyway. The set you’re about to listen to contains music from 4 different decades: from 1984 to music that was released last month. I had a lot fun recording this mix and I think you can really hear the fun I had in the outcome. I hope you enjoy the mix!
If I would have a time machine I would definitely transfer myself back to the 90s. Apart from the amazing vibes, parties, music and fashion it was also the time in which new beat was to be found at several parties.
It actually took a while before I discovered this genre which changed my perspective on music completely. A lot of tracks nowadays only have one main flow while most new beat tracks take you from one end to the other, which is also one of my main goals while playing. I aim to create diversity within the set by varying between new beat, (acid) trance, old school techno and electro. Also diversity within the tracks is what keeps me and definitely the crowd energized; basically getting in a flow while being carried by all the different sounds, kicks and drops. Digging into the forgotten music of the past and giving those lost records a place in the contemporary music scene is what I strive to do each set. The music of the future can be found in the music of the past.
Luke: “Breathe. Just breathe. Now reach out. What do you see?”
Rey: “Light. Darkness. A balance.”
Luke: “It’s so much bigger.”
Kylo: “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you are meant to be.”
Just let loose, embrace the light and the dark. Enjoy the sonic waves on a grey winter’s day.
As a DJ first I always and must find new ways to excite people in front of me on the dance floor. In a recent Elektronik Beats article
about Berghain resident Roi Perez he told the reporter that he likes to let the record play, not even using the loop functions on the CDJ’s. I’m quite the opposite. I work the EQs, cue juggle, loop the tracks in odd time signature and layer three decks at a time.
I tried to emulate this as audibly as possible in the mix that I made. It’s full of quick and long mixes, B side bangers (Tessela – Helter Skelter
), Work – Masters at Work
vocals or obscure 100bpm EBM that i recently found by accident while after watching a random video on YouTube.
I find that the scene has been engulfed by people who think that a DJ should produce music to grow, yet both field of expertise aren’t easy to master. To quote Roi Perez in that same aforementioned article; “There is the saying that a good DJ isn’t necessarily a good producer, and vice versa. Even if it is a bit of a cliché, I subscribe to it.”
With time, I will master my craft. Playing at home or in front of thousands of people. Never stop learning, never taking no for an answer and never. stop. trying.
See you on the dance floor.
Curator: Nina De Koning
“I wish people would read more. Reading and writing are basically things I’ve done ever since I was old enough to do them. They have always helped me to understand things more, to understand life more. An author I have always been highly interested in is Sylvia Plath. She was a poet and writer that committed suicide after enduring years and years of extreme depression.
I read all of her poems (even used one of them in a track that is yet to be released) and now I am re-reading her novel ‘The Bell Jar’, which mainly focuses on the topic of depression. What I am gaining from re-reading her book is a sense of peace and support. I have been struggling with depression myself for quite some years now and because of the book I don’t feel alone in my battle anymore.
And yes, of course I can also watch a movie, tv series or documentary- I can even listen to a song to feel understood or educated. But it is in reading that I feel is the only way I can truly lose myself and let my imagination run it’s course. In my own way, I can identify myself with a character and find answers to questions I’m actually dealing with in my own life. It’s just a pity that every year there is a reduction in the amount of reading done by people my own age. Do we really find the Kardashians more interesting than Charles Bukowski or Nick Hornby?
Now you might think: what has this rant about reading and novels have to do with the music? Well, that’s an easy one for me to answer. To me podcasts are also like personal stories. So whenever I create a podcast, every song to me is like a chapter. It is always about trying to recreate that feeling I get when I am reading a good novel or play. I want my listener to lose themselves in the podcasts that I create, or in the music that I play at clubs.
So there you go: enjoy this “story”. And please don’t forget to occasionally open up a book. ”