Lauter Unfug Podcast #122 Astronauts

  1. How did it all start for you?

Gilles :

I fell in love with the music a few years. A good friend of mine used to play at house partys and one day I was like ‘I have to try it as well’, I bought a small controller and got hooked on it straightaway. I was injured when I got the controller so I couldn’t move much, the first few weeks I used to play 8hours a day.

Alan :

My friend Gilles Bock just started mixing as he came up to me one day during summer. He was like: “Hey bro you need to try this, it’s really fun!” Since then we’re playing with peoples minds!

  • Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for?

Gilles :            

That’s a difficult question. There are lot of Djs I look up to, mixing or producing.
2 of my favorites are for sure Enrico Sangiuliano and Joyhauser. I love their producing and mixing style.

Alan:
Amelie Lens is one of my favorites! She has tons of gigs, but beside it, she’s managing everything very well and she’s a cool person too. Another inspiration is aKKi (DE). He’s a young guy experiencing his uprising right know. His music style is unique and intense

  • What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?

Gilles :

As an attendee there have a few. I can’t decide which one was the best, they were mostly all unique . Maybe last summer with Township Rebellion and Hidden Empire at Odonien, it was 35 degrees outside during the day and felt like 50 in the club, it definitely was special and sweaty atmosphere. J
As a Dj I haven’t had a tons of gigs, My favorite was probably when I played the closingset for the Bithday of 2 friends. They rented a club in Cologne and invited almost 300 people.

Alan :
As I’m a newcomer, I hadn’t too much gigs, but one of it was definetly my first gig alone, which was an all nighter! As an attendee I can’t really tell. A lot of them. It’s always crazy when I go out. Maybe my first time Odonien? But here again, every time, it’s an new adventure.

  • What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making? / What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?

Gilles

You can be the best Dj in the world, if no one knows you, you still won’t get any gigs. My advice is to put a lot of your music on soundcloud and to connect with a lot of people. If you know a lot people and have good connections, it will be much easier to play at clubs.

Alan :

They try to put in too much effects in every track. The tracks are perfectly made as they are. Just mix them and put a proper build up before the drop. That’s it. Perfection.

  • What is it that you love about the scene? Your subgenre’s scene?

Gilles

I love that music usually is all that really matters. It doesn’t matter where you are from ot what you do in life.  You don’t have to buy expensive bottles like in commercial clubs to have fun because no one cares about it. People care about being together and enjoying the music together. That’s all that matters.

Alan :

I love everything about it. Firstly, the music. I think that driving proper Techno is an art. Techno in general is absolutely out of this world. It brings people from every corner of our society together. The experiences that are made on a rave with proper Techno are worth more than some other guys experience during their everyday stuff… during weeks!

  • (Perhaps a little bit deeper of a question) What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?

Gilles

I think it was a lot harder back in the days to start with vinyl and definitely required more skills. But we live in a society that constantly improves in technologies and we would be stupid not to make use of it. I deeply respect people still playing with vinyls if they know how to use it properly. I don’t get the hate from the ‘oldschool dj’s’ against the the controllers oder cdjs. Most of the people starting only have the financial means to get a small controller so I if they play a good set in the club an get the crowd going I don’t see the problem with that. It’s better than a dj playing with vinyl but doesn’t use it correctly

Alan :

I think that there is more effort needed to put in for learning how to DJ with vinyl. There is also a lot more to remember. On the other side I think that we’re living in a modern society with technologies that evolve more and more. They are helping us to do those things, that were more difficult in times without them. I see a positive thing in this evolution, and I think that modern DJ’s don’t need to know how to mix with vinyl. At the end of the day, it is important that you have a positive impact on the crowd. How is less important. With the technologies helping you do those things that are different with vinyl, you can focus on other things.

  • What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

Gilles:

Acid Phase – Emmanuel Top

Alan :

Monocloque is definetly one of them. But also a lot of tracks from aKKi, they never get old!

Donwload:

https://hypeddit.com/track/bqvxdm

Tracklist:

impelller (Tom Hutt remix)-Beatamines, Matchy
Cygnus- Dave Sinner
Free Yourself (Hidden Empire Remix)- Felix kröcher
Space Redemption – Robert Vasilev, Julian Ess
Drill Through – Martion Stoilkov
The Beholder – Sama
Zeit ( André Winter Remix)- Alex Stein
The Fallen – Sama
Impressum – YariD, Tom Hutt
Venom – Ilja Djokovic
Crusaders – Tom Hutt
Panic – Subliminal Source
Terminate ( Dimi Mechero Remix) – Sudo
Interstellar – Tom Hutt
Class 88 – Hollen, Raffaele Rizzi
Protocol ( Lander B Remix)- Nicolas Taboada
Dark River – Dok & Martin, Julian Ess
Furnace ( Pleasurekraft remix)- Kostas
Hypnosis – Veerus
Alphaville – Tom Hutt
Axis ( Julian Ess Remix )- Stiv Hey, Dhes
Universal Control ( Tom Laws Remix) – Danny Fontana
Dawn Matter – Alex Mine