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Wankelmut: “A Journey Through Electronic Music”

Wankelmut opens up about this 'Wankelmoods' compilation, as well as sequencing, choosing tracks and more.

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Berlin based Wankelmut has been showing exactly why he is doing so well for himself in the current dance music scene. This is a DJ who is performing in various countries around Europe, while also holding down time to produce his own tracks. He recently released his brand new ‘Wankelmood’ compilation series with volume three showcasing a blissful genre-crossing range of music, from Deep House to the more Tech-y stuff and plenty more. Check out what Wankelmut has to say below.

Based out of Berlin, it’s been a busy few years for Wankelmut as both a producer and a DJ. Between touring and production work, how hard is it to balance both aspects of the job?

I am entering my seventh year with a rather heavy schedule of touring worldwide so I am quite used to it. Overall I enjoy both worlds pretty much, and I have a good balance between touring and working on new music in the studio.

As mentioned, you’ve been touring quite a lot recently with shows all around Europe in places such as Switzerland, Germany and with shows upcoming in Ireland and other places. How hard is touring on an artist and have you ever really struggled with it?

It depends on how you handle it and how professional your setup is. I am very happy with my booking agent; they never put too much pressure on my shoulders. I am rather a clean living guy so I can easily play three long shows over a weekend and still be ok. Again, it has to do with the fact that I really enjoy it.

On the opposite hand, is there a specific place that you have visited while touring which you have fallen in love with?

I really enjoyed touring Africa, that was a very special experience. Also playing gigs in Asia and my annual tour in Australia is always a highlight. But of course, whilst the exotic factor is important, on the other end a gig in a sweaty small club in Leeds banging jacking house music can be a big highlight too.

I also wanted to touch on your style of music, which used to be a more Deeper House style. Have you been influenced by other styles of music in recent years, which is reflecting in the sets which you play?

My name is linked with chart music because of my big single hits, but also with club music. That means I face different scenarios of people at club shows all over the world. Over the years I have learned how to read the crowd and lead them into a direction, which is fine for me and makes them happy. Personally I love to play UK underground house by people like Huxley, Josh Butler, Shadow Child, Gorgon City etc.

Moving on from this, you have produced the brand new volume in the Wankelmoods concept. Can you tell us a little about the compilation concept?

Wankelmoods is giving insight in what I play as a DJ and what I personally like. This gets combined in this almost classic 80 min mix CD. Volumes 1 & 2 were quite successful, so Get Physical asked me for Vol. 3 which is a great opportunity form me to showcase my taste in club music.

And the tracks that you have picked for volume three seem to range from Disco to House and into the deeper regions. How did you begin to pick out the perfect tracks for Wankelmoods?

With an initial bunch of 50 tracks, I started to play around and try to find a formula that makes sense. I am used to this, especially from my own radio show at WDR 1 Live, which also needs good sequencing. It’s time consuming but worth every minute because at the end you come up with something that makes you happy. Of course licensing aspects must be respected and, like with every volume, there are tracks that didn’t make it due to legal issues.

Is there a specific element that you look for when listening to a track which makes it stand out? Or does it just have to provide a connection?

For me it is a journey through electronic music, both in the club and with this CD. I am aware that this journey needs highlights and peaks, but I also want it to be dark and have a vibe. I am looking for an entertaining mixture that keeps people going or listening.

Looking towards the future and with plenty of 2018 still to go, what can fans expect to hear from Wankelmut in terms of productions? Will there be more new original releases and remixes coming from you?

I have 3 new singles lined up for 2018, and additionally there will be a couple of remixes too. It’s quite a productive time at the moment.

I’m guessing we may also be treated to another Wankelmoods compilation at some point in the future as well?

Yes. This is a series that will continue as long as I do music!

On an overall note, can you sum up what you hope to achieve and what will happen in 2018 then?

I will release a lot new music produced by myself and some new remixes. I am looking forward to a very busy festival season. All good for 2018!

You can find our more information on the ‘Wankelmoods Volume 3’ compilation here. For more information on Wankelmut:
http://www.wankelmut.com/
https://www.facebook.com/wankelmut.berlin/
https://soundcloud.com/wankelmut

Wankelmut Press Photo Large

Wankelmut.

Berlin based Wankelmut has been showing exactly why he is doing so well for himself in the current dance music scene. This is a DJ who is performing in various countries around Europe, while also holding down time to produce his own tracks. He recently released his brand new ‘Wankelmood’ compilation series with volume three showcasing a blissful genre-crossing range of music, from Deep House to the more Tech-y stuff and plenty more. Check out what Wankelmut has to say below.

Based out of Berlin, it’s been a busy few years for Wankelmut as both a producer and a DJ. Between touring and production work, how hard is it to balance both aspects of the job?

I am entering my seventh year with a rather heavy schedule of touring worldwide so I am quite used to it. Overall I enjoy both worlds pretty much, and I have a good balance between touring and working on new music in the studio.

As mentioned, you’ve been touring quite a lot recently with shows all around Europe in places such as Switzerland, Germany and with shows upcoming in Ireland and other places. How hard is touring on an artist and have you ever really struggled with it?

Wankelmut.

It depends on how you handle it and how professional your setup is. I am very happy with my booking agent; they never put too much pressure on my shoulders. I am rather a clean living guy so I can easily play three long shows over a weekend and still be ok. Again, it has to do with the fact that I really enjoy it.

On the opposite hand, is there a specific place that you have visited while touring which you have fallen in love with?

I really enjoyed touring Africa, that was a very special experience. Also playing gigs in Asia and my annual tour in Australia is always a highlight. But of course, whilst the exotic factor is important, on the other end a gig in a sweaty small club in Leeds banging jacking house music can be a big highlight too.

I also wanted to touch on your style of music, which used to be a more Deeper House style. Have you been influenced by other styles of music in recent years, which is reflecting in the sets which you play?

My name is linked with chart music because of my big single hits, but also with club music. That means I face different scenarios of people at club shows all over the world. Over the years I have learned how to read the crowd and lead them into a direction, which is fine for me and makes them happy. Personally I love to play UK underground house by people like Huxley, Josh Butler, Shadow Child, Gorgon City etc.

Wankelmut.

Moving on from this, you have produced the brand new volume in the Wankelmoods concept. Can you tell us a little about the compilation concept?

Wankelmoods is giving insight in what I play as a DJ and what I personally like. This gets combined in this almost classic 80 min mix CD. Volumes 1 & 2 were quite successful, so Get Physical asked me for Vol. 3 which is a great opportunity for me to showcase my taste in club music.

And the tracks that you have picked for volume three seem to range from Disco to House and into the deeper regions. How did you begin to pick out the perfect tracks for Wankelmoods?

With an initial bunch of 50 tracks, I started to play around and try to find a formula that makes sense. I am used to this, especially from my own radio show at WDR 1 Live, which also needs good sequencing. It’s time consuming but worth every minute because at the end you come up with something that makes you happy. Of course licensing aspects must be respected and, like with every volume, there are tracks that didn’t make it due to legal issues.

Is there a specific element that you look for when listening to a track which makes it stand out? Or does it just have to provide a connection?

Wankelmut.

For me it is a journey through electronic music, both in the club and with this CD. I am aware that this journey needs highlights and peaks, but I also want it to be dark and have a vibe. I am looking for an entertaining mixture that keeps people going or listening.

Looking towards the future and with plenty of 2018 still to go, what can fans expect to hear from Wankelmut in terms of productions? Will there be more new original releases and remixes coming from you?

I have 3 new singles lined up for 2018, and additionally there will be a couple of remixes too. It’s quite a productive time at the moment.

Wankelmut.

I’m guessing we may also be treated to another Wankelmoods compilation at some point in the future as well?

Yes. This is a series that will continue as long as I do music!

On an overall note, can you sum up what you hope to achieve and what will happen in 2018 then?

I will release a lot new music produced by myself and some new remixes. I am looking forward to a very busy festival season. All good for 2018!

For more information on Wankelmut:
http://www.wankelmut.com/
https://www.facebook.com/wankelmut.berlin/
https://soundcloud.com/wankelmut

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