From the Commodores to Charlie Brown, the German producer talks us through his all-time favourites.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
It was the 12“ of Commodores – ‘Nightshift‘. The record came out in 1985 I guess, and was a hit in Germany. I first heard it at a funfair and told my dad to buy it, so we went to a small record shop in Dortmund and my dad bought some records and I at the age of nine bought the Commodores.
Your favourite ever record?
That’s hard to say, but to pick one of my favourite records ever it must be Pete Rock & CL Smooth‚ The Main Ingredient. I loved Mecca & The Soul Brother but when The Main Ingredient came out in 1994, I had it on my stereo the whole time. Pete Rock has had a huge impact on my music – I love his beats and vibes. On this album he showed everybody why he’s one of the greatest.
The guaranteed floor-filler?
In my case it’s ‘The More I Want’. Sometimes I start a set with it and the record works, so I guess people still like it.
The guilty pleasure?
The last track of the night?
Depends. I think it should be a record which leaves the people with a good feeling. I remember a party here in Dortmund last year, it was a big open air party, nice weather and the police shut it down at around 10pm. So I asked for a last record and played Ken Boothe – ‘Set Me Free’.
The best chillout record?
I’ve been to Formentera once with my mate DJ Fish and we wanted to produce some stuff in a friend’s house. Formentera in March is not busy at all, the shops are closed and there aren’t many people on the island. We had one record on repeat, it’s not a typical chillout record, but every time I hear it, I think about the good times on the beautiful island! It’s Charles Webster’s project Presence, from his album All Systems Gone on Pagan Records 1999.
The best record for a family party?
When it comes to a Christmas Party I would recommend A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio. Perfect soundtrack for the Christmas days, trust me!
The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?
Sade – everything, no doubt. You can put on every single album for a lazy Sunday afternoon. If you need some video action, put on the DVD of Lovers Live – that works as well!