‘Sometimes I close with a Bob Marley song, just to send people home with’. Reboot talks us through some of the tracks that helped define him.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
O.K. – ‘Okay!’ During the 80`s there was a famous music TV show called Formular 1 that my parents
and I used to watch every now and then. I was so fascinated by this sample based
track that was totally different from what I’ve heard before. So I annoyed my Mum until she got it for me as a birthday present.
The first time you remember hearing electronic music?
That must have been through this TV Show. Bands like Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Manuel Göttsching and Synth Pop in general. The first experience with proper Acid House and Techno I had at a school party where the DJ played those kinds of records every now and then. From 1990 on I was crazy about listening to a weekly Radioshow called HR3 Clubnight with DJ`s like Sven Väth presenting the hottest records.
Your favourite ever record?
Rhythm & Sound – ‘w/ The Artists’. Generally, that’s an almost impossible question to answer, but I don’t think that there is an album I listened to more often than this one. And until today I am not getting tired of it. The atmosphere is so thick and has this unbelievable soul. Besides that, it is also production wise an absolute masterpiece.
The guaranteed floor-filler?
The Wise Caucasian – ‘Bonus #1’. I don`t believe that there is such a thing as a guaranteed floor-filler. It always depends on the vibe of the crowd, venue, etc etc. If I have to name a record that does a very good job most of the time it would be this one from The Wise Caucasian. It starts rather stripped down and develops this enormous captivating effect. If you add some FX to the second break you usually have all the hands in the air.
The guilty pleasure?
Giving in to playing Caminando when the crowd demands it. I mean it was my biggest tune so far and of course, I can understand that people want to listen to it when they attend a show.
The last track of the night
It depends on the mood. Sometimes I close with a Bob Marley song, just to send people home with a huge smile.
The best chillout record?
Pulshar – ‘Empty Suitcase’. As in any other category, I have several albums that I could mention here. One of my all time favourites is this one. The mood, production and vocals on the whole album is put together with so much passion and understanding. An outstanding piece of music.
The best record for a family party?
Bob Marley – ‘Could you be loved’. In our family that would absolutely be Bob Marley: a legend. It has absolutely everything you need to make people happy. Also no matter how old or young you are, its a perfect common denominator. Also, this album stands for unity. My wife and I chose ‘Could you be Loved’ as the wedding recessional song. So I personally connect a lot to it.
The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?
Shawn Lee – ‘Happiness (Ashley Beedle’s West Coast Mix)’. Anything from Funk to Soul, Reggae, Deep House, Hip Hop and Jazz. The right mixture makes it.
The record you’re proudest of?
Reboot – ‘Vandong’. Proud sounds maybe a bit to self-enamoured. There are records that I made that I am more happy with than others of course. In general, I am extremely thankful that there are people that enjoy listening to the music I make. This one is special to me, as it was entirely born during a live show at Robert Johnson. I just jammed around on the keyboard and out came the main hook of the track.
The future classic?
All Against Logic – ‘City Fade’. This album contains so many fantastic ideas, positive vibes and timeless grooves. It unites some of the genres I love the most and I am not getting tired of listening to it. Grand cinema for the ears.