5 QUESTIONS with DYLIJENS
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What motivates you?

Wage Slavery.

What’s the best part of what you do?

As of late, getting to meet other artists and work with them. It’s really rewarding watching your musical peers grow.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

"F*ck It"

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

At night after I smoke copious amounts of Marijuana Blunts.

What’s next for yourself?

I will continue to play music and try to get better. I want to discover new instruments and musicians. I want to book shows and have fun and meet people. I want to travel. I want to do a lot of sh*t so hopefully I can start waking up earlier in the morning soon.

5 Questions with AnimA
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What inspires you and motivates you?

What inspires me the most is the amount of successful independent artists in the music industry today. The internet has provided an alternative way to reach new fans. It’s motivating to me to see normal people getting a huge amount of fame. I used to think gathering a huge fanbase was impossible without corporate backing, but to see idependent artists break into mainstream music is what drives me the most, and keeps me wanting to reach for that goal on a daily basis.

What’s the best part about what you do?

I would have to say being able to funnel my emotions into a useful craft. I’m getting better at appealing to a broader audience, but my debut solo album Solstice was so therapeutic to make, and was almost more for myself than I had intended. I had a rough last few years in many areas of my life, and being able to convey that in my music and lyrics was rewarding. That coupled with knowing people can really connect with it has to be my favorite part of making music.

What new projects are you working on?

I make all my own art designs, beats, and I do all my own mixing so I’m always working on improving one or the other. Currently I’m working on collaborations with other rappers and producers,realeasing a hip hop instrumental EP, and starting my second album.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Yes, it’s hard to describe, but sometimes I’ll come home from work and see one little youtube video or hear one song that just gets me pumped up. But my best work comes from being really angry. I got the most appraise from my song Holdin Nuthin Back, which was me venting and both when I made the beat and wrote the lyrics I was fuming. It really set itself apart from the rest of the album and I hope to capture that more on my next album.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

You can expect more remixes on my Soundcloud page in the near future, and my next album sometime in the next year. I have improved my beats a lot and I hope to make a lot more party tracks. With my first album I feel as though I didn’t have many songs you could play to get people to dance. I still want to have some personal tracks but I’m a lot more focused on making the music good enough to play in a club, with catchy tracks that will get people pumped up and wanting to move.

5 Questions with Pacific Shore
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What motivates you?

Doing music and traveling is what motivate us. We cannot travel all year long ,so making our music inspired by our past or future travel is like drawing or writing a post card, and it remind us why we’re here (on earth).

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

One time a guy told us that he found his father in his car with our album ready to hit the road towards the west of France. His father asked him who was this interesting band…That’s really encouraging to see listeners of all ages being “receptive” to our music.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Usually when we travel, even for a small road trip, we come back with fresh ideas and inspirations. Most of the time we start working on new projects /albums after a trip. That’s why we like to define our sound as traveling / road music.

What’s next for yourself?

Touring!!! We would love to tour in many countries, and keep doing our music with Sarah, who is now officially a member of our band. We would like to spread our “Beyond the mist “album as far as we can. Beside, we are already working on new very groovy tracks, and maybe even a small EP.

Anything else you’d like to say?

One LOVE!

Q&A with RELL XL
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What inspires you and motivates you?

Life inspires me and motivates me, I observe my own life, thoughts and actions and also the actions of the ones around me to come up with song concepts.

What’s the best part about what you do?

The best part about what I do is having the guts to actually try, so many say they want to do something but they never start, just the fact that I started.

What new projects are you working on?

The new projects that I’m working on is xllife which is my album and 3 eps titled high frequency

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

There is no specified mood when i create, usually i go by the style of the beat that I’m rapping too.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

In the near future … more projects, more vids, and hopefully some dope collabs.

Q+A with Arian Hagen
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What motivates you?

Basically all of my favourite musicians. They make me want to step my game up.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

Someone once told me that she could recognise my soul in all of my tracks, no matter how different they may sound. That was a great compliment to me, because capturing my truest emotions in my music is exactly what I want to do. It also gave me confidence to go into different directions without feeling that I might lose what is clearly myself.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

I used to think that I would get the best results if I would know exactly what I wanted to express before starting to work on a new piece of music. But now I feel like the emotions are there anyway, even if I can’t put them into words at that moment. So it happens a lot that I finish a track, listen to it a couple of times and then think: “Oh that sounds like I was dealing with this or that while I was recording it.“. That’s why I mostly choose tracktitles after I finished the music.

What’s next for yourself?

I’m really into doing EP’s at the moment. My last two projects were conceptual EP’s and I feel like the format is a nice way for me to go into different directions and deal with different emotions or stories each time. They are more like chapters than a complete book to me and I need some more time before doing a second album. So I’m going to do another one of those for next year I think.

5 Questions with Sankt Goran
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What motivates you?

Starting out, simply the joy of making my own music was always motivating. Nowadays, my whole lifestyle is motivating me, also since I came to realize the fact that if I don’t keep it up I’ll have to do something else besides music to make ends meet! And always, going to the really big and great dance floors of Berlin is a motivation, one always wants to reach higher, right?

What’s the best part of what you do?

Playing records is the biggest thrill, definitely. And especially doing those really late night/mid-day sets when everyone in the house are properly warmed up and comfortable with the people around them. There’s nothing like that feeling when you see people meeting in the one and only moment coming from the tracks, and mixes of tracks, that you manage to pull of.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

Someone told me while ago that he always listens to my old, old, old track ‘Angel Babe The Tin Man’ before every time he left home for Berghain. Quite unexpected since this track is a super naive slow balearic kind of treat, not the regular 4/4 one usually hear in Church. Anyways, it was nice to hear people still enjoy the tracks from that era, and maybe also inspiring to hear that one doesn’t have to do the thing everyone else is trying to accomplish.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Just jamming, being in a good mood and having good self-esteem, without any preconceptions. Usually I don’t get anything done during weekends because there’s always so much happening in this city. Also if the weather is too nice, I can’t really stay in because the sun will be gazing so hard thru my windows. So yeah, there’s a short window between Tuesday-Thursday when I actually produce. (laughs)

What’s next for yourself?

Got some fun lined up for september! Gonna play a nice open air festival in Cyprus called The Afro Banana Republic and next week, while celebrating one year in Berlin, I will play both Tresor and Berghain Kantine, which of course is sort of big for me. Also I’m working on the next record from The Free Spirit Society by my good friend Gustavo Andrés, that will probably see the light of day late October.

5 Questions with Frederik Mooij
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What motivates you?

A lot motivates me but mainly my love for music production and my love for music itself. It can variate from an experience or just from listening to my favorite artists. Usually get ideas from music that I listen to and just take it fro there.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

There has been a lot of kind words from my fans and mainly their positive vibes and great feedback is what inspires me. there is a lot of feedback saying they like how I keep my sound consistent and how I never go with the ’ commercial ’ fad that has been growing lately in the electro scene. When they say no one sounds like ‘me’ which tells me I am doing well in building my signature sounds and taking my music in my own personal direction.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Of course, you have to be happy or any kind of positive mood to have the music flow in my opinion. sometimes being in a bad mood or anything of that sort of state of mind tends to un-motivate me, but that usually is fixed when I put my mind on other things, I always try to stay in a positive vibe when going into the studio.

What’s next for yourself?

Continue making music! and continue to work on my collaborations and side projects. I have a new series being set up where my solo Ep’s will have 4-5 different tracks offering Electro, Progressive, Dubstep, Downtempo/glitch & Disco. This way I Can showcase my handle of genres a bit more

Anything else you’d like to say?

Thanks for the questions ! and make sure to follow me on fb/beatport/soundcloud where you can catch all my projects