Tham

How did you start?

I first started going out to electronic music, hanging out with people making music and getting to know more and more about Techno music. At some point it felt just natural to start on my own.

The only thing preventing me from starting was the number of people DJing here and that I first thought 21 is too old to start with something new. Good friends convinced me from the opposite. Afterwards I bought CDJ-350s and Christopher, also known as Acierate, showed me how to beatmatch.

Where are you currently based?

Currently I’m living in Berlin, at Hermannplatz. For me there’s no better place and it’s super close to my favourite nightclub – Griessmühle.

Please tell us about your forth coming mix for Nova Future Blog in which your only using Klockworks material?

That’s a funny thing. I already finished it and then I saw the release of Klockworks 19 by ROD. It’s such a killer EP that I decided to do a new mix that will include it.

For me the interesting part about doing a mix based solely on Klockworks material is that it’s not really the sound I currently use to play in clubs. The raw and minimalistic tracks are more a counterpart to the tunes I choose for a club. But the repetitive groove of a lot these tracks relaxes me and I do enjoy listening to this. That’s also why I wanted to do a mix about the label. Now I’m waiting for the Klockworks compilation and then I’ll try to release it.

You played  in Übel & Gefährlich for the first time in September for Power Tower, what we can expect?

This was another b2b-set by Acierate & me. So, I guess it was a powerful and fast show. Playing somewhere else is always also exploring new ground. It’s really interesting for us to see how new crowds react to the sound we like and play.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I’m working on my first tracks. I try to spend as much time as possible producing. For me this is relatively new. I started to work with Ableton about one and a half years ago and I want to create good tracks also from a technical perspective. In the near future, I’m planning to also use more hardware and some analog gear. When I’m producing nearly everything comes with the workflow. After I combined my digital setup with my first analog synthesizer I’m having more and more fun producing tracks that fit the sound of my DJ sets. But more about that, when there’s a first release by me.

What is your gear setup?

In the club I usually use three CDJ 2000 NXS, which gives me all possibilites I need playing my sets and I do like it to have so many tracks with me. The mixer I like most is the Allen & Heath 92, because It is very on point. The kill-all-EQ’s gives you the opportunities to really cut some frequencies and the filters are very simple but effective. My headphones are the classic Sennheiser HD25.

In June you became a resident of Griessmühle, the club where you do the SYNOID events for the last year and a half, how is this all going? How are the nights?

This was a huge honor and I think also a big step, which Acierate made possible and I am quite motivated to justify this trust in my music and me. The club is great. I really like everything about the venue. The sound system is very good and the main room is a big dark hall with a high ceiling. One of the best dance floors in Berlin in my opinion. It creates a good vibe and gives space for installing new lights or even lasers, which we for example also do for our SYNOID events. Also the club has a big variety of interesting events like the Cocktail D’amour, Grime Box and Ghetto Tech events and is open the whole weekend with a big outdoor area, where you can sit next to the canal in the summer.

What is special for you personally about the SYNOID events?

The crowd at SYNOID is really into music, which makes me very happy – because the whole event is supposed to be about music. There are a lot of people I see dancing nearly the whole event every time. Great artists are playing brilliant sets right after or before you. So, every set I play there is a challenge. I love this and I try to prepare myself well for this. To have this pressure and the feedback of our crowd every two months is extremely motivating to me.

Image credit : Ella Privorozki Photography

What challenges did you face when you first started to DJ and how did you overcome them?

There are quite a lot of DJs and producers in Berlin. Since I didn’t release an EP or even a track yet, I didn’t get much attention at first. If you’re just uploading some mixes on soundcloud and try to get some gigs through friends, it’s challenging. Don’t get me wrong, a release is not necessary to become a successful DJ, but if you’re producing good tracks, it usually helps a lot.

A good way to present yourself is hosting own events and being a promoter, too. This gives you regular gigs, you’ll get to know a lot of people and you get to routinely play on a big soundsystem and with people in front of you.

What are the challenges of promoting events in Berlin?

Berlin sees a lot of DJs and many of them are also promoters, including myself. That results in a lot of events, which is really good, because the scene stays interesting that way. But with this many events, the competition is hard. We found a way by putting together good line-ups with names like Rebekah, Antigone, Keith Carnal, Adriana Lopez, Bas Mooy, Reeko and Mark Broom. Since SYNOID is running for at least 22 hours, we’re one of the few events that delivers a good dance floor with great acts during the day. You can come in the morning or even during the day and stay for the next event at Griessmühle, too.

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

As a guy in his twenties in Berlin, I go out on the weekends and try to be super healthy during the week. Going out is always good to get new impressions. Also I try to have breaks from music and the club scene in general. For example going on vacation with my girlfriend. In September we were in the south of France, next to Montpellier, near the coast and stayed at a small house in the hills. In these breaks I get my head free and often don’t even listen to electronic music. This helps recharging my batteries.

How would you describe your music genre?

Usually my sets leap from deep, atmospheric tunes up to heavy oldschool acid, EBM or dark industrial sound textures. I also produce fast and driving tracks that fit my sets. I would say the umbrella term is still techno.

What are your plans for the future?

The path I’m on right now, feels just right. I’ll keep going, but want to do way more than now, especially releasing, but there is a lot to learn and that will take time of course.

How did you get into music?

Into electronic music through my older brother and a friend of mine, when I was about 14 or 15. They gave me some deep house and minimal EPs that I used to listen to. But really into techno I got four years ago through some of the clubs Berlin is famous for. After a few months I decided to play music as well. A lot of my friends were already playing and making electronic music, which made it easy for me to do start, too.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Depends on my mood, but I mostly listen to mixes or live shows of artists I like. Also mostly electronic music. While I’m writing this I listen to Planetary Assault Systems show for Photon at Printworks.

Who are your top 5 influences and icons?

That changes from time to time a bit.

Luke Slater/Planetary Assault Systems, Thomas P. Heckmann,

Ben Klock, Johannes Heil and Dasha Rush are some influences for me regarding electronic music.

When are you playing next?

On the 30th of September I will open the first AFR Label Night at Arena Club. Then I’ll have a break for one weekend to prepare my set for the SYNOID we’re having on Friday, October 13.

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