featured artists: Zweifuss

Q1 Could you tell us something about yourself and your artistic background please.

Electronic music keeps me going for more than 15 years now. I’m based in the Berlin Techno scene ever since moving here in 2003. First I got involved in organizing parties around the “Rauchhaus” – the first squatted house in Berlin 40 years ago, now a legalized and self-organized youth project.  As “Elektrofreaks” we did underground concerts and parties to raise money for communal living or in solidarity with leftist political organizing.  This was the beginning of “DJ Zweifuss”. My musical style is constantly evolving, but still I keep that name. It means that music is for dancing.

Q2 Do you work on your own, what collaborations do you participate in (label, musical partners, etc)?

Soon I got booked for parties by other collectives, and I continue to play music in support of social issues. In 2009 the Mixotic – netlabel released my mix “5 Miles Of Walking” and it got some attention.  Netlabels promote noncommercial copyrights, based on the idea of “Creative Commons”.  The same year I played my first set for Dienstagswelt. I like to go to their parties on Tuesdays and get to DJ for them once in a while. And lately I work with the people from A.K.N.E., a young collective of unconventional artists and party organizers – I’m sure you heard of them 😉

Q3 Something you want to share about your local scene, some insights or recommendations?

Well, I already mentioned some local networks. Of course there is so much more going on here, a variety of scenes, just come and discover by yourself! I prefer to go to parties on the weekdays, like the M.I.K.Z. on Tuesdays. And there are good concerts of electroacoustic music in little venues around Neukölln – sometimes noisy, but very inspiring. It’s fascinating to hear musicians create something new and unique, instead of reproducing an established genre.

Q4 What equipment do you use, what is your work process?

Digital equipment (laptop, controller) facilitates creative processing, like quick access to loops, samples or effects. I buy tracks in high quality on download platforms to support the artists and small labels. My club-setup is simple, using 2 decks only. If you choose the right tracks you don’t need extra layers. Be prepared, and keep the set dynamic, somehow interacting with the dancers on the floor. Over the last few years I did a number of elaborated mixtapes to present the music I like. You can find some on my soundcloud-profile. And here’s a set I played lately:

Q5 What are your next gigs and where can we preview your works online?

I have residencies in Berlin bars, and always some party gigs coming up, like the 21st of May in ://about blank, Berlin. You find all my dates on Myspace or follow DJ Zweifuss on Facebook:

Q6 Any plans for the future you want to announce here…?

Zweifuss is recognized as a House-DJ.  But since I like to play different genres, I am working on another profile, located closer to Techno. Check for upcoming mixtapes here:  http://soundcloud.com/eftechr
Also I’m in the situation now to spend more time on music. First step will be to seriously start working with Live, a software by Ableton. I intend to perform and produce own music in the future.

Q7 How about some namedropping, do you want to recommend some artists that inspire you?

I went to this concert by Ben Frost at Berghain the other night:  Sounds based on electric guitar, with heavy electronic processing. So intense! And you should hear Yann Keller play his e-cello, grinding the waves with pure data software. I just can’t get enough of these noise clusters…

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