I started DJ-ing Trance in 1996 so that’s like sixteen years back. When I focused more on its production and with time trance started to get very formulaic to me .I didn’t find good inspiration and it even got very hard to find enough good tunes for a long DJ set. So I decided as a change to make some different music that I liked and began to do work on producing Techno. I really had fun doing it and kept trying different directions of 125-128 IDM tunes.
With time I lost a bit the focus and appreciation with Freakulizer as I felt way more musical freedom in the Khainz project. The range of [production styles I do is quite wide. I really like working on a track that I’m in the right mood for; instead of doing something that I kind of know how it will sound in the end, this is what happened in trance for me.
I’m quite sure I will do some music as Freakulizer sometime again in the future. But I’m keeping focus on Khainz also with Live shows and DJ sets.
You have toured all over the globe, which country has surprised you the most and why?
It’s difficult to say. It’s quite different from country to country. Mexico and Brazil for example have more “Raves” with huge crowds. I like to play big parties. But I mostly prefer the smaller parties have some more personality between me and the crowd. There is more eye contact with individual people. I guess my favourite places I have been until now are Australia, Canada and Japan. I guess it’s not depending really on countries. It’s more about what parties you play there.
I guess its a goal of every artist to grow production wise and musically. I guess my new Album (Simple as That) has a bit more variations and its way more musical then Modul8. My debut Album was more Techno/ Progressive house, the new album more Techno/Tech House. I’m sitting daily for hours in the studio if I’m not on tour and that helps me growing in production and musically I guess.
Which musical flavours have you gone with for your latest album release ‘Simple As That’?
I tried to do an Album that has a lot of variations. Not sticking to one style. As I find it a bit boring to have an album where all tracks sound the same. I guess its a mix of many styles but you can still hear that this is a Khainz Album.
Khainz – Simple As That (Album Teaser 30 mins mix) (Out Soon) (Echoes Rec) by Khainz
What does the rest of the world probably not know about Dance music in Switzerland?
Switzerland has many Clubs and Festivals even if its a very small country. People are very outgoing and enjoy to party till late. It’s also one of my favourite countries to play as many people are musically educated and open minded. And for sure because its my home where I can party with my homies. There are many great producers not too many are well known, but I guess that’s just a matter of time until you will see more Swiss acts on line ups around the world.
What is top of your personal playlist right now?
Morcheeba – Big Calm (Album)
That’s a timeless album… it’s travelling with me since many years and i never get bored of it. Always when I listen to this album it brings back great memories.
Is there any chance of a SA tour any time soon?
Unfortunately there is nothing planned yet. I played in Cape Town some years back and it was wicked. So I hope to be back soon!