You’ve never been to South Africa before, how does it feel coming to SA on the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange to represent German music and culture?
It was always a dream of mine to go to South Africa.
Your technical skills and production are incredible- when and how did you realise you had this understanding for machines and electronic music?
There was no point that I realized that I had an understanding for electronic music. I was always a music lover but it never made any difference what kind of music it was, it just had to kick me. When I started DJing over 20 years ago now, I played mainly hip hop, funk, soul and some deep house. Electronic music just started at this time so in a way I grew up with it.
What is the sound you most enjoy playing in your sets today?
Tribal, trippy funky Tech House stuff.
Do you have a worst song in the world?
There are too many. But I guess one of them is “Barbie Girl” 😉
Your music style has spanned hip-hop, funk, house and techno over the years – the electronic industry often limits itself with genre-naming. How important is it to have free-musical expression and not be tied down to anyone genre?
For me it is always important to be open-minded with music. But of course I don’t like every kind of music in the electronic music world.
If you could tell us to buy one album that represented good music in 2010- what would it be?
I really like the Cocoon compilation F.
You’ve developed a project called No Historical Backspin, which stands up against violent crime, xenophobia etc- how did this come about?
Unfortunately there is still a lot of racism and homophobic movement going on in the world. With my charity parties called no historical backspin we try to make this topic aware even in our open-minded techno-culture. I think it is important that we fight against racism and make a political statement. Our music has mostly no words but still you can express yourself with a special party.
I think our electronic scene is one of the best in the world, we have a great club culture, great producers, good DJs and great festivals. Foodwise, I would say: German bread is super tasty! Berlin is a totally create city to live in, thats why so many artists like Richie Hawtin, Magda, Radiosalve- so many artists- have come to live there. And it helps that the rent is low!
What have you been working on musically at the moment, and what are your plans for 2011?
There will be a new release of mine in two weeks, called Wavedancer. I am just hitting the studio again with Thomas Schumacher for a new project. Labelwise, the New Year will kick off with a release by “Andhim”.
Monika plays two gigs in South Africa, the first in Johannesburg on November 26th alongside Goldfish at The Alexander Theatre- event details and a chance to win tickets here– and the 2nd at the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project in Cape Town on November 27th.
Follow this link to our recent update on the Nightlife Exchange Project.