Wankelmut Interview ahead of SA tour
The actual quality of my mix is something I rate very high – there are no pre-set mixes, no synch button mixes etc.
Wankelmut is a Berlin DJ/producer who’s remix of One Day/ Reckoning Song written by Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan catapulted his career significantly. Here he chats to us about the freedom to do things in Berlin, enjoying Acid Pauli at Bar 25, and remixing Lenny Kravitz.
Wankelmut will be performing at this year’s Space Ibiza SA Tour Event in Joburg on 29 November 2014 which boasts no less than 14 international DJs and producers.
He will also be playing at the first Goldfish Submerged Sunday party of the summer season at Shimmy Beach Club.
Asaf Avidan – Reckoning Song / One Day remixed by you received great success and recognition and was the most downloaded track on Beatport in 2012. When you decided to do this remix, were you even slightly aware that it would be loved by so many? And what led you to do it?
Wankelmut : I was introduced to the track by a friend during a USA road trip in 2011. The song and the vocal are simply great. Later that year I thought about making it a personal DJ tool for myself. I was DJ-ing at a small Berlin underground clubs at that time. I uploaded it on Soundcloud in December 2011 and a lot of people went crazy about. There was nothing planned or done with a commercial intention. I just did it one night and thought on a Monday morning in the cold Berlin winter “Why not upload it to Soundcloud?”. The rest is history.
You were a regular in the Underground Berlin Club scene and your take on Techno and Deep House is what everyone enjoys. What did the experience on this circuit teach you about your music and the art of DJ-ing?
Wankelmut : You can attend a lot of good parties and clubs with a lot of very good national and international DJ’s. I pretty much enjoyed Acid Pauli at the old Bar 25 for example. In Berlin you have the chance to see a lot of professionals at work. I did the first year after “One day” with Vinyl and Serato Discs on record players but had to switch to CD & Laptop. The actual quality of my mix is something I rate very high – there are no pre-set mixes, no synch button mixes etc.
So, Wankelmut you are currently signed to Berlin label ‘Get Physical Music’. What is the best part of being with this label and what you do you think this platform offers you as an artist?
Wankelmut : I pretty much enjoy the friendship with Get Physical as a label and with MANDY as the co-owners. Philipp from MANDY gave me advice in the beginning. I got the chance to work with the team, MANDY and myself share the same booking agent etc. There are a lot of parallel lines.
Your bumping remix of Lenny Kravitz – The Chamber has received a great response from fans. How did this remix come about and what inspired you to do it?
Wankelmut : His management asked for the remix. I had a good idea for it and did it. It’s always the same with that, there must be a “feel” for it right from the beginning.
The Berlin electronic music scene is talked about the world over and is a must stop destination for ravers and clubbers from all corners of the globe. From your personal perspective and experience, what do you think makes Berlin so special?
Wankelmut : The actual freedom to do things is the main key factor in Berlin. Almost no other big city in the world carries that vibe. Additionally you can experience a lot of things and have a lot of special moments. The magic is still there especially with more and more foreigners coming in.