Tea at the Zoo

# 005 | Escape to Mars

It’s Tuesday May 20 2014, and today we’re happy to present to you the 5th TEA at the ZOO already – gosh, time is flying! Feels like we’re growing, hell yeah! Today’s featured DJ is Escape to Mars from Modul, Zero2Nine | Berlin. We had the chance to meet him at the beginning of the year, and after our first Animal Instinct Podcast w/ deKai he passed along one of his first sets. We instantly fell in love with his music, and still are!

Being one of the lucky people who were born and raised in the glorious city of Berlin, Escape to Mars’ first memorable techno experience took place very classically at Tresor Club, a legendary Berlin techno institution. He was intrigued by the DJs, their interactions with the crowd, about how the club is run, the music – basically everything. Ever since, his fascination for anything connected to techno keeps growing every day.

Escape to Mars started DJing in 2010, at the tender age of just seventeen. Like most of the young DJs nowadays, his first equipment was a, let’s say, „affordable“ MIDI controller. However, the older he gets the more he acquires a taste for the real thing: CDs (preferentially the CDJ-850 from Pioneer) and especially Vinyl. Just as you would expect it from a great DJ, he is more and more able to spin the decks on a variety of media.

One great day for Escape to Mars was when he got the chance to play at Tresor Club, the venue where the magic began to unfold for him. But, as he admitted to us, this was not even his favorite gig so far. He loves playing the closing set, and this is what he did at the old RAW Tempel (Berlin): „The atmosphere was just insane! I’ll never forget these moments!“

Just like his name implies, Escape to Mars tries to provide the audience with a chance to escape the normal world for a couple of hours, leaving sorrows and troubles behind. The first record he ever bought was Subzero by Ben Klock, the most current one was Eclipse by Psyk. His idol is DVS1, when it comes to mixing, however, instead of other artists, his sounds are mainly inspired by his own feelings.

Make sure to check out Escape from Mars’ sound on his current & upcoming releases such as Apollo (Wall Music) and a brand-new EP for the label Graphene. Catch him playing one of his hijacking sets: Saturday May 5 at Bootsparty Berlin and Grießmühle Berlin, Or Friday June 6 in Béi Chéz Heinz Hannover (Nimmerland #8 w/ Johannes Hillmer). And don’t forget to return to planet earth after your Escape to Mars!

– Larry