It’s Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 – this is the 10th TEA at the ZOO and today we leave Berlin and take you to Nuremberg, our beautiful home town. Today’s featured artist is our friend Gleb L. from Neurotanzmitter Music | Nuremberg! We fell in love with his style a couple of months ago when he played on one of our events back home. We danced and talked the night away with him and we’re sure you are gonna enjoy his set as much as we did!
Where are you from? Born in Ukraine, but moved to Germany as a young child.
Where are you living most of your time? At the moment I live in Nuremberg, Germany.
How old are you? By now I am 20 years old.
When and why did you start Djing? I started DJing when I was 16 years old, only using an old Mixer and a Timecode-Setup. Soon after that I decided to play live-sets because I was always better in producing music rather than playing it. My first visit in Zoom-club Nuremberg was a big inspiration for me to start producing and playing music. Unfortunately that club already closed.
Which equipment/set up is your favourite and why? I use my Macbook Pro with Ableton running on it and a sound card, most of the time the Audio6 or Audio8 from Native Instruments and a controller like the Novation Launchpad or Apc40. On top I like to take an analog Synth/Drummachine with me, for example one of the Volca Series from Korg or the MFB 522. I decided for this Setup because I know Ableton very well, I can map everything how I want it without the need to remember what every knob exactly does, it’s very intuitive and it’s the easiest way for me to convey my ideas to the people. The sound cards from Native are very robust and reliable, that’s what it needs behind the booth. The analog stuff is just for jamming on top.
How would you describe your music? Most of the people describe my music as a mixture of House & Techno. However, I don’t think it’s possible to stuff music into genres. It’s like putting animals into cages. I would even say that I can’t describe it. Just take a couple of minutes to listen to the podcast and make a decision on your own, it’s hard to put music into words, that’s what I think!
Who are your idols? When it comes to producers there would be: Mr.G, Theo Parrish, Jeff Mills, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Greg Beato and Ricardo Villalobos just to name a few, at the moment there are also lot of young producers I really look up to and try to learn from.
Where do you get your inspiration? I get my inspiration from life, from the moment I get up in the morning till I get to bed at night. Listening to a lot of diverse music helps me to always get new ideas and discover new ways of thinking. I also have good moments of inspiration when I take a ride with my bike at night in the empty streets of my hometown Nuremberg.
What was the first vinyl you bought? My first vinyl The White Stripes by The White Stribes.
What was the last vinyl you bought? To be honest I can´t remember, since I play live-sets I don´t really have a lot of vinyls.
Do you have any residencies? At the moment I don’t have a residency, but my label partners and I have a Party at “Die Rakete” that we are hosting regularly, the first was at October 10.
Where was your first gig? My first gig was at “Club Nano”, a basement club in the inner city of Nuremberg. At that time my best friends Max & Axel better known as Gottfried & Gregor hosted a weekly party there called “Neurotanzmitter”. Meanwhile the event has moved on to a bigger venue, but back then they gave me the chance to practice almost every week. Most of the time I wasn´t even on the flyer or something. I just played the first hour to practice. Very soon I recognized that I am not really into being a DJ but started playing live-sets instead.
Where did you like it the most to play and why? One time I played the first part of the after hour at a local club called “Die Rakete”. The party was called “Voodomatic”. It was very special because almost everybody was coloured with paint. It’s its so much fun to see a crowd dancing like that. Besides that gig I always love to play at “Club Nano” because you always see some old friends and some new faces on the dance floor.
What was the funniest/craziest thing that happend on a gig? The craziest thing happened after a gig, on the way to the central station to get my train in Würzburg, I didn´t have enough money for a taxi so I decided to walk. The promoters told me the station is about 15 minutes away. In the end, it took me two and a half hours to get there. The good thing is, now I know Würzburg quite well. Seems like I had one or two bottles of lemonade too much…
Are there any upcoming releases or recently released stuff? I just released a track called “Crazy Jesse” on the Rakete Compilation, and for sure there will be something from me on our label “Neurotanzmitter Music” soon, so watch out!
What are you plans for the future? First of all I want to finish school next year, after that I will work on my music, maybe do some traineeship at studios or something like that. Besides that I want to expand my workshops in music production which I am hosting every month at “Die Rakete”.
Catch Gleb L. playing one of his heartfelt live sets: Wednesday December 31 at Mississippi Queen, [Nuremberg], Friday January 9 at Die Rakete, [Nuremberg]. Don´t forget saying hello from us!