It’s Thursday June 18 2015 – this is the eighteenth TEA at the ZOO and we are proud to present you someone, who also was with us straight from the beginning. Say hello to bluscreen from Animal Instinct | Bonn. So open your ears and hark to what he plays and has to say:
Could you tell us a little about your background, where you’re from and where are you living most of time? I was raised in a small town in the “Sauerland” (some ppl call it acid land … ) where most inhabitants are either cows, pigs or sheep. In the beginning there was no electronic scene at all.. some things changed but most of the time it’s still like that. Anyhow, I moved to Karlsruhe for my studies which is where I’m still living currently.
Where did your love for electronic music begin and why did you start DJing? I was fascinated by the early James Holden mixes and also influenced by some Sven Väth mixes. Then we started going to raves and all that. Since I had always been a musician and good with computers I started getting into producing quite quickly. At some point I sold my old epiphone guitar and bought a drum machine for that.
Which equipment/set up is your favorite and why? I still kind of like this drum machine I got. It’s an E-MU XL7 and its not famous for its intuitive menus or great samples but it has a lot of functions and the best drum pads I’ve experienced so far.
How would you describe your music? Unfortunately I don’t find much time at the moment to get into producing that much. The music I play vary between slow & deep trax up to harder and more progressive techno records. I’ve always been a big fan of the 303.
Who are your idols? I think there’s a lot of great sounds out on the market… I used to really look up to James Holden as a DJ because he really had a streak of amazing mixes in… I think 08/09… I would have called him an idol back then.
Where do you get your inspiration? Powerful plants.
What was the first vinyl you bought? Trackleton – Jump (Still one of my favorites).
What was the last vinyl you bought? Juju & Jordash – Clean Cut.
Do you have any residencies? No. None. But I hope my booking agent is working on. [laughter]
Where was your first gig? Actually that was in a bar in Brilon. Was a fun party though!
Tell us a bit about what it’s like when you’re a few minutes away from coming on and playing your first track? I’m usually wondering if the turntables are ok and if my predecessor will finish up on time (which they usually don’t).
Where did like it the most to DJ and why? I quite enjoyed playing in Xberg on the first of may. It was a very sunny day and the crowd was vibrant.
What was the funniest/craziest thing that happened on a gig? There was this one guy snorting some mysterious white powder from a running turntable.
Upcoming gigs? You tell me! Probably Winterstein in August.
Are there any upcoming releases or recently released stuff? Nothing. Unfortunately I’m too busy with my “normal career” right now…
What are you plans for the future? Exercise more and start my first album
What is your favorite animal? I think crabs are quite fun… they always bring their scissors… Did you know some species meet and pile up on each other, forming a giant crab hill?
Try to catch bluscreen playing one of his crazy deep harmonic acid sets, it was a pleasure doing the interview with him and a pleaser listening to his set. So don’t forget to say hello from us!