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D-Nox - Cold War Kid

Author: 3D
Thursday, 29 May 2008
From planning his high-school party to DJing round the globe, it’s been quite a ride for D-Nox. 3D gets the lowdown form the man himself, who ponders: ‘is Sydney ready for me-’

Tell us how you got into DJing…
I was born in the communist part of Germany during the cold war and we didn’t have shops to buy music, at least not many and even then we were not able to buy modern pop music, which I used to like as kid. So to help myself I was recording everything I liked on tapes. This is how I got into collecting music. My father used to play in a band and he had all the gear but he was not using it anymore. This is when the amplifier became my best friend beside my self-recorded tapes. Around 1987/88 my best friend and I decided to organise school parties. We used my father’s gear and my tapes and became the DJs of our self-organised school party. Since then I’ve been hooked on playing music for people and see them having a good time.
After the cold war ended everything changed and I found myself in paradise, with record stores all over containing all kinds of music. The techno thing has just started in Germany and people around me introduced this new thing to me. It didn’t take a long time for me to understand the new movement, and I put all my energy into my DJ hobby. Another friend who was already a resident DJ in an important club back then took me under his wing and made me play for the first time in a club. That’s was around 1991. My first residency was in the same club, and since then I’ve played almost every weekend.

You were A&R for Tatsu Records for four years. During your time there did many of the younger talents coming through influence your sound- Being around so many cutting edge artists surely helped you develop your sound-
In this case, not really. By then I was already too deep and long into it that being A&R for Tatsu didn’t do anything for me. It was more the other way around. I tried to give the label my stamp and develop it with what I had in my mind and heart.

You have your own label, Sprout Label. Tell us a little about that. What sort of artists/sounds are you pioneering-

At the same time I was working for Tatsu Recordings I realised that just being A&R didn’t bring me anywhere. I decided to start my own label and become my own boss.
The sound of sprout is difficult to put in a folder but it’s music that’s between the genres. I don’t try to pioneer anything; that is not my mission. I just wanna release the music I like and find interesting. This is also why it’s difficult for me to put the music into a specific genre. I prefer to work with people I know - friends, or friends of friends.
It’s a big family thing. It starts with the artwork, goes to the label management and finishes with the mastering. It’s all made by people I know and like. This way I can travel and play all around the world because the label work is done by people I trust.

Last year you released your debut LP, Left Behind. Are you already working on a follow-up- What have you got planned release-wise in the near future-
No, we’re not working on any follow up. We are playing too many gigs and don’t spend enough time in the studio.
Still we’re able to finish a remix in between or a new single, but we have no plans for another album. Things like this should just happen and cannot be planned. I can’t imagine sitting in the studio feeling the pressure of finishing another album. That’s not what I want. I think albums aren’t as important as they were anyway. We’d rather try to spread a few releases that keep our name alive, play good gigs and do solid DJ work.
We have just released a few remixes for Tocadisco, Nick Muir and Lutzenkirchen, and all of them are massively played by all DJs around the world. Besides those we have two singles coming up, one D-Nox and Beckers single on Electribe, which should be out end May/early June, and another collaboration with David Amo and Julio Naves.

Spending so much time on the round, how often do you get to produce your work-
Maybe one day every two month. Its not often I know but somehow it works out.
Every time we meet we are able to write one track, more or less.
Whenever we have a big tour, like for example the last two weeks in Brazil, we try to rent a studio and write there. It’s an interesting way of making us write music in a different way. The result is amazing, so I think we’ll do this more often.

Finally, what can we expect from you in Sydney-

It’s all about the moment right- I hope many people will show up and get ready to dance with me and my sound. I hope I will have a long set time because only then I can go to that very special point where things just happen and everything turns into a wild party.
I’m ready for Sydney; I hope Sydney is ready for me.

Who: D-Nox
When: Saturday 7 June at The Cross