The german producer Ben Weber based closed to Hamburg started his musical career in 2007. Since then he released his music on several labels such as Stil Vor Talent, King Street Sounds or his own label Konfluenz Audio which he founded in 2017. His Parquet debut Ep „The Glade“ has been released in 2016. Since then Ben is part of our Parquet family and delievered us some amazing tracks in his typical unique style. We are more than happy about his contribution to the upcoming PARQUET200 release in form of his new track „Aegir“ which proofs once again his smart productions skills and good sense for music. Time to bring Ben into focus and ask him a few questions about his beginnings, a typical day in his life, favourite studio gear and more. (May 2019)
When did you start listening to electronic music? Has there been a crucial experience?
In the mid 90‘s, at the age of 16 I was invited to a Goa party in Gorleben. I loved the fusion of Metal riffs and Trance, the typical Sun Project sound of this time, and fell in love. Before this experience I was a fan of Punk, Rock and Metal and played guitar and drums. In the late 90‘s I bought my first groovebox, the Roland MC-303 and from this point on my vision of music started to grow. I´m still listening a lot to Alternative Rock, Pagan Folk and Black Metal. I think this inspires me and I transpose elements to my productions.
How does a typical day in your life look like? How many time do you spend with making music in your studio?
I´m a speech therapist and had my own practice for 13 years. It is a lot of work, but it allows me to fill some time with music and teach children with auditive perception disorders for example. Together we create their own songs with some of my studio gear. I have nearly 100 songs made by my patients, and they are all awesome. The rest of my time is spent with my wonderful family and our 2 dogs. I also love to go out and inhale nature whilst riding a mountain bike tour or hiking. This is a creative motor for me. A lot of my tracks result from thoughts of the wonderful landscapes of the Nordheide for example. Creativity and time management is not easy for me. I´m full of ideas, and two or three times a year they come to fruition. A production needs months to finished... that doesn´t make it easier hahaha.
Talking about producing. Which DAW are you using and which instruments are your favourites? Can you reveal to us which instruments you have used for your new parquet200 single „Aegir“?
I’ve been using Ableton for 10 years. Diva and Omnisphere are my favourite VSTs, but I also have a big heart for hardware. The idea of „Aegir“ was the first pattern I programmed on a Synthstrom Audible Deluge that I purchased at the end of december 2018. What a great little machine!!! It is so versitile and easy to use. A stunning device which I have connected with my Studio Electronics/Roland SE-02 to create the „Aegir“ bassline. The pad and arp are made with the Juno-106 and Jupiter plugouts in Rolands System-8. For the final result I recorded it in Ableton and worked it out. I love Waves VSTs for mixing, bus compression etc. At one point in the mixing process I was stuck so i took a mixing course to get „Aegir“ sounding the way I wanted to. There is always room to learn new things on this journey. The whole production process for these 6,25 minutes of music took me nearly 3 months besides my work. But I still enjoy it and feel each individual part.
What do you wish for the future of your project? Are there any news you want to tell us?
My music project is, at first, personal compensation for me....until an idea is born. Then it comes to obsession. Expect new music full of my weird visions and melodies as always, I hope to have more time with writing music in future. A few month ago I moved to a new house and at the moment I´m building a new studio to advance my passion for music production.
Your 3 favourite Parquet Recordings tracks?
Donatello – Falling Stars (Love the feeling, partitures and mixing of this new gem)
D-Nox & Beckers - Secret Games (Alltime favorite)
Township Rebellion - Challenger (Banger... played it in my podcasts)
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Emre & Mert Altinok are living in Berlin and Istanbul and releasing their productions under the name Lunar Plane since 2014. The likeable twins joined Parquet Recordings in 2016 with their track "Apogee", a collaboration with the argentinian artist Ubbah. In the meantime they brought us another collaboration track, delivered a great mix for our mixtape series, played on our last label night in Cologne and released their first solosingles on Parquet this month named "Rapture / Chimera". Time to ask the boys some questions about their influences, favourite intruments and more. (June 2018)
When did you come to electronic music and what were your musical influences?
Is there a secret behind your artist name?
As far as we can remember, we got hooked on electronic music through Booka Shade's 'In White Rooms'. However it took us 8 years to actually start producing music, so we have been producing for 4 years now. Music production was never in our life agenda, although we were working on a music streaming app that focused on electronic music before our production days. Two of our partners from that project started to take Ableton courses and asked us if we would like to join them and we said no, because we had no interest in creating music at that time. After they finished the course, they started to produce in our office and showed us how to build some beats. At first it was just fun, but rapidly it turned into a passion, and we spent at least 8 hours a day on Ableton trying to figure out how to get to a level of producing quality music. So basically, we taught ourselves the music theory and music production by trial & error and watching tutorials, because we had no music background. Our most prominent musical influences would be Booka Shade, Solomun, Solee, Just Emma, Tale of Us and Mind Against.
We named ourselves Lunar Plane, because we try to tell the story of the moon through our tracks. This text summarizes it: Following the outburst, there was darkness. Then came the stars. Only the strongest could withstand the vastness of the dark, whereas the light was fast and effective. This eternal battle between the light and the dark formed an unexpected balance. A balance for life. Throughout this endless conflict, byproducts came about. Planets, moons and humans. Amongst these humans, a pair of twins set out on a journey. A journey of discovery and expression through music. They reflect upon the might of the dark and all the sophistication it brings about. They tell the story of the lonely moon, struggling on its own against all the darkness. Join the twins in an epic story of the light and the dark. The Void and the Moon. The duality. The twin-hood of the universe.
You are twins. One of you lives in Berlin and the other in Istanbul. Can you tell us something about your creative process and how you build your tracks from the ground up in the studio? Which DAW are you using and do you have any favourite instruments?
Being twins is quite helpful in our creative process because we always agree on the direction of a track, and we usually like what we produce individually. Each month one of us visits the other for a week, so we are together in the studio for at least a quarter of the year. When we aren't together, we just work on different tracks simultaneously and send them back and forth. We usually finish those tracks when we are together. We have seen that this system works great for us. By working both individually and together on the tracks, we can come up with various approaches to finish a track. We use Ableton to produce our tracks, and our favorite software instruments are Diva and Bazille. We also use Moog Sub37 and Nord Lead 4 as hardware instruments in our productions.
Do you have any other jobs or hobbies besides producing and playing as a DJ?
Before Lunar Plane, we both went to Yale University and were swimmers in the Turkish national team. However, we are now completely focused on music production. We just enjoy life and make music =)
What can you tell us about future 2018 plans for Lunar Plane?
We are currently working on an album and a live stage performance for it, so stay tuned!
Your 3 favourite Parquet Recordings Tracks?
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Thomas Knoll and Marcel Florschütz aka Boss Axis are members of our Parquet family since 9 years. They played their energetic livesets at many our showcases and label nights and had more than 20 releases on Parquet Recordings during the last years. Together with our labelboss Solee they produced the parquet100 hymn "Still here" and delievered 2 beautiful artist albums on Parquet Recordings. In 2018 they´re celebrating their 10 years anniversary!
Time to ask our most faithful companions about the formation history of Boss Axis, their favourite locations, studio work and more. (April 2018)
Hi Marcel & Thomas, this year you are celebrating the 10 years anniversary of your project "Boss Axis"! Congratulation! How have you guys met each other and when have you started to work on your first corporate productions?
Marcel: We knew each other since 1998, have met in a youth club in our hometown Suhl. Thomas was djing privately and made first steps in producing with analogue equipment. I started one year later to dj. After several years we met again in my first studio, it was summer 2008. We were jaming around and had the idea of combining my love for housemusic and our both passion for melodies. The result was "Unconscious Perception". First under the name De Vole & Janero. In the same year our friend Steve (aka Moneo) joined us. We produced some tracks together and in late summer 2008 the formation "Boss Axis" was build. Our first ever release was the "Axis EP" digital and the follow up "Sad Beauty / Second Face" on vinyl. What a dream came true, it was released on one of our favourit labels, Parquet Recordings. 2009 Steve left the trio for family reasons.
Lets talk about your new single "Cloud 9".
Can you tell us something about the genesis of this track? Which instruments you have used to create the individual elements? What would you say is the most important piece of your studio-equipment? Who does what in the studio?
Thomas: For "Cloud 9" we used as hardware the Microkorg XL for the bassline, several VSTs, like the "Trilion" for the hook, the "Omnisphere" and "Prophet" for leads and pads. The idea behind was one track which typifies us. Melodic, groovy and a break to raise the roof. ;)
Marcel: Its different. Sometimes Thomas is jamming around with melodies, creating a loop. Then mostly I'm responsible for drumming, like beats fill ins and fx, percussion things. Arrangement is does by us together. Otherwise I start with a drum and percussion loop and try to find a catchy hook. Often jamming hours by hours to find THAT melody, who never appeard in a release (haha ;) Most important studio tool? ... the coffee machine (haha ;)
Which locations are your favorite spots to play?
Thomas: Our favourit locations are definitely the "Artheater" in Cologne with the "Bergwacht Cologne Events", the "Sisyphos" Berlin and the "Zauberwald Openair" near our hometown Suhl. Each of them are very special to us, had such amazing and intense moments while playing there.
Which Boss Axis projects can we expect soon?
Marcel: A new double single will be released on in may on Moonbootique. Another one on Enchant Audio with remixes by Modeplex and Stefan Biniak. A special collab with "Hello Machines" will be coming out in may. Special means more in the field of progressive house. Some remixes on different labels during summer.
Your 3 favourite Parquet Recordings Tracks?
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Julian Wassermann is a young but already experienced DJ and producer from Munich, Germany. With more than 50 releases on labels like Stil For Talent, Senso Sounds or Moonbootique and bookings across Germany and Europe he is definitely one of the most promising new german artists in the electronic music scene. 2 weeks ago Julian had his debut release on Parquet Recordings with 2 beautiful melodic gems called „Human / Polydo“.
We got great DJ support for this release by Agoria, Luca Bacchetti, Nick Warren, Lane 8, Eelke Kleijn, Be Svendsen, only to name a few, and entered the Beatport Progressive House single charts on #2 within a few days. Reason enough to ask Julian about his musical background, his hometown Munich and his favourite studio tools. (March 2018)
Hi Julian, congratulations for the successful start of your parquet174 release! Can you give us a little insight into your musical background and roots? How did you get in touch with electronic music once?
Thanks a lot! :) About 10 years ago I discovered the electronic music scene and I totally fell in love with it.
I began to collect some music and tried to learn Djing. Then I wanted to produce my own music. First experience was with the DAW Reason, but the first finished track was produced with Logic Pro. It was really hard to learn how to produce and it took a lot of time.
You are living in Munich, the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg. How would you describe the electronic music scene in the Bavarian capital? Which locations are your favourite spots?
For me it was never an option to leave my beloved hometown and move to Berlin as nearly everyone is doing. We got a lot of nice venues here! Over the last years Harry Klein became one of my favourites. Since last year I’m proud to have my residency there.
Let’s talk about nerdy studio things. How many time do you spend in your studio? Which DAW are you using and what would you say is the central piece of software/hardware used in your studio?
Can you tell us which instruments you have used to create the individual elements of your current single „Human“?
It took some time, but now I have a new studio in my basement. I would say 4 hours a week but not as much as I would love to! Using Ableton as DAW and Omnisphere 2 as VST, Sub37 and Clavia Nord Lead as hardware synths.
For „Human“ I reopened my project „Sol“ and tried to use some similar elements in a new interpretation. Most of the melody parts are recorded from Omnisphere, bassline, arp and lead sounds.
What can you tell us about your future 2018 plans? Any new exciting projects are on the way?
I would love to plan an Album this year and of course some new originals on which I’ll focus now! In April I’ll spend more time in the new studio, let’s see what happens ;).
Your 3 favourite Parquet Recordings Tracks?
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As a passionate musician he plays a variety of instruments, and concentrates on different genres of music. Making music always took a big place in his life and was always part of it. We had the first contact with Moritz Rausch aka Rauschhaus in February 2016 when he sent us a demo called „Astronaut“ and we felt in love with this track immediately. We released it a few month later as part of the parquet138 EP and it entered the beatport single chart shortly after. In the meantime a lot of things happened for the friendly guy from the german Baltic Sea coast. Time to ask Moritz about his early influences, his daily working routine and his favourite Instruments. (December 2017)
When did you start writing & producing music - and what or who were your early influences?
I began at an early age. When I was six I started with piano lessons and continued to play till I was 14. I had already made some own compositions and had a few gigs but the older I got, it didn’t catch me anymore. After that I started to play keyboard in a band and was a vocalist in another band project. But it was just a hobby. I always listened to rap and in 1999 me and two friends of mine started a hiphop project. Till 2010 I mostly concentrated on this kind of music and produced the beats for our crew and several other artists. But I always loved to party to drum n bass and jungle music and loved the energy and positive feelings this sound could generate. I loved the early works of Prodigy. Acts like Concord Dawn, High Contrast or Pendulum really catched me. Rappers like Dizzee Rascal or Wiley closed the gap between Electronic music and Rap and their beats and their style of rapping were a big inspiration to me. I loved the music of Audiobullys or Fatboy Slim. His Video from Brighton Beach 2002 was a really important impression for me. In 2011 I stopped to concentrate on Hiphop and invented my alias Rauschhaus. Since I started my musical journey I focused on many different genres of music and travelled through different scenes, but now I have a feeling that I finally arrived. I think everything is in a constant change so I don’t know where I will stay in maybe 10 ten years but for sure I won’t stop making music.
It seems like a lot happened since last year summer when your debut single „Astronaut“ was released on parquet138. You did a lot of remixes and singles over the last months, also some co-operations with other producers. How many time do you spend in your studio? Do you have any other jobs or time-consuming hobbies besides producing and playing live? Is it easy to combine everything in your daily routine?
As it´s hard right now for me to make a living by just playing venues or selling my music, I work as a social worker in a workshop for disabled people. There I work in an atelier where I invent possibilities for the people to paint and sell their pictures. As I work only 29 hours a week it´s combinable with my work as a DJ. But at the moment I feel that my Rauschhaus project is growing and developing well, so it´s taking more and more time. Apart from preparing sets or producing in my studio I have to promote my music, play and organize venues, record podcasts, care about social media, listen to promos and look for good new music to play and all that stuff. So it´s really a time consuming business to keep the engine running and build up a network. I work circa 3 hours a day in my studio, sometimes more sometimes less. There are episodes where it´s hard for me to be creative. Then I try to do something completely different like reading a good book, play a game or concentrate more on sports. Apart from making music all the time I try to see my friends as often as possible and spend quality time with my girl. I am very thankful that she takes me as I am and supports me and my dream.
Can you give us a little insight in your studio?
Which DAW are you using and which Instruments do you prefer? Any Favourites? What´s the most important piece of your equipment?
Since 2003 I work with Cubase. I tried a lot of DAWs from FL Studio to Reason, Logic or Ableton but Steinberg always convinced me with their product and constantly improved it. When playing live I use Ableton on a Macbook Pro. In my studio I use a Windows PC with the newest Version of Cubase. Within the Years I bought a lot of analog gear and prefer to use it for my productions but there are also some Vst´s that you will find in most of my tracks. I love the Fabfilter plugins, Soundtoys and the SPL stuff. The Diva from U-He is a mind-blowing software that sounds really awesome and also the cs80 from Arturia is very cool. The main pieces in my Studio are the Sub 37 by Moog and the Clavia Nordrack. All my synths are leading through my strymon reverb and a boss delay. This Effectchain is accountable for my signature sound and can also be heard at „Astronaut“. I just bought a Korg Minilogue and a Meris Polymoon which I will use in my livesets.
Which Rauschhaus projects can we expect soon?
I finished nearly 15 remixes this year and made a lot of collaborations for example with V-Cious from Ecuador or Peer Kusiv from Braunschweig. These two Collaborations appeared or will appear on Parquet Recordings. Other collaborations that I am working on right now are projects with Simon Doty from Canada, PHCK and new tracks with my close friend Peter Groskreutz who also put his hands on „Astronaut“. There will be an EP on Einmusika at the beginning of 2018, another EP on „The Plot“ and another EP on Traum Schallplatten together with David Baader. Lots of interesting stuff is in the pipeline. In the future I want to concentrate more on my own material and put my main focus on an album that I just started to work on. So lots of new tracks are in the making and I promise to constantly supply you with good music.
Your 3 favourite Parquet Recordings Tracks?
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Danny and Leon aka Supacooks are responsible for one of our best-selling tracks on Parquet Recordings this year. With „Aftermath“ the two boys from Armenia reached the Beatport Progressive House Top Ten and stayed there for many weeks. The track is still part of many playlists from DJs all over the world and it seems, it will become one of our label classics!
Time to ask the Supacooks about the meaning of their name, their homeland Armenia and which instruments they have used for their „hit“ „Aftermath". (November 2017)
How have you guys met each other and what's the story behind your artist name?
We met each other in 2006, when we both started djing. After becaming friends we have thoughts to make a project together. We’ve made our first steps from 2009 trying to produce tracks together. It takes 2-3 years, and finally in 2012 Supacooks was created. We have creative approach to everything so our artist name was not an exception. And as the music producing is really close to cooking process, we have thoughts to become super cooks and named our duo as “Supacooks”.
As you are armenian artists – how would you describe the electronic music scene in Armenia? Give us a little insight in the club scene. Which locations are your favorite spots?
To be honestly we’re not living the best days for club scene here in Armenia. It was in a big crisis for a long time. A lot of clubs have closed. But it seems it will grow again soon. All the djs and promo groups here are trying to make electronic music more popular. A lot of events in the clubs, cafes and big outdoor events as well, invite artists from all over the world. Beside this we’ve started our own label – Kitchen Recordings; we help new producers to release their tracks, we do our label nights, gather a lot of people around electronic music.
Talking about producing. Which DAW are you using? Can you tell us which instruments you have used for your Parquet Hit „Aftermath"? As you are a duo – Who does what in the studio? Do you have your own skills or do you both do everything?
We use Ableton Live, and waiting for the 10th version with impatience :-)))
For our track “Aftermath” we used Sylenth from Lennar Digital, NI Massive, Spire from Reveal Sound, Prophet, Jupiter and Diva from U-he. The main synth is made with Spire. Studio work mainly done by Danny, but Leon also is having his part in cooking process.
Beside these Leon is managing our label (Kitchen Recordings) and Danny is A&R.
Are there any news you want to tell us?
First of all there are some changes in our music and style. We’re moving to more underground mood with progressive house and techno sounds. We’ll have some new and interesting collaborations with different artists soon.
Your 3 favourite Parquet Recordings Tracks?
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Jos & Eli – Yossi Seluk and Eli Abutbul are two guys born in the 80's from Ashdod, Israel. Since their childhood they had a keen interest in music. Jos had a special touch with the keyboards and Eli was grooving with the drums. Their journey began in 2013 with their first track titled “The Beginning” on a minor dutch label. Playing in the biggest clubs in Tel-Aviv and Israel, recently, they have scaled up their music by releasing on labels like Diynamic, Sudbeat or Einmusika next to Parquet Recordings. After their Debut singles "Destination / Atlantis" in June 2015 and their 10 Years Track "A Sign of Salvation", they just released "Amore / Seventies" on Parquet Recordings incl. a remix by labelboss Solee. Time to ask the 2 guys from Jos & Eli about their homeland, working flow and more. (November 2017)
Could you take us through a typical day in your life? Do you have a fixed schedule? How many time do you spend with making music or collecting tracks for your DJ Sets?
Usually we tend to say „Good Morning World“ and „Thank you“ for what there is. We both live in separate but very close cities. We don't see each other every day, but we are very good friends before we started as producers. Our days aren't fixed and we're doing other Jobs beside of music.
Eli works in the „Port of Ashdod“ as a ship planner and Yossi is studying appellation development. Our time is quite limited but we both listen to music all day long. Our „Whats App“ conversations are all about music, what we need to do and some jokes to keep it funny. So I would say 2-3 times in a week we get together in the studio for producing and couple of hours more to hunt new material.
Tell us about the music scene in Israel as you played there in the biggest clubs and living there since your birth. Where is your favorite spot to DJ?
Do you see any difference to the music scene in Europe?
Every time we're excited when we get asked about the scene in Israel. I can tell you a lot, but I hope that the readers will see it in their own eyes one day. A lot of things happened here in the last couple of years, I would say that the „Psytrance“ culture, which was no. 1 in Israel for years, fell out of its power and now the techno culture is very strong in all clubs. Many new outdoor-parties, big festivals and artists are coming up every year, more and more. We have a lot of local artists here, doing many forms of electronic art and some of them are global superstars in the meantime. That’s why I think Tel-Aviv is one of the most difficult citys to stand out. Like every electronic music capital, Tel-Aviv offers you a club for every genre. We were resident DJs for the last 2 years in the legendary „The Cat & the Dog“ club, but this club finished his music tour couple of month ago and become soon something else. We played in all major clubs in our small country but it's hard to choose the best club. All of them are best in something particular, but the outdoor parties in the summer are really unique. If I have to compare it to Europe I would say only the people are the change - same vibes, nice people, very good atmosphere. I think the music takes the clubs to global unity.
Talking about producing. Which DAW are you using and which instruments do you prefer?
We are working with Cubase from day one. Jos is the master of melodies and sounds and Eli grooving and managing the ideas. Both of us share the same passion, we are almost speechless in the studio. We love to open up a loop and just flow with the sounds. We know us for many years, so the same stuff catch our ears. Jos is on the mouse and I'm on the atmosphere, and I can say for sure the best moments in this scene is that one when you find the sounds you're looking for and the loop is taking you to the place you dream of, and we look at each other in the studio and just dance! I can say for sure that tools & toys you have in the studio doesn't make you a better producer. I remember when we started, we worked with unfamiliar and very simple devices without a sound card and quality monitors and we did amazing things with it. Btw. our first Ep on Parquet Recordings („Atlantis / Destination“) was made in our old studio, working only with VST Plugins and a computer who just wanted to die. Step by step together we learn about sounds and save our income money from gigs only to raise our passion to sound and new challenges. Today our studio looks completely different, built and wrapped in a very acoustic form in the basement of Yossi's house. We have some small toys like the Minimoog, Korg Minilog and some Drum Machines. We still use a lot of high-quality plugins because we think they're providing incredible products and lots of possibilities, such as „Atmosphere“, „Trilian“ and all the plugs of UAD. The compressors are amazing, and all the classical synthesis we just love. And with the right touch we can do magical things, our latest release "Amore" created with two more talented friends „Jenia Tarsol" & „Sean Doron“ who create music their own way. We had some happy hours in the studio with 4 heads and sharing ideas and sounds. We seat on it long and rush hours but in the end it was worth it. Using Moog for the flat base and some spanish trumpets and record shakers live and add some kickdrum machine. This was pure fun!
Which Jos & Eli projects can we expect soon?
Are there any news you want to tell us?
I think that over the time the required level is rising and that's what affects us first. We try to get more out of ourselves, and I'm sure we're making better music every day more and more. Our next material is massive and comes with more experience than before…can’t wait to share it with you guys!
Several tracks are ready, maybe an album…who knows!!
Your 3 favourite Parquet Recordings Tracks?
It´s super hard to choose only 3 tracks but let's try:
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