Oliver Deutschmann Live DJ mix on Germany Calling on Pioneer DJ Radio
Oliver Deutschmann is the guest DJ on the new 2 hour Germany Calling this week, providing a one-hour mix recorded live at Sisyphos several weeks ago.
The mix broadcasts for the first time this weekend (Friday August 9: 14.00-16.00 CET and Sunday August 1119.00-21.00 CET, with Oliver’s set featuring during the second hour of Fidelity Kastrow and Jonty Skrufff’s weekly show (http://pioneerdj.com ).
The Berlin tech legend, who more usually plays at Berghain (he’s performed over 50 times at the techno institution), chatted to Skrufff about both his DJ set and his evening overall at the Berlin underground/ alternative uber-club.
“I had never been to Sisyphos before and I was really surprised how packed the whole place was and how many different floors it has, it felt a bit like a mini festival. Also the organization was really professional, so there was absolutely nothing to complain about,” says Oliver.
“The gig itself was amazing,” he adds, “It was honestly one of my best gigs this year so far. I had a lot of fun while playing.”
His Germany Calling mix features the first hour of Oliver’s set recorded in Sisyphos’ giant cavernous hall Hamme Halle and shows him locking in the crowd with a seamlessly mixed- and spontaneously selected, he says- blend of top quality techno and house.
“To be honest, I very rarely prepare my sets in advance because I want to keep that nervous energy, anticipation feeling as high as possible before I start,” he explains.
“This is for me the best way to react spontaneously to the reactions of the crowd. It gives me more freedom in creating a journey or story than to be limited by a prepared set. But sometimes I have THE two or three tracks in my set that I want to play for sure and that I aim the rest of the set around.”
Sisyphos/ Pioneer DJ Radio sets aside, he’s also just launched a new mystery record label which kicks off with a triple tracker of his own music. So why has he decided to release a label as opposed to licensing tracks to others?
“My labels give me the chance to release material of friends, of people I am fan of and of course it’s also a platform for my own stuff. I learned that in this business there are very few people you can rely on. So it’s definitely the best way to do some stuff on your own.”
“I don’t have a specific vision for my labels. I want to release good and timeless music, that’s simply it.”
And how do the economics of the label work given that record sales nowadays are so low?
“The most records I release nowadays don’t make money. Those times are over unfortunately. Once in a while there is a release that sells more than usual. But I don’t release records to make money. It’s because I love it and the feeling of holding a freshly pressed vinyl with your own or friends’ music in your hand is priceless and en passant it is of course an important promotion for every DJ- if it’s a good one,” he laughs.
Listen to Oliver Deutschmann’s DJ set @ Sisyphos on Germany Calling on Pioneer DJ Radio: show times are Friday afternoons from 14.00-16.00 CET and Sunday evenings from 19.00-21.00 CET (Oliver’s set airs during the second hour http://pioneerdj.com )
Upcoming DJs coming soon to Germany Calling include Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire), Fidelity Kastrow (Sisyphos), Johnny Dynell (New York) and lots, lots more.