Spotlight on: PATRICE BÄUMEL

STARTERS ————————————–

We can wake you up for?
American style pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup.

5 things you can’t leave the house without:
I’m a minimalist. My dog gets mad at me if I leave her behind. Apart from that, keys & cash, that’s it.

Hobbies besides music:
Surfing, modern art, travelling. Most of it is easy to combine with my work.

Favourite food and restaurant:
I love almost any style of food as long as it’s prepared with love, authenticity and good ingredients. I am a fan of hole in the wall kind of places, like “Bird”, a thai snackbar in Amsterdam’s redlight district. I also love pizza at “La Perla,” also in Amsterdam.

Favourite Movie and Director:
Many. Stanley Kubrick is a master, but I also love Lars von Trier, The Coen Brothers, Terrence Malick and Steven Soderbergh. All time favourite movies are No Country For Old Men, Magnolia, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Antichrist, The Tree Of Life, American Beauty, and more recently, Upstream Color and Under The Skin. I am always up for well-made comedies – Superbad, Project X, Knocked-Up, that sort of stuff.

Favourite Book and Motto:
Eckart Tolle – “A New Earth” & “The Power Of Now”

These are two books that changed my perspective on life and helped me to let go of my worries and be a happier human being.
My Motto: “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

BACKGROUND ————————————————————————-

When did you first get in contact with house/techno?
In 1993. I just came back from a year as an exchange student in the US, and all of a sudden there where techno parties popping up everywhere in Germany. My first major event was Mayday in Berlin in 1993 – a life-changing experience.

What music did your parents listen to?
Jazz, Frank Zappa, The Doors, Sex Pistols, Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones and shitloads more. My dad was a music journalist with a substantial vinyl collection.

What music did you grew up with?
Depeche Mode, The Cure, I had my metal phase with Guns ‘n’ Roses, Metallica, Megadeth and that sort of stuff. Later came a brief U2 period, which was well before Bono lost his mind. Then Hip Hop – Run DMC, Public Enemy, and later all the West Coast G-Funk stuff – Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube & Warren G.

What’s your first song related memory?
Since I was born and raised with music around me almost 24/7, it’s kind of hard to come up with a precise answer for this one. Probably some mad Frank Zappa record. My dad would terrorize us with that for breakfast.

What was the first record that you bought?
Paul Young – Greatest Hits. Don’t ask me why.

What famous artist did you fancy when you were young?
Sophie Marceau, a French actress. I had a crush on her for years.

Any guilty pleasures?
I can easily listen to Adele, Ace Of Base, Dido and lots of other high quality uncool pop music. I have a weakness for good female vocals.

INFLUENCES ———————————————————————————

What music do you listen when you wake up?
None. Nothing beats the sound of silence. Sometimes I check the previous day’s studio work, but not for enjoyment.

What do you listen to when you are on the bike or on your car?
Mostly talk radio. The cd in my car right now is London Grammar’s surprisingly awesome album “If You Wait” as well as the new Kangding Ray album on Raster Noton.

What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Paul Weller – Wild Wood and Feist – Caught A Long Wind

What’s your favourite album and artist at the moment?
Mica Levi – Under The Skin Original Soundtrack

What’s your favourite album and artist ever?
Depeche Mode – Violator

What’s your favourite DJ/Producer?
DJ: Flying Lotus
Producers: Emptyset

PLAYING THE MUSIC —————————————————————————–

What’s your favourite (online) store?
7Digital (the store connected to Spotify, where I find most of my music).

What’s your favourite label?
Kompakt.

What’s your favourite music software?
Ableton Live. No contest.

What’s your favourite music hardware?
I love my Midas Venice F32 mixing desk. But my wishlist is huge, would love to dabble a bit more in modular synthesis.

What’s your dream line up for a party to play? 
Nicolas Jaar Live
Flying Lotus DJ
Fever Ray Live
Bjork Live
Autechre Live
Sigur Ros Live

What’s your favourite party/festival and why?
Fusion. Freedom, no cops, no advertising, organic food and great sound everywhere.

What was your first big party?
Mayday 1993, Halle Weissensee, Berlin.

Whats your first memorable gig?
My first gig ever, a near empty club at 7 in the morning, playing to 4 people with all my 12 records, trainwrecking every mix. Good times.

Any good backstage stories?
Smoking joints with Goldie at Melt many years ago was kind of cool.

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