Pulsing beats, ambient and foreign sounds: the electronic music that self-proclaimed Berliner AAntiGen has been producing for the past couple of years transmits a vibrant and musical socialization. While everything started with the prim beginnings of the recorder and piano, the world later saw the addition of hip hop, folk, techno and backpack travels. Meanwhile, AAntiGen finds himself situated in the genres of deep house, techno and electronica. Performing at clubs is more of a diversion for him, since producing music is his primary focus. And his music seems to be popular; a good portion of his tracks are planned to be released in May 2014 under different labels such as Klangwild, Tellerrand Rec. and BaumBaum Label, while his live sets are seeing a steady increase in different Berlin clubs. What's most important for AAntiGen, however, is how music produces pleasure and fun - not only for himself but also for club-goers.
Straight out of Friechrichshain. AAntiGen: Dr. Emme_Bagak Remix (2014).
How would you describe your style?
AAntiGen: I make electronic dance music with a four-four time that's connected to melancholy and depth, and which has little to do with happy sunshine techno. You can hear influences from my singer-songwriter-history, such as guitar and vocals, in my older tracks from around the time I started producing electronic music. But this gradually decreased. I still like melodies, but please nothing too poppy!
How long have you been dj'ing and where?
AAntiGen: I've always made music, but I've only been making electronic music for about five years. Out of this, I've been active as a DJ for about two, particularly in bars and clubs such as Brunnen70 in Wedding or Cräck Bellmer in Friedrichshain. But those were all smooth transitions; even when I was young I was playng around with record players. The people and clubs here in Berlin had a big influence on me, but I was never a music nerd that knew all the different bands, producers and DJs. Rather, I approached it all with a free spirit.
What's the Berlin club scene for you?
AAntiGen: It's a little piece of freedom, in which you can find and lose yourself, waste yourself and fall in love, dance for three days and pass out in a club, go to bathroom with ten other people, find friends and make enemies. That doesn't really exist anywhere else in the world.
Straight from the dancefloor. AAntiGen: Dancefloor Meditation (2014).
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