For over 7 years he was the singer, bassist and songwriter of a band who rocked North Germany with a dark melodic grunge-rock sound. After moving to Berlin and being inspired by her influences Jan found his passion in electronic music.
Making a tough decision to quit the band, he traded his guitar for an apc40 and 5x8Spur-Matrix and began producing and performing solo.
Hello Jan, welcome to Milan!
Sun is shining today and you’ll perform in one of the most suggestive terrace in town. Are you happy to be back in Italy?
Yes, i do love this country. I played here – but i don’t remember the name of the club – few years ago but did not have time to do anything and tonight after the gig i would love to meet an old friend and see something in town.
I was amazed by my journey here as i saw the mountains so clearly from the plane today and never realized that they were so closed to Milan. Tomorrow i am off to Berna by train and i look forward to see more landscapes.
Your origin come from a dark melodic grunge-rock sound. How did you moved to electronic music?
I liked electronic music since i was 14 years old and it’s just amazing what you can produce with your computer, this has always fascinated me. Today my sound can be described as a mixture of Radiohead, Muse, Bodi Bill, Stephan Bodzin and James Holden – a beautiful balancing act between melancholic, melodic electro-pop and euphoric minimal techno.
How could you define your style?
I hate this question but will try to answer. My idea was always to mix organic, self-played, self-recorded sound with techno base and put vocals into it. My melodies are always super important and essential to my music. I want to put everything i like in my music, sometimes with the risk that you are doing to much, but i really love to combine staff together to get the perfect track. I like for example to have a happy sound mixed with a melancholic voice and this works somehow.
How much did Berlin influenced the last 3 years of your career?
Well, in the way i always wanted to do electronic music not that much, but Berlin teached me a lot in terms of self confidence: this city is really hard and can make you super sad or happy, it’s a very emotional place. There’s no place on earth that has so many artists living in the same spot and you always have the chance to meet new people in the clubs. In every place i play i always meet someone from Berlin and you really realize that Berlin is all about music.
Which are your favorite spots in the city?
Everybody has to see Panorama (berghain.de) because it’s the best club in the world, it’s really a techno mecca. But i also still like all these small retro clubs that made the history in town. Like Bar25 (bar25.de): the concept of this place was just unique and i understand why many people are really sad that is now closed but i think is part of the fascination of this city, because it changes all the time.
‘Time Again’ is your new single and we just saw the video. Can you share with us some behind the scene?
We are always filming everything when we are traveling and this journey from New York to Cairo was absolutely stunning. It took us 15 hours to get to Cairo and the city just shocked me. I couldn’t believe how crazy and chaotic it was. I could not even breath. We spent there 2 days and was enough to get the vibe of the city.
We are just back from ADE in Amsterdam. What do you think about the EDM scene?
I played at ADE last year but haven’t got the time to check out what was happening, i was under stress for my gig. But it’s a great event where you have the chance to listen to the best EDM music that has undergone a dramatic rise in popularity in the last years.
We are a magazine that encompass fashion. What’s your relationship with that?
I am a bit interested. Once i was working as a barkeeper, i remember very well when there was Bread & Butter (the trade fair and all these people addicted to fashion: i hated their attitude and always thought that is something that does not belong to me. But to answer your question, i am interested but not well educated. Don’t ask me names of specific designers but i like the minimal style.
Thank you, have a great show tonight!