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The subsekt straight-talker has 053 firmly in his sights..

Though I’ve known Patrick for a good few years now (online), it wasn’t until we began subsekt that I got to know him properly. He’s a good fucking guy.. decent, funny and always tells it like it is. He’s a regular on the forums and we all talk regularly, so its been very enjoyable listening to him flourish as a producer over the last year or so. Speaking for everyone that knows Patrick on subsekt, it’s also been satisfying watching his productions gain recognition and get released. Recently he’s had tracks out on Heaven To Hell, Cicuta, Concerns, Unknown Forces and as Sphaeron on Android Muziq.

We thought it was about time to get Patrick to do a mix for us and of course, to find out a little more about who he is.

Mono.xID’s mix is part of a special 2hr show on Wednesday 14th May 2014 @ 2200GMT with Derlich.

Listen Live at the time on Teh Player.

As always.. the mix will be up on Soundcloud after transmission.

Hi Patrick, how are you? It’s great that we’ve been able to do this mix and interview with you as your productions have been getting a lot of attention over the last year or so. There’s always a great buzz over on the subsekt forums anytime you post some new tracks. Fair play to you!

Would you mind talking a little about what’s been happening for you? Some of the labels that you’ve released on?

Hey John, first of all I want to thank you for the opportunity for this interview. Well, what’s happening. I get a lot of requests for remixes lately which is quite cool as I really enjoy the process of remixing a track. Label wise I want to develop the relationship with the few labels which gave me the first chance to spread my music. Labels like Ill Bomb, Android Muziq, Heaven to Hell, Audio Borderline. I have the feeling that these guys were really diggin’ my stuff and with most of them I have personal chats every now and then. I absolutely don’t feel the need to release 10 tracks a month on 10 different labels. I don’t even have the time for that amount of tracks haha.

Do you get to play out regularly? I remember you saying you played at Tresor years ago. Have I seen you in the line-up for Subland recently?

Well, the Tresor gig  was actually AGES ago. It wasn’t even a proper gig but let me explain. I was 17 or 18 years old back then and I was part of a DJ Team together with a good mate. So he got booked to play the old Tresor basement together with a couple of other guys we knew.  As you can imagine we got hammered real quick because he was so proud to play at this legendary venue. End of the story is, my mate was fucking hammered and after 15 minutes of his set I had to take over the decks because he passed out haha.

Jesus! hahaha

It was no problem for me because I knew all his music and we shared records for gigs as well. So this was my first and last gig at the original Tresor venue. Really cool experience.

As for Subland Club, I’ve played most of the big events like all Burn The Machine Festivals and the birthday parties plus some smaller gigs in between. But Subland is actually a Hard DnB/Dubstep/Hardcore/Industrial/Noise club. My best mate is involved in the club and I always played there when he asked me but I think the Subland crowd isn’t really into Techno. Though I can understand this fact because compared to the music they usually play down there, Techno must sound like boring minimal to them I guess. Most of my Subland gigs were really good though, I just had to speed up the BPM a bit haha.

I just enjoy going down there and have a few beers and meet up with some friends (my other best mate worked at the bar. Thanks for many sweet headaches) and I just love the venue. Really dark basement with nice visuals, a proper soundsystem and a lot of quality dark-art paintings all around plus the whole club got a nice “anti-mainstream” attitude which I really like.

The next gig is one I’m really looking forward to. I’ll play in Warsaw/Poland for the second time on 10th may alongside Mattias Fridell and Truncate. It’ll be fun and I’ll have the chance to meet Mattias again and have a few Jägermeisters with him. The night is hosted by the Audio Borderline guys which are just really nice dudes. Can’t wait to go back to Warsaw because my first gig/weekend last November was just amazing.

Ah that’s a cool gig Patrick. Good luck to you mate!!

I you were at Surgeon in Berghain recently. What was that like? Will we be seeing Mono-xID on the bill one day?

That Surgeon night at Berghain was magic. Best techno night I’ve had in years. It all started out perfect. I was going there with a good mate and he was on Shackleton’s guestlist who played a really cool and experimental live gig before Surgeon’s set. It was Innervision’s label night at Panoramabar and I’ve never seen such a long waiting queue in my whole life. It would have taken me 4 hours at least just to get in there. So me and my mate headed straight to the bouncers and claimed we both on the list. They said there is just one of us on the list but I can pay at the door if I don’t mind. So I saved up 4 hours waiting time haha. Would have missed Surgeon anyway if I’d have stayed in that endless queue.

I was very excited because last time I saw Surgeon playing was around 1999 at Tresor and I expected him to play his raw, industrial type of techno from his BMB phase (which I’m not really into) but he’s an old hero of mine and so I had to go and watch him once again. And then he started THIS set of the filthiest, most groovy Techno-Funk  I’ve ever heard.  Almost like faster Tech-House but in a very nasty way. The whole place was jackin’ for 4 hours like there was no tomorrow. Just 4 hours of pure Funk, no Industrial, no boring droney graveyard techno, no bullshit. That was just awesome. Function was playing afterwards and he just owned the place. He took the crowd completely into deep space and gave ’em the rest. Damn, my bones were hurting the next day from dancing.

Will be ever on the bill to play at Berghain? I don’t know mate, it’s not really in my hands haha. I really don’t think too much about such things to be honest. In the end it’s just a nice club with good bookings and I don’t get the hype around it. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit older and saw many good Berlin clubs come and go. Berghain now is what E-Werk was in the 90’s for Berlin. But I can understand that this club is THE shit for a 20 year old who just discovered Techno. It was the same for me with clubs like old Tresor or E-Werk. A friend of mine asked me the same question recently. I was kidding and asked him if i would benefit more from refusing a Berghain booking request. Might be an easy way to create some buzz around your person, just imagine the Resident Advisor headline: “This moron refuses to play Klubnacht”  haha. But seriously, if I’ll ever be invited, I’d play there for sure. Why not?

Music production and history are my biggest passions in life. Though people often say that Techno is faceless and should be about the music blah, blah, blah.. I believe in the need to document the people and stories behind it. Techno is a very small world in reality and I think it needs a proper resource. I hope that everyone who is interested in Techno finds this blog accessible in terms of the way that it is written. I personally prefer to hear the artists voice as loud as the music and never enjoy synopsised and pasteurised versions of old conversation; the sort that's peppered with the occasional quote here and there.

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