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FEATURE INTERVIEW: ALEXANDER AUREL

No Doubt, One Of The First Things You’ll Notice About Alexander Aurel Is His Mental And Emotional Flexibility, Constantly Chasing Him To Discover Fresh Musical Pastures. And This Flexibility Turned Out To Be An Effervescent Source Of Inspiration. Alexander Aurel Grants A Wide Musical Range That Sounds Percussive, Melodic, Pushy And Groovy. Don’t Be Surprised If You Meet Him

In The Middle Of The Dancefloor While Playing A Set – Alex Enjoys To Be Truly “At Eye Level” With The Crowd. His Sweeping Sound, Paired With An Open Mind And Congenialness, Cleared Him The Way To Tune InTo A Successful DJ Career: He Was A Long-Term Resident At The Famous “U60311” In Frankfurt And Along With His Residency At “Level 6” In Darmstadt, Numerous Bookings All Over Germany Fill His Agenda. Besides DJ’ing Mr. Aurel Spends A Lot Of Time At The Studio, Producing His Own Tracks And Releasing Them On Labels Such As; Terminal M, Frequenza, Soap, Circle Music & Harthouse. Currently, He Is One Of The Residents At The Hip “As You Like It“ Events, Where He Is Playing Together With DJ Karotte, Doing What He Knows Best: Simply Celebrating The Moment And Letting The Music Speak For Itself.

 

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You Are Touring The Whole Year And You Have Seen Nearly Every Club In Germany – What Do You Think About The German Club Scene?
We Have A Huge Scene Here, With Many People Loving Electronic Music. I’m Happy To Live In This Country Where Electronic Music Has So Much Space To Develop. I’ve Watched The Movie “Raving Iran” A Few Weeks Ago. Realizing That People Were Arrested Just For Listening To Our Music Is Unbelievable. To Compare This Situation To What Happens Every Week In Cities Like Berlin, Tells You What Freedom Really Is!

Have You Ever Imagined Doing Something Else Than Music?

I Studied Architecture, But Following My Passion As A Musician Means Everything To Me.

Let’s Go Back In Time – Where Did You Have Your Greatest Or Most Intensive Performance? What Was It About?

One Of The Most Intense Moments Was When I Did My B2b2b With Monika Kruse And Karotte. I Showed Monika Two Unreleased Tracks. A Few Weeks Later I Had My First Agreement On The Table For My First EP On Terminal M.

What Was It About Electronic Music That Was So Appealing To You At An Early Age?

I Can’t Really Tell What The Thing Was That Caught Me. I Had Some Contact With Electronic Music Since School, But The First Time Being To A Club Was In Munich At The ‘Heizkraftwerk’,  A Few Years Later. At That Night, Something Must Have Happened That I Got Into Dancing To Hypnotic Beats. Nevertheless, Before Switching Sides And Trying To Give Something Back To The Scene, I Went To A Lot Of Parties For Many Many Years!

What Kind Of Music From The Past Inspirers You Most When You Are In The Studio?

When I Was Young, I Listened Different Styles Of Music – Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, Massive Attack, Depeche Mode And The Chemical Brothers But Also German Hip-Hop Like Die Fantastischen 4 And Die Absoluten Beginner. Maybe This Various Music Background Is The Source Of My Ability To Produce From House To Techno.

What Are The Fundamentals Of Your Latest Release On Heinz Called ‘Room 101’ And How Has It Come To Included A Remix?

I Met Franky A Few Years Ago During A Gig At The Airport Würzburg. Years Later We Did A Studio Session Together And I Recorded Him Playing Clarinets. When I Was Producing The Latest E.P. I Remembered The Recording And Used It For ‘Room 101’. Btw. 101 Are Our House Numbers Added. As I’m Fan Of Stefanos Music And I Played A Lot Of His Tunes! I Am Really Proud And Happy That He Had Time And I Love The Result!

You Are Working Together With Labels Like Heinz And Terminal M For A Long Time Now. What Is The Most Important Part Of These Collaborations?

On Every Label, I Can Present Some Specific Style Of My Music. I Love To Surprise With My Music And Therefore I Was Really Happy To Present My Melodic Side On Heinz Music!

Where Do You See Yourself In The World Of Electronic Music In A Few Years?

Behind The Decks With A Big Smile On My Face.

What Are The Things You‘re Doing Besides Producing And Touring To Stay Healthy And Creative?

During The Week, I Try To Have A Normal Sleep-Rhythm. Getting Up Very Day Early Between 7-8am And Going To Bed From 11-12pm. I Try To Eat No Fast Food, Reduce Sugar To A Minimum And Do Sports.

What’s Your Personal Idea Of A Stunning DJ Mix?

First We Have To Separate Club Sets From Podcast Mixes. With Audience In Front Of Me The Most Important Thing Is That People Having Fun. So It Can Happen That I Change The Vibe During My Set.
When I Do A Podcast Mix, It’s All About The Flow. Every Track Has To Have His Right Place In The Mix. A Beginning, A Peak And An End. I Love Doing Podcasts As Well, Because I Can Play Music That I Like, But That I Could Never Present In A Club Gig.

Maybe You Can Tell Us More About Your Personal Set Up, You Are Working With?

In The Studio, I Am Working With Ableton And Some Software Synths. I Don’t Have Any Hardware Besides A Midi-Keyboard And The Machine. My DJ Setup Is Constantly Changing. I Started With Vinyl, Then I Changed To Play With Traktor And Allen&Heath. This Year On The Thaibreak I Changed To CDJ With Recordbox And To Pioneer DJM. I Miss My Traktor FX So Much, That I Said Good-Bye A&H, And Started To Play With The Pioneer 850.

Are You Keeping Busy In The Studio Right Now? What’s On Your Agenda For The End Of 2016?

A Remix For Juliet Fox On My Favourite Freaks Is In The Pipeline And I Did A E.P. With Danny Serrano.

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