JACKIE O BERLIN
Berlin Summer Air VIII – Mattmosphere
Some moments have more resonance than other moments. Berlin Summer Air VIII: Moment & Memories with Mattmosphere, Luis Rosenberg and Mr. Laboso.
This gives me special energies and boosts my creativity needed for new original projects. Otherwise, one risks getting stuck in one scenario, bored and artistically stagnant.
There is a certain degree of "risk" putting these three fine artists extraordinaire together, seamlessly in one lineup. Some music brings you back to moments in time, conjuring from your faded memories the images of places you once inhabited or briefly visited, the situations you lived through, people you met, the sensations, thoughts, urges or emotions registered in the past and sealed in the unconscious mind. Some other music carries you out of this vaguely familiar space and time continuum altogether – where there is nothing for you to recall, but everything to envision and experience from scratch. Prepare yourself for an adventure full of such wonders. Intense, but you don't want to miss any part of it. Berlin Summer Air VIII : Moments & Memories.

This week we welcome back Luis Rosenberg returning from his solitary sonic expedition and carrying his ever-growing collection of never-the-same sounds from various original and often very odd sources he finds and thoroughly explores around the world. Happy to see our old good friend Constantin Sayn-Wittgenstein aka Mr. Laboso to bless us with his royal funk and whatnot – when the night falls and we may need some extra heat on the periphery of campfire. It's been awhile since we did it together in Tulum popping up the infamous Papaya Playa Project which may still be in shape. There in the tropical jungle, his noble mission was to keep the subjects chilled in their heads and corporeally intact, otherwise melting away and turning into vapors. Hardly anyone could do it more responsibly and effectively. Mattmosphere to open the session starting 7pm. But not before he answers a few questions we have in stock for him returning from Garbicz Festival and perhaps in need of some concentrated introspection.

Preferences for a certain style develop following some path – always idiosyncratic, never linear, often paradoxical: opera aficionados growing up on thrash metal and punk rock or vice-versa – from Mozart to noize. What's your musical origins and what circumstances have brought you to the kind of music we hear you playing these days?

The origins are in the family. My father is a musician and multi-instrumentalist. I grew up listening to him playing music in different styles. I learned the drums, which helps me now as a DJ – tremendously, when it comes to rhythmic patterns and groove. It's through my father that I was exposed to a lot of classic rock from the 60s and 70s – the bands like The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Dire Straits and so on; as well as to jazz, soul and world music. Also quite early, I found my way into hip-hop – this time through basketball, playing it and exploring its subculture. Though my strongest urge has always been for smooth sounds and mellow developments. I love deep, mystical and atmospheric music with a dreamlike quality to it. You find plenty of this in my sets as I try to combine chilled fluidity with other enchanting elements – to keep the minds on the receiving end fully absorbed. But it's not always applicable to all audiences, situations and settings where I play. The virtue is to stay versatile as a DJ and it's not much of a challenge for me. Because I find beauty in music of all sorts...

You travel a lot and spend a fair amount of time in Berlin... In what way do both your traveling and the local scene influence your creativity or inspire you? I hear your mixes are quite diverse...

Berlin inspires me greatly. It is a mecca of nightlife in scale and form unknown to other cities in the world, a major playground for international DJs and a sort of extended collab space for producers. It's a huge buzzing and bustling scene populated and set in motion by extraordinary talents and enthusiastic audience; great sound systems, peculiar locations, quirky interiors and basically infinite and uninterrupted action time. But all this does not lock me in Berlin. I always try to expand my horizons beyond its perimeter. I travel to see as many other places and cultures as possible. This gives me special energies and boosts my creativity needed for new original projects. Otherwise, one risks getting stuck in one scenario, bored and artistically stagnant. I am anything but bored. Always busy trying new styles and jumping on new projects.

The pieces in your mixes... They are slow-pace, sometimes deep, sometimes airy, always dreamy, heavily flavored with ethno elements, or they are ethno per ce... How do you explain the rise of this format in recent times on the scene which has been predominantly techno and house? And what happened to the audience which no longer gets so much kick out of being robotic, but from being reflective, universal in outlook and metaphysical?

This is indeed an interesting phenomena and a positive one. I do feel a strong emergence of the multicultural and more humane approach to music – the way it's produced and received. I think in our hectic fast-paced times, more and more people long for a physical respite and introspection. When a chance, they look for situations where one can just forget time, if only for a few minutes. But also to connect – not in a mechanical way, but meaningfully, sharing ideas, talking soul to soul, exploring themselves and other persons in depth, forging synergetic networks, the wholes that are greater than the simple sum of its parts. This kind of music – full of organic sounds, distant melodies, intricate, unobtrusive – provides for this kind of interactions.
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