Athlete Wippet (@athlete-whippet / Toy Tonics)
presents United We Rise Podcast Nr. 174
▌I What’s your history with music in general and DJ-ing especially?
I got into music through the guitar which tbh my parents kind of made me play as a child. It took until I was about 12 or so that I really got into it I think. i started playing in bands, mostly rock throughout my teenager years and then all sorts of other stuff once I got out of school. Production came next when I got into blending some of that organic instrumental music I’d been making with electronics and realised I could record things my self and experiment with it. I’d actually say DJing was the last piece of the puzzle for me, which I’m really glad I got into. It did make me connect with music in a new way, like an additional layer. I do love dedicating some of my time now to that way of engaging with other people’s music now, on top of making my own.
▌II What’s your favorite club and what’s your favorite festival – explain why!
If we focus on Berlin, then I’d say in summer it’s Heideglühen and in winter it’s Zur Klappe! Heideglühen just do really well with bringing on the right sounds for a sunny afternoon that can or cannot go into a long night – and the water sprinklers above the dance floor are priceless. Zur Klappe is tiny and dingy, which I love in winter, and makes for a perfect personal and unpretentious night out.
▌III Welche Künstler:in hat dich maßgeblich geprägt?
Overall and all things considered that’ll be David Bowie for me and I’d given you the same answer if you’d asked me at any point over the last 15 years I reckon. Besides his music being beautiful and unbelievably versatile, I also admire his approach of being an all-round artist with a vision that reaches way beyond music.
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