Interview with MPathy

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MPathy: The personality behind the beats revealed!

Immerse yourself in the fascinating universe of MPathy, the sound adventurer with a youth without electronic love. Find out how diligence, ambition and open-heartedness are the cornerstones of his success. From hard techno roots to the unfolding of melodic techno, embark on a journey through the layered emotions and untold stories that shape his music. Are you ready to discover the soul behind the beats?

1. How do you want to grow old? When you imagine personally looking back on your life in the future, how would you like people to remember you and your personal experiences?

It would be great if people still remember my music many years from now and perhaps I could also do my part to remind people of what we have in common. In this case, the love of music and what music can achieve. For me, music, especially electronic music, is a kind of Esperanto, a language that we all speak and that unites us humans. No matter where we come from, no matter what our religious and political preferences are. Apart from that, hopefully happy, content and, above all, healthy.

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2. Biggest mistake in your life: Is there a personal mistake or decision in your life that has had a formative influence on you and from which you have learned important personal lessons?

I wouldn't call this a mistake, but you certainly make decisions in life that have a significant impact on the future. And of course this applies to all areas of life. But if I now refer to the music, I originally come from very hard techno and I would be lying if I said that I no longer like the music today. I also got to know people in this genre, some of whom I studied with, who are now known to almost everyone. As I've mainly been involved with melodic techno for the last 10 years, I haven't had much to do with this genre. But I definitely don't want to complain, I'm satisfied. But it would be very exciting to be able to look into a crystal ball and see what my life would be like if I had taken a different path back then.

3. Main character trait: Which main personal character trait do you see as particularly formative for your personality in everyday life and in your creative work?

Diligence, ambition, motivation, authenticity, modesty, gratitude and a generally positive attitude are essential in my eyes to be successful, no matter what area of life. You should also be able to deal with setbacks, as this is part of life and is also important in order to continue to develop and surpass yourself. You should also never forget where you come from and that there are more important things in life besides your career and music.

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4. What should the scene be ashamed of? Do you think there are personal aspects of the techno scene that it should be ashamed of? If so, what personal approaches would you take to bring about positive change?

I don't want to pillory anyone here. And some of my colleagues have already mentioned this in the past. What I think is a shame is that the music has taken a back seat these days and the number of followers and the "pretty" photos feel more important than the quality of the music. On the other hand, I also think that this cannot be reversed. So you have to adapt somehow and accept that it is what it is. True to the motto, live and let live.

5. Beginnings and inspiration: How did you first come into contact with techno, and what inspired you to produce music yourself or to become a DJ?

To be honest, I didn't like electronic music at all when I was young. In fact, I thought it was pretty awful at times. I listened to a lot of hip-hop and other music back then. When I finally reached the age at which I was legally allowed to go to clubs, I got lost in techno clubs and more or less fell head over heels in love with this music. Back then it was still very hard techno, "Schranz" to be precise. Among others, the music of Chris Liebing, whose music was very decisive for me getting into the music myself in the following years and really wanting to understand how it works. The music triggered a fascination in me that I can't even describe in words. Shortly afterwards, I started experimenting with my own productions. Since then, techno has been my constant companion and I would never want to be without this music in all its facets.

6. Creative processes: Can you tell us about your creative process when producing tracks? Are there any particular sources of inspiration or rituals that you follow during the creative process?

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On the one hand, I really enjoy doing sport, including Bikram yoga, which is a great way for me to balance out my everyday life and is also the antithesis of my music, which is usually rather progressive, hectic, loud and dominant. It really helps me to switch off, calm down and recharge my batteries. Otherwise, I find a lot of inspiration when I watch series/movies on Netflix, for example. For example, I found the soundtrack to the series "Squid Game" really great and inspiring. It more or less served as the basis for a collaboration track called 'Widder', which I produced together with Kadhem. Otherwise, it can also be everyday sounds that trigger me or inspire my productions. I was in Hong Kong last week. It's a great, loud and exciting city. One of the things I recorded there was a sound that plays at all the traffic lights as soon as they turn green. I will probably work this into a track in the next few weeks.

7. Influences and favorite artists: Which artists or bands have influenced you significantly, and is there someone you consider your "techno hero"?

My taste in music is very broad and I think it has also influenced my interpretation of techno. Accordingly, the list is very long. It all started with pop and hip hop acts from the 90s such as Ace of Base, DJ Bobo, Die Prinzen, Sylver, Eminem, Outcast, Ferris MC, and many many more. Techno hero is a big word, but as I've already mentioned, Chris Liebing was a major influence on me. Back then, the XXL Clubnight was on HR television, where Chris played a set. That's where I stumbled across his music, which has stayed with me ever since.

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8. Live performances: How do you prepare for live performances, and are there certain rituals or habits that you cultivate before a show?

I rarely spend the time before I hit the club, preferring to enjoy the "calm before the storm" in my hotel room.

9. Audience interaction: How does the reaction of the audience influence your song selection during a DJ set or your performance on stage?

Partly yes, partly no, because I play and like a certain sound and this is reflected accordingly in my track selection. First and foremost, I have to like the music, because the bottom line is that I make it for myself. If I'm lucky, the audience likes it too. However, I wouldn't necessarily change my set drastically if, for whatever reason, the audience didn't like the music.

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10. Memorable moments: Is there a particularly memorable experience or story from your career that you would like to share with us?

As so often in life, it's all about being in the right place at the right time. It was a coincidence that I came to Steyoyoke. At the time, I was studying audio engineering at the SAE in Berlin. One day I was sitting in one of the studios with a fellow student working on one of my tracks. There was a beer vending machine in the corridor where I wanted to get a beer. The studio door was open and Antonio Olivieri walked past at that moment and asked me about the track I was working on. One thing led to another and shortly afterwards he introduced me to Chris, Soul Button, who was founding Steyoyoke at the time and was looking for artists for the label. I then collaborated with Antonio, then still under my alter ego 'I'm Fine', to make the very first release for Steyoyoke, and the rest is history. It's funny to think that such a banal everyday coincidence has helped me to be part of this label for more than 10 years now, which has significantly influenced the scene with its ethereal techno sound, something I'm definitely proud of.

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11. Collaborations: Are you interested in collaborations with artists from other genres? If so, who would you like to work with?

As I am very open-minded when it comes to music, I could imagine collaborations with all kinds of artists. As I also like darker and heavier sounds, I would find a collaboration with Metallica pretty exciting.

12. Future plans: What are your future projects and goals? Is there anything we can look forward to from you in the near future?

I am currently preparing ideas/sketches for an album that I would like to release next year. The album will be called "Weltreise". All the track names are city names, from cities that I have either visited or lived in and that have influenced me. I've lived in London, Chicago and Shanghai, among other places, and was involved in the local music scene there. The tracks should contain sounds that are characteristic and symbolic of sounds in the respective cities.  

13. Genre exploration: Are you interested in experimenting beyond techno into other genres? If so, which genres could that be?

I could imagine just about anything, but a colleague once said to me many years ago that if you want to be successful, you should concentrate on one project. He was probably right. But of course my music also incorporates elements from many other musical genres. I think everyone who makes music is influenced in some way, whether consciously or unconsciously.

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14. Creative blocking: How do you deal with creative blocks if you ever have difficulty coming up with new ideas?

Turn off the computer and get some distance! I think distance is particularly important for the creative process, and you can't and shouldn't force anything.  

15. Influence of the environment: Does the city or place where you live influence your music in any way? Are there places that particularly inspire you?

Since I'm not a winter person at all and winter in Berlin can be pretty harsh, I notice that this also affects my sound, especially during this time. Interestingly, the stuff I make in winter tends to sound darker and colder than what I produce in summer. So I think that the environment and the personal state of mind are also transferred to the music.

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16. Visualization in music: Is there a visual component or image that you have in mind when you produce music? How do you try to convey feelings or moods through your music?

I have certain colors for the different elements and sounds in my music projects. The kick is green, hi-hats are yellow, snares/claps are orange, vocals are purple and so on. I can't say why this is the case, it has evolved over time and helps me a lot to keep an overview and see the "whole picture". Apart from that, it's not about trying. It's a subtle process that I don't usually think about.

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17. Connecting with the crowd: How do you manage to connect with your audience, both in the studio and during live performances?

I think that stands and falls with personal preferences. Everyone has their own taste and that's a good thing. For my part, I try my best to entertain people with my music.

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18. Techno as a lifestyle: Do you see techno more as a music genre or as a lifestyle and cultural movement? How does this influence your approach to music?

I was born in the 80s and at that time, techno and the first techno parties were definitely a cultural movement and had a significant influence on the music landscape of the future. Today, I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a lifestyle, but more as a constant companion with which you experience both ups and downs.

19. Favorite club or venue: Is there a particular club or venue that you consider your favorite place to perform and why?

I've had a lot of great experiences. For example, I had a gig at the Egg London. The night was pretty crazy and I'll always remember it. A really great location and a pretty special audience. I also played at a festival on a beach in Sousse in Tunisia and met some really great, warm people over the course of a few days. For me personally, an experience like this always stands and falls with the people you meet there and who surround you. And I can consider myself lucky that I haven't had any bad experiences in this regard so far.  

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20. Looking back on beginnings: When you look back on your beginnings as a DJ or producer, is there anything you would advise your younger self?

Don't question too much, just do it. Nothing comes from nothing. And then there is a golden rule for me that has helped me in many situations: "Less is more!"

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21. Digital vs. analog: Where do you stand on the debate between digital and analog music production? Do you have a clear preference?

As both are used in my productions, I have no preference. Like most things in life, everything has its pros and cons. I think it's the mixture that makes it!

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22. Traveling and touring: How do traveling and touring influence your music and creative energy? Do you have any favorite places where you particularly enjoy DJing?

I love traveling and preferably far away. I've always found it very exciting to connect with people on the other side of the planet through music. There are no specific places. I have had many great experiences abroad. For example in Florianopolis in Brazil, where we once spent a winter with the label. Or on Christmas Eve two years ago, when I played at the 'Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzoric', a museum in Belgrade. This year I was at a festival in Cumbria, near Scotland, which was also a very nice, albeit rainy, experience. It always feels like a bit of an adventure, which can be very fulfilling and exciting, and I've always considered it a privilege to be an international DJ.

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23. Influence of technology: What impact has advancing technology had on the way you produce or perform music?

None at the moment. But I'm curious to see what direction it will take as soon as artificial intelligence is able to produce good tracks, and what influence this will have on the music scene in the future. 

24. Collaborations with visual artists: Can you imagine working with visual artists in the future to combine your music with visual elements?

Definitely, the guys from Afterlife show what is possible nowadays. We also worked with 3D mapping artists at some of our Steyoyoke parties, which had a great effect at the parties and I think the audience likes that too.

25. Relationship with fans: How do you deal with your fans, especially in this day and age of social media?

First and foremost respectful. I find the word fans difficult, I would rather speak of like-minded people. I'm grateful when I can reach people with the music I stand for, inspire them and share it with them. And I think you should generally treat people the way you would like to be treated yourself.

26. Experiences with vinyl: Does vinyl have a special meaning for you, and how do you see the renaissance of vinyl in the electronic music scene?

Definitely! For me, it all started with vinyl. I got my first record player as a present for my 13th birthday. And I also released a lot of music on vinyl. It's still a special feeling to play records, which I still do from time to time. I only got into digital DJing over the years and today I prefer to play digitally, usually with Traktor from Native Instruments. In my opinion, however, you can't compare the two. They are two completely different approaches to DJing. In the end, I don't think it's important in what form you present the music. The main thing is to entertain and inspire the audience. In what way is secondary. DJing with records is more of an exception these days and you don't see it that often anymore. Nevertheless, for me it's one of the basics of DJing that every DJ should master. And I really hope that vinyl stays with us for a long time to come!

27. Favorite set length: Do you have a preferred set length to best present your artistic vision and why?

I prefer to play shorter sets between 2-3 hours because I can let off steam and it's also easier to keep the energy up, which I've always liked.

28. Future of techno music: How do you see the future of techno music? Are there any developments or trends that you are particularly excited about?

That is a very exciting question and not easy to predict. The next direction is literally written in the stars. In most cases, someone sets a certain direction and this usually takes on a life of its own and others jump on the bandwagon.

"We say thank you!"

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to MPathy not only for his musical brilliance, but also for his impressive openness and collaboration. The captivating interview and the enchanting Steyoyoke Podcast #105, are a reflection of MPathy’s Passion for electronic music.

His willingness to share insights into his creative world has inspired not only our readers, but also our entire team. The unique personality of MPathy and his commitment to music have left an unforgettable impression.

Thank you very much, MPathy, for creating soundscapes that enchant us all. We look forward to further musical adventures and innovations from this talented sound adventurer.

With best regards,

@M8_Sound

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