His DJ sets regularly leave enthusiastic audience that especially appreciates his playful versatility – with musical influences ranging from punk and new wave (Stranglers / Joy Division) to pop (Prince / Peter Gabriel) and classic techno (Dave Angel / Daniel Bell), to local folk music (Biermösl Blosn). We speak to SUOL’s Daniel Bortz ahead of his set at Shoreditch’s Basing House on the 2nd of December….
Q> Hi Daniel, how are you?
A> I‘m fine, thank you!
Q> What have you been up to today?
A> Slept for a very loooong time…had an extensive breakfast, ate cake and drank a lot of espresso with my girlfriend downtown.
Q> What started your musical journey?
A> I’d have to blame it on the cooking pots I was thumping on for most of my childhood. After this I improved my skills on a real drum kit. Then came MTV, friends’ mixtapes and drum computers (in that order).
Q> You’ve cited your influences as ranging from punk to nu-wave; pop to techno…do you think this range of influences comes across in the music you produce?
A> It’s music in general that inspires me, rather than being constrained by a specific genre. The feeling I get when I’m listening to music I love completely influences what I make.
Q> A lot of your releases are sample-based but are usually fairly obscure…do you think there’s a difference between digging really deep for your samples are opposed to simply using the latest sample pack or in-trend vocals?
A> Everyone has to decide for themselves which way to go. There are several ways to work with samples, I’m not going to criticise any of them.
Q> You’ve been DJing for close to 20 years now…how do you think your style or DJing has developed in that time?
A> Style changes or is on repeat. My sets change every time too. Sometimes I play the new stuff, sometimes only tunes released 10 or more years ago. Unfortunately I am not able to play vinyl in every club because turntables and stuff are in such bad shape mostly.
Q> GetDownGood will be your first performance in London…why have you never made it over here until now?
A> Yeah…good question. I wonder why!? Not sure to be honest, but there will be some more gigs in UK in the next couple of months, like Chambre 69, Glasgow on 10th December.
Q> Tell us about the nightlife in your native Augsburg, does it have a thriving Deep House scene?
A> There is no real deep house scene inAugsburg, but there are a lot of open minded people. I’ve had some amazing nights there in the past!
Q> Tell us about your relationship with Suol…it seems like quite a tight-knit family…
A> Suol is definitely more than a label. There are family structures. It´s like working together with friends! I’m really glad to have found such a likeminded group of people
Q> And Patstamusik? What output can we expect from that next year?
A> Pasta was there at the beginning and will be there till I die. It is a relaxed team. We do not really have a plan, it´s always spontaneous.
Q> Why should people come to see you on the 2nd?
A> Because I always do my best to have a good night with the people. And my sets are much better than my interviews.
Daniel Bortz plays Basing House on December 2nd…
2 Dec 2011 @ Basing House