The right turn for djs
Kevin hoos from westheim is a fan of electronic music and bought a mixing console at the beginning of the year. Currently he only performs as a DJ at private parties. For hoos, it’s a part-time job that pays off and "you can make something out of". His musical goal is "to lure the cats out from behind the oven with self-produced beats from the laptop".
Christoph schlereth from hammelburg has not yet had much experience with self-productions. "I play my music for my buddies, but I would like to expand and earn some money on the side", says the trained electronics engineer about his hobby.
For ambitious recreational musicians and experienced djs, mainpop, the popular music demand of the district of lower franconia, organized a course on electronic music and sound design together with the schweinfurt-based company tonquadrat. Unlike band musicians, who have long used the music academy in hammelburg for their own purposes, the "electronic tinkerers" are sitting on their own two chairs mostly alone with his laptop "in the quiet chamber" and "generate what you like in the electronic dance music sector", says marc bieringer, head of the workshop.
What emerges sonically covers different genres: techno, house and grunge. "Most people start to get really creative there", explains the 29-year-old from schweinfurt. "However, it is difficult to make a living from music today. But good people can earn money as disc jockeys", according to bieringer.
The advantages of computer-generated music are flexibility due to the loud technology and the fact that usually only one person sits behind the mixing console. This means that band rehearsals, necessary equipment and arrangements are no longer necessary. The sound design enjoys the sympathy of the club scene – even if hammering beats are not everyone’s cup of tea. It depends on one’s own creativity, what the musician makes out of it at the mixing desk.
Enrico jakob has already gained experience as a dj at kissinger look, where hip-hop, techno and chart music are the order of the day. Jakob wants to earn some extra money during his planned studies. He wants to "put some more energy into his hobby". His goal: "to produce his own beats and get away from the monotone sound." For artists, it also opens up the possibility of adding music to video clips. This might also ring a few euros.
In the past three decades, technical development has overtaken fans and those who present the sound – the djs. The old forefathers of the scene already turned their noses up at "computer music" in the 70s on the plate lay. But they forget that the beginnings of electric and electronic music can be found in this era. In 1965, psychedelic rock was the cue for the innovations that led to later techno music.
Bands like pink floyd, greatful dead, the doors, the nice and iron butterfly – and even the beatles with their album "sergeant pepper" – paved the way for today’s club sound by incorporating electronic parts into their productions. From the disco culture in the USA, where the turntablists started scratching and looping, hip-hop, house, electro funk and wave were born.