MISTRAL was the latest release of Sebastian Krieg on Flamingo Recordings. This german producer was always obsessed with music and has listened to all sorts of music from Bob Marly, David Bowie to hip-hop and Punk. A couple of questions for this DJ who is a big fan of Eric Prydz tracks.
Could you please tell us something about yourself? Where do you live and how did you become a dj/producer?
Munich is my main base, but I spend at least a month every year in Cote D’Azure, France with my family. Since I remember myself I was always obsessed with music and listened to all sorts of music styles from Bob Marley, David Bowie to hip-hop, even punk. It was just the air I breathed and as a teenager I would play my favorite vinyls to friends, and then bring the records to parties. This naturally led to me starting djing and getting my first residency in 1993. The club scene was just emerging in Germany, the parties were absolutely crazy, and music was the main thing that everything was spinning around…. I enjoyed playing very deep, soulful, funky house at that time, and labels like Nervous, Tribal America, Guerilla, Stryctly Rhythm were my favs labels. At same point it felt more natural and genuine to play my own music and that’s how I started to produce and released my first record in 1996.
You have a new release on Flamingo Recordings. Could you fill us in about how you produced this new track?
It was an idea from the past which bounced back on one windy day in France. The track name is after that famous Provence wind, Mistral. It makes me very proud that track was released on Flamingo, it proves that some thoughts and projects need the right moment and time to develop into something really good.
Do you have any other new tracks which will be released the next coming months?
I am currently finalizing a few tracks, but the next release is due on the 29th of April. It’s a next episode of Sport Cars tribute series, exciting and fun cooperation with my buddy Jerome Isma-Ae, this one is dedicated to legendary „GT 40“. So…fasten your seat-belts!
If you can remix your favourite classic track, which track will it be and why?
Its hard to pick one out of many I have in mind, one classic I already did 2 years ago as cover version, is Alison Limerick’s „Where love lives“. Others would be for example Gat Decor „Passion „or „Choice“ from Orbital .. These are the timeless classics I enjoyed much to play.
If you had to choose, would it be DJ’ing or producing and why?
Please let me never choose. Its inseparable. Its like trying to divide Siam twins. How could I stop creating music, it’s a part of who I am. And the best feeling is to play your own tracks and see immediately how the crowd is reacting. Try your music in different clubs, cities, countries and if it works, makes people happy, this is the most rewarding and crazy thing happened to me, I feel blessed at moments like this. Its just magic and drives me through my life.
What are your biggest and favorite tracks of the moment on the dance floor or on your playlist?
„Power Drive“ from Eric Prydz, „Platinum Chains“ of Michael Woods and still „Toxic Rush“ by Jewelz and Scott Sparks… Also Daft Punks „Get lucky“…its maybe not the one which works on every dance-floor right now, but the fact that Nile Rodgers produced it and that its the music style where I’m actually from, makes it very special to me and reminds me of all the dusted records which are in my cellar. I think its cool, that a song like this, totally opposite to what seems to be in right now, reaches a Beatport no.1, and becomes the most played song on all media sources…Just proves that trends and any boundaries do not exist for truly genius music…
Which producer are you most impressed by from a technical point of view?
As just mentioned, Eric Prydz, because of his unique and really unmistakable style, and ability to deliver one outstanding track after the other. I find Jeremy Olander, Mark Knight to be very sophisticated technically.
About your musical influences, who has had an impact on you through the years and are there any new acts that have caught your attention recently?
There is a number of producers and DJs that I truly respect. Like a DJ and producer from France, Eric Rug, who was my biggest influence when I started. He just astonished me by his way of djing, by ability to hypnotize the people on the dance-floor for 10 hours or more and take them through all different styles of house music during the night. That is just the essence of DJing talent to me.
Music is obviously your passion, but is there anything else that you equally enjoy?
Nothing equals to music, but, definitely, mountain biking is my huge passion. Snowboarding. Cars. Sport cars especially.
Do you have any advice for upcoming producers or dj’s?
Very simple: Follow your instinct and do what you want to do without looking at others and never try copying anybody. Just never works. Never you would be better then original.
What’s the next thing for you to do?
I’m working on some exciting new stuff, its somewhat different and at the same time so true to me. Cant wait to share it with my fans and try it out in clubs. Will keep you posted!
Listen to Mistral: https://soundcloud.com/flamingo-recordings/sebastian-krieg-mistral
Available at Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/release/mistral/1055302