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INTERVIEW: JOIX



We have had the pleasure of interviewing the producer JOIX and this has been the result.


Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from and how did you get into music?

In the early 90s, I heard the first DJ sets from the upcoming techno scene on a Saturday night radio show called "HR3 Clubnight". I was captured by this new world of sounds and in 1996 started playing with synthesizers and producing my own first Techno tracks. This marked the beginning of my career as a Techno producer and Live act performer. From 1996 to 2003 I was the third member of a Liveact trio called “Der 7. Weg”, where I was responsible for the synthesizers part and also played two times at the legendary club Tresor in Berlin. Besides making music, I co-founded the event collective “Harlequins Universe” in 1997, which stands for legendary festivals in the southwestern area of Germany at very special places like castles and other beautiful spots in nature. In 2009 my current music project "JOIX" started and in 2019 I started my own label "Sounds of Jericho".


How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now? I think over the time my sound become more detailed and less raw as in the beginning when I started the music project JOIX. I do not DJ, but I am a live act, so I like to play my own tracks live in front of real people at clubs or festivals.

How do you feel that your musical influences or impacts its listeners? Mostly based on their good reaction on the dancefloor, but also when DJs play my tracks in their sets.

What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job? I am currently planning a Release Party at Schlosskeller in my city Darmstadt on the 31st of March. Musically I plan a new EP for autumn this year. My last job was the curation of Remixes for the Mantra Remixes compilation, where I also made a new mix of this track.
 Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria in your last job? I would say the rhythmical basics are still the same but the sound and effect work evolved a lot in the past years. The main musical criteria are always that the track is done with passion and lots of love and it touches something in yourself while listening or dancing to it.

We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but do you think it has affected creativity? No, but it could be harder these days to set some borders because everything is possible and available immediately a mouse click away. For creativity, less possibilities and less diversion are better. That's why I don’t use any other VST instruments instead of the basic plug-ins in Ableton Live.

Can you tell us about your present and future projects? I will have a Japan Tour in June and plan a new EP on my label "Sounds of Jericho" for autumn this year.


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