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As one of the most enigmatic figures in the electronic music scene, Redshape's journey from the raw, industrial landscapes of East Germany to the forefront of Berlin's techno movement is nothing short of fascinating. Known for his deep, atmospheric techno infused with analog textures and emotive beats, Redshape has carved out a distinctive niche in the world of electronic music. His music, which balances classic elements with a forward-thinking approach, has captivated audiences worldwide. In this interview, we delve into Redshape's inspirations, creative process, and his thoughts on the current state of electronic music. From his eclectic influences to his love for Berlin's vibrant club culture, Redshape shares his insights and upcoming projects, offering a glimpse into the mind of a truly innovative artist.

How did you first get into music, and what drew you to become a DJ and producer?

Growing up in East Germany during the 90s, I felt a strong connection between the area I come from and the raw, industrial sounds of Detroit techno, especially after the fall of the GDR and many abandoned places. This connection sparked my curiosity and passion for this music. I wanted to dive into this world of sounds and make my own music. The transition to becoming a DJ was a somehow natural progression; sharing my take on this vision with others felt urgent.

Which artists have inspired you the most musically?

My inspirations are quite eclectic, spanning across different eras and styles. I’m a big fan of 80s pop productions as well as the energy of mid-90s Indie/Alternative music and Hip Hop. From

the soulful techno camp, Carl Craig (with his 69 project), Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, Recloose, and many others have been really inspiring as well.

How would you define your sound?

My sound is a blend of deep, atmospheric techno with a strong emphasis on analog textures and raw, emotive beats. It's a balance between the past and the future, combining classic techno elements with a forward-thinking approach. The mask I used to wear during performances symbolized the anonymity and universality of music, allowing listeners to connect with the sound rather than the persona. Although I don’t wear it anymore, this approach hasn’t changed.

Berlin is known for its vibrant and diverse nightlife. How has the club culture of Berlin influenced your approach to music production and performance?

Berlin's club culture has been a profound influence on my work. The city's openness to experimentation and its thriving underground scene is great. The energy and feedback from Berlin's club-goers push me to constantly evolve and refine my sound. I love Berlin audiences for their genuine appreciation of music and the general feeling of pure freedom here.

The atmosphere of a good party and the desire to create the best vibe possible deeply influence how I see the current state of electronic dance music. Performing in such an eclectic environment allows me to test new ideas and receive immediate, honest reactions, which is invaluable for my creative process.

How important is experimentation and innovation in your music? Do you constantly seek out new soundscapes?

Experimentation and innovation are at the core of my music. While I'm always exploring new soundscapes and techniques to keep my sound fresh and engaging, I'm not constantly searching for the next big thing. I have a certain feel of what Redshape is, and my music reflects that identity. I try to follow my path and my instincts rather than adapting too much to what’s happening around me musically. My goal is to see connections between ideas and styles and try to surprise both

myself and my audience.

What equipment and software do you typically use in your studio setup?

My studio setup is a mix of analog and digital gear. I rely heavily on analog synthesizers and drum machines, particularly the TR-909 and TR-808, for their distinct, organic feel. The Moog Voyager is another essential piece of equipment that adds a distinctive character to my sound. Also not to forget the MS-20, which I deeply adore. In terms of software, Ableton Live is my go-to for sequencing.

For plugins, my favorites are FabFilter Pro-Q 3, Oeksound Soothe, and the UAD SSL-E channel - desert island for sure.

What is your opinion on the current electronic music scene?

The current electronic music scene is incredibly diverse and innovative. The accessibility of music production tools has democratized the process, allowing more voices and ideas to emerge. What sets contemporary electronic music apart is the blending of genres and the breaking down of traditional genre definitions. Artists are more willing to experiment and

incorporate influences from a wide range of sources, resulting in a rich and varied musical landscape. Exciting times!

Could you share with us any producers or emerging artists

you believe are doing exceptional work right now?

There are many talented artists pushing the boundaries right now. I really appreciate Jamie xx for his unique take on House and 2-Step and his ability to blend styles creatively. Fred Again also stands out. Machinedrum’s experimental but always soulful beats and Khruangbin’s spin on classic dub music are exceptional. Recently, I've also enjoyed the work of KETTAMA, Jayda G, the new Bicep label (CHROMA), as well as the new Sufjan Stevens and Boris Blank albums.

Can you name a couple of underground clubs that hold a

special place in your heart, and what makes them stand out in

terms of atmosphere and crowd energy?

I've visited so many places during my career that it's hard to pick favorites. Recently, I've fallen in love with Berlin's Golden Gate – it's a very personal place and I really enjoy DJing there.

My last gig at Kater Blau in Berlin also holds nice memories.

Internationally, I always love playing in Rome, especially, and I can't forget Barcelona – probably my second favorite city. Asia also had a deep impact on me; I always love going there.

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects or releases?

I’m constantly fine-tuning music I made over quite a period of time. Currently, I'm excited about an upcoming EP on my label Present, "Echoes," which will be out soon. Also, some new music for my techno label Content is in the pipes. Additionally to music, I also started something very new - I can’t talk too much about it yet - but I hope that’s gonna be a big part of my creative future.

Photos by Lisa Wassmann


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