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Hola Patrice, gracias por tu tiempo, es un placer tenerte en DHSP por primera vez:
Hi Patrice, thanks for your time, it’s a pleasure to have you on DHSP for the very first time:
1. How is the start of 2022 looking for you? any special plans or goals for this year?
On a positive note: The world has not been this open for business since 2020. After a short holiday in January I have been back to full time touring, first South America, now Europe, soon North America. The goal is to always be in a position to work, to not get locked down again.
2. Looking back over the last two years, how has the pandemic impacted you professionally and personally?
The world is a far more unpredictable place than it used to be. I have learned to adopt a more flexible mindset, to live more day by day not plan ahead much – plans feel more like hopes and dreams but reality writes its own playbook. I think I have also become much more emotionally resilient to outside influences. I feel totally immune to the daily dose of fear and terror spread by the news, I no longer engage emotionally in whatever is the narrative of the moment. Instead, my focus fully and solely lies on the things I can directly influence.
3. As you got your start in electronic music in your home country of Germany, you have since decided to make the move to Amsterdam and base your career out of this city. Why did you choose to move to Amsterdam? What did you see this city offer you that, say a Berlin or other cities did not?
Amsterdam is a happier, more international place. Life feels easy, it’s really live and let live here. I had my share of Germany growing up and prefer to occasionally enjoy Berlin for a weekend as a tourist or DJ. Last year I moved my headquarters to Lisbon, which is yet again a new chapter. The weather, the beaches, the beautiful nature – it offers yet again a new lifestyle and opportunity to broaden my horizon a little.
4. We know you have just released a much anticipated first EP in your new record label called HALO. How was the creative process of and how did this project come out to life?
I set up HALO motivated by the desire to fully own my music and reach a new level of artistic independence. Let’s see where this goes, I don’t want to feel weighed down by the pressure to achieve greatness but simply play around with it and use it as an unfiltered creative outlet. I developed the whole concept and artwork myself, something that I have enjoyed since my days working in advertising. I will only do things I like, no mind-numbing promotion or shilling the records with DJ quotes, no pressure of release schedules. Everything happens when it happens.
5. Is HALO a platform to publish only your music or can we expect space for other new and established artists?
HALO is just for me. I feel that running a fully functioning label with a more extensive artist roster would require a different level of commitment in terms of administration and promotion. That does not interest me. I want to create. I will also organise HALO parties where I play all night long in a setting that really enables me to connect closely to the ravers.
6. You are an artist who for the last few years has had a busy schedule, playing all over the world every weekend. Could you tell me your top #3 performance to date?
Impossible to tell, but Australia’s Rainbow Serpent Festival, Warung Beach Club in Brazil and Garbicz Festival in Poland rank really high up.
7. What can you tell us about your future projects? Do we have to be aware of anything important?
In the bigger scheme of things, nothing is important. I want to take responsibility for making other people’s lives a little better. More connection. More love. More meaning.
8. Finally, what advice would you give to young artists who are just experiencing their first taste of “success” in the scene? How does one maintain a healthy head on their shoulders?
You are here to serve others. Don’t get distracted. Prioritise sleep, mental and physical fitness. Create without fear. Think bigger. Be 100% in charge of your career, always be your own boss. Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong, walk.